Cairns in January


Things to Do in January.

Whilst it is the "wet" or "monsoon" season in January some great times are still to be had in Cairns. We actually like to call it the "green" season. The rainforest is at it's luscious best and the creeks and rivers are starting to flow. This makes January a perfect time to pay a visit to the quaint little rainforest town of Kuranda on the "Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Train", you'll get an up close look at the mighty Barron Falls. Maybe you'd like to get a bit closer to it all. Why not try a half day "river tubing" trip on the Mulgrave or "Xtreme White Water Rafting" on the Tully River for the more adventurous.

The majority of the rain tends to fall late afternoon or overnight, meaning your days shouldn't be affected. This means you can still visit the Great Barrier Reef. An option that is very popular all year, but expecially suited to January is a cruise to "Green Island & The Reef". You'll get to spend the morning on ever popular Green Island and then visit an outer reef pontoon for snorkelling and/or scuba diving in the afternoon.

Kuranda Train & Skyrail - from $83

Kuranda Village is a quaint little town located at the top of the mountain range just behind Cairns. Kuranda is most famous because of its means of getting there. The Kuranda Scenic Train winds its way in an hour and a half journey up the mountain to Kuranda, and Skyrail is a cable car ride that takes at least one hour to get there, travelling above world heritage listed rainforest.



Green Island & The Reef - from $222

The complete reef and island experience awaits with this exciting cruise. A fast 45 minute catamaran ride will take you to beautiful Green Island to enjoy two hours on this unique reef and rainforest coral cay.A day of adventure and discovery continues onto Cairns Adventures’ spacious activity platform moored on the majestic Outer Great Barrier Reef.



 Xtreme Rafting on the Tully - from $195

Xtreme is a small, exclusive trip with our very best river guides taking you on the wildest ride possible.This awesome adventure is located in spectacular surroundings only 2 hours south of Cairns.
It's faster ... it's a greater rush .. it's extra challenges ... it's XTREME !


Family Tubing the Mulgrave - from $59

The locals have been doing this for years, now it's your turn. Grab one of our purpose built, high quality tubes and hit the river. The Mulgrave river is located approximately 40 minutes south of Cairns. This is a great half day family activity with a minimum age of 5 years.




What is the Weather like in Cairns in January?

Whilst January is included in Cairns "wet" or "green" season the monsoon trough typically is much further north during January. This means that while it may rain it hopefully won't rain too much. Typically January rains tend to fall in the evenings and overnight. This rain will make sure the rainforest is at it's luscious green best and also make sure all the waterfalls are flowing well.

Max Temp °C Max Temp °F Humidity % Min Temp °C Min Temp °F Rainfall mm Rainfall inches Water Temp °C Water Temp °F
31° 88° 74 24° 75° 396 15 29° 84°

January weather records

January's Hottest Day - 40.4°C (29/01/1967)

January's Lowest Maximum - 24°C (08/01/1981)

January's Lowest Minimum - 18.2°C (10/01/1943)

January's Wettest Day - 368.3mm (08/01/1972)

January's Highest Rainfall - 1417mm (1981)

January's Lowest Rainfall - 86mm (1967)


Whats on in January in Cairns?

  • 1st - New Years Day (tourist areas open, most other shops closed)

  • 2nd - New Years Day Holiday (tourist areas open, most other shops closed)

  • 9th - Full Moon

  • 21st - Chinese new Year Street Festival

  • 23rd - Chinese New Year

  • 23rd - Back to School Qld

  • 26th - Australia Day - Aussie Family Fun Day - Various Locations



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