Brisbane holiday weather

Brisbane weather averages and climate

Almost 600 miles north of Sydney, Brisbane experiences a humid subtropical climate with hot and often humid summers and warm winters with relatively small amounts of rainfall.

The hottest time of the year in Brisbane is January with average temperatures reaching 29 °C.  The whole of the summer though is similarly warm and temperatures still averaging 26 °C in early Autumn.

Temperatures drop slightly through the winter but still stay warm with the coolest month being July which average a daily maximum temperature of 21 °C.

Summer is the wettest time of year with an average of up to 163 mm rainfall in January. These tend to fall in sharp downpours which frequently feature thunder and lightning. Despite the high rainfall, rain tends to only fall on 12-13 days during these time of year.

Winter and early Spring are a much drier time of year and - combined with the cooler temperatures - means it is for some of the best time of year to visit Brisbane.

Brisbane can occasionally be affected by tropical cyclones most recently by Tropical Cyclone Hamish in 2009 causing significant damages to many of the city's beaches.

Average daily maximum temperature (°C)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
29.0 28.9 28.0 26.0 23.6 21.3 21.0 22.0 24.2 25.5 26.6 28.2 25.4
Average relative humidity (%)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
73 74 74 74 73 72 69 68 69 70 71 72 71
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
163 160 145 94 71 66 56 48 48 64 94 127
Average daily sunshine (hours)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
8 7 7 7 7 6 7 8 8 8 8 8 7
Average wind speed (mph)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
9.7 9.0 8.8 7.9 7.6 7.7 7.9 8.1 9.2 9.9 10.2 10.1 8.9

Brisbane tourist information

An important part of Brisbane's economy is its tourism industry - especially as Brisbane is the gateway to the rest of Queensland.


The city has extensive transport networks throughout the city - in terms of public transport this comes in the form of buses, trains and ferry services to the surrounding areas. There is also a widespread network of pedestrian and cycle pathways along the Brisbane River so you can enjoy the views. Brisbane has a number of urban and interurban motorways which connect the city to the Gold Coast in the south via the Pacific Motorway, or head north on the Bruce Highway to the rest of the state.

Festivals and sport

The most well-known of the city's many festivals is named Brisbane Festival and is an arts festival which is held annually. The festival consists of music, dancing, food and fireworks.


Sport plays an important part of Brisbane's culture. The most popular organised sport played is golf, while the most played team sport is touch football. Rugby is particularly popular, and is the most watched sport, while other favourites include cricket and swimming. The Suncorp Stadium hosts rugby and football matches and can seat over 52,000 people. It is even played host to music concerts, having previously presented performers such as Robbie Williams, Coldplay and Bon Jovi.


Sea World is an extremely popular marine mammal park and theme park on the Gold Coast, while the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary. It is not just home to koalas, as you will also find kangaroos, wombats and a variety of reptiles. Take a walk around the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, and while you are there be sure to stop at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium where you can learn more about the origins of the universe!