Best time to visit Port Douglas

The best time to visit Port Douglas is during the winter dry season from mid-May to early-November, when you can expect clear blue skies and warm sunny days tempered by gently sea breezes.

For hot-weather activities the best time to visit Port Douglas is during October and November.


Port Douglas weather

Port Douglas experiences a hot tropical climate with two seasons: a warm, dry season and a hot, wet season.

The so-called ‘green’ or wet summer season lasts from November to April, with January through to March receiving the most rain. Average daytime temperatures rise to 31°C (87°F) and above, with a night-time low around 25°C (77°F).

Which is the hottest month in Port Douglas?
The hottest time of year in Port Douglas is normally December and January. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 32°C (89°F), with high heat and humidity.

When is it sunniest in Port Douglas?
The sunniest time of year in Port Douglas is normally October with bright sunshine on average for 78% of daylight hours; that's nine hours of sunshine per day.

Which is the coldest month in Port Douglas?
The coldest month in Port Douglas is July with an average day-time high of 25°C (77°F) and a night-time low of 20°C (68°F).

When is the sea warmest in Port Douglas?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Port Douglas in January and February when the water temperature reaches 29°C (84°F).

Which month has the most rain in Port Douglas?
February is usually the wettest month in Port Douglas with up to 500mm on average. There are normally 16 days in February with some rain.

December to April is usually wet, with January through to March receiving the most rain.

What is the windiest month in Port Douglas?
April and August are the windiest months of the year, with an average hourly wind speed of around 23 kilometres per hour (12 knots).

March through November are usually the windiest months in Port Douglas, with average wind speeds of around 22 kilometres per hour (12 knots).

Port Douglas experiences less wind in the months from December to February. The calmest month of the year in Port Douglas is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 17 kilometres per hour (9 knots).

The predominant wind direction in Port Douglas is from the east throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in Port Douglas?
The risk of a tropical storm in Port Douglas is greatest between January and March. The region is prone to tropical cyclones, which usually form between November and May.

Queensland has an excellent cyclone warning system that provides plenty of advance notice of an impending cyclone.


Note: The waters of tropical Queensland are home to marine stingers (Irukandji jellyfish). The high risk season is from November to May. Stinger nets are available for ocean swimming and most accredited tour operators offer protective ‘stinger suits’ to all customers at little or no cost.

If you do get stung do not rub the sting area instead, apply vinegar immediately and seek medical attention urgently. Dial 000 for an ambulance.


Port Douglas – Monthly Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max temp (°C)
32 31 31 29 27 26 25 26 28 30 32 32
Average daily min temp (°C)
25 25 25 24 23 21 20 21 22 23 24 25
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
7 6 6 7 7 8 7 8 8 9 8 8
Comfort level
High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon
Average relative humidity (%)
78 81 81 78 77 77 75 73 69 70 71 72
Average UV Index
11+ 11+ 11+ 11 9 7 8 9 11 11+ 11+ 11+
Days with some rainfall
15 16 15 11 8 6 4 4 5 7 8 12
Average rainfall (mm)
376 500 326 129 66 27 20 18 21 46 80 164
Average wind speed (km/h)
18 17 21 23 22 22 23 23 22 22 21 19
Average daily sea temp (°C)
29 29 28 27 25 24 23 23 24 26 27 28
Port Douglas, Queensland

Holiday seasons

High season: June to October during the dry season.
Low season: November to May.


Note: Monthly weather averages – meteorological data is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia with additional historical climate data sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


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Latest update: Best time to visit Port Douglas: 12 May, 2022



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