Sunshine Coast Weather Guide

The Sunshine Coast is blessed with an enviable climate of warm summers and mild winters. You can expect loads of sun in an area with one of the highest sunshine levels in the world of approximately 7 hours a day and the very occasional shower. However, the subtropical climate means when it rains, it can pour. The hills of the hinterland tend to be a degree or two cooler.

Season and Clothing

Summer: December to February

While there’s almost always trademark sunny weather, the Sunshine Coast's main rainfall occurs in the first few months of the year. In summer, the ocean is a warm 26 degrees Celsius meaning the beaches are always busy with both locals and tourists alike. Hot days are cooled down with sea breezes on an afternoon. See in the New Year at the Woodford Folk Festival. One of the world’s largest and most diverse music and cultural events, thousands head to the Sunshine Coast hinterland for this magical festival every year.

Average temperatures: 20 – 31 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Singlets, shorts, thongs, swimwear and dresses.
Don’t forget: Sunnies, a hat and SPF50+ sunscreen.

Autumn: March to May

The perfect time to get out and explore the Sunshine Coast is when it’s still sunny but when a bushwalk in the middle of the day isn’t going to fry you to a crisp. The water is still perfectly swimmable and the low season means less tourists and more room for you in autumn. The Big Pineapple Festival goes off in May with local and national acts when thousands flock to the yellow fruity icon to party.

Average temperatures: 13 – 29 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, dresses and pants.
Don’t forget: Good walking shoes. A light jacket for cool mornings. Swimmers!

Winter: June to August

During the winter months, there are clear skies and daytime temperatures average 20 degrees Celsius. Winter brings cool nights and evening temperatures on the coast are an average 10 degrees Celsius. Light frosts may occasionally occur, especially in the hinterland. Despite minimum temperatures falling in winter, the ocean remains a pleasant 19 degrees Celsius. Every June revheads (and some of the world’s fastest drivers) descend upon Caloundra for the action-packed International Rally of Queensland.

Average temperatures: 10 – 23 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering – jeans, t-shirts, tops and pants.
Don’t forget: A jacket or jumper. Swimmers!

Spring: September to November

Much like autumn, spring offers moderate and pleasant weather for outdoor activities. See native wildflowers in bloom and enjoy the calm before the summer rush. All you cool jazz cats out there, don’t miss the Noosa Jazz Festival each September. If you’re more of an triathlete, check out the annual Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast competition at Mooloolaba Beach each September – an ocean swim, bike course and two-lap run!

Average temperatures: 14 – 28 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, dresses and pants.
Don’t forget: Trainers. Swimmers!