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Queensland climate guide
The Queensland climate guide is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine. Read more about the climate in Queensland.
The climate guide for Queensland shown below is for Brisbane.
Temperature in Queensland (°C)
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Sunshine & Daylight in Queensland
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Rainfall in Queensland
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More climate for Queensland
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|Heat & Humidity|
Note: 0 = None, L = Low, M = Moderate, H = High, VH = Very high, E = Extreme
Metric (°C / mm) | Imperial (°F / inches)
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Queensland climate overview
Covering a vast area in the northeast of Australia, Queensland is appropriately named the 'Sunshine State', with beautiful beaches and a climate to match. Tourism gives a cosmopolitan atmosphere to the cities, contrasting with a few Aboriginal settlements, mainly in the north.
State capital Brisbane lies between the Sunshine and Gold Coast; home to arguably the best surf beaches in the world. Miles of white sand have built-up resorts to the south and wild unspoilt shoreline further north. Comfortable winter temperatures with plenty of sunshine are followed by warm and wet summers.
Summers are warmer and wetter further north, particularly along the coast, which is characteristically humid. Inland, the high summer rainfall sustains eucalypt and tropical rainforest on a rolling landscape, leading up to the Great Dividing Range.
The northernmost peninsula is wetter still. In fact it only has two seasons; a humid rainy summer season with heavy thunderstorms, followed by a sunny and much drier winter. Temperatures vary little, remaining warm all year. There is rainforest wilderness packed with tropical wildlife and World Heritage listed sites that preserve spectacular waterfalls, lakes and extinct volcanoes.
Queensland is strongly affected by El Niño, when the summer rains can be temporarily replaced by droughts lasting up to one year. Unusually heavy rainfall sometimes immediately follow, before the normal climate pattern returns.
Offshore, and stretching most of the length of the state, the Great Barrier Reef forms numerous coral islands and tropical lagoons. Clear sheltered waters teem with marine-life, providing a scuba paradise in comfortable to warm sea temperatures.
Queensland climate by month
Check Queensland climate for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly climate guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.
More Queensland destinations
- Airlie Beach
- Fraser Island
- Gold Coast
- Hamilton Island
- Lizard Island
- Lockhart River
- Mount Isa
- Palm Cove
- Port Douglas
- Thursday Island
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