The state of Queensland is extremely large, so it’s no surprise that it experiences a huge difference in climates and temperature ranges. The southeastern region where Brisbane and the Gold Coast are found boasts a sub-tropical climate that sees cooler winters (June through to August) and hot summers (December to February). In summer, Brisbane’s weather can get up to 90°F verses 60°F in winter.
The northern reaches of Queensland experience a wet and dry tropical climate, which brings heavy rain between October and March, with many short bursts of thunderstorms and downpours. The dry season (April to September) receives much less rain, and temperatures can drop to about 70°F on average. However, most of the year stays relatively warm and humid.
Very little rainfall is found in the southwestern and central areas of Queensland and temperatures can top 110°F in the summer. Winter can be quite chilly with frost often found during the colder months (July and August) and sub-zero temperatures not common.
Best Time to Visit Queensland
Queensland is one of the best tourist spots in Australia, and for many visitors, this rings true year round. The southern reaches, including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, see high rates and crowds during the Christmas holiday, which last for about six weeks in December and January. Prices are at a premium until after Australia Day on January 26. Winter rates usually show a considerable drop, and beaches become significantly less crowded. Most local travelers head to the northern beaches and reefs in the summer months, whereas southern and international tourists tend to flock to these areas in the winter when the weather is still comfortable.