You will never run out of things to do in the Whitsundays with the Great Barrier Reef diving a favourite. Why not charter a private boat and spend the weekend sailing the Whitsundays on a romantic break, or even charter a private seaplane for the ultimate getaway.
Discover the mystical sea life below the water with a scuba or snorkelling tour, or stay above with a jet ski adventure or a cruise to Whitehaven Beach - recently voted the most beautiful beach in Australia. In addition, if you're looking for more information on what to do in Queensland as a whole, be sure to check out our state page!
Whitsundays Weather and Climate Information for Visitors
Located just off the central coast of Queensland, The Whitsundays have quickly become a magnet for tourists both nationally and internationally due to their idyllic "holiday island" atmosphere comprised to pristine, white sandy beaches, perfect azure water both in the surrounding ocean and throughout various lagoons, and a huge range of activities and accommodation catering directly to the holidaymaker. Comprised of over 74 islands, the largest in the archipelago are Whitsunday Island and Hamilton Island - however, their close proximity to one another means that the weather conditions are fairly consistent throughout the entire island chain. Weather conditions are generally excellent year round, as the hot seasons are cooled by regular trade winds, while the waters are protected by both the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef.
Temperatures and Rainfall
Temperatures in the Whitsundays are typically comfortable throughout the year, with a balmy 27 degrees celsius being the yearly average maximum, and 18 degrees being the minimum average - indicative of its near-ideal climate for any variety of island getaway that is not restricted by seasons or certain times of the year, making attempting to find a booking in the "perfect season" not as much of a necessity as many other popular holiday destinations.
Rainfall is the heaviest in the months of January to March, with yearly rainfall quotas dependent on the possible occurrence of cyclones (which, if they do happen, usually do so in the bridging period between February and March.)
As with many other island climates located along similar points of latitude (just over 100 miles North of the Tropic of Capricorn), the seasons that comprise the yearly calendar are often indistinguishable from one another - what would be labeled "Summer" in other circumstances generally lasts for six months or more, and while there are occasionally cool nights in the year's coldest months, the climate rarely approaches anything that would be truly dubbed "cold".
As mentioned above, Summer comprises the majority of the calendar year on the Whitsundays, with the "season" generally lasting from November all the way through to April, and sometimes longer. Northerly winds that sometimes occur during this period can cause the temperature and humidity to climb suddenly and rapidly, however they will usually dissipate before too long. Average temperatures during day time in the Summer are 31°C(88°F). The humidity levels can sometimes make sleeping difficult at night as there is rarely a steep drop from the daily peak down to the nightly average, and thus air conditioning (if available at your accommodation facility) can come in extremely handy for those with a low tolerance to humid weather.
Autumn is practically non-existent on the Whitsundays as there is little to mark the passage of what we would usually characterise this season; the weather stays consistent throughout; there is no changing of leaf colours or stripping of trees; and the temperatures vary only slightly from the Summer months. In reality, "Autumn" is simply an extension of Summer that makes up three of the six overall Summer months.
Unlike many other holiday destinations, Winter is often the peak season for tourist activity as travellers flock to the Whitsundays in an attempt to escape from their local, colder Winters. Labeled by many as the perfect climate due to the warm days coupled with cooler nights that make for excellent sleeping conditions, it is easy to see why a Whitsunday Winter has the level of popularity that it does. Any destination that is still conducive to water sports during its Winter season is going to be a hotspot for visitors for the foreseeable future, and the recent development of many new facilities on the island chain have been a firm acknowledgement of this. At most, you will need a light cardigan for Winter nights if you are highly susceptible to cold, but otherwise - enjoy the weather!
Spring is a very bright and clear season characterised by a very good balance between warmth and outright "heat". An ideal time for water sports (which are exceedingly popular on the island chain) such as snorkelling, scuba diving, and simple swimming. Spring in the Whitsundays tends to be the windiest season, which also leads to other activities like windsurfing, kite surfing, and more being big hits during these months. Rain may fall occasionally but otherwise the sunshine is predictably reliable. Be mindful of attending the islands for your trip during July, however, as this is a school holiday period and crowds may increase over other, less busy times of the year.