June is one of the best months of the year weatherwise, and we start to see increased marine life activity in the form of manta rays, dolphins and whales. Autumn is always a great time of year to visit the far north and here is why.
In June, Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays are spectacular everywhere you look. The wet season is gone and the dry air has set in. Day time temperatures will rarely go above 25 degrees and at night it will start to get down below 20 degrees.
In June you need to be taking a light jumper or coat with you if you venture out on the water to make sure you stay warm. The temperature itself is not cold, but if you are on a fast-moving boat, then the wind can feel like it’s moving right through you.
This is normally the time of year that we as locals start getting called ‘sooks’ by our friends from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Cool for them is cold to us.
June gives us very little rain in the tropics and the small amount we do get will almost always fall at night. June is the time of year that we start to lose some colour from our grass as the ground starts to dry out.
It is really rare to get any decent amount of rain here in June.
Trade winds blow from the south-east through The Whitsundays in winter and can vary in strength. The average wind forecast in June will normally indicate 15-20 knots south-east.
This might be a lot of wind on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, but here we have 74 islands to hide behind. It’s not until we see 25-30 knots that we consider it to be windy.
June is when snorkelling gets a lot more exciting in The Whitsundays as we start to see increased activity from dolphins, manta rays and even whales. Cooler waters with large schools of plankton attract these beautiful giants from the south.
The swell in The Whitsundays never exceeds 1.5 meters, so spotting these fantastic creatures is easy.
There is no dedicated whale watching boat in The Whitsundays, but we see them all the time on Thundercat and Tongarra.
SO SHOULD YOU VISIT AIRLIE BEACH IN JUNE?
Absolutely! Only if you are interested in the following things though;
- Sunny days
- Cool nights
- Blue skies
- Manta rays
If you have never seen a whale before, then June is your first opportunity in The Whitsundays.