Queensland’s climate isn’t really broken up into summer and winter; it’s a tropical state so it has wet and dry seasons. Loosely, the dry season runs from April to December. In the far north (anything north of Cairns) and outback Queensland, however, January to March (December to April in Cape York) is the wet season and the heat and humidity can make life pretty uncomfortable. Once the monsoonal rains of the Wet arrive, which usually occurs in January and February, most parts of the Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf of Carpentaria, and much of the outback, are often inaccessible except by light aircraft. The Daintree region virtually shuts down and the Bloomfield Track is often unpassable. Cooktown too only has limited services between November and May. Deadly ‘stingers’ (box jellyfish) also frequent the waters at this time. The further south you head the less are the effects of the wet season.
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The best time to visit Queensland is during the winter months – June to October. The extreme heat and stifling humidity of summer have been replaced by warm, sunny days and refreshingly cool nights. Also, these months are peak visibility time for divers; the temperature rarely drops below 72°F (22°C).