Gold Coast in May

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Australian Gold Coast in May

May is the last month of Autumn and is a popular time to visit the Gold Coast for our overseas visitors.

The weather in the Gold Coast during May can be glorious. Warm during the day and often very little wind. This photo of boats on the broadwater was taken in the middle of May. A great time to be out on the water!

You can enjoy all the Gold Coast has to offer this month and usually a little quieter at the theme parks and attractions, so shorter queues! No whale watching this month though, but they'll be here by next month.

As well as the amazing weather in May there are no school holidays. Labour Day falls on the first Monday in May creating a long weekend. In addition, there are great Gold Coast events such as the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, Gold Coast Fashion Week and Blues on Broadbeach.

All GREAT excuses to make a trip the Gold Coast in May.

The boat show is a fantastic opportunity to look at the boats and accessories. Or you can just get out on or in the water with options such as kayak, snorkel, scuba, learn to surf or jet-ski, take one of the many cruise options, or try your hand at deep sea fishing.

And, if you are after open water the Pacific Ocean is calling just through the Gold Coast Seaway!

When you’ve finished on the water there’ll be plenty of time to check out some Blues at Broadbeach, galleries on Mount Tamborine or just chilling on one of the fabulous Gold Coast beaches!

Although the weather is turning a little cooler, it is still not cold at all. Gold Coast water theme parks can still be enjoyed at this time of the year and I find it is good time to visit our theme parks and not too crowded on weekdays.

So many great reasons to visit this month! 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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Gold Coast Weather In May can be glorious!

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Weather in Gold Coast in May

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

Season Autumn
Average Temperatures 13°C to 22°C (55°F to 72°F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 1°C to 32°C (34°F to 90°F)
Average Sea Temperature 21°C (70°F)
Average Humidity 72%
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times
Daylight Trend: Days shortening - later sunrises earlier sunsets
Sunrise 6:15am - 6:30am
Sunset 5:15pm - 5:00pm
Daylight Saving &
Time Zone Information
Qld is GMT +10 hours
(Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST)
Queensland DOES NOT observe daylight saving.
Typical Weather

Usually a warm month with temperatures overnight getting a bit cooler as we move towards our Gold Coast winter.

As the temperatures drop the humidity becomes less noticeable – perhaps just to us locals!

We can still get some rain and very occasionally some storms - but not as much as the main summer months. Less rainy days in May than April, but we still have on average 10% of our annual rainfall during this month.

I'd 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 May

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.
Public Holidays

2017 - Labour Day - Monday 1 May 2017

2018 - Labour Day - Monday 7 May 2018

What's On In The Gold Coast In May?

  • Early May – Prime Minister's Cup – Horse Racing
  • 3rd Week – Blues on Broadbeach Festival
  • Late May – Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
  • Wintersun Festival at Coolangatta (moved to NSW from 2011) has been replaced by Cooly Rocks On festival in late May to early June.

More events and dates for May events on Gold Coast.

Tips for Travelers to Gold Coast in May

For Australian Visitors

Weatherwise May is a great time to visit the Gold Coast. Accommodation with air-conditioning is recommended but not essential.

Swimming pools best if heated or indoor especially if you are travelling with younger children. Great travelling opportunities this month if you don't have to stick to school holidays.

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

For Visitors from Overseas

May is a great month to visit the Gold Coast. The weather is mostly perfect!

Air-conditioned accommodation in a good location is still the best pick. Some good deals to be had as not a major local tourist time. Definitely on the short list for overseas visitors!

Adults and kids of most ages can still enjoy the water fun on the Gold Coast with great ocean temperatures and fun at water parks such as Sea World Resort Water Park or Wet n Wild. Most of our visitors are coming from late Spring weather to our Autumn weather - unless you are coming from a really hot country you are not likely to find the weather cold. Gold Coast Autumn and Winters are mild.

Pack clothing for warm weather (shorts and t-shirts) and have some cool weather options. I pack layers and a light jumper or fleece for cooler times or a light jacket for evening.

You'll need warmer clothes for visits to Gold Coast rainforest areas in hinterland - such as Mt Tamborine, O'Reillys, Lamington Plateau or Springbrook National Park.

Pack a rain jacket (which doubles as an extra layer when it is cooler) 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 May

Evening Entertainment

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