Is Cairns warm all year?

Is Cairns warm all year?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/28/2022

Reading time: 2 mins

Cairns is Australia’s tropical fun town, a place where you can soak up the sultry sunshine before jetting off to the likes of the gorgeous Daintree Rainforest or the sublime Great Barrier Reef for some overland and underwater exploring!

Being in Australia’s tropical north, you can expect mild, dry winters (June – August) and toasty, wet summers (December – February).

For these reasons, it may be a good idea to try and book your Cairns adventure for the shoulder months, as the crowds are fewer than in the warm and dry winter and the weather is far nicer than in the stormy summer!

Either way, you are bound to experience some of the world’s most astounding natural wonderlands, including the following:

The Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree is simply stunning, a 180 million year old living testament to the unspeakable wonder of nature and the universe that has to be seen to be believed.

Not only is the lush, vibrant forest a joy to behold, but the Daintree is also home to some truly unforgettable experiences, including:

● Croc-spotting: The Daintree River is home to a sizable population of salties, more commonly known as the saltwater crocodile. Yes, Australia is home to plenty of these prehistoric predators, and they seem to have a penchant for hanging out in the Daintree, making it the perfect place for a croc-spotting cruise (all from the safety of the boat, of course!).
● Cape Tribulation: Why shouldn’t one of the world’s most beautiful rainforests be adjacent to one of the world’s most dreamy beaches? Cape Tribulation is a joy; a hazy, pristine shoreline that is ideal for self-refreshment after a humid rainforest jaunt.

The Great Barrier Reef

Okay, onto the Reef, also known as one of the world’s great natural wonders. The greater reef consists of thousands of individual sites, some of the very best lie just off the Cairns’ coastline!

From Michaelmas Cay (for giant clams) to Milln Reef (parrotfish and sea turtles!), to the sunbathed beauty of Fitzroy and Green Islands, there is nothing quite like exploring the mighty Great Barrier Reef.

The awesome thing about doing it, of course, is that you’re not short of ways to explore it: you can do everything from dive and snorkel to hop aboard a glass-bottom boat or go below with a semi-submersible – the choice is yours!


Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.