Weather in Queensland

Queensland Weather Review

Queensland is such a large state that the climate differs greatly from one end to the other. Ultimately Queensland is almost always a good deal warmer than New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

The coastal regions are influenced by the warm ocean waters which usually keep the region free from extremes of temperature and provide moisture for rainfall.  You’ll find Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have definite 4 seasons with cool to cold winters, warm summers with humidity and thunder storms. From the coastal towns you only have to head south up into the Sunshine and Gold Coast Hinterlands to find a cooler climate.

Halfway up the coast you’ll find an area enjoying a subtropical climate with plenty of sunshine. Sitting right on the Tropic of Capricorn, the Capricorn Coast experiences hot summers and mild winters, often with up to 330 days of sunshine every year. The Whitsundays a bit further up the coast experiences rather similar weather.

In far north Queensland you’re not likely to be cold very often. Areas like Cairns and Port Douglas experience a wet and dry season. The winter months are comfortable, warm and sunny. While the summer is quite hot and humid there is often high rainfall and the occasional tropical storm. Either time of year is good for holidaying but in the winter months the temperature will be more consistent and there’s less chance of your holiday activities being cancelled due to bad weather.

Heading away from the coast the Southern Downs or “Granite Belt” is more temperate, with warm summers and cold winters. In fact some of these towns have the lowest recorded winter temperatures in Queensland.

In the more regional west of Outback Queensland there are hot summers and low rainfall year after year. The nights are cool while the days are hot, winter brings both temperatures down a little.

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