Brisbane In August Travel Guide

Brisbane in August is winter and time for the famous Brisbane Show - The Ekka....

August is the last winter month and spring is just around the corner.

Brisbane has a unique way to take your mind off winter... The EKKA Show!

Mid-month we have EKKA show day and during the 9 day show many parties of school children visit the iconic show to learn about produce, animals, old fashion baking, archeology and much more.

It isn't just the school kids, adults and families return again and again to enjoy the rides, entertainment and of course SHOW BAGS! Definitely, worth a visit if you have never been.

Questions About Visiting Brisbane (or Australia) in August?

Many common questions are answered on this page or in our reader submitted Q&A.

August is the middle of the whale watching season and cruises go daily from Tangalooma and Redcliffe.

It's a great time to visit Gold Coast theme parks because there are no school holidays which means they are relatively quiet and queues for rides are not so long ;-)

However, be careful with planning, Gold Coast is VERY busy on both Gold Coast Show Day (usually the last Friday of the month) and on EKKA Show Day which is usually on a Wednesday mid-August.

All us Brisbanites not going to the EKKA that day, head to the Gold Coast thinking it will be quiet!

August is a popular time for overseas visitors to Australia from Europe, middle eastern countries, USA and Canada, because it co-incides with northern hemisphere summer holidays.

A school holiday free zone, August is a good time to holiday in Brisbane. Most common questions this month relate to the weather, what you can expect, what to wear or pack, what's on and what you can do. Check out Brisbane in August...

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Weather in Brisbane in August

Season Winter
Average Temperatures 11C to 23C (52F to 73F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 4C to 35C (39F to 95F)
Average Sea Temperature 19C (66F) (Gold Coast Sea Water Temperature#)
Average Humidity 58% at 9am & 43% at 3pm
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times

Sunrise 6:30am - 6:00am
Sunset 5:20pm - 5:30pm

Time Zone Information

Timezone in Queensland is GMT +10 hours
(Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST).

Typical Weather
Usually a dry month with an average of 4 rainy days per month and on average rainfall of 42mm. This leads to clear blue skies, warm days with cooler, crisp nights and low humidity. The sun rises earlier each day with a half hour change over this month making it feel like spring is near!

# - Gold Coast sea temperature has been quoted because the data for Brisbane is hard to find. Moreton Bay can have significantly different temperatures than the general ocean temperatures and realistically you don't come to Brisbane for the beach, but you do go to Gold and Sunshine Coasts for that. This is just an indication.

Public and School Holidays in August

School Holidays
These dates are a rough guide to holidays in both NSW and Qld which have most influence on holidaying in Brisbane and Queensland.


Public Holidays

2017 - Brisbane Show Day EKKA 16 August 2017

# Note: Brisbane has Show Day on dates shown, however other areas around Brisbane have different dates for their show days eg. Pine Shire Show Day and Redlands Shire Show Day.

What's On In Brisbane In August?

  • Brisbane Marathon (dates vary)
  • EKKA Brisbane Show (usually starts on Thursday of 2nd week)
  • Brisbane Boat Show at Brisbane Convention Centre

Event information for Brisbane

Tips for Visitors to Brisbane in August

For Australian Visitors

Yet another fabulous month to visit our city. Brisbane can be stunning in August. Usually, fabulous weather to explore the city sights without getting too hot.

For Overseas Visitors To Brisbane

August is a popular time to visit Australia, because it is the northern hemisphere summer and a natural time to take a longer holiday. You simply can’t beat winter in Queensland and Brisbane glows at this time of year. August is a good month because there are no Australian school holidays, so generally, attractions and sights are not really busy.

Days are warm with clear blue skies and nights are just a little crisp – though definitely by the end of the month temperatures tend to be rising and the days are getting longer.

IDEAS FOR Things To Do in Brisbane in August

  • Ekka - is a MUST DO if you are in Brisbane, especially if you have never been to an Australian Country Comes To Town type of show before.
  • Day trip to Tangalooma with wild dolphin feeding and whale watching at this time of the year.
  • Shop for designer and brand name bargains at DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) near Brisbane Airport.
  • Check out the views from Mt Coot-Tha or Mt Gravatt lookouts and have a cup of tea and slice of cake at the cafes.
  • Book for dinner at Mt Coot-Tha Lookout restaurant. Awesome views of the city lights at night.
  • Check out the latest entertainment at QPAC and Brisbane Entertainment Centre - there's bound to be a world class show or entertainment act in town.
  • Walk from South Bank to Kangaroo Point along the riverside and then have a coffee at Cliffs Cafe.
  • Take a kayaking trip along the river.
  • Spend the day at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine coast.

Decided on Brisbane in August?

Here's some more resources to help you plan your stay in Brisbane during August.

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