April is when our weather here really gets ‘turned on’. The rain from the wet season is more or less gone and the temperature starts to drop. The biggest benefit is the humidity dropping which means less sweat.
In April, Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays are the picture-perfect brochure worthy days we all love so much. The end of the wet season signals the end of the hot and humid days. We see the return of our cool and consistent south-east trade winds. Average temperatures hover around 26 degrees celsius, which is perfect for getting outside and exploring.
Walking around town is no longer a sweaty activity that lures you from one air-conditioner to the next. Instead, with a little bit of shade, you will want to be outside all day long.
As April is technically the end of the wet season, we see a huge decrease in rain activity. It may still rain, though the majority of it will happen when you are fast asleep. It’s quite rare to experience rain during the day in April.
Wind in Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays is generally quite predictable. This couldn’t more apparent in the Autumn months like April. We will normally have 10-15 knots from the south-east.
This means perfect conditions for laying around by the pool, walking adventures or heading out to sea. The famous Whitehaven Beach is absolutely spectacular in these conditions. The famous wallpaper photos that you have all seen actually don’t look as good as the real thing.
April is one of our best months to be exploring The Whitsundays. The swell almost never goes above 1 meter, and the wind rarely goes above 15 knots. Blue skies and warm days are normal in April, perfect for visiting Whitehaven Beach.
A tour around The Whitsundays in high winds versus a tour in low winds will be more or less the same, provided you are on the right boat.
So Should You Visit Airlie Beach In April?
Without a doubt, yes! April is usually idyllic and The Whitsundays looks just like the brochures. The major benefit of visiting in April is the ocean temperature. The water still hovers around 27 degrees as it slowly cools down from summer. This makes snorkelling conditions ideal.
With the sun shining, warm water and a gentle cool breeze, it’s hard to see why anyone would ever leave here.