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Cairns Weather in October

October is an excellent time to visit Cairns, as it falls during the winter dry season.

You can expect pleasantly warm weather with around nine hours of sunshine daily with occasional rain showers mainly falling at night. Daytime temperatures see an average high of 29°C (84°F) with a low of 20°C (68°F) at night.

October weather conditions are great for rainforest tours, white-water rafting and are ideal for game fishing and snorkelling or diving the Great Barrier Reef.

It’s also a good time to watch minke and giant humpback whales during their annual migration south.

October sees hotel rates drop slightly as the popular winter high season draws to a close.

Note: October sees the start of the so called ‘marine stinger season’. While it is rare for anyone to get badly stung, it’s probably advisable to swim on beaches with swimming enclosures; all beaches in and around Cairns have small, netted enclosures for swimming.


Cairns – October Weather Averages

Ave Temp (°C) Temperature icon  25°C (77°F)
Ave High Temp (°C) Temperature icon  29°C (84°F)
Ave Low Temp (°C) temperature icon  20°C (68°F)
Sunshine (Hrs daily) sun icon  9 hours per day
Daylight (Hrs daily) 13  13 hours per day
Comfort Level Moderately heat icon  Moderate heat & 70% humidity
UV Index 11  Extreme
Days with some Rain umbrella icon  8 days
Ave Rainfall (mm) rain cloud  46mm
Sea Temp (°C) swimming icon  26°C (79°F)
Cairns, Queensland

Best time to visit Cairns

The best time to visit Cairns is during the winter dry season from June to mid-October, when the skies are invariably blue and the days warm and sunny, with a gently breeze.

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Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia.


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Latest update: Cairns Weather in October: 12 December, 2018


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