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Fast Facts


Cairns & Great Barrier Reef boasts a superb tropical climate with two distinct seasons. Think warm days and light tropical breezes when dressing for our destination.

Monthly and annual weather averages

Mean daily minimum 23.7 23.8 23.0 21.6 19.9 17.8 17.0 17.4 18.6 20.6 22.3 23.4 20.8
Mean daily maximum 31.4 31.2 30.5 29.2 27.6 25.9 25.7 26.5 28.0 29.5 30.6 31.4 29.0


With a population of 165 000 and growth at 2.6%, Cairns is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.

Time Zone

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef operates on Eastern Standard Time (ETS). This can be calculated by adding 10 hours to Greenwich Mean Time.  Daylight savings is not observed in Queensland.

Passports and Visas

All international guests, except New Zealand citizens, will need a valid visa to enter Australia.  Information on how best to deal with visa issues quickly and easily contact the International Events Coordinator Network (IECN).

Visitor Information

The Cairns and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is centrally located in Cairns city at the southern end of The Esplanade.  The VIC is open seven days a week.