5 Reasons You Should Visit North Queensland During Summer

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Published 7 September 2021


Southerners often shy away from North Queensland in summer because of the heat. But being brave and putting up with a bit of warmth has many rewards, and you'll come to find that Summer is the best time to go. Read on to see why you are missing out by not going to North Queensland in summer.

Long Summer Days

Queensland is still in the dark ages and doesn’t have daylight savings, but days are nice and long during summer. The long days mean you can pack a lot in and when the day is done, wind down with a beverage in the cooler temperature as the sun goes down. On especially steamy days, there is nothing better than a famous Queensland thunderstorm.

There is something so special about that pre-storm stillness where the temperature drops, and you know it’s finally on the way. Grab a cheese platter, a beer and watch it roll in from your balcony.

Delicious Fruit

In summer in Australia, some of the most delicious fruit is in season—peaches, plums and lychees, and the superior summer fruit—MANGOES! Flight Centre Co-captain Lisa says that no trip to TNQ is complete without stopping into the iconic Frosty Mango for delicious natural ice cream.


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A More Local Vibe

Aside from Christmas and New Year, summer is a quieter time in North Queensland, with fewer tourists visiting. This means cheaper pricing, better availability, easier to get into restaurants, and more room on popular tours.


Man and women sit at outdoor bar having a drink and smiling. Other people sit at other tables in the background
The Anchorage Bar & Cafe Karumba Image Tourism and Events Queensland

Calmer Weather and Warmer Water Temperatures

Flight Centre Co-Captain Wayne explains that the northerly winds of the summer months are generally calmer than the southerly trade winds of winter. Because of this, there will be some gorgeously glassy, flat days on the water, meaning much better visibility for snorkelling and diving.

The water will also be warmer, making for a more comfortable experience. It is important to note that stinger suits are required, but tour companies provide them, so you don’t need to take up room in your suitcase with one.


person snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef
Image Tourism and Events Queensland

Booming Waterfalls and Brimming Water Holes

While summer is the wet season and can bring a summer storm or two, Co-Captain Peta says that this is perfect because the falls, rivers and lakes will be full to the brim and at their most spectacular. Catch the Kuranda Rail and Skyrail for amazing views of Barron Falls or enjoy a rafting tour of Baron River for more adventure. After some rain, take a drive to the Millaa Millaa falls to explore the falls, freshwater Swimming holes and Rockslides.

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Rich Indigenous Culture

We are giving you a bonus reason and this one is applicable year-round. Tropical North Queensland is especially rich in indigenous culture and there are many opportunities to learn more about our country’s first inhabitants.

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