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Weather at Cairns in January?

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Weather at Cairns in January?

We are travelling to Sydney from the UK in time to catch New Years eve on 31st December 2005.from there we are visiting the Hunter Valley and taking a boat on the Hawksburys River.This takes us to around January 9th 2006 at which time we are considering visiting Cairns to visit the barrier Reef and the Rain forest for a few days.We have been told that this is the worst time of the year to visit there but can anyone tell us just what the weather will be like then?Any advice on which area to stay in would also be appreciated.

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1. Re: Weather at Cairns in January?

It's hot and humid in January and the start of the wet season which is basically monsoon weather of heavy downpours then the sun comes out. The one advantage is that the seas are calm and the water warm which is good for reef trips (also no stingers offshore). Consider the Whitsundays or the southern end of the GBR of Heron, Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands if you are really worried. It's still going to be quite hot (it is mid summer) but much less chance of rain there. For all the gen see www.bom.gov.au archives for Oz weather history and climate.

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2. Re: Weather at Cairns in January?

January will be VERY HOT and HUMID ! so as long as you are prepared, drink lots of water and wear sunscreen. www.queenslandholidays.com.au has a good section on the tropical north, and several links. also www.qhx.com.au

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3. Re: Weather at Cairns in January?

January in Cairns can only be described in 3 words Hot, humid and hideous!...sorry that's 4 words.

Anywhere in Queensland is going to be hot in January but the further north you go the hotter and wetter it gets. I agree with lockie if you are realy keen on seeing the Great Barrier Reef try the southern end. Or if you just want to relax on beautiful beaches and swim without stinger suits maybe the Sunshine Coast is the place for you.