Best Time For Snorkeling on the Gold Coast

by Tim Nelson
(Sun Valley, ID)

When is the Best Time for snorkeling on the Gold Coast Australia?

In particular is January any better than December or vice versa for snorkeling in Gold Coast?

Well you cannot beat the warm water on the Gold Coast in both January and December for snorkeling that is for sure!

There are a couple of things that can affect the snorkeling. The most obvious one at that time of year is water clarity. There is no real difference between the two months with regard to this. Heavy rains (by that I mean big and lasting a long time) and summer storms can stir up the water and making it choppy and murky. Since January and December are both summer months on the Gold Coast, it can effect water clarity - unfortunately there is no way of predicting when that will occur.

The good thing is that after the rains the clarity often comes back fairly quicky.

On the Gold Coast people enjoy snorkeling through the whole year. Generally, the best snorkelling is when it is less rainy and stormy. The best times of the year for that type of weather are in late Autumn, Winter and early Spring.

So, from around late April through to early October is probably the best time to go snorkelling. However, the water will be cooler during the winter months. Many of the snorkelling tours offer wet suits for both bouyancy and warmth.

There are a few good spots for snorkelling on the Gold Coast, Gold Coast Snorkelling and Diving take snorkel and diving trips out year round.

They also offer dive trips and they say the winter diving is popular because of the water clarity and the visiting Grey Nurse Sharks.

Snorkelling in either January or December should be fine in the Gold Coast, and I don't believe either one is any better or worse than the other. I hope that was helpful.

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