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flooding Cairns/Port Douglas?

We are planning to arrive in Cairns/Port Douglas for a 5 night stay on Feb 11. We've heard about the flooding up there and wondering if that will impact our plans (snorkeling, visiting Daintree etc). Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: flooding Cairns/Port Douglas?

The main flooding is 150 mile south but this is a VERY wet season so all creeks are overflowing. I assume that trips to the reef will be OK as reputable operators will seek clear water. Daintree will be restricted but the road should be open unless we get another significant low pressure system.

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2. Re: flooding Cairns/Port Douglas?

Flooding further south, just annoying rain rather than the emergency situation in Ingham. So we cannot complain but is a shame for tourists. Some supplies are running out and food is being transported by barge from Townsville due to roads being cut off.

Sheraton Mirage has had power supply problems and have relocated guests. Check if they have resolved this problem if you had planned to stay at the Mirage.

Although the main monsoonal low has being centred south it has resulted in heavier than normal rainfall.

Snorkelling and Daintree should be ok if conditions do not get worse.

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We arrived at Cairns on Feb 1 & were caught by a tropical cyclone. All tours, wet or dry, were cancelled for the following day. Said too windy, but there was sunshine & we just stayed at the lagoon. My kids got sunburn! We went to hot air balloon the third day. Hard luck. We arrived at the launch pad after 2 hours in a shuttle but the flight was finally cancelled due to rain. We went onto Green Island afterwards but water was too mirky to see anything. As you can see, we missed Great Barrier Reef which is a shame.

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4. Re: flooding Cairns/Port Douglas?

Hi..

How's the weather now??

Am due to visit Cairns on 21/2 for a week. Obviously a bit concerned about the weather. Any news on the current situation, and whether we should perhaps postpone the trip?

We don't mind some rain, but obviously want to make sure that we can make the most of our visit, going to Daintree, Port Douglas, Gt Barrier etc. If we're going to be stuck in Cairns, seems like there won't be much point..

Appreciate any advice..

Thanks

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5. Re: flooding Cairns/Port Douglas?

Current weather/forcast...doesn't look too bad for the next few days anyway...

eldersweather.com.au/qld/…cairns

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6. Re: flooding Cairns/Port Douglas?

You are visiting in the wet season and this is a very wet season. Should be no problem Cairns to PD unless there is a cyclone but not likely in the next 10 days. Come over, it is green and spectacular!

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7. Re: flooding Cairns/Port Douglas?

Right now in Cairns its sunny and steamy. No local flooding at all, and almost no wind on reef for next few days at least, so ideal conditions there.

Rainforests are green, waterfalls are flowing, and Atherton Tableland countryside is as green as Ireland.

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