The Best Time to Go to South Queensland
Brisbane and South Queensland by season
They don’t call Queensland the ‘Sunshine State’ for nothing. This mild and sunny part of the world experiences sub-tropical weather with warm and humid summers and cool but sunny winters. Whenever you plan to go, Brisbane and South Queensland are bound to show you a good time. Weather aside, the region is also home to some fantastic events and wildlife watching opportunities to time your visit to.
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March - May
Australia experiences the opposite seasons to the UK so autumn begins in March. Like many of the seasons, autumn in Queensland is exceptionally mild with temperatures averaging around 15 to 25°C. With warm temperatures and low humidity, autumn is a fantastic time to explore the region’s countryside and rainforests, as well as Brisbane and its surrounding suburbs.
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival: Australia’s largest free music event takes place at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast over four days.
Bike Week: if you’re a lover of bikes, time your visit to Brisbane to May to see the best of the city by bicycle.
June - August
Winter may be bleak in the UK, but it brings blue skies to Brisbane and its surrounds. Temperatures typically average around 11 to 21°C, so it’s still a fantastic time to enjoy the outdoors without any humidity. Enjoy a hike nearby the Glass House Mountains on the way to the Sunshine Coast, visit one of the charming rural towns such as Montville, or take in a spot of golf at one of Brisbane’s many golf courses.
Brisbane Times Good Food Month: experience Brisbane’s buzzing food scene at this month-long festival in July featuring the city’s best restaurants, cafes and bars.
Noosa Long Weekend Festival: taking place in July, this Sunshine Coast festival features everything from dance to food, theatre, film and free events.
September - November
Similar to autumn, spring features sunny weather and warmer temperatures (15 to 25°C). This season sees many of the regions’ flowers come into bloom, most notably Brisbane jacaranda trees which feature lilac coloured flowers in November. Spring is also an ideal time to visit Hervey Bay and Fraser Island for ideal conditions and the high chance of seeing migrating whales.
Brisbane Festival: celebrating Brisbane’s cultural pursuits, this September festival sees a range of activities and shows taking place from theatre to live music and the thrilling Sunsuper Riverfire fireworks display.
Whale Watching: while it’s possible to see whales from Hervey Bay at any time of year, spring is an especially good time to see migrating humpback whales.
December to February
Summer for Brisbane and south Queensland can be scorching hot (averaging 30°C) and when the region’s tropical weather comes into play with spectacular storms. While rain is common, it often hits at the end of a warm day, so it’s still possible to enjoy a sunny day at the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast, before heading indoors to watch the storm roll in.
New Year’s Eve: be one of the first in the world to ring in the New Year from one of the region’s beautiful beaches where parties and fireworks are common.
Australia Day: 26 January sees Australia enjoy the day off to celebrate the arrival of the First Fleet with barbecues, pool parties and local music.