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Best time to visit the Gold Coast

By Chloe · August 2023 · 6 min read
South-East Queensland's sunny holiday hotspot has long been a favourite getaway destination for people not only all over Australia but internationally.

The Gold Coast's appeal lies in its consistent weather, beaches, and family-friendly attractions. The extensive coastline offers marine activities, while the green inland and nightlife enhance the experience. A major drawcard is the Gold Coast's sunshine, with 300 sunny days annually, unlike places with varying climates. Year-round temperatures average 17.3 - 25.4°C (63.14 - 77.72°F). Summers are perfect for beachgoers and surfers at Surfers Paradise. The Gold Coast is a school holiday hit due to its theme parks, offering thrills and family entertainment. For the best visit timing, consider April to May. This period balances factors like temperature, events, school breaks, and pricing.

Why the Gold Coast in April and May?

The Gold Coast's allure extends beyond summer, considering humidity and school holiday crowds. Spring and Summer (October to November) have drawbacks, like the Gold Coast 600 race causing congestion and high hotel prices. November and December bring more crowds and the Schoolies Week celebrations, which might not be suitable for young kids. Winter brings comfortable weather. Planning your trip from mid to late April through May offers mild, sunny weather with low rainfall and affordable hotel prices.

This time of year offers ideal balance – saving money, avoiding crowds, and enjoying activities. The annual Blues on Broadbeach festival livens up the trendy suburb with free jazz concerts. The International Marine Expo and Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show cater to nautical enthusiasts in May. Traditional attractions like theme parks shine in April and May due to fewer visitors. Enjoy rides and shows with less crowd. Keep an eye on theme park deals for savings during this period.

Prefer nature to thrill rides? Consider Gold Coast Hinterland and South Stradbroke Island. The Hinterland offers rainforest walks, panoramas, wineries, and glow worm caves. Mild April and May weather enhances the experience. South Stradbroke Island, close to the mainland's northern end, is an accessible, undeveloped destination for camping, hiking, and beaches. Easily reached by cruise or water taxi. The Gold Coast offers diverse activities. Following our recommended time to visit ensures a positive and enjoyable holiday experience.

How long should I stay on the Gold Coast?

Your time spent visiting the Gold Coast will largely depend on who you are travelling with. While a good all-around rule is a week, those with kids in tow may want to extend the experience to cover all the theme parks (you need to allow a full day for each) in addition to all the regular sightseeing and shopping on offer. Similarly, adults who are planning to do more than just see the focal point of Surfers Paradise can extend stays further, particularly if you're willing to hire a car and travel inland or along the coast.

There are several shopping centres to browse, wineries and beaches to explore, and trips to take to the likes of the Hinterland, Stradbroke Island and even the popular northern NSW town of Byron Bay located just down the coast, each of which can take up a full day in and of themselves. Add to all of this the potential for a day trip to Brisbane and all its associated things to see and do, and it's possible to find enough entertainment on the Gold Coast to fill out a robust 10 day schedule, particularly if you're looking to spend one or two of those days simply soaking up the sunshine.

If you're looking for a range of all the best things to do in and around the Gold Coast throughout all periods of the year, be sure to visit our main Gold Coast region section to view and book all the top experiences online.
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