The best times to visit Cairns and Northern Beaches for ideal weather are
May 14th to September 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Cairns and Northern Beaches Travel Guide
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Weather in Cairns and Northern Beaches
Average temperatures in Cairns and Northern Beaches vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 35th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Cairns and Northern Beaches, the hottest months are January, December, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early December where highs are regularly around 89.8°F (32.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 73.5°F (23.1°C) at night.
Cairns and Northern Beaches Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Cairns and Northern Beaches Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Cairns and Northern Beaches Perceived Temperature (F)
Cairns and Northern Beaches Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Cairns and Northern Beaches Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Cairns and Northern Beaches are August, September, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid August. For example, on the week of August 6th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of January 22nd.
When can you find snow in Cairns and Northern Beaches? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Cairns and Northern Beaches.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Cairns and Northern Beaches (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Cairns and Northern Beaches has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is August (60.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (75.8%).
Wind in Cairns and Northern Beaches is usually moderate. The windiest month is July, followed by May and April. July’s average wind speed of around 9.7 knots (11.1 MPH or 17.9 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 17.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Cairns and Northern Beaches.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||7.2||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7||Gentle breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Mar||8.7||Gentle breeze||15.2||Significant breeze|
|Apr||9.4||Gentle breeze||15.6||Significant breeze|
|May||9.6||Gentle breeze||15.8||Significant breeze|
|Jun||9.2||Gentle breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||9.7||Gentle breeze||15.7||Significant breeze|
|Aug||9||Gentle breeze||15.3||Significant breeze|
|Sep||8.4||Gentle breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
|Oct||9.2||Gentle breeze||15.8||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7.9||Gentle breeze||14.2||Significant breeze|
|Dec||7.4||Gentle breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Cairns and Northern Beaches?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Australia; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Cairns and Northern Beaches, QL, Australia is July, followed by September and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Cairns and Northern Beaches in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Cairns and Northern Beaches Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 87.9°F (31.1°C) and 81°F (27.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 14 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Cairns and Northern Beaches, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 88.8°F (31.6°C) and 83.1°F (28.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 2 to 8 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Cairns and Northern Beaches to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 89.8°F (32.1°C) and 87.9°F (31.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 8 to 14 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.