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Best time to visit Townsville, QLD, Australia

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The best time to visit Townsville is September-November

While Townsville is a popular destination to visit all year round, September-November is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high as 31℃ (88℉) in the middle of the day. The average low temperatures in winter float around 17℃ (62℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about 15℃ (59℉).

The sun stays up the longest in Townsville in October, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. On average it rains the most days in January, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Keep reading to find out when the best times to travel to Townsville are for whatever trip you’re planning. By the time you finish, you’ll have all the info you need, and you’ll be ready to start booking. Don’t know where to look or who to book with? Don’t stress! We’ve hand-picked our favourite online travel tools we use, know and love so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands. Happy reading!

Warmest month

February

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

October

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Townsville seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Townsville as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Townsville is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Average temperatures in Townsville

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Townsville for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Townsville climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Townsville for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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OCT
NOV
DEC

Townsville in January

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 184mm (7") over 23 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in January, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Townsville in February

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 179mm (7") over 21 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in February, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Townsville in March

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 109mm (4") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in March, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Townsville in April

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 43mm (2") over 18 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in April, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Townsville in May

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in May, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Townsville in June

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 15mm (1") over 9 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in June, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Townsville in July

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 16mm (1") over 9 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in July, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Townsville in August

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 8mm (0") over 6 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Townsville in September

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 10mm (0") over 8 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Townsville in October

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 10 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Townsville in November

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 31mm (1") over 12 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in November, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Townsville in December

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 72mm (3") over 16 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Townsville in December, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Townsville is usually February, where temperatures tend to rise to around 29℃ (85℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Townsville is generally around August. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in August first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Townsville is generally around January, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of January too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Townsville, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in October are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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