From its lush and tropical vegetation full of native flora and fauna to its sparkling, crystal-clear waters, the Daintree Rainforest is a magical place full of incredible scenery and rich culture. While the Daintree Rainforest might be one of Australia's most beloved landscapes, it also experiences one of the wettest climates so it's important to know what kind of weather is expected at any point during the year so you can make an informed decision on when you should visit.
What's the Daintree weather like?
Daintree weather can be quite varied throughout the year however temperatures are likely to stay high, even in winter. Frequent and heavy rainfall is expected 5 months out of the year (December, January, February, March, and April) with tornadoes sometimes likely as well, especially during the peak of summer. The warmest month on average is December at 31°C and July is the coldest month with an average of 26°C but can lower to 17°C at nighttime.
Regardless of the season you're travelling in, the temperature is likely to feel cooler when you're exploring the rainforest itself as the lush canopy shields most of the sun and heat.
When's the best time to visit the Daintree?
In other destinations, the summer months are usually the busiest time to visit but due to the Daintree's 'wet' season running from December to April, these months are relatively quiet. Instead, the peak period is during the winter months (June, July, and August) as the temperatures are still high (averaging around 26°C), there's low humidity compared to that in summer, and there's little chance of rain.
If you're set on travelling to the Daintree Rainforest in summer, expect temperatures to be around 30°C and the humidity levels to be at 80% with frequent rainfall common at night. This still allows for some nice and sunny days that you can spend exploring, however you should always be prepared for showers as the weather can change quickly. It's not all bad news though as visiting Far North Queensland in summer, particularly after a tropical storm, can result in greener vegetation and increased animal movement making it easier to spot native birds or frogs.