Port Douglas – Don’t let the wet season put you off
2 December 2019 - North Queensland
It might rain? So what!
Summer in the tropics. Temperatures reaching a max of around 30 degrees Celsius and a low of 23. In Port Douglas you can expect hot, humid days, warm nights and rainfall in between.
And when it rains … it rains.
Have we turned you off visiting Port Douglas during the Summer months? No way. There’s still heaps to experience during this stunning time of year.
Port Douglas has two distinct seasons: a Winter period of warm temperatures and low rainfall and a Summer period of balmy temperatures and high rainfall.
Life continues as normal as the locals embrace ‘the big wet’. Just make sure you pack summer gear as well as a jacket or umbrella for when the tropical storms roll through. Or not. Because it’s so warm, you’ll dry off nice and quickly anyway! The good news is, it rarely rains all day. Usually you’ll enjoy sunny days. Tropical downpours usually occur in the afternoon and Port Douglas is well known for its occasional dramatic electrical storm.
Local markets offering everything from local handcrafts to fruit and vegetables continue as usual throughout the region and there is still heaps to do. Get in the car and drive up to the Daintree or head to Cairns. An epic road trip is to take the road from Port Douglas to Cairns – it’ll take about 1.5 hours one way. It’s worth noting too, you can still head to the Great Barrier Reef during the wet season. Check out our Blog for other Summer ideas.
The rainforests explode with colour and waterfalls are at their peak during Summer. Barron Falls in all her glory is epic at this time of year. Take your camera, there will be just a few ‘Insta worthy’ shots as this roaring beauty cascades down a near vertical rock face. Barron falls is located northwest of Cairns – just a few kilometres south of Kuranda.
Just a warning though, avoid swimming during or after heavy rainfall in waterholes during the wet season and read and follow any warning signs carefully.
Not only are the days longer in Summer, another bonus is ocean water temperatures rise to peak at 29 degrees Celsius in February – we can’t guarantee the pool at Serenity Port Douglas Accommodation will be that warm! You can swim all year round in the ocean, but November to March does bring in the box jellyfish, however special swimming enclosures are erected at popular beaches to protect swimmers.
Don’t let holidaying in the Queensland wet season deter you. Adventure is still calling you – and you may just tick off an amazing tropical bucket list experience.
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