Experience the Tropics of Australia

Tropical North Queensland is so named because of its year round tropical weather, making it a very popular holiday destination. Unless you're going to an undeveloped area, most homes and buildings have air-conditioning. Reef Cottage is fitted with air-conditioning in the Lounge/Kitchen area and both bedrooms.

The climate here is characterised by two seasons. Although the months are stated, they are guidelines only and the seasons may begin and end outside of the anticipated months. Climate drivers such as El Nino and La Nina have influences that cause seasonal variability.

“Dry” season occurs during the region’s cooler months between May and October. The temperature is relatively mild (Wonga Beach ± 2° range between 28°C and 16°C). The days are generally sunny, and there is less rainfall, making it a pleasant change compared to the southern states of Australia.

“Wet” season is between November and April and brings a bit of unpredictability. The weather varies from warm to hot during the day and balmy to warm during the night (Wonga Beach ± 2° range between 34°C and 22°C). Humidity is high with an increased chance of rainfall, however cooler weather will usually follow after rain. Very heavy rain may cause temporary flooding. The occasional cyclone may come by and if we are in its direct path, the Cottage will be shut down (see Terms and Conditions). But catastrophic cyclones are rare and weather patterns are well monitored by the Bureau of Meteorology. There is usually plenty of warning should there be adverse weather conditions ahead. Click Regional Weather Forecast.

Rain is important for keeping this part of North Queensland lush and healthy. If precipitation has been continuously plentiful for a while, the Great Barrier Reef Drive is wonderful to travel along with the opportunity to see more than 20 waterfalls cascading down the Great Dividing Range.  You may actually see waterfalls beside the Drive especially between Ellis Beach and Yule Point, and rivulets proliferate through the hillside vegetation. The Daintree is at its most glorious after a good dose of rain - flushing waterfalls and creeks and a forest full of jade-like glistening leaves.

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