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Is December a good time to go to Cairns?

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Is December a good time to go to Cairns?

My wife and I are looking to spend a week trip for our honeymoon in December. We are thinking to see the Great Barrier Reef, take a hot air balloon and take Kuranda Rail.

Is December a good time to go to Cairns? What other things are a "must take care"?

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Is December a good time to go to Cairns?

Good time. Try and beat school holidays (Dec 15). Have lunch at Port Douglas. See a rain forest like Cape Trib. or Mossman Gorge).

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2. Re: Is December a good time to go to Cairns?

You will be going to the tropics just before the official wet season starts - it will be hot and humid. If you want to escape the humidity you need to go to Cairns between May - October. Just depends what you like - we love the humidity which comes with beautiful mornings to walk on the beach and balmy evenings - however, some people don't enjoy the humidity. In a week stay, you will not need to do more than visit the Reef, rainforest, Kuranda Rail - you will be on your honeymoon!

If you want to fill each day, visit Port Douglas and the Atherton Tablelands.

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3. Re: Is December a good time to go to Cairns?

just be aware that summer is box jellyfish season so it's better to go in winter if you're planning on swimming (though they aren't out on the reef)

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4. Re: Is December a good time to go to Cairns?

Great time for reef - after winter south easterlies which can make trip out to reef rough and before wet season.

Don't miss the hot air ballooning from Atherton Tablelands, if you self-driving go to Crystal Cascades rainforest just out of Cairns, there's no stinger danger in its clear fresh waters.

Best time of year to see the tropical trees in bloom - whilst it will be hot and humid, who cares when you're in the water.

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