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Great Barrier Reef at end of March 2019

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Great Barrier Reef at end of March 2019

We are in planning stages for our trip next year. All dates are flexible but are thinking of visiting Cairnes/actually Trinity Beach mid to end of March 2019. I have read many reviews that there may be a lot of rain. So is it or is it not a good month to visit? We would like to visit the beach, do a GBR tour for snorkeling, and probably the rainforest. And, is swimming off of Trinity Beach NOT recommended because of "stingers"? Basically, a "laid back" trip. One more question--is there easy transportation between Trinity Beach and Cairns for just the day?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Great Barrier Reef at end of March 2019

Looking at the stats for March 2018, Cairns had 35 inches of rain with only 7 days of little or no rain. (On one day they had 8.5 inches of rain!) For details, see: bom.gov.au/climate/…IDCJDW4024.201803.shtml

Stinger season runs from November to May, so stingers will be in full force in March. You cannot safely swim from any beach unless you are within the confines of a stinger net and, advisably, also wearing a stinger suit.

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2. Re: Great Barrier Reef at end of March 2019

HI,

IMO Palm Cove is nicer than Trinity Beach. A local bus from Cairns goes to most of northern beaches.

www.sunbus.com.au/cairns/bus-timetable/.

As mentioned you can't swim in the ocean without a stinger suit. There is a stinger net pool at Palm Cove.

https:/…

https:/…palm-cove-beach.47.html

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