Things to Do In Cairns in October

When people ask me "what is the best month to visit Cairns?". I answer October. It's warm, but not too hot. It's perfect beach weather, with no stingers around, and the nights have lost any hint of coolness. It's actually the month we chose for our own wedding, as we had guests coming from all over Australia (and overseas too) and we wanted to maximise their chances for perfect weather.

This makes October the perfect time to pay a visit to the quaint little rainforest town of Kuranda on the "Kuranda Skyrail and Scenic Train",  You could even try the "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  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 $112

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 $205

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 $65

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 October?

In my opinion October is the best month of the year to visit Cairns. It's not too hot, or the slightest bit cold. There's no stingers, so it's perfect for the beach. Basically it's just perfect.

Max Temp °C Max Temp °F Humidity % Min Temp °C Min Temp °F             Rainfall mm             Rainfall inches Water Temp °C Water Temp °F
30° 86° 78 23° 73° 442 18 28° 82°

October weather records

October's Hottest Day - 36.0°C (24/10/2002)

October's Lowest Maximum - 23.1°C (19/10/2011)

October's Lowest Minimum - 12.4°C (01/10/1946)

October's Wettest Day - 206.2mm (19/10/2011)

October's Highest Rainfall - 394.4mm (2011)

October's Lowest Rainfall - 0.00mm (1962)

Whats on in Cairns in October 2014?

  • Regular local Community Markets (click here for Markets page)
  • 3rd to 5th - Evolve Music Festival - Mission Beach
  • 6th - Back to School VIC, NT
  • 7th - Back to School QLD, NSW
  • 8th - Full Moon
  • 9th to 11th - Opera in the Outback - Undara
  • 10th to 12th - FNQ Country Music Festival - Walkamin
  • 13th - Back to School WA, SA, TAS, ACT
  • 15th - Light the Night - Cairns
  • 18th to 26th - Crocodile Trophy, Mountain Bike Challenge
  • 19th - Taste of The Tablelands Festival - Atherton
  • 23rd to 26th - Yungaburra Folk Festival
  • 25th & 26th - Kuranda Day
  • 31st - Halloween

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