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The Best Time to Go to Queensland

Choosing the best time to go to Queensland is more difficult than just looking at the typical weather patterns and booking your flights for when it was sunny last year. There are a few other factors you need to take into consideration to decide on when to go.

– Post in collaboration with Flight Centre

Exploring Queensland

The best temperate and weather in Queensland is important, of course, but also, think about the best time for the things you want to do there, when you can get a better deal, and whether there are any cool festivals and events you could go to while you’re around.

Temperature and weather

Daily temperatures in Cairns, Queensland and Australia’s capital, are about 23-31°C in summer (Dec to Feb) and 18°C in the deepest winter (June to August). The rest of the year is somewhere in between. 

Exploring Queensland

It’s pretty much always sunny in Queensland but April is when the wet season ends and the dry months begin with average temperatures of around 25C.  

The general consensus, if the weather and temperature is your main issue, is that Cairns, and Queensland, is best between April and June.

Things to do

Flight Centre have put together a guide for the best time to visit Queensland, which you search by month to see when what you’re into, and what you want out of your holiday, matches up with what Queensland have to offer.

For example, click on ‘February’ and you’ll see that the turtle hatchlings, the beaches and the sunflowers are the top things to see and do. You can also see the Chinchilla Melon Festival is on – so you can satisfy all those desires you’ve ever had to go melon bungeeing, whatever that is. 

And then in October it’s all mangos and coral spawning, and the Caloundra Music Festival. Look, check it out.

Festivals and events

Look out for school holidays and local events when you’re there. They’re either a great opportunity to get involved, or a headache as the cost of accommodation will rise and it’ll be busier than normal. Trust me, you don’t want to arrive in a destination with a big festival on if that’s not your intention.

Queensland festival calendar

  • Noosa Festival of Surfing | Mid March | Sunshine Coast
  • BLEACH Festival | End of March | Gold Coast
  • Airlie Beach Race Week | Mid August | The Whitsundays
  • Brisbane Festival | September | Brisbane
  • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers | End of September | South Queensland
  • Crush Festival | October | Bundaberg

Low season and high season

In the low season, between April and June, you’ll get the cheapest prices on activities and hotels as there are less people about. The weather might not be as good, but the prices will be better. What’s more important to you? 

In high season, May to August, which would classically be described as the best time to visit Queensland, the prices will of course be higher. It’s cold and wet in Sydney and Melbourne at this time so the Aussies like to take their weekends in Queensland too. This is also the best time for the diving on the Great Barrier Reef and seeing the humpback whales on their migration to the north.

Check out the costs of flights to Australia at Flight Centre.

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