Gold Coast in November

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Australian Gold Coast in November

November is our last month of Spring and things are hotting up for Summer!

Our first family holiday to the Gold Coast was in November 1997. See how the skyline has changed! And our eldest is old enough to drive a car!

One of the advantages of this time of the year is shorter queues. The Gold Coast in November is brilliant. Well at least until Schoolies week that is!!

Sneak in early in the month for a great beach holiday or do the Theme Parks and miss the crowds!

But beware! If you get your timing wrong you will be sharing it with the graduating schoolies.

It is hot, the water is warm and most of the kids are still at school. You will almost have the amazing Gold Coast all to your self!

November is definitely right up there in terms of best family beach vacation destination at this time of the year!

You can be on the beach at 6am on a November morning if you are game to get up that early. On our first Gold Coast family holiday that was us! Up early (thanks to no daylight savings) and were gone before the crowds. It was absolutely fantastic!

Early in the month you can enjoy Melbourne Spring Racing fever. The Melbourne Cup, known as the race that stops the nation, even stops the Gold Coast for a little while.

We all enjoy dressing up, party frocks, big hats and sipping champers (sorry, sparkling wine!) whilst watching the horses. You are bound to find somewhere to watch the race. Many of the big hotels have functions or charity lunches. Charity lunches are great because you feel you are giving back!

So there are some 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.

November Q & A

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Early morning in November on the beach at Surfers Paradise

Early morning on Surfers Paradise
beach in November.

Weather in Gold Coast in November

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

Season Spring
Average Temperatures 17°C to 26°C (63°F to 79°F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 8°C to 42°C (46°F to 108°F)
Average Sea Temperature 23°C (73°F)
Average Humidity 67%
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times
Daylight Trend: Days getting longer - earlier sunrises later sunsets
Sunrise 4:55am - 4:40am
Sunset 6:05pm - 6:30pm
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

Warm to hot during the day and with warm balmy nights.

Humidity is building.

Some rain and building summery storms in the late afternoons at times.

Public and School Holidays in November

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


What's On In The Gold Coast In November?

  • First Tuesday of November - Melbourne Cup Race celebrations around the Gold Coast including a day of racing at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
  • End of November - Schoolies Week - this is what most of the visitors to this website want to AVOID! check dates below.
  • Bi-Annually Pan Pacific Masters Games (even years)

More events and dates for November events on Gold Coast.

Official Gold Coast Schoolies Dates

2022 Schoolies Dates Gold Coast
Week 1 (Official Qld Schoolies Week) - Saturday 19 November to Friday 26 November 2022
Week 2 - Saturday 26 November to Saturday 3 December 2022
Week 3 - Saturday 3 December 2022 to Saturday 11 December 2022

2023 Schoolies Dates Gold Coast
Week 1 (Official Qld Schoolies Week) - Saturday 18 November to Friday 24 November 2023
Week 2 - Saturday 25 November to Saturday 3 December 2023
Week 3 - Saturday 2 December 2022 to Saturday 10 December 2022

Please note Week 1 dates are the official Schoolies week for Queensland school leavers. This is when there will be the official program of entertainment, schoolies events and general schoolies services are running in Surfers Paradise. Some school leavers come to the Gold Coast in the next couple of weeks, but these are the official schoolies festival dates. Note the official program finishes on Friday, but you may want to book accommodation through to the Saturday!

Qld school leavers are the first to leave school each year, the dates for other states official schoolies weeks are usually the 2 weeks following Queensland, but check your state dates.

Tips for Travelers to Gold Coast in November

For Australian Visitors

Big tip here. If you are not a Schoolie don’t visit Surfers during Schoolies week!

If you are a Schoolie there's lots to do, but you will need to register for the events and book accommodation early.

If you come before Schoolies week, you can enjoy all that the Gold Coast has to offer and some great accommodation deals.

Air-conditioned accommodation is highly recommended.

For Visitors from Overseas

Highly recommend accommodation outside of Surfers Paradise during Schoolies Week. Most areas are busy and you will need to book ahead.

The Pan Pacific Masters Games is held bi-annually in the Gold Coast (even years). Events held in various sporting locations across the Gold Coast which are not in the middle of the main tourist areas. You will most likely need your own transport if planning to attend.

Things to do in Gold Coast in November

  • Check out Tiger Island at Dreamworld
  • Try Chocolate Pudding Fruit at Tropical Fruit World . YES you read that right - and although not quite the real thing, it is pretty amazing and a fruit!
  • Dive with the sharks at Sea World
  • Enjoy a day trip to the amazing Tangalooma, snorkel on the Tangalooma wrecks or tobogan on the sand dunes.
  • Cool down with a day at Wet n Wild water park
  • Try the Green Challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Swimming between the flags
  • Build sandcastles on the beach at 5.30am!
  • Try body boarding in the surf

Evening Entertainment

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