When is the best time to visit Queensland?

There is no wrong time to visit Queensland, but knowing more about the weather and the high and low seasons can help you choose the best times.

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If you have a particular type of accommodation in mind or want a wide range of choices, I suggest booking in advance. This is particularly true in the Christmas summer holidays and in July and August in places like Cairns, Noosa and the Gold Coast.

Winter sees Australians from the southern states head north in large numbers, so May – September can be busy in most coastal towns.

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Weather in Queensland

With almost 300 sunny days a year, it’s no surprise that Queensland is nicknamed “the sunshine state” The other phrase that gets thrown around a lot is “Beautiful one day, perfect the next”, unless there is a cyclone or a flood that is!

The second-largest state in Australia has three climate zones. From the NSW border to about Mackay is considered to be subtropical. While you will get four seasons, the winters are very mild. Inland of this part of the state, you will find hot, dry summers and warm winters.

From Mackay to Cape York, the area is known as North and Far North Queensland. It becomes more of a two season situation, known as the wet and the dry. The wet season begins in November and ends in May. Things are a lot drier from June to October. Summers here are humid, and winters are warm.


Month Average maximum Average minimum Average rainfall (mm)
March 27.919.3108mm
April 26.016.7104mm
May 23.613.7109mm
August 21.89.741mm
Source: Climate of Australia


As you will see in the chart below, Cairns gets significantly more rain than Brisbane. Those periods of high rainfall are pretty humid, and I would recommend you make sure your accommodation is air-conditioned.

Month Average maximumAverage minimum Average rainfall (mm)
March 27.523.4378mm
April 26.122.1215mm
May 24.420.489mm
August 23.118.129mm
Source: Climate of Australia

Queensland Event Calendar

Below are some of the most significant events on the Queensland calendar. We will update this as new information becomes available, but you should also check the official regional tourism pages when you book.

23 February – 4 March 2024Apple & Grape Festival
8 – 17 March 2024Noosa Festival of Surfing
18-19 May 2024Paniyiri
24-26 May 2024Port Douglas Carnivale
29 May-2 June 2024Noosa Eat and Drink
1 June 2024Relish Food & Wine
25 June-3 JulyScenic Rim Eat Local Week
2 June 2024Brisbane Marathon
2-4 July 2024Birdville Big Red Bash
26 July-4 August 2024The Curated Plate (Sunshine Coast)
1-11 August 2024Bleach Festival (Gold Coast)
8-11 August 2024Mount Isa Rodeo
17-28 August 2024Hamilton Island Race Week
30 August-8 September 2024Taste Bundaberg Festival
30 August-21 September 2024 Brisbane Festival
6-15 September 2024Swell Sculpture Festival (Gold Coast)
13 September-8 October 2024Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
November Wonderland Festival 
DecemberWoodford Folk Festival
Dates correct at time of publication 23/3/2024

Queensland School and Public Holidays

School holidays see prices go up and availability reduce. If you don’t need to be travelling at this time, you can save quite a bit by avoiding it.

Public Holidays in Queensland 2024-2025

New Year’s Day01 January01 January
Australia Day26 January27 January (holiday)
Good Friday29 March18 April
Easter Sunday01 April10 April
Easter Monday02 April21 April
Anzac Day25 April25 April
Labour Day 06 May05 May
Royal Queensland Show Day*14 August13 August
Kings’s Birthday07 October06 October
Christmas Day*25 December25 December
Boxing Day26 December26 December
New Year’s Eve31 December31 December
* Show day applies to Brisbane only
** December 24 is considered a public holiday from 6pm – midnight

School Holidays in Queensland 2024-2025

Period 20242025
Autumn break:29 March-14 April5 April-21 April
Winter break: 22 June-7 July28 June-13 July
Spring break:14-29 September20 September-6 October
Summer break:14 December – 27 January 202513 December -26 January 2026

Correct as of 27 March 2024. Source: Fair Work Ombusman Australia

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