May Weather Averages for Cairns

What's the Weather Like in Cairns in May


Cairns is a well-known global tourist destination in Far North Queensland Region that receives a high number of visitors throughout the year. Cairns experiences favorable temperatures throughout the year. In May, the temperature begins to drop compared to the preceding months averaging at 24°C (75˚F). The highest temperature for the month is 27°C (81˚F) and the lowest temperature is 21°C (70˚F). The ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 24°C 75°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 27°C 81°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 21°C 70°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 110 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 16 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 26°C 79°F

What's the Weather Like in Cairns in May


Cairns is a well-known global tourist destination in Far North Queensland Region that receives a high number of visitors throughout the year. Cairns experiences favorable temperatures throughout the year. In May, the temperature begins to drop compared to the preceding months averaging at 24°C (75˚F). The highest temperature for the month is 27°C (81˚F) and the lowest temperature is 21°C (70˚F). The average sea temperature is 26°C (79˚F) and gradually decreases over the course of the month.  

Sunshine Hours

Cairn receives sunshine for an average of 7 hours per day in May. Cloud cover for May remains essentially constant for the entire month at 47%. The clearest day of the month is May 28.


In May, the amount of rainfall dips drastically reaching a new low average of 110mm for 16 days of the month. Generally, there is a decrease in rainfall in May with early days of the month having an average of 154mm and dropping to 78mm at the end of the month.

Sunrise and Sunset

During May, days become shorter with a total decrease of 18 minutes for the whole month. May 31 is the shortest day of the month while May 1 is the longest day. May 1 has the earliest sunrise at 6.29am and the latest sunset at 5.58pm. On the other hand, May 31 has the latest sunrise at 6.38am and the earliest sunset at 5.50pm.


During May, there is a sharp decrease in humidity levels from 75% at the start of the month and closing the month at 49%.


In May, the average wind speed stays the same throughout the entire month. The average fluctuates within 0.2 miles per hour of 8.5 miles per hour in May. Local topography contributes majorly to the difference in wind speeds at any given location.

Cairn Hotels in May

Cairns is known for its world class accommodation facilities that cater for visitors from all walks of life. Cairns has the best weather in May as the wet season is over and temperatures are ideal with low humidity. Whether you're travelling as an individual, couple, family or a group, you can never miss good accommodation in Cairns. Depending on your budget preferences, you're spoilt for choice as the local hospitality industry is growing rapidly. You choose to stay in luxury hotels, resorts, apartments, guesthouses and backpackers facilities.

Jack and Newell Holiday Apartments  

Jack and Newell Cairns Holiday Apartments consists of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained apartments with modern facilities and amenities. Overlooking the Trinity Inlet, guests enjoy stunning views which include the mountains. The apartments have a large balconies that allow you to see the sea. There are facilities such as a swimming pool, cable TV, BBQ area and a fully equipped gym. These apartments are ideal for families and groups because of their large space and well planned layout. Being in a central location, guests can easily visit numerous places of interest such as the Esplanade Lagoon, shopping malls, restaurants and recreational spots.

Cairns Habour Lights Hotel

Cairns Habour Lights Hotel is situated next to Cairns magical waterfront with spectacular views of the marina. The hotel has 84 hotel rooms and fully serviced self-contained 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a private balcony that allows you to see the city, marina, parklands and the Marlin Parade. Cairns Habour Lights Hotel is located near the city and amazing shopping facilities. From here, holidaymakers can enjoy Cairns' dining and nightlife as well as tour major attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest and Chillagoe Caves among others.

Grosvenor in Cairns

Grosvenor in Cairns is a short distance from the CBD and 7 minutes from the airport. The hotel provides quick access to the city but sits in a quiet area away from all the noisy activities. Barely 300 meters away, there are numerous restaurants that offer a plethora of dining experiences. There is a solar heated pool, barbecue facilities and a fully equipped entertainment area.

Travellers Oasis Cairns Backpackers  

Travellers Oasis Cairns Backpackers is a little charming guest house that offers nice and cheap accommodation for guests travelling on a budget. The warm, relaxed and friendly environment allows visitors to have fun in a peaceful and quiet environment. The hotel has well-equipped kitchens, rooms and other facilities making it comfortable for anyone who wishes to stay here. You can choose from single, double, deluxe double, twins and 3, 4 or 6 bed dorms depending on your budget and preferences.

