Cobbold Gorge is located in the Etheridge Shire, the golden heart of the gulf, in outback North Queensland. Like much of the rest of northern Queensland, it experiences two distinct types of weather. A ‘wet season’ over spring and summer and a ‘dry season’, during autumn and winter.
The ‘wet season’ is hot, especially during the day, when temperatures can range between 32.4 and 36.5 degrees Celsius. Even at night, it rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius during spring and summer. It also rains. Sometimes a lot. In fact, Cobbold Gorge has recorded as much as 235.7mm rainfall in a single January day. Over the course of the ‘wet season’, the Cobbold Gorge weather oscillates between very hot and dry, to hot and wet. On average, the area receives 782.5mm of rain during the ‘wet season’ which is from November to March.
Not only do these conditions make it uncomfortable for visitors, they also mean that Cobbold Gorge and Village is sometimes completely isolated from Forsayth, and other nearby townships, due to flooded roads. This is not specific to just Cobbold Gorge and Village, many parts of the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York Peninsula become isolated during the ‘wet’, with impassable roads and bridges. So, for that reason, Cobbold Gorge and Village is closed during the ‘wet season’, from November to March.
However, between April and October it’s the time to shine for Cobbold Gorge weather and this is when we throw the gates open at Cobbold Gorge and Village. Average day time temperatures range between 28.1 and 32.9 degrees Celsius, while ‘dry season’ overnight temperatures vary between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is minimal, with less than 58mm being recorded in total, between May and September.
There are big blue sky days and at night, a velvet canvas arches overhead dotted with millions of stars and an ever present Milky Way. Our guests can choose to camp, caravan or take advantage of en suite accommodation which is all air conditioned for their comfort.
We hope this overview of the Cobbold Gorge weather is helpful for those of you planning your trip here. We look forward to seeing you at Cobbold Gorge and Village, our unique piece of the Gulf Savannah landscape and outback Queensland.
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