Cape Tribulation has a tropical climate with a average annual
temperature of around 27 degrees Celsius.
One thing to remember is that you want to come to Cape
Tribulation to see the rainforest, and rainforest can not survive without
rain, and although places like Darwin might have a guaranteed dry season,
in Cape Tribulation you could get a shower or a big downpour any time
of year. If it does rain during your stay here don't let it ruin your
holiday, enjoy it, the rainforest looks at its best during the rain,
the leaves are shiny, the frogs croak, the creeks and waterfalls are
roaring, it's all alive!
There is nothing more refreshingg than to go for a swim in a running
creek in the rain, like at the swimming hole at Mason's shop. After
all, you'll get wet when you swim anyway!
I'll try and give you some advice on the Cape Tribulation
weather and when to come here, just from my personal experience over
the 17 years I have lived here;
Personally I think the best time to visit is late
August to early November, as by then the winter has passed,
the south east trade winds have slowed or disappeared, and there is
less chance of rain and conditions are perfect for snorkelling
trips to the Great Barrier Reef and sea
Somewhere in November the box jelly fish
will arrive, so unless you have a stinger suit you are restricted to
swimming in the swimmingholes in the beautiful freshwater creeks, the
pool at your accommodation, or take a reef
trip; box jellyfish only live near the shore so out there you are
pretty safe. November and December are warm/hot and dry months, although
many tourists think that the wet season has started then the opposite
is the case, it gets so dry that most years many houses around Cape
Tribulation run out of water! Towards Christmas it gets hot, but around
this time we usually get the first refreshing showers.
A nice sunny day on Myall Beach
January continues to be warm to hot,
with the occasional shower, during this time of November to February
there is usually not much wind, creating the blue mirror smooth oceans
that you always see on the postcards and brochures, a perfect time for
scuba diving in the clear
waters of the Great Barrier Reef and sea
February and March are traditionally
months where torrential rains can hammer down for days and days, but
with the changing of climates worldwide the last few years this does
not always happen and also these two months can have beautiful warm
and dry weather most of the time.
April and May are harder to predict as
anything can happen, normally the wet season is over by now but in the
last two years we have had cyclones hitting the coast, too far from
Cape Tribulation to do wind damage, but they did bring rain. Temperatures
are dropping now.
June can also be quite a temperamental
month, changing periods of sunshine and periods of rain can keep life
interesting, temperatures are getting lower as we are getting closer
July and August is the peak time of year
when most people come to the Daintree for their holidays, and unfortunately
this is also a time when south east trade winds can blow and we can
still get showers, if your work commitments allow try to put your visit
off till September, as the area will be less crowded and the weather
conditions will be better for beach and reef
Below are some more useful links to current weather and
historical weather data to help you find what you are looking for;
The current weather in Cairns, the nearest city to Cape Tribulation
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology
has a website where you can check the weather and warnings for Cape
Tribulation and every place around Australia.
can tell you the weather in just about any location in Australia simply
by typing the name of the location in this search box;
here for Cape Tribulation's current weather, and also a
listing of historical data on minimum and maximum rainfall, temperatures,
moon and sunsets etc.
Planning a snorkelling
or scuba diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef?
here for the Cape Tribulation marine forecast, wind speeds,
here to see a radar image of the north Queensland coast
that will show you where it rains right now.
Cape Tribulation's average rainfall is normally around
4.2 metres, although we have had a drought year where it only rained
just over two metres and in recent years we had close to 7 metres! (That
is 275 inches!)
There are a few occasions in recent history where it rained a metre
a day, in 1996 the upper catchment area of the Daintree river received
1.5 metres in 36 hours, which resulted in the river rising above the
banks, the ferry cable broke on the northern side and by the time the
waters went down again the ferry was sitting high and dry on the riverbank
and it took nearly a week to get it back into action again. Also there
was metres of river sand on the road on the southern side and sections
of bitumen had lifted off the road and washed into the sugarcane fields.
After years of requests by residents the local council
has finally raised the Myall Creek and Thompson Creek causeways at Cape
Tribulation so these creek crossings do not flood during the wet season
anymore, and works are planned to also raise Cooper Creek and Mason
Creek in 2010. Previously just about every year a few cars used to get
washed down these creeks in the wet season;