Brisbane In January Travel Guide

Brisbane in January brings both hot, humid summer school holidays and international tennis stars to Brisbane...

January is the height of summer and Australian school holidays. You can expect hot and humid summer weather with summer storms at times.

The first weekday of the month is usually a public holiday to celebrate the new year and to let those who celebrated hard on New Year's Eve have a chance to recover!

Later in the month we have Australia Day celebrations to mark the birth of our nation and there are festivities around the city. Families and friends take the opportunity to enjoy this day outdoors with picnics or BBQs in parks or out on the water.

Questions About Visiting Brisbane (or Australia) in January?

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

Around this time schools start back in Queensland, but many other states are still on holidays so the attractions can stay busy until February.

When the weather is hot, Brisbane is extremely hot and getting out on the water is a great way to cool down.

Questions about visiting Brisbane during January include the weather, what you can expect, what to wear or pack, what's on and what you can do. Read on to find out more...

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Weather in Brisbane in January

Season Summer
Average Temperatures 21C to 30C (70F to 86F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 17C to 40C (63F to 104F)
Average Sea Temperature 25C (77) (Gold Coast Sea Water Temperature#)
Average Humidity 63% at 9am & 57% at 3pm
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times

Sunrise 5:00am - 5:20am
Sunset 6:45pm - 6:45pm

Daylight Saving & Time Zone Information

Qld is GMT +10 hours
(Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST)
Queensland DOES NOT observe daylight saving.

Please Note: NSW is on Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) at this time of the year and will be one hour ahead of Qld.

Typical Weather
Rainy, hot and humid summer month, with an average 8 rainy days per month and on average rainfall of 114mm. Expect rain, heavy at time, but warm weather. Summer storms are common at this time of the year with thunder, lightening and heavy rainfalls. Bring an umbrella or rain jacket, but you won't be cold!

# - Gold Coast sea temperature is used 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 January

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.

School Summer Break until late January
2017 - 10 December 2016 to 29 January 2017

Public Holidays

2017 - New Year's Day Holiday - Monday 2 January 2017#
2017 - Australia Day Holiday Monday 26 January 2017

# Substitued public holiday

What's On In Brisbane In January?

  • New Year's Day (1 January)
  • Brisbane International Tennis Tournament (early January)
  • Australia Day Celebrations (26 January)
  • Kidszone School Holiday Activities at South Bank Parklands

Event information for Brisbane

Tips for Visitors to Brisbane in January

For Australian Visitors

Main school holidays therefore activities around the main attractions for younger children, including South Bank Parklands area. Expect accomodation to busy, so book early and do not underestimate how HOT Brisbane gets. It does not get the ocean breeze of the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or bayside suburbs.

Tips - book early, plan well, make sure you can find somewhere to cool down. Aircon essential in both accommodation and when you hire a car.

For Overseas Visitors To Brisbane

January is a popular time to visit Australia, because it is the northern hemisphere winter and a natural time to take a longer holiday away from the cold!

Unlike winter time in June, July and August, summers in Brisbane (December, January and February) can be fierce in many ways. Brisbane gets extremely hot and humid plus we get summer storms. Often the storms don't interfere with much as they build throughout the day and go off late afternoon, early evening with thunder, lightning and a dump of rain.

This is one of the major Australian school holidays, so everywhere is busy and full of kids. This holiday starts just before Christmas in December and runs through to the end of January. If you have a choice, there are better times of the year to visit Brisbane and surrounds.

If youo venture to Brisbane in January, airconditioning in your hotel, apartment, bed & breakfast or motel accommodation is absolutely essential. If you hire a car, make sure it has airconditioning. If you are hiring a smaller car and can drive a manual you will find it copes better with the airconditioning than the automatics. That is not so noticeable with the mid and larger sized cars.

Things To Do in Brisbane in January

  • Find ways to keep cool....
  • Go shopping in an airconditioned shopping centre like WinterGarden in the city, Westfield Chermside, Westfield Garden City or Westfield Carindale!
  • Watch a movie in an airconditioned cinema - Event cinemas are at various locations (usually in the big shopping centres) or the best value cinemas Cineplex at South Bank, Hawthorne and Balmoral.
  • Sand toboggan on the white sand dunes at Tangalooma (Moreton Island) and stay for the wild dolphin feeding.
  • Day trip to Wet n Wild on Gold Coast
  • Take your togs to Sea World and have a splash in the water park there too.
  • Take the ferry over to North Stradbroke Island and discover the most amazing beaches with white sand and turquoise water.
  • Snorkel on the wrecks at Tangalooma (Moreton Island) and stay for the wild dolphin feeding.
  • Hire a cabana at Dreamworld's water park - WhiteWater World and stay for the day...
  • Head to your favourite beach on the Gold Coast.
  • Get out on Moreton Bay on a boat.
  • Spend the day at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine coast.

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