Great Northern Hotel

69 Abbott St, Cairns, 4870, Australia
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by lillysstar

How warm is the weather on average during the wet season?

Re: weather

by CultusLake

Hot and humid....30 to 33 degrees...........and lots of heavy rain..

Re: weather

by Anne12

The wet season officially starts around about December, then goes through to around April.
Each year can be different, the rains can start at the end of October, November
This however doesn't mean that it rains continually, you can have a couple of hours of heavy rain, or a few days, OR just overcast.
It all depends on the weather Gods.

From October onwards the humidity starts to go up....and up as the months pass.

If this is the only time you can visit this area, don't let this put you off as all accommodation is usually has aircon and fans etc, everything is built around the weather, also you can do all the tourist things, you may get a bit wet, but never cold!!!!

Re: weather

by adelaidean

I have only been in cairns at the end of the wet season and just recently! Whenever the season...go...Its one of the greatest areas in Oz

Re: weather

by Purpleshade

I'd think about it carefully, it depends where you are from and what sort of climate you are used to.
If you are not used to heat and humidity and you struggle when it's 30c and dry, it may be totally unbearable for you.

Re: weather

by CultusLake

It is usually high 20's to 33C hot and humid!!

Re: weather

by starjoy

may i know when is the best months or weather to visit Cairns?

Re: weather

by Anne12

I think the best time to visit Cairns is from late July/August/September, October and November can also be great, but November can be the start of the wet season.
August/September is when the weather is great, you can still swim in the beaches as the stingers aren't around. Perfect!! The last 4 plus weeks here have been wonderful.

Travel Tips for Cairns

Snorkelling/Scuba diving Outer Reef trips

by Kate-Me

There are so many dive and snorkel trips to choose from at Cairns, it was hard to choose, but but a helpful staff member at one of the backpackers helped us out by saying it's ok to go to places like Green Island if you're a simple day tripper, but to see really good coral, you must go on an outer reef trip as Green Island coral is now very badly damaged.
He also recommended a smaller boat, as he said getting suited up alongside 100 other people took ages, on full boats you wouldn't get such personalised service, and to be looked after (as I'm not really confident in deep water) it was better to have a smaller boat with less passengers. He recommended Cairns Reef Dive and we (and others we met later) found them really great
There were about 50 of us on the boat (some we dropped off on a floating overnight hotel boat out past Green Island) and there were about 7 staff members on board to help, set out the delicious lunch provided in the cost, etc. They were really organised in stowing all gear safely, making sure everybody was ok getting in and out of the water, giving advice, helping out, and as I'm prone to seasickness and was sick all the 2 hours out to the reef (and it was an unusually rough day too I think) they were very attentive and it just helped so much. They told me once I got into the water I'd be fine, and I was. Very friendly and informative captain too, you learn a lot about the reef while anchored and get about 3 hours to spend out there (time split between 2 different reefs) and so can get in and out of the water several times. You don't need to bring anything but your camera (underwater disposable as well is useful), towel and your swimmers, as everything else is provided at no extra charge.
We did bring our own face mask and snorkel from home, just because we were more familiar with the fit of them.

Sports Bar NightClub & Cafe

by scharneckk about Sports Bar Nightclub & Cafe

Not my favourite place .. but generally the bar where everyone ended up at the end of the night ...

More dance/techno music as the night goes on .. more people and drinking to be had ..

This place has a cover charge .. student concessions applicable too! I think they prefer collars here .. wasnt taking that much notice but everyone seemed a little more dressed up here than anywhere else.

The Best in Palm Cove

by Robachu1 about Far Horizons

Set right on the beach this restaurant provides the best of everything. The service, food, wine, ambience were all excellent. We had a truly wonderful time. We had quail and mussels for our appetizers, swordfish and barramundi for our main and a delicious Xmas bachi for our dessert. A great Christmas dinner!!

Barrier Reef

by Baz64

Went scubba diving on the reef. Wow!! The most amazing thing I did in the whole month I was there! Seeing the reef close up was an experience I wont forget. It was like being in another world. Good crew on the boat and experienced diving instructors made the whole day a pleasure at Michaelmas Cay. If you have the chance just do it!!

Hold a Yearling Crocodile

by Lildeer

Marineland Melanesia is THE highlight of Green Island as an aquarium, gallery and crocodile farm. Those with the nerve can even hold a yearling crocodile.

Open daily 9:30 am -4:15 pm
Adults $9.50, Children $4.50

Transportation to Green Island is by ferry. Try Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises, offering a full day on the island and snorkeling gear. Departs Cairns 9am. 617-4051-0444


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