Queensland's Gold Coast has a comfortable sub-tropical climate ideal for outdoor enjoyment all-year round. The Gold Coast averages 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year and has an average rainfall of about 1400mm annually, the majority of which falls in the summer period (December - February). Daytime temperatures on the coast are generally in the mid 20°C range. The Hinterland is slightly cooler with maximum winter temperatures around 16°C. In winter, clear skies and dry air mean cool nights. Here you will find some information on temperature, rainfall and seasonal activities to help you plan your Gold Coast holiday.
In summer (December - February) the average temperature on the Gold Coast is a pleasant 20-28°C, although January to March experience the highest rainfall. Hot days are often followed by tropical storms. Humidity is highest but is offset by cool sea breezes. It's one of the best times of the year to experience the Gold Coast's glorious beaches. The cool rainforests and mountain creeks of the hinterland offer a retreat from the hot summer days. January is the perfect time to cool off with the dolphins at Sea World or enjoy the water activities at Wet ‘n' Wild theme park. The Magic Millions Horse Racing Carnival is also held in January. In February the Gold Coast is still hot and humid and it's a good time to be by the beach, surf or a pool. You can see Aussie icons battling it out in surf carnivals and surfing competitions such as the Quiksilver Pro. In the Gold Coast hinterland the lush rainforest comes alive with interesting plants and animals and the temperature is cooler and less humid than the coast. Other popular activities at this time of year are deep sea and reef fishing or bird watching in the rainforest.
In Autumn (March - May) sunny days are followed by warm nights - ideal for outdoor water activities such as fishing and sailing. The Gold Coast Triathlon and Australian Surf Life Saving Championships are held in March and April.
Winter (June - August) on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry. June marks the beginning of whale watching season. Tour boats start heading out to find the whales in early June through to the end of October. Many Australians escape the cooler weather in the southern states for a holiday in Queensland at this time of year. The humidity is lower, there is less rain, but the temperature is still warm. The Surfers Paradise Festival runs from mid-June to mid-July.
Spring (September - November) has a similar climate to Autumn, with sunny days followed by mild tropical evenings. September can be windy, so great for sports such as kite-surfing, kite-boarding, windsurfing and sailing. You can experience the colourful spring flowers and gardens at the Springtime on the Mountain Festival at Mount Tamborine.
In October, see the Ironmen and Ironwomen competing at the Coolangatta Gold. Spring is also a pleasant time to visit the local markets or night markets in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach.