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Queensland climate guide
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Below are average maximum temperatures at popular destinations in Queensland for next month - February. Select a destination to see the climate guide for all months of the year.
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The climate guide for Queensland shows long term monthly weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia), the Met Office & the Netherlands Meteorological Institute. Find out more about our data sources.
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Queensland climate overview
Covering a vast area in the northeast of Australia, Queensland is appropriately named the 'Sunshine State', with beautiful beaches and a climate to match. Tourism gives a cosmopolitan atmosphere to the cities, contrasting with a few Aboriginal settlements, mainly in the north.
State capital Brisbane lies between the Sunshine and Gold Coast; home to arguably the best surf beaches in the world. Miles of white sand have built-up resorts to the south and wild unspoilt shoreline further north. Comfortable winter temperatures with plenty of sunshine are followed by warm and wet summers.
Summers are warmer and wetter further north, particularly along the coast, which is characteristically humid. Inland, the high summer rainfall sustains eucalypt and tropical rainforest on a rolling landscape, leading up to the Great Dividing Range.
The northernmost peninsula is wetter still. In fact it only has two seasons; a humid rainy summer season with heavy thunderstorms, followed by a sunny and much drier winter. Temperatures vary little, remaining warm all year. There is rainforest wilderness packed with tropical wildlife and World Heritage listed sites that preserve spectacular waterfalls, lakes and extinct volcanoes.
Queensland is strongly affected by El Niño, when the summer rains can be temporarily replaced by droughts lasting up to one year. Unusually heavy rainfall sometimes immediately follow, before the normal climate pattern returns.
Offshore, and stretching most of the length of the state, the Great Barrier Reef forms numerous coral islands and tropical lagoons. Clear sheltered waters teem with marine-life, providing a scuba paradise in comfortable to warm sea temperatures.
More Queensland destinations
- Hamilton Island
- Lizard Island
- Lockhart River
- Mount Isa
- Palm Cove
- Port Douglas
- Thursday Island
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