Cairns Beaches in May  

Rex Lookout

Rex Lookout is situated on Captain Cook Highway which connects Cairns to the little seaside town of Port Douglas. The Lookout provides visitors using the highway with an unobstructed view of the Trinity Bay way below. Located just after Wangetti town, Rex Lookout is a popular stop and resting point for travelers on long road trips. Weekend travelers have made it a favorite meeting point and hang gliders use it as a jumping point. This spot provides you the best views of the Trinity Bay and the Great Barrier Reef.

Restaurants and Bars

Cairns is a hub for diners interested in sampling what the city has to offer its visitors. Despite being a relatively small city, the dining industry in Cairns is vibrant with numerous establishments opened to cater for the increasing demand for a wide variety of local and international restaurants serving diverse cuisines. Irrespective of your food preferences, Cairns has something for you.

Thai Fish

Thai Fish is located in a superb location with an aim of providing customers with the best sea food. You can sit outside and enjoy marina views as you watch vessels going in and out of the marina. The restaurant's signature fish fillet is definitely worth trying and meat lovers are also not left behind. The rich and diverse menu is a must try and every meal is creatively prepared using fresh ingredients. If you're looking for a nice fish joint, this is the place to be. The restaurant opens daily from 12pm till late.

The Pier Bar

The Pier Bar sits in an iconic venue and is famous for its mouthwatering wood fired pizzas. Aside from offering a wide variety of tasty foods, wines and beers, The Pier Bar is an awesome place to socialize and meet new friends. The rich cocktail menu is worth every coin and the unique classical design offers the perfect ambience for relaxation. The long list of food includes pizzas, fish n chips, steaks, burgers, pasta and seafood among other foods. The Pier Bar opens daily from 11.30am until late.

Mr Soy Boy

Mr Soy Boy is a 36-seat boutique restaurant with outdoor seating situated in Earlville suburb, Cairns. The highlight is serving various dishes inspired by a variety of Asian cultures. The food is prepared using local, fresh ingredients and homemade sauces to create a unique distinctive taste. Customers with special dietary needs are well catered for and everyone is assured of a fun and relaxed environment while dining. Mr Soy Boy is open from Monday to Saturday from 5pm – 8.30pm.

Corea Corea  

Corea Corea is an exciting restaurant that serves authentic Korean cuisine from highly experienced chefs. This is the best place to get a firsthand experience of the Korean culture and is popular for quick lunches. You can sit back, relax and go on a tour of tasty Korean cuisine served with excellent customer service. Corea Corea opens daily from 8am till late

Things to do in Cairns in May

Tour Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon  is a must visit for anyone who comes to Cairns since its one of the most iconic landmarks associated with the Far North Queensland Region. There are so many activities you can do on this palm-fringed waterfront with outstanding views. Aside from sampling various shops, restaurants and bars, Cairns Esplanade is a great outdoor gym where you can go for an early morning or evening jog. The environment here is perfect for outdoor exercises in a cool, relaxed and scenic location.

Experience Kuranda Scenic Train 

Kuranda Train runs on the scenic railway line that connects Cairns to Kuranda town and passes through an astonishing scenery with a world heritage forest. The railway which is over 120 years old is a famous tourist circuit with the 2 hour journey passing through dense forest cover. This is an unforgettable experience especially for nature lovers.

Babinda Boulders

Babinda Boulders is an iconic attraction located south of Cairns and is also known as The Devil's Pool. The area has a popular swimming hole and consists of fast flowing creeks that make it ideal for swimmers to enjoy the cool waters away from the tropical heat. The creek has huge boulders with water meandering around the obstacles to fill large pools which are perfect swimming spots.

Tour Cairns Botanical Gardens

Cairns Botanical Gardens is famously known for hosting Australia's unique and rare tropical plants and animals. Located four kilometers from Cairns City, the magical botanical gardens also showcases native animals and bird species. There are walking tracks that take visitors on informative tours in order to learn more about local species. The Cairns Botanic Gardens is divided into four main areas which are; Flecker Gardens, Tanks Art Centre, Mt. Whitfield Conservation Park and Centenary Lakes. The Botanical Gardens open doors to the public from 7am – 5.30 pm on weekdays and 8.30 am – 5.30 pm on public holidays.

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