Whitsundays Weather Guide

The Whitsunday Islands experiences a monsoonal climate with distinct wet and dry seasons although visitors can expect steady, warm temperatures for most of the year. Water temps vary little and hover around 25 degrees Celsius, however jellyfish season from November to May means you’ll need to don a full-body stinger suit if you wish to swim in any areas outside patrolled and netted sections.

Season and Clothing

Wet Season: January to June

The wet season in the Whitsundays consists of hot, humid conditions with tropical downpours, which can impact outdoor pursuits and affect the underwater visibility for diving and snorkelling. The rain is never cold however, so you can still enjoy scenic rainforest walks to see the wildlife splash about. March is the rainiest month, while January and February are the hottest months with daytime

Average temperatures: 18 – 30 degrees Celsius
Appropriate clothing: Singlets, shorts, swimwear, thongs and dresses
Don’t forget: Sunnies, a hat and sunscreen.

Dry Season: July to December

With warm days, clear skies and cooler evenings, the dry season is the ideal time to visit the Whitsunday Islands. The wonderful weather conditions are perfect for island hopping, trekking and enjoying a wide range of watersports. Some nights during the so-called ‘winter’ months of July and August are a little on the cool side , so pack some longer pants and a jumper just in case. The annual whale migration season is also on from July to September.

Average temperatures: 18 – 30 degrees Celsius
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, swimwear and trainers
Don’t forget: A lightweight jacket and a hat