Weather and Temperatures In Gold Coast In August
We're thinking of heading to the Gold Coast this August. This will be our first trip to Australia.
Just wondering how the weather is there in August.
Can you still swim and lay on the beach?
How about snorkeling and maybe some scuba diving? Is the water warm enough or clear enough?
Weather of course is unpredictable, but August is winter in the Gold Coast which means it is usually less humid and cooler at night. Temperatures range on average between 10°C to 21°C (50°F to 70°F) with historical extremes being -1°C to 30°C (30°F to 86°F).
The rule of thumb is the clear days with little wind will often get up into the 20°s and push up to mid 20s (°C's). Those temperatures are certainly fine for the beach.
The average sea temperature in August on the Gold Coast
is about 19°C - that will vary, but it gives you an idea
In August, you will find people on the beaches, laying in the sun and swimming (always between the flags!), surfing and kitesurfing.
As for snorkelling, usually visability on the Gold Coast is not bad as long as there hasn't been a lot of rain. Ditto for scuba diving.
I must admit, neither snorkelling nor scuba seem a big thing here on the Gold Coast - you can do them, but in my opinion there are better places.
If you are interested in those specifically, you can do a day trip or even stay over at somewhere like Tangalooma
which is on Moreton Island in Moreton Bay Brisbane.
The reason I suggest Tangalooma is that they have the Tangalooma wrecks that have created an artificial reef and they are great to snorkel on, you can swim from the shore or go by boat. Moreton Bay has some amazing marine animals, check out the story about my day trip to Tangalooma
with my sister, it was during August so you can see from the photos what it was like that day!
The other big thing to do on the Gold Coast in August is whale watching
. You cannot dive with them, but going on a whale watching tour is awesome! Depending when in August, you might even catch a glimpse of the baby whales coming back from Northern Queensland.
I hope that answers your question, if you have any more please leave a comment and I will try to answer.
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