Our wet season has an unmerited reputation of being suffocatingly hot and inescapable.
But we here at Tropic tend to disagree.
Summer is the best time to experience all the drama and delight of our incredible environment, is it not?
Here are eleven things you'll want to do in Cairns this wet season.
1. Rediscover the Great Barrier Reef
There’s always something new to discover on the Reef, and never more so in summer.
With ‘glass out’ days of great water visibility, coral spawning season, and fewer travellers around (making it easier to avoid an unwelcome flipper in face scenario), a reef trip is at the top of our wish list this wet season.
We recommend the Sunlover Reef Cruises trip out to Moore Reef, where their double-storied pontoon has plenty of sheltered seating space.
But if you’re heading out to snorkel or dive, chances are you’re planning on getting wet, no matter the weather.
2. Cruise out to Kuranda
It’s a tourist mecca for most of the year, but when summer comes around, Kuranda is reclaimed by locals.
The Skyrail and Scenic Railway are pretty spectacular modes of transport to the town, but a half-hour drive through the Range is just as relaxing.
This sleepy rainforest community is home to sheltered, winding markets, as well as the best ice cream around.
Cliff’s coffee and walnut is our scoop of choice.
3. Chase those waterfalls
Visitors rave about the hundreds of waterfalls in our region, but rarely stick around to see them at their best.
Barron Falls still takes our breath away each season, as do the calmer settings of Crystal Cascades and countless others nearby.
The Tablelands waterfall circuit is another one to tackle, though it’ll take more than one trip to truly soak in all its steamy, summer glory.
4. Gallery getaway
It would take a few days to gaze over all of the Tropical North’s incredible art galleries, only for it to be a completely different experience a month later.