Tourist information

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is a unique environment, renowned nationally and internationally as a premier tourism destination. The region attracts more than two million domestic and international visitors each year. 

We have some of the most beautiful parks and beaches in Queensland. Swimming enclosures are provided at most beaches during the dangerous marine stinger season - typically from November to May (subject to seasonal variability).  View the current beaches status.

Visitor information

For everything you need to plan your next holiday to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef - brochures, destinations, activities, events, accommodation, booking services and more:


The Cairns region is characterised by two seasons – the wet summer season, which begins around November and ends around May, and the dry winter season. Being a monsoonal climate, most rainfall occurs between January and March. The cyclone season is normally confined to between December and April.

Typical daytime temperatures range from 14 to 26C (52-78F) in mid-Winter/dry season, and 24 to 33C (75-91F) in mid-Summer/ wet season. 

The Dangerous Marine Stinger season typically runs from November to May (subject to seasonal variability). View current beaches status.

From Weatherzone website

Current weather for Cairns at 1:00pm EST

Temperature: 34.0°C steady
Feels like: 36.0°C
Dew point: 19.3°C rising
Relative humidity: 42%
Wind: SE at 15 km/h, gusting to 22 km/h rising
Rain: 0.0mm since 9am
Pressure: hPa steady

Cairns weather forecast


Possible shower
25°C - 32°C


Clearing shower
25°C - 32°C


Possible shower
25°C - 33°C


Possible shower
24°C - 33°C

Nth Cst & Tableland weather

Cairns weather radar

Satellite cloud map