Tips for Travelers to Gold Coast in July
For Australian Visitors
You really can’t beat winter in the Gold Coast! It is a great time to escape cooler weather around Australia. The weather is warm enough to enjoy everything but not so hot that you get tired with the heat.
Many people make the decision to move to the Gold Coast when they are holidaying here during the winter months!
Accommodation with a heated swimming pool is highly recommended.
In my experience July is probably the coldest month in the Gold Coast, especially the last part of the month and into August. Pack a mix of clothing for warm weather during the days and cooler weather in the late afternoons and evenings. You will need some warmer clothes for days when it isn't sunny, when it is windy (the wind can pack a bite sometimes) or if you plan to head inland to the rainforest areas.
Personally, I like to pack layers which are easy to carry and put on when it turns a bit cooler. For me being cold is horrible, but so is sweltering in heavy clothes on a sunny winters day!
When the sun drops behind the mountain ranges it can get quite cold quickly.
A rain mac can be used as an extra layer of warmth and wind protection and is very useful if you plan to go whale watching for protection against the wind over the ocean or some stray whale spray!
Visitors from Overseas
You simply can't beat winter in the Gold Coast. Days are warm with clear blue skies and nights are crisp.
Highly recommend accommodation with a heated pool if you like to swim after a days sightseeing - this will definitely make it more enjoyable.
If you have the luxury of picking your time, you will save money and avoid the crowds by coming after the middle of July when the School Holidays end.
Most of our northern hemisphere visitors are coming from Summer weather to our Winter weather. Unless you are coming from a really hot country you are not likely to find the weather cold. Gold Coast Winters are mild.
July is one of our coldest times and I would pack a mix of clothes for both warm weather (sunny days with temperatures sometimes getting into the the 20°s) and for cold weather.
If you plan to visit our inland rainforest areas such as Mt Tamborine, O'Reillys, Lamington Plateau or Springbrook National Park. These can be cold during the day, and the temperature from the coast to the top of Mt Tamborine can be 5°C different or more. The temperature drops rapidly after the sun goes down up here too, so make sure that you are prepared.
Layers, light jumper or fleece for cooler times and a light jacket for evening. You will want something to stop the wind if heading out on the water in case it is windy.