What's the weather like in the Daintree?

From lush tropical vegetation to beaches with sparkling waters, the Daintree Rainforest is a magical place. The Daintree experiences one of the wettest climates in Australia (the clue is in the name), so it's important to know what kind of weather to expect throughout the year so you can make an informed decision on when to 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 five months out of the year (December through April), and tornadoes can occur during the peak of summer.

The warmest month on average is December at 31°C, while July is the coldest with an average temperature of 26°C; however, it can lower to 17°C at night. 

Regardless of the season you travel 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 through 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. 

Average temperatures in the Daintree


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Average low

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June to August



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December to February



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