School holidays, especially the Christmas vacation from mid-December to the end of January, are peak season on the Gold Coast. Accommodations are booked months in advance at these times. The rest of the year, deals abound.


With sunshine 300 days a year, the subtropical Gold Coast is a year-round holiday destination. Winter is especially ideal, averaging a sunny and cloudless 68°F (20°C), though nights can be crisp with temperatures dropping to 50°F (10°C). Summer temperatures average 77°F (25°C), but the high humidity makes conditions feel warmer. Late summer and autumn are the wettest seasons, with short but dramatic tropical storms creating around a dozen wet weather days per month.

Calendar of Events

Summafieldayze draws 35,000 music lovers and cutting-edge musicians like Scissor Sisters and Moby to the Spit in early January. In late February/early March the world’s top surfers attempt to wrangle Coolangatta’s waves during the Quiksilver & Roxy Pro surfing championships. The music is mellow and regional cuisine feeds the crowds during the Blues on Broadbeach festival in late May. Music, dance, food, and culture from around the globe are highlighted during mid-September’s Multicultural Festival. Surfers Paradise becomes a racetrack for the Gold Coast 600 V8 supercar challenge in mid-October.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.