Sunbaking on beach

Sun Safety

Be sun smart


The weather is one of the best things about Tropical North Queensland, but the sun up here can be very strong year round – and nothing ruins a holiday like a nasty sunburn. Take some simple precautions to stay sun smart.

There are five key ways to protect yourself:


  • Apply a water-resistant broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF30 or higher 20 minutes before you go outside. Reapply every two hours or more regularly if you’re swimming.


  • Wear a wet suit or long sleeved sunshirt when swimming or snorkelling for a stronger protection from the sun.


  • Dress in light, cotton clothing with a close weave. It’s cool and comfortable while still offering good protection.


  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat that covers your face and neck.


  • Wear good-quality sunglasses that sit close to your face and protect your whole eye.


  • Seek out shade where you can and avoid direct sun during the hottest part of the day (10am to 2pm).


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