Australian Gold Coast in October
October Means It's Gold Coast 600 Time.
The Gold Coast 600 ran for the first time in 2010 and was a huge success. Previously the Gold Coast hosted an Indy car carnival until 2008, then we had Super GP in 2009 and now we have a V8 SuperCars format.
For many weeks before the motorsport event in Surfers Paradise there is a buzz as the preparation for the track construction in and around Surfers Paradise and Main Beach starts.
When the V8 SuperCars finally roll into town the atmosphere is electric! Over the last couple of years the fun starts much earlier, with V8 SuperFest kicking off early in the month, and ramping up in the week before from around 18th October onwards. It changes from year to year and may include V8 memorabilia exhibition and a SuperFest Parade in Surfers Paradise.
If you like motorsports it is a great time for a holiday in the Gold Coast, but be sure to book your accommodation in early.
And for the rest of the population? The weather is usually warm and inviting.
Enjoy watersports, beach and surf activities and if it is windy kitesurfing is popular.
In the middle of the month the Ironmen and Ironwomen are out competing at the Coolangatta Gold.
It's also a great time to visit the local markets or night markets in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach. Why not drive up into the hills to visit the art galleries on Mt Tamborine.
Early morning walks along the beach are great with the sun rising earlier and earlier.
At the beginning of October it is fully light by 6.00am and by the end of the October it is light even earlier.
Early morning walks are great because the sun is still low in the sky and it is not too hot.
These early mornings make great photo opportunities with very few people on the beaches, the flat ocean and the sun behind you for some great shots of the Surfers Paradise buildings.
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.