Gold Coast in October

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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.

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Gold Coast Indy preparations are in full swing during October in Surfers Paradise and Main Beach areas.

Preparing for GC600 V8SuperCars

Weather in Gold Coast in October

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

Season Spring
Average Temperatures 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 5°C to 39°C (41°F to 102°F)
Average Sea Temperature 20°C (68°F)
Average Humidity 63%
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times
Daylight Trend: Days getting longer - earlier sunrises later sunsets
Sunrise 5:25am - 4:55am
Sunset 5:45pm - 6:05pm
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 to warm during the day and nights noticeably warmer.

Humidity is still relatively low compared to other times of the year for the area.

Little rain.

Occasional early summer type storms.

Public and School Holidays in October

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.

2019 - 21 September 2019 to 13 October 2019

2020 - 19 September 2020 to 11 October 2020

There is usually a Pupil Free Monday around 3rd Monday in October in Queensland Schools, making this weekend a little busier than normal - but not much.

Public Holidays

2019 - Queen's Birthday* - Monday 7 October 2019

2020 - Queen's Birthday* - Monday 5 October 2020

* - Most of the rest of Australia celebrates Queen's Birthday in June - however from 2016 Queensland adopted first Monday in May as the Labour Day holiday and moved Queen's Birthday to October.

What's On In The Gold Coast In October?

  • 3rd week October - Gold Coast 600 with V8 Super Cars (previously known as SuperGP and Gold Coast Indy 300). 3 day carnival
  • Carnival of entertainment goes alongside the motorspors event around Surfers Paradise.

More events and dates for October events on Gold Coast.

Tips for Travelers to Gold Coast in October

For Australian Visitors

Gold Coast 600 Fever!

Definitely worth a visit to watch this premier event! Best accommodation for SuperGP is in Surfers Paradise and Main Beach where you will be close to the heart of the action and vibe during the 4 day carnival.

If motorsports aren't your thing but you want to be on the coast recommend Broadbeach accommodation to the south or Labrador, Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove to the north. Recommend air-conditioned accommodation at this time of the year.

For Visitors from Overseas

October is GC600 on the Gold Coast! If you are coming for the carinval you will need to book early to get the best accommodation. Stay in Surfers Paradise or Main Beach for the total experience. If you prefer a little quieter Broadbeach is a good pick and close enough to easily get to the track.

GC600 follows swiftly after school holidays so accommodation is pretty much in peak season until after SuperGP and it does get booked up!

Highly recommend luxury accommodation with air-conditioning.

Things to do in Gold Coast in October

Evening Entertainment

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