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Good time to go up North???

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1. Posted by Eazy21 (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone know what months you shouldn't go way north, Im wondering if i should go all the way up the east coast during November. Or will it be really really hot and raining all the time if i go now.

Please help


2. Posted by wildog (Full Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

There's two season up there ... wet (second half of the year) and dry (first half of the year), the temperature not varying much from 30 degrees C. Best time is in the middle of the dry, February-May.


3. Posted by B1121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

There is no time to not go up north. You can trust me, I live here. I actually like the wet season best, and so do many people who live in the North.

I doesn't rain all the time during the wet season. Rain usually happens in form of thunderstorms in the late afternoon or the wee hours of the morning. Unless there is a cyclon hanging around somewhere. Then it can pour like you wouldn't believe for a few days non stop, but that's an adventure in itself.

The build up from October to December is probably the hottest time of the year, and rather humid. So the afternoon showers are just beautifully refreshing.

Every season has it's advantages and disadvantages. Because the dry season is always advertised as the best time to go it is really crowded. By November a lot of tourist have cleared out (Maybe that's why we locals prefer the wet ;-)).

January to March are the wettest months, somewhat monsoonal, with most of the cyclons happening. But it's cooler again.

Peak of the dry season would be June to August.

But whenever you end up up here, it will be beautiful...


4. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The dry seasons best. Although it is nice up there most of the time the chances of rain from November to March are very high. And its uncomfortably hot and humid. If you're from Europe and trying to get away from rain and cloudy skies then avoid the wet season. Its likely you'll find it too hot as well. Then there's the stingers........People who live there always say its good because they are acclimatised and they have the maginificent Nothern winter to look forward to.

5. Posted by B1121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well, I haven't always lived up here...

I came from Germany, as a tourist. From temeperatures near freezing into a northern summer. Yes, it took a few days to adapt, but I loved it. And I wasn't on the East Coast. I was in the Kimberley. and that's way hotter than say Cairns.

If someone asked me about travel to the Kimberley in November I'd probably advise against it. Our climate here is too extreme. It is too hot even for us...

But the climate on the East coast is moderated by the ocean. And a Sydney or Perth summer day can be just as hot. My experience is that a 35 plus degree day in a city feels a lot hotter than on Cape Tribulation...

And if it's warm you don't mind an afternoon shower. Family and friends who visit me from Germany always come with the European notion that rain and cloudy days are bad. Rain up here is a very different experience to rain in the South or in Europe. It's a short and intense affair, and then the sun shines again...

So it's up to the individual. If you come from a cold climate and only have a few days for up here, it's probably not a good idea. But if you really want to see it, and don't mind warm weather, then I'd give it a go.

Espescially when travelling up the East coast, just go as far as you feel comfortable. Try it out. Or you'll never know if it's for you...