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1. Posted by spanner (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

After reading some posts about being in cairns leading up to the monsoon season I was wondering....is it really that bad? ie is being there while the weathers as it is a hinderance to seeing the area?

We'll be arriving in Cairns on the 11th December and planning to initially go up to Cape Tribulation and then make our way down the east coast. Is there really going to be torrential (sp?) rain there at that time or will we get some sunshine? And it won't be deserted around that time will it?

Much appreciation for any responses. anna xx

2. Posted by Ms Pinky (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

Hi Anna,

You will certainly meet some rain on your travels up that way (you lucky thing). We Queenslanders just luurrrrrvvve rain.
It is the rainy season at that time of the year but normally will only rain in the afternoon. Sometimes it can be quite torrential, but is normally done in an hour or so. I can tell you though, you will be welcoming the rain. You will be here at a really hot time of the year. It is wonderful ( I am a summer baby), but is quite hard to get used to the humidity up North. Oh well, what better excuse to go for a dip, bask in the sunshine and have a cold beer (or 20)....

3. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 9y

Hooray for summer storms!!! It's true, we love it. I'm from Brisbane but i've never been north - heading up there in Jan and actually looking forward to the monsoon season, i missed those tropical downpours when i was away. They're spectacular.

Truth is, the storms are as much part of the oz experience as the sunshine (wow that sounds like some kind of metaphor). you'll still get the sunny days and all, but learn to love the rain - ms pinky's right, in the heat you'll welcome it!

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

There will be some rainy days and some sunny days. It will be mighty humid. It could be very soggy up at cape trib but it is quite atmospheric with the rain cascading down all over the place.

If you go to cape trib and it rains a lot there is a chance that you might get stuck for a few days as the roads aren't that good, so be prepared....

5. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 9y

The rain is only half the issue. If you aren't used to humidity you may find you don't want to go out at all. Building up to storms it can get pretty bad and it will zap your energy and enthusiasm PDQ.

6. Posted by ciannone (Budding Member 33 posts) 9y

What would you guys say is the best time to be up in that area?