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When is the best time to go to the Sunshine Coast?

Find out the best time to visit Queensland's coastal resorts for the best weather and fewer crowds.

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A popular place for everyone from kids on school holidays to couples looking for a quiet getaway, the Sunshine Coast has its peaks and its low seasons. We've taken a look at when each is so you don't have to.

Best time to go to the Sunshine Coast

October and November.


Spring on the Sunshine Coast, September until November, brings comfortable temperatures from 24–27 degrees Celcius and some of the lowest amounts of rainfall.

One of Queensland's summer holidays falls in late September/early October, so we'd recommend going just after the holidays finish for fewer crowds and better prices.


Although the Sunshine Coast isn't quite hitting a tropical climate, it's pretty close. Expect hot, humid and wet summers and cooler, drier winters. Spring is an ideal time to go as travelling just a few months earlier sees temperatures in the low 20s, which may be too cool for a swim, while travelling just a few months later in summer will mean more rain and more crowds during the summer school holidays.

Being just over an hour's drive from Brisbane with plenty of beaches to choose from, the Sunshine Coast is a popular spot for families to visit during the school holidays. This means you'll likely encounter more crowds on the beaches and at attractions, and rates at hotels may be higher. The exact dates of the breaks change slightly year to year, but fall around Easter, late June/early July, late September/early October and from mid-December until late January.

Weather and prices

Best time to go to the Sunshine Coast, weather-wise: September to November has warm days with low average rainfalls.

Cheapest time to go to the Sunshine Coast: April until June, when temperatures are cooler and before the June/July school holidays start. Due to its proximity to Brisbane and being a short flight from other east coast cities, it's a popular weekend destination, so booking mid-week should grant you cheaper flights and hotel rates.

Best time to go to the Sunshine Coast for...

  • Surfing: For consistent surf, your best bet is to go during autumn and winter, from March to September.
  • Australia Zoo: Being a popular place for kids, avoid the Australian school holidays for less crowds.
  • Sunshine Coast hinterland and national parks: July and August, which are winter months, bring cooler weather in the low 20s and little rain, which is ideal for bushwalking.

Hot Sunshine Coast travel deals


Australia-wide flights from $69 return

Expires 30 Jun 2022
Available on flights until September 2022 to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Hobart, Adelaide, Launceston, Alice Springs, Ballina and more. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne with Jetstar.

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Expires 30 Jun 2022
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Expires 31 Jul 2022
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Verified 4 days ago Expires 31 Jul 2022
Available until 31 December 2023 and includes return transfers from Noosa.

SEA LIFE entry and experiences from $36

Available on select dates in 2022. Destinations include Sunshine Coast, Sydney and Melbourne.

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Available on select dates. T&Cs apply.

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