Whitsundays Weather

Updated 10/01/22

Two people relaxing in the Whitsundays

The weather in the Whitsundays is considered to be a subtropical climate, as it is located between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer. Boasting endless days filled with bright Queensland sun, the Whitsundays weather is sought out by holidaymakers year-round. It's time for a sunny waterfront getaway and smooth sailing adventures!

The Whitsundays is located on the same tropical latitude as Honolulu and Mauritius, meaning you'll get comparable heat. Year-round the Whitsunday Islands climate creates an average temperature of 27.5°C. The ocean temperature in the Whitsundays averages a warm 25°C year-round. Whilst these temperatures range throughout the seasons, you'll be sure to enjoy consistently balmy, tropical weather at any time of the year - get ready for iconic destinations under the sunshine, followed by cooling off with a snorkel or swim in tranquil coves and bays!

Planning to visit the stunning Whitsundays in a particular month or season, be sure to check out our guide to weather in the Whitsundays!


Winter weather in the Whitsundays

The winter months in the Whitsundays, which fall from June to August, you can expect high average temperatures of 24°C to 25°C. Warm and comfortable, the Whitsundays during winter boasts near to no rain, and ideal southeast trade winds for days spent sailing around the Whitsunday Islands. 

Days are usually warm with cooler evenings creating perfect weather to wind down and fall asleep to after a relaxing day of adventuring. At most you should pack a light sweater! Don't forget your swimwear, the average ocean temperature during winter remains cozy - at a warm 21°C!

Winter is also the best time to see humpback whales on their annual migration through the Whitsundays! 

Three people about to go for a snorkel, Whitsundays


Summer weather in the Whitsundays

The summer months in the Whitsundays, which fall from December to February, experience hot and balmy temperatures ranging from 27°C to 32°C. Get ready for an authentic Queensland summer under the sun, filled with plenty of snorkelling, diving, swimming, and sailing to cool down! 

Although being stung by a stinger is a rare occurrence in the Whitsundays, be sure to put on a stinger suit during the summer months, to stay protected during the Whitsundays stinger season.

The tropical wet season of the Whitsundays falls between January and March. During these months you can expect the weather to be quite humid, but broken up with short periods of rain, generally in the afternoon after a day at sea! There is plenty to do during the wet season in the Whitsundays, with the astounding Cedar Creek Falls flowing at its best after rainfall!


Monthly Whitsundays Temperatures and Rainfall

No matter what season of the year the Australian sun is strong - especially in the Whitsundays! Make sure to pack plenty of SPF sunscreen and keep your skin well protected with covered light clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses! Even if it isn't hot, it is still easy to burn! If you're unsure what to pack, be sure to check out our Essential Packing List!

AVERAGE MAX AIR TEMPERATURE (°C) AVERAGE MIN AIR TEMPERATURE (°C) AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURE (°C) AVERAGE MONTHLY RAINFALL (MM)
JANUARY 30.4 24.9 28.0 247.9
FEBRUARY 30.1 24.9 28.8 330.8
MARCH 28.8 24.0 27.0 258.4
APRIL 27.1 22.6 26.0 193.4
MAY 24.8 20.8 24.0 123.1
JUNE 22.4 18.4 22.0 89.2
JULY 21.9 17.6 21.0 61.6
AUGUST 22.9 18.1 23.0 42.4
SEPTEMBER 25.4 19.8 26.0 25.5
OCTOBER 27.6 21.8 26.0 43.9
NOVEMBER 29.1 23.3 27.0 108.2
DECEMBER 30.0 24.4 28.0 186.8

For a detailed description of monthly temperatures, rainfalls, and local tips be sure to read more here.  

Up-to-date Whitsundays weather forecasts can be found at the Bureau of Meteorology.  


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