Port Douglas Weather

All-year Weather

Port Douglas weather is a mix of hot and humid summers, pleasantly cool winters and seamless transitions between the two seasons that feel like spring and autumn.

The difference between summer and winter is slight, and winter in Port Douglas is the most popular for its comfortable climate and stunning blue skies.

Summer (December – February)

Port Douglas weather showcases the true beauty of tropical paradise.

Temperatures average between 23°C and 30°C (73°F – 86°F), but the humidity makes it feel hotter.

There are thunderstorms, occasional cyclones and plenty of rain brought to dramatic life the beautiful waterfalls and river systems.

Clothing tips: Travellers only need to rely on casual summer clothing.

Autumn (March-May)

This spectacular monsoon period results in raging rivers and Mossman Gorge overflows, a rain-drenched Daintree Rainforest and calm Coral Seas.

Summer rains often occur at night, leaving the days sunny with a slight chance of a shower. The average daytime temperature is 30°C (86°F).

Winter (June – August)

Temperatures fluctuate between a comfortable 19°C and 24°C (66°F – 75°F) with plenty of blue-sky sunny days, pleasant, balmy evenings and low rainfall.

The average daytime temperature is 26°C (79°F), and humidity levels are low.

Perfect weather for a full-on visit for adventure, relaxation and escape.

Spring (September – November)

Spring is similar to the autumn months, with average daily temperatures of 30°C (86°F).

The days are becoming steadily warmer in advance of the ensuing Green Season.

No daylight saving time

Daylight saving not observed in the state of Queensland, so the time zone in Port Douglas is Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), UTC +10.

Ultraviolet (UV) Index

Visitors should check the UV index in local weather reports when visiting Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest. The index describes the daily solar UV radiation intensity.

Slip Slop Slap

Cancer Council Australia recommends that you take five steps to protect against sun damage:

  • Slip-on sun-protective clothing, that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Slop on some SPF30+ sunscreen – make sure its a reef-friendly option.
  • Slap on a hat, choose a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Seek some shade.
  • Slide on some polarised sunglasses.

Download the SunSmart app on Google Play or Apple Store.


Bug repellent is recommended for midges, mosquitos and sand flies, particularly when fishing in rivers.

Follow warning recommended for waters which are inhabited by crocodiles (observe the signs).

Visit the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology website for current  Port Douglas weather conditions

See our page on  things to do in Port Douglas