The Best Time to Go to Brisbane
Brisbane by seasons
Unlike the UK, Brisbane experiences its summer from December to February and its winter from June to August. Considering the city has 283 days of sunshine each year however, we use the term ‘seasons’ quite loosely when referring to Brisbane. With such mild to warm weather, there’s never a bad time to go, but you may want to time your visit to Brisbane coincide with one of the city’s popular events.
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September to November
Spring in Brisbane is a fantastic time to visit as the weather is mild, humidity is low and there are plenty of exciting festivals and events taking place. In terms of temperature, days average around 21°C while at night temperatures can drop below 9°C. The streets in Brisbane also look particularly beautiful in spring with the city’s jacaranda trees covering the city in lavender blooms.
Brisbane Festival: time your Brisbane visit to September and you’ll be lucky to see the city come alive during the Brisbane Festival. The cultural event show featuring everything from live music to theatre and creative projects. The event ends at the end of September with a literal bang with Riverfire, where a spectacular fireworks display and aerobatic by the Australian Defence Force take place by the Brisbane River.
Valley Fiesta: celebrating the Fortitude Valley’s creative scene, the Valley Fiesta is a great event to visit and experience Brisbane proud live music, food and art scene.
December to February
If you like your summers hot, then you’ll love Brisbane in summer. Temperatures typically hang around 30°C and can even go higher. Humidity at this time of year is also high and so rain and storms are quite common, often hitting in the afternoon following a hot and humid day. Luckily many places, including public transport, hotels, shopping centres and most restaurants are air conditioned, plus you can always cool off at the beach at Southbank.
New Year’s Eve: Brisbane is a great place to ring in the new year with summer parties taking place around the city’s nightlife venues and fireworks taking place above the river.
Australia Day: join the locals on this beloved national holiday to celebrate all things Australia with barbecues, beer and plenty of time spent by the pool.
March to May
Following what can be a sticky summer, the heat and the rain lessens in Brisbane during autumn with average temperatures around 15 to 25°C. Easter time in autumn however is typically known to rain or be overcast, but following that you’ll be able to experience mild weather and beautiful blue skies.
Paniyiri Greek Festival: come together with Brisbane’s large greek community at the Paniyiri, Australia’s biggest Greek festival. Taking place in the park at the inner-city suburb of West End, the day features Greek entertainment and food – don’t miss the Loukoumades honey puffs!
Bike Week: if you’re a bike lover, this is the perfect time to hire a bike and hit the road in Brisbane. The annual cycling festival seeks to encourage people of all ages, sizes and ability get into the saddle with a range of cycling events.
June to August
Forget what you know about cold and rainy winters in the UK, because winter in Brisbane is actually glorious. Winter days here are often around 11 to 21°C, with no humidity and very little rain. In fact Brisbane is known to have its clearest blue sky days during winter.
State of Origin: in June and July Queensland experiences it’s most important sporting game, the State of Origin, with the state’s local rugby league team going head to head with their arch rival, New South Wales. During this time the city turns maroon in passionate support of the team – be sure not to wear blue during this time or you might be mistaken for a New South Wales supporter.
Whale watching: winter is a great time to see migrating humpback whales from Moreton Bay Marine Park which is about an hour’s drive from Brisbane.