When Is The Best Time to Visit The Whitsundays?

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!

Visit the Whitsundays all year-round

Despite September being the ultimate time to visit the Whitsundays, the region is gifted with amazing weather year-round. It's 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 weather in a seemingly eternal summer. Average daily temperatures are 27.5 degrees Celsius and, most importantly, an inviting average water temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) is perfect for swimming all year round! 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. So, the better the weather, the better the overall experience is likely to be! 

Ultimately, any time of the year you decide to visit the Whitsundays will allow you to have an incredible time and enjoy the tropics. But, when is the best time of year to visit the Whitsundays?

Girls Champagne on Whitehaven Beach

Summer

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. However, if you’re counting on uninterrupted days of sunshine you may be out of luck.

Autumn

As the two biggest seasons in the Whitsundays are summer and winter, autumn comfortably squeezes in as a shoulder season. Running from February to May, it’s a wonderful time of year to visit the Whitsundays. By this time of year, the rain has usually mostly eased off and the heat has cooled off, too. As there are no prominent school holidays during this time of the year (aside from the busy Easter long weekend holiday), the crowds have also usually dissipated by autumn. If you like the heat without the burn, medium crowds and clearer days, visiting the Whitsundays in autumn might be perfect for you. 

Winter

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!

Spring

Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Whitsundays because of its cooler than average temperatures, dispersed crowds and magnificent weather. As the second shoulder season of the year, springtime graces the Whitsundays from around August to October, bringing with it blue skies, perfect temperatures and less crowds. Springtime is an amazing time to visit the Whitsundays and hire a boat if you’re after a less bustling, more expansive holiday. After winter, locals and tourists alike are coming out of their cosy cocoons and gearing up for another amazing Whitsunday season!

Blue Skies in the Whitsundays

Considering stinger season

Aside from the weather, another thing to take into account is 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, stinger suits are provided on most of our water adventures, so guests can enjoy the underwater experience safely. While the risks can be minimised when sufficient safety gear is worn and appropriate precautions are taken, it is wise to factor this into your travel plans if you're concerned.

Average weather Whitsundays

Average weather Whitsundays Bureau of Meteorology

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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. This means that you can pencil in your tropical getaway whenever suits you... the beautiful islands and reefs will be waiting for you all year round! 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. 

Hill Inlet from above winter

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