Gold Coast in April

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Australian Gold Coast in April

April is an Autumn month and is an awesome time to visit the Gold Coast, especially if you can visit outside of school holidays.

Public holidays in this month can include Easter (though it moves around year to year, so check the dates), and 25 April is ANZAC Day, so keep that in mind when planning.

Golf is a popular reason to visit the Gold Coast at any time, but April heralds the start of the cooler weather making it even more appealing!

More than 30 Golf Courses in and around the Gold Coast area, means you are bound to find something to your liking! Don't forget those amazing resorts built around golf courses at Carrara, Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove.

April in the Gold Coast usually has great weather for seeing the coast by air. Check out a sunrise from a hot air balloon or real estate in a helicopter or sea plane.

At this time of year, along the coast you will see surfing and other water sports. You can take a lesson, hire some equipment and have a go or just watch the amateurs and professionals competing at many of local and state competitions held during this month.

In the hinterland you can experience native Australian wildlife in a rainforest setting. The possibilities are almost endless!

When Easter falls in April, there are public and school holidays.

ANZAC day falls in April with most shops and businesses (including Gold Coast theme parks and attractions) closed for at least the morning and some will be closed all day. It is wise to check opening times for ANZAC day.

All the information below is updated each year to keep it current. I recommend, if you haven't already, that you get a copy of my planning cheat sheets. Use the information on this page to fill them in, to help plan your holiday.

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Weather in Gold Coast in April

In the table below are averages for various weather indicators for Gold Coast in April. Click here for current weather information in Gold Coast.

Season Autumn
Average Temperatures 16°C to 25°C (61°F to 77°F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 7°C to 35°C (45°F to 95°F)
Average Sea Temperature 23°C (73°F)
Average Humidity 72%
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times
Daylight Trend: Days shortening - later sunrises earlier sunsets
Sunrise 5:55am - 6:15am
Sunset 5:45pm - 5:15pm
Daylight Saving &
Time Zone Information

Qld is GMT +10 hours
(Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST)
Queensland DOES NOT observe daylight saving.

Please Note: Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) ends for NSW usually on the 1st Sunday of April, at which time QLD and NSW are back in the same timezone.

Typical Weather

Still hot and by most standards humid, but the humidity definitely starts to drop from here. Some rain and chance of storms.

Autumn weather usually pretty amazing! The top temperatures are just easing a bit, and it does get a bit cooler in the evenings.

Less rain than the summer months, but you can still expect some rainy days in April, however, it is usually much less rain than the summer months.

I'd still pack an umbrella or rain jacket and a light jumper or jacket for the evenings or vists to rainforest.

You can still enjoy the Gold Coast and theme parks on most days when it is raining. Check out my rainy day tips.

Public and School Holidays in April

School Holidays
These dates are a rough guide to holidays in both NSW and Qld which have most influence on holidaying in the Gold Coast.

2017 - 1 April 2017 to 25 April 2017

2018 - 30 March 2018 to 30 April 2018 [ During these holidays it will be the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games - 4 to 15 April 2018]

Public Holidays

2017 - Good Friday - 14 April 2017
2017 - Easter Monday - 17 April 2017
2017 - ANZAC Day -Tuesday 25 April 2017

2018 - Good Friday - 30 March 2018
2018 - Easter Monday - 2 April 2018
2018 - ANZAC Day - Wednesday 25 April 2018

What's On In The Gold Coast In April?

  • Gold Coast Triathlon
  • Gold Coast Film Festival
  • Gold Coast Cup – Outrigger Marathon
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games 4 to 15 April 2018

More events and dates for April events on Gold Coast.

Tips for Travelers to Gold Coast in April

For Australian Visitors

Weatherwise April is great time to visit the Gold Coast.

Avoid school holidays if you don’t have school age children and if you need to visit during school holidays, make sure you book early to get the accommodation you want.

Accommodation with air-conditioning is still recommended at this time of year, though not as important as the hotter months (November, December, January, February and March).

The kids can enjoy the water fun on the Gold Coast with great ocean temperatures and fun at Sea World Resort Water Park, Dreamworld's WhiteWater World or Wet n Wild.

Pack for warm weather, but have a couple of layers handy for any cooler times or if visiting the hinterland which can be much cooler than the coastal areas. I always pack a rain jacket just in case it showers, and they don't take up much room.

For Visitors from Overseas

April is a truly great time of year to visit the Gold Coast – the weather is usually very accommodating!

If you need to travel around the Easter or school holiday periods be aware that accommodation and flights within Australia tend to book up early. This is especially true if you are after a good deal.

In the main areas most businesses catering for visitors remain open (at least partially) throughout Easter, but if you are off the beaten track a little be conscious that holidays to Aussies are sacred and most things will be shut! Particularly Good Friday.

Quality, air-conditioned accommodation in a good location is still the best pick, especially if you are not used to a humid climate.

Adults and kids of most ages can enjoy the water fun on the Gold Coast with great ocean temperatures and fun at water parks such as Sea World Resort Water Park, WhiteWater World or Wet n Wild.

Pack clothing for warm weather (shorts and t-shirts), but have a couple of layers or longer clothes handy for any cooler times. If you are planning on visiting Gold Coast rainforest areas in our hinterland, you will need warmer clothing as it can be much cooler than the coastal areas.

Pack a rain jacket or umbrella for rain showers too. Neither take up much room and it is much nicer not to get wet!

Things to do in Gold Coast in April

  • Why not try your hand at Snorkelling & Diving in Gold Coast?
  • Red Dragonfruit Season begins at Tropical Fruit World - Red Dragonfruit has some amazing health benefitting properties... find out more on a tour.
  • Hot Air Balloon over the Coast and hinterland
  • Experience an Animal Adventure at Sea World
  • Visit Tiger Island at Dreamworld and check out the extreme rides!
  • Swim between the flags on Gold Coast beaches - which is your favourite?
  • Beach walks - and early morning sunrises - just awesome!
  • Surf The Alley at Currumbin
  • Australian Outback Spectacular is more than just a show, experience Australian life and an Aussie BBQ dinner. An experience you are unlikely to forget in a long time. A great memory to take away.

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  • How many golf courses can you try on your Gold Coast golf vacation?
  • Jupiters Casino (now known as The Star Gold Coast) - Check out all the live entertainment for Gold Coast.
  • Check out all the attractions of Gold Coast for more ideas....

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