When is the best time to visit the Gold Coast?
The Gold Coast in Queensland is one of Australia's premier beachside destinations and, in order to maximise your time there, travelling in the months of April to June is considered the best time to visit. However, that's not to say you can't go at any time of the year. Thanks to this beautiful spot's sub-tropical climate, reasonably good weather is experienced throughout every season. Whether you fancy sliding down the thrilling AquaLoop at Wet 'n' Wild in summer or marvelling at majestic whales as they breach the water in spring, get ready to explore this flashy and beloved coastal city.
What's the weather like on the Gold Coast?
The weather on the Gold Coast is reasonably good all year round with over 300 days of sunshine enjoyed per year, however, the climate is classified as sub-tropical so you can also expect high levels of humidity and frequent storms during the summer period. Despite the often unpredictable weather and increased chance of rainfall, summer is still a popular time to visit the Gold Coast so if you're thinking of travelling during this time, be prepared for higher prices and lower availability for accommodation.
The temperatures do get milder throughout autumn and into winter, however, they're still high enough to enjoy the tropical, beachy lifestyle the Gold Coast is known for. You will have to pack a cardigan or light jacket though as temperatures tend to dip when night falls during the colder seasons.
Summer on the Gold Coast
Best for: visiting beaches, going on rides at the Wet 'n' Wild theme park and hiking up Mount Tambourine.
Summers in Australia can get quite warm, especially in the northern regions, and the Gold Coast is no exception. During the months of December, January, and February, the Gold Coast experiences its hottest temperatures with figures reaching up to 30°C+. If you're not used to the heat, this can be quite uncomfortable and somewhat challenging to manage however there are plenty of places to go and activities to participate in to help you cool down. From taking a dip in the crystal clear waters of Burleigh Heads Beach or in Surfers Paradise to hitting up Wet 'n' Wild for a day of water-based fun, you won't run out of refreshing things to do. Guaranteed.
You'll also be treated to some spectacular storms during summer, as well as the torrential rainfall that inevitably comes with them, so be mindful of the weather conditions before you start planning out your itinerary. Humidity levels will also be quite high so make sure you have water with you when you're out exploring to avoid dehydration.
Autumn on the Gold Coast
Best for: fishing, walking/hiking, picnics, and water-based activities such as jet skiing and parasailing.
While the season of autumn (March-May) is considered to be the Gold Coast's 'peak period', it also happens to be one of the cheaper times to visit with prices lowered when it's not school holidays. This means you can enjoy the season's fantastic weather (think endless blue skies and hours of warm, golden sunshine) without breaking the bank. Yes, the temperatures average around 23°C (which is slightly lower than the highs experienced in summer) but it's still warm enough to enjoy water-based activities such as swimming, snorkelling, and surfing so get your thongs out and slap on some sunscreen.
Winter on the Gold Coast
Best for: surfing, exploring local art galleries, visiting wineries, and concerts.
One of the best things about winter on the Gold Coast, and one of the reasons why this season is one of the best times to visit, is that it's reasonably dry and doesn't experience the volume of rainfall that other Australian regions do during winter. While temperatures average around 17°C, the days are still clear and sunny, allowing you to explore both the great outdoors and an array of cultural activities. Winter is also a great time to visit several of Gold Coast's theme parks including Movie World and Sea World (the water-based theme parks all heat the water during the cooler seasons) with fewer crowds and lowered wait times for rides.
Spring on the Gold Coast
Best for: wandering through local markets, swimming, and whale watching.
Spring is another great season to visit the Gold Coast with warmer temperatures than those experienced in autumn and winter yet cooler than those in summer. The humidity levels are also reasonably low but steadily climbing before hitting peak levels (75% humidity) in summer. This means you can enjoy the nice, warm weather without having to worry about the tropical storms and frequent rainfall expected as the year progresses. While there's less chance of seeing rainfall during the months of September, October, and November, the wind can be quite strong, potentially affecting activities like dining outdoors and some water-based activities such as parasailing.
If you plan on travelling during spring, be mindful of "schoolies" and other festival periods taking place on the Gold Coast as accommodation prices will rise and there will be larger crowds at popular attractions. Try booking well in advance to avoid unavailability and disappointment.
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