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Events in May On Gold Coast
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Australian Gold Coast Events May

May is a great month to get out and about on the water in the Gold Coast.

It is the last month of Autumn but you can have some ripper weather. Try getting out on a cruise on the Broadwater you can see how gorgeous it can be from the photo above!

It's a month when boating is a big focus with the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on towards the end of the month. But there's the quite a few others including:

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May is one of my favourite months on the fabulous Gold Coast. The weather is starting to cool down a bit during the day and in the evenings, so pack a jacket or jumper just in case, especially if you are heading into the hills, rainforest or hinterland of the Gold Coast.

May is often a quiet time on the Gold Coast with no school holidays, which leaves the Gold Coast and its attractions free for interstate and overseas visitors to enjoy without the thronging crowds of us locals getting in the way!

There are no main Queensland school holidays and there's Labour Day on the first Monday of May.

As well as these events, there are events, markets and shows that run throughout the year. You can find more information through these links:

How to use this page? Scroll down to see all Gold Coast Events May. You can also use the search bar in the top of the page or at the bottom to locate an event.

Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only. Dates are subject to change without notice. Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.

Broadwater views on the Gold Coast.
Broadwater Gold Coast

Gold Coast Events May

Prime Ministers Cup


First Saturday in May


Gold Coast Racecourse, Bundall

The Prime Ministers Cup is a great excuse to dress up and go to the races! Bundall is located just behind Surfers Paradise a little south of Chevron Island bridge, which makes Surfers Paradise probably the closest place to stay.

Alternatives include Broadbeach accommodation options and resorts such as RACV Royal Pines Resort or Radisson Palm Meadows.

Gold Coast Cup Outrigger Canoe Race


Saturday & Sunday early in May


Muriel Henchman Drive, Main Beach

Gold Coast Cup racing usually takes place along the coast and within the Broadwater, depending on the class of racing. If the weather is bad, it can be cancelled.

More information on the official website at

Australian International Seniors Golf Tournament


May - dates change


Gold Coast - usually Royal Pines or Sanctuary Cove.

Australian International Seniors Golf Championships (AISGC) comes to the Gold Coast each year in May.

Both main venues have accommodation right on the course. What a great excuse to stay around the Golf Course and enjoy 5 days of top notch competition in either Sanctuary Cove or at Royal Pines Resort.

You probably cannot think of a better spot for golf with a range of fantastic facilities.

Mothers Day Australia


Second Sunday in May

Mothers Day in Australia is a different date to other countries. If you are visiting, be aware that restaurants are particularly busy for breakfast, lunch and dinner on this Sunday! Bookings are essential!

A big family day with many extended family outings to celebrate wonderful mums in Australia!

Why not head to Canungra Valley Winery on Saturday or Sunday and treat Mum to a fantastic picnic by the creek or a lunch on the verandah in their restaurant.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show


Thursday to Sunday around 3rd week of May


Sanctuary Cove

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has been an icon on the Gold Coast events calendar for over 25 years. Each year it just gets better and better.

If you get in and book early you might get a spot in Sanctuary Cove!

Hope Island is the next closest, after that you are best to stay around Southport, Labrador or Surfers Paradise for relatively easy access.

There is a park and ride service that runs from Parklands Showgrounds in Southport, which is why I suggest these areas as alternatives.

More information about Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on Gold Coast

Blues on Broadbeach Festival


Thursday to Sunday around 3rd week of May (same as Boat Show)



Blues on Broadbeach has been running for over 15 years on the Gold Coast. The line up of acts is always impressive. It has aligned dates with Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, so is a great evening alternative for those visiting the Boat Show.

This annual festival is very popular with locals and visitors alike. The best place to stay is undoubtedly Broadbeach!

You will be able to find more details about the program as it comes to hand. If you like blues this is the place to be the last weekend in May on the Gold Coast!

Check out this video for Blues on Broadbeach. It might be from 2011, but it really gives you an idea what to expect.

Cooly Rocks On


Late May to Early June for about 10 days


Coolangatta and Tweed Heads

For more information about Cooly Rocks On see June events.

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Disclaimer: Whilst every care is taken to provide correct information, the information about Gold Coast events, festivals, shows and other activities shown on this and other pages within this website is a guide only. Dates are subject to change without notice. Please check with individual event organisers before planning your trip around these dates.

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