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The Best Time Of Year To Sail The Whitsunday Islands

The Best Time Of Year To Sail The Whitsunday Islands

With 300 days of sunshine a year, you can usually bet the Whitsunday Islands will be nice regardless of when you choose to visit!

The islands are just off the mainland of North Queensland and are considered sub-tropical climate. This means consistent daytime temperatures year-round, although the humidity is higher in Summer.

These factors all add up to creating the perfect conditions for the lush rain forests that are found in the region. These perfectly contrast the inviting blue water surrounding them.

The crystal clear waters surrounding the Whitsunday Islands stay around 25°C, fluctuating slightly with the seasons. This is a wonderul temperature for swimming and snorkelling. You’ll be able to stay in the water for ages!

Whatever the Whitsundays weather throws at you, remember the sun is strong year-round. Even on overcast days, the suns’ rays can find their way to your skin.

What’s the best time to visit? Let’s consider all seasons…

Summer (December to March)

The average daily temperature is 30°C and although it may feel hot and humid, there is always a sea breeze that will cool you down.

December, January and February (and through to March) are considered the height of summer and bring daytime average temperatures of around 31°C. During summer, the subtropical weather shows its real form of hot and humid days.

Although it is deliciously warm…these months are also when the most rainfall is recorded. It is also the rainy season with tropical afternoon showers. These only last a few minutes and can be a refreshing way to cool down.


During the winter months of June, July and August there is an average daytime temperature of a very comfortable 24°C. At night, or with winds from the south, this can drop down to 18°C. While that is still much warmer than a winter’s night in Sweden, you may still like to have a light coat or jumper to keep you warm.

These months are also, on average, when the least amount of rainfall is recorded. Meaning clear blue skies to match the turquoise waters during the day. And as you stargaze on deck at night, with such clear skies, your only question will be if anyone is gazing back at you.

The best time to visit is April to October. You’ll also spot a whale if you come between June and August.

To find out the weather trends and current weather, visit our Whitsundays Weather section here.

Now you’ve made your mind up on the time of year you want to visit, why don’t you put the Whitsunday Islands down as your next holiday and dip your toes into the pure silica sand of world famous Whitehaven Beach, enjoy breathtaking views of the most instagrammed beach in 2019, Hill Inlet and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef at remote Hook Island.

With the largest fleet of vessels in the Whitsunday Islands; you’ll find a boat to suit your style and budget.

Find out more about booking your Whitsunday Island Tour day trips or overnight trips with Explore Whitsundays.

Enquire about available dates on (07) 4967 7555 or email [email protected].