Cairns in the winter – Exploring Australia’s Most Beautiful Destinations

Cairns in the winter – Exploring Australia’s Most Beautiful Destinations

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 08/26/2016

Reading time: 3 mins

While a wintery chill descends upon southern Australia between the months of June and August, Cairns is spared.

Found in north eastern Queensland, Cairns maintains a balmy climate throughout the winter months. The weather during the day maintains a steady 25°C which allows for a great escape from the chill of the south. The pleasant weather and abundance of activities makes Cairns the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    Beneath the Coral Sea, off Cairns east coast, lies the Great Barrier Reef. Undeniably the world’s most famous reef, this colossal underwater wonderland spans an area of over 344 000 km². It is the largest structure of living organisms on Earth and is so large it can be seen from space. In the winter the waters are a clear blue, making this one of the most popular scuba sites in the world. Whether you’re deep underwater exploring the coral, or floating on the surface with a snorkel, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible ocean experience.

    As the swells of the Coral Sea roll over this reef, they make their way towards the beaches of Cairns. These waves can often be seen dotted with surfers from across the globe as they make the most of Australia’s fantastic surf.

  • Daintree National Park

    Not only does Cairns offer beautiful beaches and spectacular diving, but an incredible rainforest to the north. The Daintree National Park rainforest displays breathtaking scenery along their system of boardwalks. With several different levels of boardwalks, you can view your surroundings from the ground, from an 11 m high sky walk or even 23 m up a tower. The higher you venture the more you’ll be able to explore the rainforest’s spectacular canopy.

    Winter is the very best time to visit the rainforest. Lower temperatures and humidity give you the chance to explore at your leisure. If you want to discover more of the rainforest, pick up a hiking map. Set off along one of the many amazing trails or you can book a tour and head along the nearby river to view some crocs in their natural habitat.

  • Cairns Show

    Okay this one might be a bit of a cheat, but who doesn’t love a good show?

    First presented by the Cairns Agricultural, Pastoral and Mining Association in 1891, the show has a long history. Though it has undergone a lot of changes over the years, each winter locals flock to the show grounds. Explore animal nurseries and heritage displays, machinery sheds and arts and crafts installations. Enjoy the rides and sideshows ready for a day of local displays. The Cairns show is a great way to learn about the vibrant local Cairns life in one place!

There is no doubt that this is the perfect getaway destination during Australia’s winter months, where you’ll be able to experience the country’s natural beauty in all its splendour.

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.