Fri 24 May
Yes, it’s true. Winter is coming. And while the rest of Australia is rugging up in woolen jumpers and Ugg boots preparing for winter’s icy grip to take hold, Cairns is still strolling around in a t-shirt and thongs, soaking up the sunshine!
May in Cairns provides the perfect escape from the oncoming winter chill, with temperatures averaging between a toasty 21 - 29°C during the autumn months, and just slightly cooler between 17 - 26°C during winter. Winter also brings far lower humidity and less rainfall, making it one of the best times to travel to the region.
Winter in Cairns is no time to hibernate. The Cairns lifestyle is all about embracing the outdoors, and with near-perfect weather all year round, who wouldn’t? Take a dip in the famous salt water Lagoon, or simply spend your days strolling the palm-lined Cairns Esplanade, home to an array of shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, and parks.
Get back to nature and head out on one of Cairn’s many surrounding rainforest trails and hiking trails, boasting spectacular scenery and epic views. Mossman Gorge, Babinda Boulders, Behana Gorge, and Windin Falls are a few of the favourites found just a short drive out of Cairns.
Dining outside is one of the best ways to enjoy Cairns’ warm weather, and the city is home to a thriving café, restaurant, and bar scene that definitely takes advantage of alfresco feasting.
For an island-inspired feast under the palms, look no further than MOKU Bar and Grill at the Novotel Cairns Oasis. Pull up a daybed and soak up the Tropical North sunshine while grazing on some delicious share plates and sipping a couple of cocktails. Boasting the city’s only swim-up bar, MOKU is the epitome of endless summer vibes.
Cairns is blessed with warm, tropical water temperatures even during winter, averaging between 23 - 25°C, so now is as good a time as any to visit our incredible Great Barrier Reef. Explore this breathtaking natural beauty by boat, snorkeling, scuba diving, or from above on a seaplane or helicopter tour. A number of reef charters run daily from Cairns, and our tour desk can help you find the best option for your family.
You can also sun bake in paradise at some of the reef’s most idyllic and secluded islands, such as Green Island and Fitzroy Island, which are located just 45-minutes via ferry from Cairns.
May in Cairns signals the beginning of the dry season, which means not only do you get to explore the region’s rainforests without too much rain, but you also get to see the lush, green plant life flourishing in all its glory after the wet season.
No trip to Cairns would be complete without visiting the oldest tropical rainforest in the world, the Daintree Rainforest. Located just two hours north of Cairns, the Daintree is close enough to enjoy on a day trip. While in the Daintree National Park, you can also see where the rainforest meets the sea at beautiful Cape Tribulation.
Winter really heats up in Tropical North Queensland when the annual Port Douglas Carnivale comes to the region from 24-26 May. Over one big weekend, Port Douglas comes alive with food, music, comedy, circus performers, burlesque acts, art and more.
Catch Aussie rockers Eskimo Joe live on Saturday 25 May at Rex Smeal Park, and enjoy a bounty of family friendly free events across the weekend, including the must-see Macrossan Street Parade on opening night.
So, don’t put your bikinis and board shorts away just yet – Escape the winter chill and savour the year-round summer vibes in Cairns! Book your Wintervention getaway today with Novotel Cairns Oasis and receive $25 off each night plus breakfast for just $1!
* Photo credit's to Tourism Tropical North Queensland.
Brittany Herron is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer
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