Not sure what to do on the Gold Coast? Grab some tickets for attractions and more here at Experience Oz! The Gold Coast is without doubt Australia's premier holiday destination for all occasions from family holidays with kids to those solely for adults. Mention what to do on the Gold Coast to any Australian and what almost certainly comes to mind is the dazzling array of Gold Coast theme parks like Dream World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World, Sea World, the nightclubs, beaches, and much more.
For a dazzling night out, experience the new stage show at Jupiters Casino or, if you prefer to be daring, climb to the top of the tallest residential building in the world with the Q1 Skypoint Climb. Other nightlife options include dancing all night and a dawn walk on the world renowned golden sand beaches of Surfers Paradise is more to your liking.
A large number of guided tours to the Hinterland are available which allow you to picnic at rock pools and cascading waterfalls, visit glowworm caves, go bush walking or horse riding. There are even vineyards and mountain villages to visit. Or if you feel more drawn to the water, we have tickets to a bevy of aquatic activities including fishing, jet boating, scuba diving, island and waterway cruises which are available year round. The Gold Coast is also one of the best place to go whale watching on the east coast of Australia. Search below to find tickets for your Gold Coast experience, or for more information on what to do in Queensland as a whole, or for some ideas on making a great Gold Coast itinerary be sure to check out our information pages and city guide in the menu above, and click here if you're looking for Gold Coast bus timetables to make getting around easier.
Gold Coast Weather and Climate Information for Visitors
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The Gold Coast owes its status as Australia's fastest-growing region in terms of population almost solely due to the sheer quantity of sunshine the area is blessed with - the Gold Coast itself receives a conservative average of 250 days of sunshine a year (hence the name). Without four distinct seasons like many other cities both within Australia and worldwide, the Gold Coast's climate is a gradual gradient of a long Summer than generally lasts from the end of October and continues its warmth up until the beginning of June. Because of this, the city has become synonymous with beaches and beach life, with suntans being both a dark and desired fashion trait.
Temperatures and Rainfall
Temperatures on the Gold Coast are reflective of a combination of both its oceanside location and humid subtropical climate, with the yearly averages being comfortably warm. Throughout the year, the average high temperature is a comfortable 25.1°C (77.2°F) while the median low is a mild 17.2°C (63°F), making all but three months (from June to August) conducive to beach going activities.
In terms of rainfall, February receives the highest amount on average of any month by far at 177.3mm, with September receiving the least with an average of 43.6mm per month; on a per-month average for the entire year, the total works out to approximately 11 days of rainfall per month.
What makes the Gold Coast (and Australia in general) such a popular destination for international tourists is its Southern Hemisphere location meaning that all seasons are directly swapped around; it is thus possible for travellers from the North to experience "two Summers" in a city that is predominantly English-speaking. The Gold Coast's seasons can be described roughly as follows:
Gold Coast Summers generally range from hot to very hot, with sunny mornings and mid days giving way to frequent evening thunderstorms due to the often high humidity, with rain during the nights meaning you can expect sunshine once again the next day! Due to the high temperatures, air conditioning is extremely preferable, so be sure to take this into account when booking accommodation or other facilities/events. Sunscreen is also an extremely important product to apply during the Gold Coast's Summer months - sunburn can happen frequently and severely due to the beach being a huge attraction coupled with Australia's proximity to a hole in the Earth's ozone layer, so be sure to apply it multiple times during the day, especially if swimming or sweating. And yes, a beach/barbecue Christmas is not an uncommon sight here!
*Unlike many other regions, there is not a huge drop in temperature during the transition from Summer to Autumn; night times are slightly cooler while the days are less humid, and the reduced humidity makes Autumn (along with Spring) one of the most comfortable times of year to visit for those who don't quite want to experience the more intense heat of Summer. The Gold Coast's trees are mostly evergreen, so you will not see the yellow/red/brown leaf combinations that have become synonymous with the season of Autumn in most other countries. Lastly, Autumn has less rainfall than Summer, making it one of the sunniest periods of the year!
The term "Winter", when applied to the Gold Coast, is very relative; while early mornings and nights can be quite chilly, clear blue skies during the day are commonplace due to the low humidity. The limited duration of Winter makes this the only real time of the year where you may want to bring or wear heavier clothing such as a jacket and the general "T-Shirt and Shorts" atmosphere does not wholly apply. While the beaches are still generally beautiful to visit for a stroll or to lay on, the water may prove too cold for swimming unless you are equipped with a wetsuit or have a stronger tolerance to chillier waters.
The Gold Coast's Springs make it possibly the best "overall" season to visit the city throughout the year. Featuring a great balance of warm weather, clear skies and little rainfall, there is plenty to do outdoors during these months; humpback whales migrate past the coast, watersports such as kite surfing and wind surfing reach their peak due to high wind volumes, and countryside areas like the beautiful Mount Tamborine come into their own with a beautiful combination of greenery and blooming flowers. One thing to keep in mind during Spring is there are two significant school holidays and events: general school holidays from the end of September to the first week of October, and Schoolie's Week (the national celebration of highschoolers graduating) from the middle to the end of November can make the Gold Coast, specifically Surfers Paradise, a rowdy place that holiday-goers may want to avoid.