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Weather in March

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Weather in March

Hi all

I am planning a trip for 4/5 days to Cairns/ Great Barrier Reef.

I am a little put off by the severity of the raining season. Is it worth a risk? Does it rain all day or just in the afternoons?

I will be in Sydney and wanted to escape somewhere else warm in Australia somewhere close-ish as opposed to Perth which is too far to travel. If not Cairns, where else is warm and sunny without the risk of so much rain...

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Yes it is usually our wettest month, but we are still waiting for the rains to arrive this wet season,we do have very heavy days of rain but at other times just a few showers, depends if we have a low around or the monsoon trough is over top of us.so it is a bit hard to tell you what is going to happen March but then again we have lovely sunny days also. So why not take the chance visit the GBR. there is lots to see and do in the Far North

Regards mosiewigs

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2. Re: Weather in March

What about Gold or Sunshine Coast? Still warm, but less rain?

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A good site for weather info from the official government weather sites is


March is usually our wettest month up here in Qld, but then again last year was entirely different.

We've had hardly any rain lately and it's been hot and dry.

Wished I had a crystal ball, then I maybe could tell you exactly what it will be like :) One thing I can say with certainty it will still be quite warm on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Edited: 12 January 2012, 10:22
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We are in the same preicament. Also travelling from Sydney in March. After lots of research we are thinking of only go as far North as Airlie Beach/ Whitsundays to do the reef, as our main priority is to snorkel the GBR and you can do it from this area, albeit a little further out to sea. The extra 700km to Cairns did not seem worth it. Also the cost of trips does not seem vastly different. Then we were thinking of heading back down to the Sunshine or Gold coast to avoid stingers and rain. we have 14 days though.

Not sure what others think?

Regards T23

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