What is the weather like in the Whitsundays in October?

Updated Tue 22 Feb 2022

Man wearing a cap sitting in a hammock overlooking the Whitsundays

Updated 10/01/22

October has arrived in the Whitsundays - meaning that winter has well and truly said goodbye, and summer is beginning to say hello! With the Queensland school holidays ending at the beginning of the month, October is the time to put on your favourite swimsuit, breathe in the warm salty air, and enjoy a cruisy tropical escape without the bustle of peak season!

Spring is the ultimate season in the Whitsundays to revel in glorious weather conditions, both on the water and by the pool, with the month of October collecting an exceptionally low 43.9mm of rain! There really is no better time to explore the Whitsunday Islands!

October Temperature and Humidity in the Whitsundays

The daily average temperature for October in the Whitsundays is 25°C, with an average high of 27.6°C and an average low of 21.8°C. The sun generally rises in the Whitsundays in October at 5:50 am, slowly rising earlier as the spring month progresses.

The ocean temperature in the Whitsundays in October sits at a warm 26°C, perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and diving!

Spring in the Whitsundays is generally full of sunshine, with the month of October collecting an average of 43.9mm of rain.

Humidity in the Whitsundays region during October falls at approximately 71%.

For up-to-date radars and alerts for severe weather during your trip to the Whitsundays, check the Bureau of Meteorology’s radar. Find more information on the Whitsundays weather here.

Person wearing a stinger suit on a SUP in the Whitsundays, New Horizon vessel moored in the background

Tips for travelling to the Whitsundays in October


Remember to slip, slop, and slap

During October, the temperatures begin to rise steadily - summer is on the way! Remember the quintessential Aussie saying ‘slip, slop, and slap’ during your Whitsundays escape. Slip on protective clothing after your snorkel, slop on plenty of sunscreen, and slap on a hat and sunglasses to keep yourself well protected from the strong Queensland sun!

Group of people wearing hats and protective clothing at Hill Inlet Lookout, Whitsundays



Keep hydrated

Hydration is key in the tropical humidity of the Whitsundays, and it’s easy! Make sure to pack a water bottle before you head out on your adventures, drink often, and fill it up at every chance. Avoiding sunstroke and sunburn is essential to keep energised, and enjoy your October getaway to the max!



Water bottle, Hill Inlet Whitsundays


Plan your hikes for the morning

Although the maximum temperatures aren’t as high as the coming summer months, October days can get warm and balmy by noon! By planning your walks and hikes for the morning you’ll be able to enjoy the lush, flourishing native island landscapes without the burn. Wearing lightweight, breathable clothing is also a must!


Two people on the Whitsunday Great Walk, Whitsundays


Wear a stinger suit

October boasts tranquil ocean temperatures ideal for all types of reef exploring! However, the warmer weather does mark the official start of the Whitsundays stinger season, therefore we strongly recommend wearing stinger suits in the ocean as a precaution! Educate yourself and read all about stingers in the Whitsundays here.

Parent and child snorkelling in the Whitsundays wearing stinger suits


Book an overnight sailing adventure! 

Spring is known amongst holidaymakers near and far as the best time of the year to visit the Whitsundays! With blissful sailing conditions, endless days filled with dazzling sun rays, and gleaming azure waters, it is evident why overnight sailing and private charter vessel’s book out fast in the golden season! Make sure to book early!

Catamaran vessels moored in the Whitsundays

To book the perfect stay during October in the Whitsundays, don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly local travel agents!

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