Sailing Whitsundays - General Information
miraculous event happens in October or November,
one week after the full moon.
In a period
of a few days several types of coral, sea
urchins, soft corals, worms, brittle stars
and sponges release their eggs and sperm,
mostly during the first part of the night.
Every species has its own moment. Since
1991 this phenomena has been monitored systematically
by a marine biologist with the help of lots
of local divers. This event is spectacular
as millions of bright pink, red, blue and
green eggs are released in a technicolour
the thrill of coming face to face with the
majestic Humpback Whales on their annual
migration to the warm Whitsunday waters.
Every year, from July to early September,
these gentle giants visit this area to raise
their newborn calves in the sheltered waters
of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday
Marine turtles nest on many beaches along
the south Queensland coast on most nights
from late November to late January. The main
nesting concentration is at Mon Repos near
Nesting turtles are
most likely to be encountered from about
one hour before to about two hours after
the night high tide. More turtles can be
expected on nights when high tides occur
near midnight than when high tide occurs
near dawn or dusk. Tide times are available
from published tables, local newspapers,
resort notice boards and resort offices.
In the Whitsunday region tide times are
also available in the local phone book.
The urge to lay eggs
brings the females out of the ocean into
the foreign environment of the beach. Adult
turtles are timid animals, being easily
disturbed at any stage from leaving the
water until the eggs are laid. Consideration
is needed for these aquatic animals that,
for most of their lives, do not leave the
The emergence of hatchling turtles from
their nests and their rush to the sea can
be seen from mid January until late March.
Hatchlings usually leave their nests at
leave in a rush, taking only a few minutes
to reach the water. There are no special
tide times for good viewing of hatchlings.
The best time at Mon Repos is between 8.00pm
and midnight. Bright lights can attract
the hatchlings away from the sea and hence
increase hatchling mortality.
The spring months are very similar to the
autumn months. Locals start preparing themselves
for the ensuing rainy season as each day becomes
steadily warmer and warmer.
Average weather temperature is about 27 degrees
Average rainfall is about 37.6mm
These months experience the highest rainfall,
and can also be accompanied by thunderstorms
and the occasional tropical cyclone in northern
Average weather temperature is about 30
Average rainfall is about 215mm
Autumn in North Queensland is the time to
cool off and recover from the hot wet season.
The difference between autumn and summer
is slight in the north, but the cooler temperatures
are more noticeable in the southern parts
of the coastline.
Average weather temperature is about 27
Average rainfall is about 203mm
This time of the year is generally regarded
as the most pleasant in every sense of the
word - low rainfall, comfortable temperatures
during the day, and cool nights. The days
are sunny, and even though this is the coldest
time of the year, it remains warmer than
many places around the world in summer.
Average weather temperature is about 23
Average rainfall is about 43.6mm