Magnetic Island Weather

Magnetic Island has a stable, warm and mostly sunny tropical climate.

Average day maximum temperatures range from a very comfortable 25°C in July to a warm 32°C in December. Average night minimum temperatures range from a low of around 14°C in July to 24°C in January.

Rainfall occurs predominantly from January to March. The tropical downpours can be quite heavy, though the days and nights remain warm and humid. It should be noted however, that there are still many sunny days over these months. Magnetic Island on average has 40% less rainfall per year than the Cairns & Port Douglas region making it one of the sunniest coastal areas in tropical Queensland. 

April to December is normally dry with clear skies, however the chance of an afternoon or evening thunderstorm gradually increases through November into December.

The wind direction from May to October is predominantly from the South East. During the warmer summer months of Decemebr through to March the wind shifts more towards the North East.

Magnetic Island Average Day & Night Temperatures (Celcius)
Magnetic Island Average Monthly Rainfall (mm)

Best time to visit Magnetic Island

With such a stable climate and pleasant day and night temperatures, Magnetic Island is enjoyable to visit at any time of year. While January to March will have an increased likelihood of some tropical rain, it comes with warm days and beautiful balmy tropical evenings. This time of year sees creeks and waterfalls flowing and the bush lush with new growth. February and March are the quietest time of the year for visitors.

The peak holiday season is between June and October. During winter and spring, the southern states of Australia are regularly cold and windy, wheras Magnetic Island generally has postcard perfect weather with day after day of warm sunshine, blue skies and every shade of blue water. While there are defintiely more visitors to Magnetic Island during this time, you’ll still find loads of space on its stunning natural beaches, beautiful bush walks and delicious cafes. This is definitely the time of year to escape from the winter blues and boost your vitamin D levels.