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Best time to visit the Gold Coast

The best time to visit the Gold Coast is anytime. The Gold Coast receives more than 300 days of sunshine each year; even winter temperatures average a high of 22°C (72°F).

Gold Coast weather

The Gold Coast experiences a subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and mild, dry winters.

Summer (December to February) is generally the most popular time, even though humidity is relatively high and you can expect the occasional storm.

Autumn and spring are more pleasant with less humidity and still plenty of sunshine, while winter, although cooler, is the driest time of the year.

Summer, from December to February, receives an average high of 29ºC (84°F) climbing occasionally to a peak of 38ºC (100°F), with a low of 21ºC (69°F). Humidity can be high with the chance of brief torrential thunderstorms. UV index is extreme.

Autumn sees an average high of 28ºC (82°F) in March, 26ºC (78°F) in April, dropping to 24ºC (75°F) in May, with an average low around 18ºC (64°F) dropping to 14ºC (57°F) in May. March is the wettest month of the year.

Winter brings cooler weather with an average high of 21ºC (70°F) in June and August and an average low of 10ºC (50°F). July is the coldest month. This is also the driest time of the year.

Spring sees fine, sunny days with an average high rising from 24ºC (75°F) in September to 28ºC (82°F) in November, with an average low of 14ºC (57°F) in September rising to 18ºC (64°F) in November.

You can expect rain showers at any time of the year with the wettest months being February and March.


High season: Australian and New Zealand school holidays, especially from mid-December to the end of January, and Easter.

An Australian phenomena, known as Schoolies Week, sees the Gold Coast crowded with graduating high school students (first from Queensland then New South Wales) for two weeks during mid-November to early December.

Low season: Good deals are available outside the major holiday periods.

Gold Coast – Monthly Weather

Ave Temp (°C) 25 25 24 22 19 17 15 16 18 21 23 25
Ave High Temp (°C) 29 29 28 26 24 22 20 22 24 26 28 29
Ave Low Temp (°C) 20 21 19 17 14 11 9 10 12 15 18 20
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 8 7 7 7 6 7 7 8 9 8 8 8
Daylight (Hrs daily) 14 13 12 11 11 10 11 11 12 13 14 14
Comfort Level Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon
Ave Humidity (%) 68 72 72 70 71 71 69 64 61 61 64 66
UV Index 11 11 11 7 5 4 4 5 7 10 11 11
Days with some Rain 13 14 15 11 10 8 7 7 7 9 10 11
Ave Rainfall (mm) 178 191 203 139 132 97 76 56 59 87 104 134
Sea Temp (°C) 26 27 26 25 24 22 21 22 23 23 24 25
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Gold Coast – Monthly Review

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Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia.

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Latest update: Best time to visit the Gold Coast: 18 January, 2020

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