Great Barrier Reef

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Great Barrier Reef

Peak Season: June to October

This time of the year in the north is widely regarded as the most enjoyable – there’s low rainfall, the temperature is comfortable during the day (averaging in the high 70s), and the nights are cool. It’s also the best time for diving as underwater visibility at the reefs is excellent. On the downside, it is also the busiest and most expensive time of year. In the south, average daytime temperatures are in the low 70s, but with fewer local tourists (this is southern hemisphere’s winter) rates are lower.

Off-Season: November to March

The wet season usually begins around November, with most rainfall in January and February, winding down around March. With poor water visibility, stifling humidity, and daytime temperatures averaging in the high 80s, many businesses close. While the north swelters from the heat and is whipped by monsoonal storms, the resorts in the southern reef are heaving with local holiday makers taking their annual summer vacation – so book ahead.

Sweet Spot: April to May

With fewer tourists, except over the Easter weekend, and less rain, the shoulder season is a great time to plan your reef vacation. Don’t expect too much respite from the heat in the north as daytime temperatures average in the mid 80s; the south is much more pleasant with averages in the high 70s.

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