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The Gold Coast is an events city!

Located in South-East Queensland, it is the sixth-largest city in Australia and is celebrated for its long sandy beaches, world-famous surfing spots, sub-tropical climate and its welcoming city culture.

The Gold Coast prides itself on dreaming up big events and executing them flawlessly.

The successful staging of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is undisputed proof that the city has what it takes.

In the process of hosting the Games, the city gained a suite of legacy assets such as several world-class sporting venues; the largest soundstage in the southern hemisphere at Village Roadshow Studios; the new Home of the Arts (HOTA) Outdoor Stage and an extension of the city’s Light-Rail service, connecting to the existing Heavy Rail.

The Gold Coast is a bustling metropolitan region, home to more than half a million people and is located 66 kms (41 mi) south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast.  It has its own international airport and is only an hours drive from Brisbane International Airport.

Located at 28.0167° S, 153.4000° E, the city sits on 57 kms of pristine coastline and stretches out inland 50 kms west to easily accessible sub-tropical rainforests with breathtaking scenery.

Its temperate climate, receiving an average of 10 hours of 25˚C sunshine per day approx. 300 days per year, is especially beneficial for hosting major events and festivals with a reduced likelihood of adverse weather conditions.

The Gold Coast truly is The Ultimate Stage for your next major event.

Gold Coast Climate

The Gold Coast has a sub-tropical climate and boasts around 300 days of sunshine per annum. Coupled with our clear blue skies, it’s the perfect setting for outdoor events. Check today’s forecast now via the Bureau of Meteorology.

The longest hours of daylight are in December, with sunrise at approximately 4:45am and sunset at 6:40pm. June has the least hours of daylight with sunrise at approximately 6:30am and sunset at 5pm.

The humidity rarely drops below 65 per cent and can climb as high as 75 per cent during summer. Water temperature along the coast ranges from 25.4 – 27.1°C (77.7 – 80.8°F) in summer and dips in winter to 21.5 – 22.6°C (70.7 – 72.7°F).

If your event is to be held outdoors we strongly recommend that you keep an eye on the UV index in local weather reports, which describes the daily solar UV radiation intensity. We also recommend that you protect yourself from sunburn by using SPF30+ sunscreen and wearing sun-smart clothing, including a hat and sunglasses at all times as you can get sunburnt on cloudy days too.

Summer

(December – February)
Min20°
Max28°

During summer the Gold Coast average temperature is a pleasant 21 - 28.4°C (69.8 - 83.1°F). February is the wettest month (Receiving 184mm/7.2 inches on average), and short, tropical storms are common in the late afternoon and early evening. During summer humidity is high, roughly 69 - 75 per cent, but this is offset by cool sea breezes.

Autumn

(March – May)
Min16°
Max26°

In autumn, Gold Coast sunny days are followed by cooler nights with average temperatures between 18 - 25.7°C (64.4 - 78.2°F). Water temperatures are still high enough to swim (25.2°C / 77.3°F) and it is generally less rainy than the summer months.

Winter

(June – August)
Min11°
Max21°

Winter on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry with average temperatures between 12.5 - 21.5°C (54.5 - 70.7°F). The Hinterland is slightly cooler with maximum winter temperatures around 16°C (60.8°F). Clear skies and dry air average cool nights.

Spring

(September – November)
Min15°
Max25°

In spring, Gold Coast sunny days are followed by mild tropical evenings and average temperatures range from 16.9 - 25.4°C (62.4 - 77.7°F). Days are dry but can be windy, especially during September.

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