Best Time To Visit Gold Coast June or December

by Farah
(Singapore)

Which the best time to visit Gold Coast - June or December?

I'm from Singapore and keen to bring my 3 kids (4, 9 and 14 years old) to Goldcoast for the first time.

I want them to enjoy the Gold Coast theme parks and do some sightseeing in Australia.

We are planning to vist Australia during the Singapore school holidays either in June or November to December. We definitely need to avoid the hot weather in Australia.

Please advise us on the best time to visit Australia and also which other places to visit that is nearby to Gold Coast. For example is Cairns near the Gold Coast?


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The Gold Coast is a great place to visit with children and they would definitely enjoy the Gold Coast theme parks. Your 14 year old will probably enjoy Movie World the most but I think they will all enjoy Sea World!

June is the beginning of our winter on the Gold Coast. It is not really cold, but will be cooler than Singapore at that time of the year. You will need warmer clothes to visit.

June is a great month to visit as we have Whale Watching at that time of the year. If you plan to go whale watching you will definitely need warm clothes for that one as it can get quite cold on the water.

November is our last Spring month and December our first Summer month. In terms of weather they are probably not too different from your Singapore weather in Summer but perhaps a little less humid.

If you visit the Gold Coast in November it is best to avoid schoolies week which is not the best to come to Surfers Paradise with younger children at this time in November as the Queensland school leavers are letting loose and partying! This mostly affects Surfers Paradise.

Early November can be nice weather and not too busy on the Gold Coast. December gets VERY busy at Christmas and through New Year. These are our main summer holidays running through to the end of January.

As for visiting Cairns it is a fantastic place to visit with plenty to do up there such as rainforests, beaches, Great Barrier Reef etc. Personally, I prefer staying in Port Douglas (1 hour drive north of Cairns) because it is a nicer more village like atmosphere, but we hire a car and drive to Cairns regularly to do things.

Cairns is a two hour plane ride further north in Queensland from Brisbane/Gold Coast – so it is not near to the Gold Coast. The weather up there is a bit different to ours, it is tropical and so warmer and more humid.

In the summer months in northern Queensland you have to be aware of marine stingers at the beaches etc, so we usually go in the cooler months June, July and August when that is not a problem.

Our youngest is just turning 9, the last time we went up there in June 2009 she was only 7 and she swam in the very warm 24C water when we were at the reef and she HATES the cold!

If you want places nearby to Gold Coast you can go to Byron Bay (2 hours drive south), Brisbane – Capitol city of Queensland (1 hour drive north), Sunshine Coast – Beaches, Australia Zoo etc 2½ to 3 hours drive north of Gold Coast. Here are some tours from Gold Coast that you might find give you ideas and a bit more perspective on the things you can do.

I know it is confusing with so many choices, however if you have any more questions leave a comment below and I will try to help you further.

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