spring in tropical north queensland

Spring is in the Air

Average Cairns temperatures: 20.5ºC (min) / 29.5ºC (max)

Kick Start Summer Early

The tropics have a reputation of summer year-round, but spring is where the traditional feeling of summer kicks in. Swimming holes are frequented as warm and sunny days call for relaxing in cool waters; bright flowers bloom and with them, flocks of colourful birds feeding on their nectar arrive.

While other places in Australia are still experiencing milder weather, Tropical North Queensland becomes the perfect place to kick start summer early.

East Coast Angling

Cool, calm & collected

Warm, sunny days and glassy seas are synonymous with spring with winds dropping off causing flat seas and ideal boating conditions.

Make the most of this prime time and live that luxe life on one of the many islands you’ll find dotted along the Great Barrier Reef or perch up by the pool at one of the many hotels and resorts in the region.

Tropical lifestyle

sunbird on ginger flower
Olive-backed sunbird

Nature blossoms

See trees laden with flowers readying themselves for the peak summer fruiting. Pops of colour decorate the landscape with birds of all colours and sizes flocking to feast on the sweet nectar.

See unique native rainforest trees in full bloom, mango trees adorned with small yellow/ cream blossoms and the vibrant red of poincianas and flame trees.

Bird watching

Coral spawning close up
Coral spawning

Feel the romance on the reef

It’s the tropical version of snowing, but underwater. Each year two-to-six nights after the November full moon, the Great Barrier Reef erupts in a mass spawning event.

This eruption lasts for 20 to 30 minutes with all sorts of marine creatures simultaneously releasing their sperm and eggs surrounded by masses of fish taking advantage of the abundance of food. It’s the most active time on the reef and is an amazing thing to go snorkelling or diving in.

Coral spawning

Sunrise from Mt Bartle Frere
Sunrise from Mt Bartle Frere

Tackle the trails

Reliably drier conditions make spring a popular time for hiking and biking. It’s more common to have great visibility on hikes such as Mt Bartle Frere, which is notorious for its summit hiding behind clouds throughout most of the year.

Hiking & Walking Trails
Mountain Biking Trails

Morning Glory cloud formation at Burketown
Morning Glory Clouds


Head west to try spot the Morning Glory cloud formation in September and October. These clouds have been “sky surfed” by professional hang‑gliders who liken them to surfing a tsunami.

The Gulf of Carpentaria is the only place in the world where these cigar-shaped clouds predictably occur.



  • As the days warm up, find one of the many places to cool down from placid freshwater swimming holes, waterfalls or incredible resort lagoons.

  • Early spring is still a popular time to tackle the epic Cape York adventure. Hit the dusty road to the most northerly point of mainland Australia.

  • Tropical springs do tend to get pretty warm so be prepared on any outdoor adventures – pack plenty of water and practise sun safety (hats, shirts, and sunscreen are always recommended).

  • Marine stingers may be present in coastal waters through some of spring. It’s recommended you wear a protective suit to help shield you from the sun and to minimise the risk of jellyfish stings.

The sweetest spring

You’ll be a busy bee discovering all that Tropical North Queensland has to offer.

Coconut Trees
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What's on

With many sunny days and a lower chance of rain through spring, many events appear on the calendar. Dress up at the spring racing carnivals, spend your day at a music festival, or challenge yourself at one of the athletic events around the region.

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