Gold Coast in January

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Australian Gold Coast in January

January is our peak Summer holiday time and finding places to cool down, especially in water is a must!

January is Hot Summer Fun & Family Holidays

Australia is on holidays and the Gold Coast is one of the main Australian summer holiday destinations for families.

It is a HOT and humid summer month. Being by the beach or near water are a must at this time of the year. The temperature and humidity are high and it's nice to be able to cool off in the surf or a pool. When the beach gets too much - there are always the theme parks!

Wet n Wild and WhiteWater World are two great theme parks for this time of the year. Sea World has access to the water park in Sea World Resort and you can pay an entry fee from Sea World to gain access to the water park for the day. Or you can get wet in Castaway Bay!

The water park at Sea World plus the great pools and water play areas are a great excuse to stay at Sea World Resort.

At Sea World you can book a swim with the sharks or a dolphin experience, along with other behind the scenes tours. No experience necessary, just bring your togs and towel, but you will need to book ahead.

Family holidays aren't the only reason visitors flock to the Gold Coast in January.

Check out Magic Millions Horse Racing Carnival. All the glamour of a premier Australian horse racing event - with lots of off racecourse activities around the coast.

Or visit later in January and celebrate Australia Day (26 January) in true Aussie style!

January is one of our busiest months on the Gold Coast, theme parks and attractions are busy and the best accommodation is often booked out a long way in advance. Read on for more information about visiting Gold Coast during January.

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.

Weather in Gold Coast in January

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

January Q & A

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Cool off at SeaWorld with the dolphins or book a dive with the sharks or just bring your togs and towel for a splash in the water park.

Sea World Dolphin Experience

Weather in Gold Coast in January

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

Season Summer
Average Temperatures 20°C to 28°C (68°F to 83°F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 12°C to 41°C (53°F to 106°F)
Average Sea Temperature 25°C (77°F)
Average Humidity 71%
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times
Daylight Trend: Days shortening - later sunrises earlier sunsets
Sunrise 4:50am - 5:20am
Sunset 6:45pm - 6:40pm

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

Please Note: NSW is on Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) at this time of the year and will be one hour ahead of Queensland. This means that you need to factor this in when visiting attractions and towns in Northern NSW such as Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Murwillumbah etc. ADST starts 1st Sunday in October and runs to 1st Sunday in April each year.

Typical Weather

Hot, humid, rainy season, possible tropical storms in late afternoon early evening.

Average 13 rainy days per month and with 12% of annual rainfall during this month. Rain generally falls during the summer storms which include thunder, lightning and form during the late afternoon.

Bring an umbrella or rain jacket, but you won't be cold!

Public and School Holidays in January

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.

School Summer Break until late January

2019 - 14 December 2019 to 27 January 2020

2020 - 12 December 2020 to 26 January 2021

Public Holidays

2019 - New Year's Day Holiday - Tuesday 2 January 2019
2019 - Australia Day Holiday - Monday 28 January 2019 #

2020 - New Year's Day - Wednesday 1 January 2020
2020 - Australia Day Holiday - Monday 27 January 2020 #

# Substitued public holiday - Australia Day is Saturday 26 January 2019 & Sunday 26 January 2020

What's On In The Gold Coast In January?

More events and dates for January events on Gold Coast.

Tips for Travelers to Gold Coast in January

For Australian Visitors

Peak summer vacation season, especially for families with children.

To get the accommodation and hire car you you want you will need to book early. If you plan a spur of the moment trip, you may not get your first or even second choice. This month it definitely pays to plan ahead.

Air-conditioned accommodation is highly recommended.

For Visitors from Overseas

This is not my top pick of months to visit for overseas visitors, unless you want to see the Magic Millions or cannot travel at any other time. Why? Mostly because it is very busy and very hot! There are better times to see the Gold Coast if you have the luxury of that choice!

I cannot stress enough that an absolute must is good quality, air-conditioned accommodation in a good location. You will need to book early, as it is peak season. You will need to make sure you book your hire car early too, as they can become scarce at this time of the year and you might not get what you want.

Some top picks for accommodation would be a good hotel, top quality villa or well-positioned apartment.

Things to do in Gold Coast in January

Your Questions About Gold Coast in January?

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Latest Deals

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3 days of Entry to Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint Observation Deck within 7 consecutive days.

Plenty of time to visit these theme parks & Surfers Paradise attraction SkyPoint Observation Deck for up to 3 full days at your leisure over the 7 days.

Adult | Child (3 to 13 years)


Use within 12 months of purchase date.

Entry to Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint over 3 days within 7 consecutive days from first gate entry.

Check for special bonuses.


Visit Sea World, Movie World and Wet n Wild once each over 5 consecutive days.

Big savings over single entry tickets and online prices are cheaper than at the gate.

Adult | Child (3 to 13 years)

Cheapest option for Village Theme Park Passes

Pass valid for single entry to each of the theme parks Sea World, Movie World & Wet n Wild over 5 consecutive days.

Cheapest way for entry to 2 or more theme parks.

Pass is valid for first use within 12 months from purchase.

Spend a few hours or a whole day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Watch the shows. Hand feed the kangaroos. Get your photo taken with a koala. There's so much to see and do. Check out all the information about Currumbin and other activities.

TOP PICK for visitors who want to see, touch and get photos with some iconic Aussie animals.

| Child (3 to 13 years) | Family (2A+2Ch)

Single Day Entry Ticket To Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Includes shows, excludes food for animals, photos with animals and other extra activities.

Follow links for all pricing including special limited time deals and family options.

Popular with families

Great evening of entertainment. Enjoy a story of Australian outback life showcasing horsemanship & Aussie mateship.

Watch the show whilst enjoying your 3 course dinner. Fun night with lots of great memories and a souvenir bushman's hat.

Prices from $99.99

Book now for all shows.

Child, Vegetarian & Halal meal options available.

MUST SEE Dinner & Show. 


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