Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is a very special part of the world. We are uniquely positioned as the international gateway to two of the world's most precious and pristine natural wonders - the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest. We are one of Australia's most popular destinations for international holiday visitors and also a premier destination for national and international conferences and sporting events.
There's so much to do in Cairns. To discover more - where to go, things to do, accommodation, tour booking services, tips to help plan your visit and latest travel alerts - visit the Tropical North Queensland - Cairns and Northern Beaches official visitor website.
Cairns Regional Council provides many facilities, centres and activities for local residents that we encourage visitors to use. Most activities are free or incur a small charge. View our list of Things to Do and Upcoming Events for inspiration.
Cairns is a safe community however local police encourage locals and tourists alike to think about some simple crime prevention strategies to help improve your safety.
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 December and April.
Typical daytime temperatures range from 14C to 26C (52-78F) in mid-winter/dry season and 24C to 33C (75-91F) in mid-summer/ wet season.
QLD Severe weather advice issued at 10:47pm ESTIssued: Wednesday at 10:47pm EST
Description: Severe weather advice
Summary: Severe Weather Warning (Heavy Rainfall) for parts of Peninsula and North Tropical Coast and Tablelands
Current weather for Cairns at 4:00am ESTTemperature: 25.0°C
Feels like: 30.8°C
Dew point: 24.0°C
Relative humidity: 94%
Wind: N at 0 km/h, gusting to 0 km/h
Rain: 1.6mm since 9am
Cairns weather forecastThursday
24°C - 30°C
23°C - 30°C
24°C - 31°C
24°C - 32°C
Marine stingers (jellyfish)
The dangerous marine stinger season typically runs from November to May (subject to seasonal variability). Council-patrolled beaches include "stinger" nets but be aware that juvenile jellyfish may be small enough to get through the nets. It is always advisable to wear a stinger suit when swimming in the ocean.
- View current beaches status.