When Is The Best Time to Visit The Whitsundays?
The Whitsundays are gifted with amazing weather year-round which makes this subtropical region the perfect destination for sunny waterfront holidays and smooth sailing adventures. Located on the same tropical latitude as Honolulu and Mauritius, the Whitsundays experience comparable heat in a seemingly eternal summer with an average daily temperature of 27.5 degrees Celsius and, most importantly, an inviting average water temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the year!
Whether you're day tripping or cruising the reef for a few days, you will be spending most of your time outside while on a Whitsundays tour; and as such the better the weather, the better the overall experience is likely to be!
Realistically any time of the year you decide to visit the Whitsundays will allow you to have a good time and enjoy the tropics. But, when is the best time of year to visit the Whitsundays?
While many would prefer to visit the Whitsunday Islands during the Australian summer when hot sunny days are at their peak, December to February in the Whitsundays is actually characterised by hot humid days ranging from 27°C to 32°C with balmy evenings and short periods of rain. This is due to the tropical wet season of the Whitsundays that falls between January and March which means in between the days of heat and sunshine, you'll get to enjoy the beautiful tropical rain. This always makes it a great season for enjoying waterfalls and swimming holes in the area, which will run with abundant freshwater after summer storms but if you’re counting on uninterrupted days of sunshine you may be out of luck.
During the winter months, which fall from June to August, you can expect average high temperatures of around 24°C to 25°C. Winter weather is usually agreeable and dry with often hot days and cooler evenings, which are great for sleeping and winding down after a busy day. At most, a light sweater is all you will need to add to your packing list!
Winter is also the best time to see humpback whales on their annual migration through the Whitsundays! The sun remains strong in the Whitsundays all year round with gloriously warm, bright sunny winter days perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing - just don’t forget the sunscreen! Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are still necessary for the winter months in the Whitsundays to protect yourself from strong UV rays, especially if you are planning on visiting the whitest (and most reflective) sand in the world on Whitehaven Beach!
Considering Stinger Season
Aside from the weather, another thing to take into account in stinger season. October to May is largely recognised as the peak season for marine stingers and although this does affect diving and snorkelling to some degree, it can still be done safely so guests can enjoy the underwater experience. While the risks can be minimised when sufficient safety gear is worn and appropriate precautions are taken, if this is of concern, it is wise to factor this into your travel plans.
The best time to visit the Whitsundays is..
September! Due to the consistently sunny weather and low humidity, locals and travel industry experts agree that the month of September tends to be the best time for travelling to the Whitsundays. September provides great conditions to travel in and around the Whitsunday region, whilst avoiding stinger season, and the school holidays for the majority of the month. September also combines comfortably warm weather, with the lowest rainfall of the year and provides ideal conditions to explore the reef. Perfect!
You can really visit any time of year!
Ultimately, the Whitsundays Region is lucky enough to have beautiful weather all year round for exploring the islands and the reef so the best time to visit is going to be what works best for you. But, if you want to catch good weather, avoid the school holidays rush, and perhaps pick up the odd bargain, early September is going to be ideal.
We’re here to help you plan your dream holiday in the Whitsundays - ask one of our local travel experts for their recommendations and we’ll help you choose the perfect time for you!