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Top 10 Tours for Rainy Days In Cairns

Posted on July 16, 2018 by

When visiting Cairns and its lush green surrounds, you are visiting areas called the ‘Wet Tropics’ of North Queensland, also known as ‘Tropical North Queensland’.

With the words ‘Wet’ and ‘Tropical’ being used, there should be no surprise that these areas are going to attract rainy days at one time or another, with the wettest period being during the Green Season from January through to March.

These are the northern summer months so the rain is not a freezing cold rain, it is actually a warm tropical rain which is suitable for doing outdoor activities at a comfortable temperature ranging from 23.6 to 31.4°C (74.5 – 88.5°F).

Any in-water activities during this time are considered refreshing. So if it is raining, get wet, and have lots’ of fun as you will be dry within minutes when the sun comes out again!

During the Green Season it mostly rains at night and you wake up to a fresh clear sunny day that may have a few tropical rain clouds drop by for a big dump of rain for a few minutes and the disappear and the sun is once again beaming its warm rays.

Being in the tropical weather is quite interesting as you could have one person standing on the opposite side of the street in a rain downpour and you could be on the other side in the sunshine it is quite bizarre!

The weather in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland is basically the same as in Singapore, Bali, Fiji, Vanuatu and other Pacific Island locations nearby.

The 2 most famous attractions to the Cairns area are the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation beach. And the good news is that the rain won’t negatively impact your experience. Read on to find out why….

The Great Barrier Reef

Photo Courtesy of Tourism & Events Queensland

There should be no reason to let a little rain deter you from a day out on the Great Barrier Reef as you are going to get wet anyway whilst snorkelling or scuba diving.

If you go out to the reef on a pontoon tour and explore the reef on a Semi-Submersible Submarine tour or Glass Bottom Boat tour, you will be undercover and unaffected by the rain.

You should also make note, that when holidaying in Cairns, rain tends to hover over the rainforests on the mountains that line the coast not over the ocean.

So if it is raining in Cairns, it does not necessarily mean it is raining out on the Great Barrier Reef, it could very well be hot and sunny so bring your sunscreen.

But if you want to avoid the rain as much as possible, it is best to got to the most outer Great Barrier Reef regions from the mainland where the underwater visibility is also at its best.

Either way, you shouldn’t let a little rain hamper your once in a life time experience of snorkelling and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef.

Daintree Rainforest

Photo Courtesy of Tourism & Events Queensland

Already by reading its name “Rain” forest, it is clear that rain is involved with its occurrence.

In fact, its existence is extremely reliant on these tropical rains and the more greenery the more rain it attracts.

Even to the point it can create its own rain through transpiration.

On a rainy day, rainforests seem to come alive to an almost mystical feel with the sounds of its living creatures croaking and chirping and the sound of heavy drips of rain on the broad leaves in the canopy above.

When walking on a trail or elevated boardwalk in amongst the rainforest, the layers of the rainforest protect you from any heavy soaking.

By the time the rain has come through all the layers, it is more of a light sprinkle of rain than a soaking of rain.

You can hear and see the rain drops, which is unique to the environment.

Remembering that rainforests are tropical, so it is a warm rain.

Take a rain poncho for extra protection.

They are light and easy to carry.

There is no need to let rain stop you from seeing the rainforest. This is the best time to go out and witness its beauty.

Top 10 Tours for Rainy Days in Cairns

#1 Great Barrier Reef

Photo Courtesy of Great Adventures

Great Barrier Reef Tours | Cairns | Dive-Snorkel | Scuba Doo | Pontoon

Whether you are snorkelling, scuba diving, Scuba-Doo-ing on an underwater scooter, or taking a Semi-Submersible Submarine tour, the rain will not take away or disturb the beauty of what lies beneath the surface.

#2 World Heritage Listed Rainforest

Photo Courtesy of Billy Tea Bush Safaris

Daintree Rainforest Tours – Cape Tribulation – 4WD Bloomfield Track

See the rainforest come alive on a rainy day. It truly is amazing!

You will travel in the comforts of a custom built 4WD with huge windows to soak up the views.

Remembering that the rainforest in its own natural way, is the most magical when it is raining or has been recently raining.

#3 Scenic

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Photo Courtesy of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Kuranda Train | Skyrail Gondola | Half or Full Day Kuranda Tour

You will be undercover for your journey on the Kuranda Scenic Train as well as on the Skyrail Cableway Gondola.

Barron Falls, one of the breathtaking sights along the journey to Kuranda, is magnificent to see after heavy rain.

Take a rain poncho for protection from the rain when perusing through the Kuranda Markets and other Village attractions.

Stop for a tea, coffee or refreshing drink at one of the cafes and restaurants in the village if it should happen to pour with rain.

#4 Adventure – White Water Rafting

Photo Courtesy of Raging Thunder

Tully River White Water Rafting & Extreme Rafting | RT

You are bound to get wet on this tour, regardless of if it is raining or not. Add it to your itinerary on sunny or rainy days if you are up for some adventure.

#5 Waterfalls

Photo Courtesy of Tablelands Tours and Transfers

Cairns to Atherton Tablelands Full-Day Waterfalls Tour – TT&T

Waterfalls are spectacular after a bit of extra rain. It is the perfect time to see them in all their glory. Enjoy the view or get in and swim under a waterfall. An invigorating way to spend a rainy day.

#6 Local Culture

Photo Courtesy of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Cairns Aboriginal Cultural Park by Day

Tjapukai Indigenous Cultural Experiences allows you to learn and join in the interactive activities such as Boomerang Painting, Traditional Weaving & Jewellery Making. All the while you will be undercover from the rain. Tjapukai is great for visitors not wanting to do in-water activities and are interested in our local Indigenous culture. There is so much to learn here. 

#7 Wildlife Park

Photo Courtesy of Down Under Tours

Hartleys Crocodile Adventures (Afternoon) | DUT HCPM

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place in Cairns to see the monstrous Estuarine Crocodiles who are their main attraction. But, there is a wide variety of other Australian animals to be seen here too. Kangaroos, Koalas, Wombats, Cassowaries, Quolls, Snakes and more!

#8 Quad Biking

Photo Courtesy of Blazing Saddles Adventures

ATV Quad Biking Cairns – Blazing Saddles Adventures

Quad biking is fun any day of the year. But there is something about getting out and about on a quad bike on a rainy day that makes it so much more adventurous and exciting than any other day.

#9 River Tubing

Photo Courtesy of Foaming Fury

Behana Gorge OR Mulgrave River Tubing | Cairns Tour

The fact is that you are going to get wet on any day of the year for this in-water activity. So there is no need to avoid it because it is raining.

#10 Hot Air Ballooning

Photo Courtesy of Hot Air

Cairns Hot Air Balloon Scenic Flight

It may seem unusual that a Hot Air Balloon ride is recommended as a rainy day tour. So why is it in the top 10 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Cairns?

It is because the take off point is located in the Savannah region of the Atherton Tablelands called Mareeba. Mareeba is known as having an average of 300 sunny days a year!

So, if it is raining Cairns, it is more than likely not in Mareeba. Take in the breathtaking views can be seen as the sun is rising over the land.


For more information or to book phone 1300 761 612 – Always prebook your tours to avoid disappointment

Author: Jennifer Tofia – Tour Specialists

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