I'm heading to the Cairns area and the GBR in early July of 2006. How is the water temperature at that time? I've heard that it's cold farther south, even in the Whitsunday Islands. Is that true?
I have not heard complaints farther north, anywhere around Cairns. I'm vacationing in Port Douglas, and want to add a GBR island to that. I was thinking Green or Lizard islands, to stay as North as possible. But for the whole region, I just want to be sure we get into the water that first time and say "ahhh", not "uh oh". I don't see us as wet suiters.
How far south can one go before water temperature in winter becomes an issue? I'm interested in Lady Elliott or Heron Islands, but I think they may be too far south to be comfortable.
Or is it even something to be "dealt with" (i.e., it's decent but still not warm enough) up north as well?