Sunny Brisbane is the capital of Queensland in north-east Australia. This state can be divided into two regions that experience distinct climates: the tropical far north region and the subtropical southern region. While destinations like Cairns in the north are most frequently visited during the dry season (April to October), Brisbane is located in the south-eastern corner of the state and welcomes travelers all year round.
Expect mild, warm weather throughout the year, ranging from a high of 84 F (29 C) in January to a low of 48 F (9 C) in July. You will likely encounter slightly more precipitation between November and April, but an average of 283 days of sunshine per year makes for plenty of chances to enjoy the city, as well as the nearby beaches and rainforest.
While weather in south-east Queensland is generally stable, Brisbane does occasionally experience severe thunderstorms in the warmer months. Here's everything you need to know when planning your trip to Brisbane.
Fast Climate Facts
- Hottest Month: January (77 F / 25 C)
- Coldest Month: July (59 F / 15 C)
- Wettest Month: February (1.7 inches)
- Windiest Month: November (10 mph)
- Best Month for Swimming: February (80 F / 27 C)
Summer in Brisbane
If you visit Brisbane between December and February, you'll encounter average temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees F (21 and 29 degrees C) and the occasional thunderstorm. February is the wettest month, but the city only receives less than a tenth of the rainfall of its northern sibling, Cairns.
While the capital itself is not on the coast, the nearby beaches of the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are jam-packed with holidaymakers during the summer months. On the other hand, the lack of sea breeze can often leave the city feeling more muggy than the 70 percentu humidity levels would indicate. But never fear, you can cool off at the city's galleries and museums or by take a day trip to nearby Stradbroke Island.
What to pack: Like many other parts of Australia, Brisbane's UV index is especially high during the summer. We recommend protecting your skin with a hat, sunscreen and long sleeves, and wearing light fabrics to keep cool. Shorts or a skirt will come in handy on warmer days.
Fall in Brisbane
Average temperatures in fall (March to May) generally hover in the 60s and low 70s Fahrenheit. Humidity and rainfall levels also plummet, allowing visitors to enjoy the city's outdoor attractions in comfort. The fall colors are particularly vibrant at New Farm Park and City Botanic Gardens. The public pools at South Bank are open all year round and are also well worth a visit on a mild fall day.
What to pack: Brisbane is a pedestrian-friendly city, so you'll need comfortable walking shoes to get around. A medium-weight jacket will be necessary at night, when temperatures can drop below 50 F (10 C).
Winter in Brisbane
If you're on your way to Cairns and Great Barrier Reef during the dry season, you'll likely pass through Brisbane in winter (June to August). Average temperatures fall in the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit, with lows just below 50 F (10 C), and days are cool and rain-free. It's the perfect time to watch a misty sunrise from Mount Coot-tha or go whale watching in Moreton Bay Marine Park.
What to pack: Fine wool layers will allow you to keep comfortable throughout the day, from crisp mornings to balmy afternoons and everything in between. Keep a warmer jacket on hand for any outdoor activities that require an early start.
Spring in Brisbane
With a similar temperature range to fall, spring in Brisbane (September to November) brings averages of between 59 to 77 F (15 to 25 C). The Brisbane Festival is the city's biggest annual event, drawing visitors from all over Australia and making September one of the best months to visit the Queensland capital.
As the evenings warm up and rain remains infrequent, outdoor dining becomes more popular. Plus, spring is also a great chance to check out the floral displays of the Southbank Parklands.
What to pack: Brisbane's sense of style is relatively laid-back, so jeans, sneakers, and a light sweater are all you'll need in the transitional months. Don't forget to throw a swimsuit in your suitcase too, for those sunny afternoons by the pool.
Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours
|Avg. Temps.||Rainfall||Daylight Hours|
|January||77 F / 25 C||1.2 inches||14 hours|
|February||76 F / 24 C||1.7 inches||13 hours|
|March||74 F / 23 C||1.2 inches||13 hours|
|April||70 F / 21 C||1.3 inches||12 hours|
|May||65 F / 18 C||0.1 inches||11 hours|
|June||61 F / 16 C||0.7 inches||10 hours|
|July||59 F / 15 C||0.3 inches||10 hours|
|August||60 F / 16 C||0.4 inches||11 hours|
|September||65 F / 18 C||0.3 inches||12 hours|
|October||69 F / 21 C||0.6 inches||12 hours|
|November||72 F / 22 C||1.5 inches||13 hours|
|December||75 F / 24 C||1.5 inches||14 hours|