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School Holidays

The school holiday periods in Australia are classed as peak season for travel thus we always recommend that you book your holiday accommodation for these periods at least 12 months in advance to ensure you secure the exact style of resort, holiday home or apartment to suit your needs.

For tours and attractions we recommend you can either book your Great Barrier Reef tour at the time of making your accommodation booking and if necessary as the time gets closer to your arrival we can move the dates (within cancellation policy) should the weather not be suitable or for other reasons.

You can normally be pretty safe to book your reef trips a minimum of 3 weeks prior to arrival and as above we can move the travel dates if totally necessary.

For Great Barrier Reef tours on Christmas Day these will need to be booked very early as there are not too many boats on the reef due to the high costs of wages for staffing in Australia. Can you imagine what your kids will say when you tell them you are spending Christmas Day snorkelling and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef?

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Rental cars are at a premium during school holiday periods so again if you feel you need a rental car book it early here.  

Cairns has two seasons one called the “dry season” and one called the “green season”. A lot of visitors choose between these two seasons to travel to North Queensland. Over the green season the weather is the same as you would experience in Bali, Fiji and other Pacific Ocean countries and the dry season has less rain but does have some windy days which can affect your Great Barrier Reef experience. 

Take a look here at the two seasons descriptions

Call our Tour Specialists team on 1300 761 612 to discuss your school holiday plans for your next trip to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland Australia. We are here in Cairns 7 days a week and happy to help book the right tours and attractions for your next school holiday break. 

Search your school holiday dates and public holiday dates for Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Canberra, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

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