Brisbane in May means it's autumn and Paniyiri the Brisbane Greek Festival is coming...
May is a great month for holidays to Brisbane because there are no school holidays and we often have great weather (not too hot, not too cold).
May is the last month of Autumn, and winter is just around the corner. However, it can be a fabulous month to visit Brisbane.
During the middle of May, it is the start of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival season.
Racing is at both Doomben and Eagle Farm race tracks.
There is lots of activity both on and off the field during the 5 week season.
Plenty of opportunity to check out the horse racing, the fashions or just the entertainment of it all.
Many common questions are answered on this page or in our reader submitted Q&A.
Paniyiri, the famous Brisbane Greek Cultural Festival is held on a weekend during mid to late May. If you enjoy Greek food, dancing and culture this is the place to be.
Other events that draw people to south east Queensland during May include:
Or, choose another month to visit Brisbane ...
|January - Summer||May - Autumn||September - Spring|
|February - Summer||June - Winter||October - Spring|
|March - Autumn||July - Winter||November - Spring|
|April - Autumn||August- Winter||December - Summer|
|Average Temperatures||14C to 24C (57F to 75F)|
|Possible Extreme Temperatures||5C to 31C (41F to 89F)|
|Average Sea Temperature||21C (70F) (Gold Coast Sea Water Temperature#)|
|Average Humidity||66% at 9am & 49% at 3pm|
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times
Sunrise 6:15am - 6:30am
|Time Zone Information||
Timezone in Queensland is GMT +10 hours
A fairly dry month with an average of 6 rainy days per month and average rainfall of 64mm. The temperatures during May are pleasant during the day and evening, though by the end of the month it is turning cooler and days are getting shorter at both ends as we head towards winter.
# - Gold Coast sea temperature has been used because the data for Brisbane was 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.
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 - Labour Day - Monday 1 May 2017|
There's not much to say, except if you want to sightsee without sweltering in the summer heat, don't have to fit around school holidays, May is a perfect month to visit Brisbane! Labour Day weekend can be busy, and of course other events can make it busy at times, but generally one of the best months to visit Brisbane.
If you are planning to visit the Gold Coast boat show at Sanctuary Cove, why not stay a few days in Brisbane or better yet, base yourself here and just pop down to the show!
There's always something on to entertain you in Brisbane, so catch a theatre show, a meal or go to the museums.
May is so good in Brisbane, it's almost boring to write about it! If you are travelling to Australia and don't have to work around school holidays, this is a great time to visit.
Here's some more resources to help you plan your stay in Brisbane during May.