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Cairns or Whitsundays in March?

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We are going to be in Australia next month (March) and want to make the obligatory trip to the GBR. :-)

My question: I know March is rainy season -- considering that, should our base be Cairns (Pt Douglas) or the Whitsunday Islands?

My preference would be the Cairns area because I'd like to see the Daintree Rainforest (which I realize wouldn't exist if there weren't rain...), but I'm wondering if it will be a serious bummer to be there during the wettest part of the year. I know weather is unpredictable, but does anyone have words of advice?

By the way, if it matters, we are planning to stay for 7 days and are snorkelers, not divers.


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