I grew up in Cairns and Townsville and have spent considerable time fishing
on the Great Barrier Reef.
is not always so kind,
is strong S/E winds day and night and Spring, Autumn is best but you have to watch the highs in the Aust bight to avoid getting caught out there in 20-30 knots winds with little protection from reefs
at high tide.
Just the same,fantastic when the weather