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Sunshine Coast Weather – Best time to visit for a great holiday experience

The Weather – Best time to visit the Sunshine Coast

Our weather is generally mild all year round. We don’t suffer the dry heat like the southern areas of the country, nor the humidity of far North Queensland. We are perfectly positioned to capture comfortable winters and warm summers. This blend allows locals and visitors to make the most of our region. We are going to breakdown the Sunshine Coast Weather, month by month so you know the best time to visit.

When is the best time to visit the Sunshine Coast?

Anytime! In fact we are aptly named the Sunshine Coast because we average 7 hours of radiant sunlight everyday making for a great sun-safe tan.All four seasons are generally great. In the Summer you may get  some rainfall but at least it’s warm.

What’s the worst time to visit the Sunshine Coast?

Sometimes we get a Queensland downpour and it can get to 100mm very quickly which cause flooded roads and low lying inundation for homes near a waters edge. In extreme cases floods and tropical storms have taken whole homes and streets. Fortunately, they are few and far between!

What is Winter like on the Sunshine Coast?

The weather along the coastal towns of Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Coolum and Noosa all the way up to the Great Sandy Straits experience great weather. In fact, overnight temperatures average 8 degrees Celsius while daytime tops average 25 degrees Celsius. If you are from Victoria or New South Wales you’ll see plenty of your statesmen with their colourful number plates hogging our caravan parks. LOL!

If you head inland towards the Sunshine Coast Hinterland then the temperatures will drop by up to 5 degrees. The further west you go, the cooler it will feel.

BOM Chart for Minimum Temperatures

sunshine coast winter mean temperatures
Sunshine Coast winter weather graph (mean temp over 25 year period)

What is Summer like on the Sunshine Coast?

It’s heaven! It’s warm year round with Summer Temperatures averaging 17 at night and 28 degrees Celsius during the day, from December to February. You may find a warm raindrop or two on your shoulder but when the sun comes out you’ll dry in minutes. We are fortunate that we do not receive the tropical cyclones that devastate the Far North Queensland regions of Ayr, Townsville and Cairns.

BOM Chart for Maximum Temperatures

sunshine coast weather graph summer
Sunshine Coast summer weather graph (mean temp over 25 year period)

Annual Rainfall Weather Graph for the Sunshine Coast over 25 year period

sunshine coast rainfall over 25 years
Sunshine Coast rainfall graph over 25 years

What is the best weather for fishing on the Sunshine Coast?

We’ve determined that the weather, in most parts, is generally fairly good. For fishing though, that’s a different answer. It all depends on what you want to catch. Tides, moon phases and wind play a huge part in fishing so it’s best to chat with a local charter boat fisherman or call into a local tackle store.

If you are after our tasty reef fish like Snapper, Pearl Perch, Red Throat Emperor and Tuskfish then winter is ideal for you because these species love water temperatures around 18-21 degrees. I’d recommend a fishing charter while you are here. The best reef system from Mooloolaba is the Barwon Banks, some 28 nautical miles off the coast. It requires a full day. In the summer months when the water temperature reaches 23 to 26 degrees expect GT’s, Cobia, Spanish Mackeral and more pelagics. Sports fishing is huge here for Marlin.

Have we sold it – come and Explore the Sunshine Coast and enjoy our destination all year round!

Graphs by © Bureau of Meteorology


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