Renowned as Australia's favourite holiday destination, the Gold Coast is a wonderful place to visit all year round. Not only will you enjoy world-class attractions and entertainment, but also 300 days of sunshine each year! While the Gold Coast is a popular place to holiday at all times of the year, the very best times to visit can depend on personal preferences such as weather, peak seasons, local events and pricing. So to help you determine your ideal time to visit the Gold Coast, keep on reading.
During the Australian summer period, temperatures on the Gold Coast reach their peak and at times can be uncomfortably warm if you are not used to the Queensland heat. There is also an increase in humidity and rainfall during this time resulting in afternoon showers and thunderstorms. However, despite the higher chance of wet weather, the Gold Coast is still a very popular place to visit, particularly over the summer holidays with international travellers. As such, accommodation tends to sell out fast, so be sure to book at least 3 month in advance.
Boasting beautiful clear skies and golden sunshine, April through June is one of the best times to visit the Gold Coast. The temperatures drop slightly, yet still remain lovely and warm, and you can comfortably swim at the beaches. April through May is also one of the cheapest times to visit the Gold Coast, as it is outside of the school holiday period. As June begins the official start to Australian winter, the evenings are cooler and there can be strong winds, however most days are clear and sunny.
As winter sets in, the Gold Coast receives it's lowest temperatures averaging around 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. While the temperatures are cold, the days are still lovely and sunny. July through September is also the ideal time for whale watching. Charters depart from Sea World Resort and sightings are 100% guaranteed! On top of this, Wet n Wild, WhiteWater World and Sea World heat their waters so you can still enjoy fun in the sun during winter
During the spring season, the Gold Coast begins to warm up and temperatures sit around 23°C. The days are windy and provide ideal conditions for adventure sports including windsurfing and kite boarding. During mid-November to early December the “schoolies” and festival periods begins. During this time, thousands of school leavers flock to the Gold Coast to celebrate the end of their high school journey. Over the two weeks, the Gold Coast becomes incredibly busy and prices for accommodation and activities are at their peak. Prices remain quite high for the remainder of the year, as the Christmas holidays approach. It is best to book in advance if you wish to visit over this period