November is when we start to come into the wet season in Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays. This means we see temperatures heading towards ‘hot’ and some rain starts to fall.
In November, Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays starts to heat up to those tropical temperatures that you would expect from north Queensland. Temperatures generally hover around 30 degrees in the day and fall to 23 degrees at night.
Spring comes with warm sunny days that are perfect for any outdoor adventure, especially snorkelling and relaxing on Whitehaven Beach. Sea temperatures start to warm up which prevents you from getting cold and allows you to stay in the water for longer.
The longer you stay in the water, the more you will see, so it’s definitely a winning situation.
November is the beginning of our wet season and we will start to see some rain towards the end of the month. Luckily, rain around here falls typically in the early hours of the morning.
November is known for not having any wind at all through The Whitsundays just like October which means, glass-out conditions on the water. ‘Glass-out’ is the term we use for an ocean that mimics a mirror, aka, zero waves or swell.
This does however present a problem for sailing boats but makes the conditions better than driving on the highway for fast boats like Thundercat.
As mentioned above, the sea conditions in November don’t really need to be discussed, as it’s generally perfectly flat around The Whitsundays. If for some strange reason we do get a slight breeze then it won’t be around long enough to build any decent waves.
Swell will be less than 1 meter which means smooth sailing for most boats.
SO SHOULD YOU VISIT AIRLIE BEACH IN NOVEMBER?
If you have the option to choose the month in which you visit Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays, then make it October or November. The weather is almost always perfect and to give you a little bit of insider knowledge, most of the brochures and promotional videos are shot in October and November.