Gold Coast Weather Guide

With an average of 250 to 300 days of sunshine a year, the Gold Coast lives up to its name with a seemingly endless summer of warm weather conditions from October to June. Even the winter months are mild and dry with cool nights, while spring and autumn still offer the perfect conditions and water temps for swimming.

Season and Clothing

Summer: December to February

With a humid, subtropical climate, Gold Coast summers are hot and sticky with regular afternoon thunderstorms. School holidays hit around December and January bringing visitors from around Australia. The IronMan & IronWoman Series is also on in December followed by Magic Millions Race Day and big music festivals like Big Day Out and Summafieldayze in January. For something a bit left of centre, check out Surf’n’Ink Tattoo Fest in January and Bleach* arts festival in February.

Average temperatures: 19 – 29 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts, singlets, thongs, dresses and swimwear.
Don’t forget: A hat, sunnies and SPF50+ sunscreen.

Autumn: March to May

March is the wettest month on the Gold Coast, but the autumn days are still warm with temps in the mid to high 20s and less humidity than summer. The sunny, agreeable weather makes this one of the best seasons to head to the hinterland and national parks. The Quiksilver and Roxy Pros also hits town in March, followed by the Cooly Classic ocean swim in April as well as the Gold Coast Film Festival and Blues on Broadbeach.

Average temperatures: 14 – 27 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Shorts, t-shirts and dresses.
Don’t forget: Trainers.

Winter: June to August

Winter brings less rain with mild temps, low humidity and clear blue skies during the day, dropping to chilly conditions at night. Temperatures on the Gold Coast Hinterland also tend to be cooler than the coast. Due to colder water temps, this is the only season that’s not conducive to dips in the ocean, although it’s a great time to run the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in July. The Broadbeach Jazz Festival in August is also a major event in town.

Average temperatures: 9 – 21 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans, jumpers, t-shirts and pants.
Don’t forget: A lightweight jacket for night.

Spring: September to November

With warm weather, clear skies and little rainfall, spring is an ideal time to visit Mount Tamborine for the blooms and lush scenery, and generally get outdoors. Be aware that the Gold Coast is a major destination in November for Schoolies Week where the country’s Year 12s cut loose at Surfers Paradise, so you might want to steer clear or be labelled a ‘toolie’! The Swell Sculpture Festival is on in September, while October brings the Coolangatta Gold SLS Festival.

Average temperatures: 12 – 27 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, pants and dresses.
Don’t forget: A hat and sunscreen.