Brisbane In October Travel Guide

October is the second month of spring in Brisbane and a great time to visit. The weather is hotting up and the is humidity rising.

With the warmer weather and higher humidity you can expect a little more rain in October.

Simply carry an umbrella or raincoat for those showers and it shouldn't interfere with your enjoyment of Brisbane at this time of the year.

Whale watching season is coming to an end, so if you want to catch the whales returning home with their calves, now is your last chance.

Early October is still school holidays, with attractions and activities likely to be busy.

Gold Coast 600 (GC600) motor event is on in Surfers Paradise towards the end of October. Accommodation in Gold Coast is expensive during this time, so staying in Brisbane and visiting for the day could be an option if you just want to attend one of the race days.

Questions About Visiting Brisbane (or Australia) in October?

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

It's fun to get out on Moreton Bay, go island hopping on the island ferry or snorkel on the wrecks at Tangalooma.

Beaches are popular now it is warmer options closest to Brisbane CBD include Redcliffe and Clontarf.

For the better beaches head to Sunshine Coast (1½ to 2 hours north) or Gold Coast (1 to 1½ hours south).

Gold Coast theme parks are a good excursion from Brisbane for the day.

Most are located about an hour from Brisbane CBD and can be accessed by car, rail or bus.

The water parks become more popular now the weather is getting warmer - so don't forget to pack your bathing cozzies or swim suits and add Wet n Wild or WhiteWater World to your list of things to do.

Questions during this month relate to the weather, what you can expect, what to wear or pack, what's on and what you can do. Read on to learn more about visiting Brisbane in October.

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Weather in Brisbane in October

Season Spring
Average Temperatures 16C to 27C (61F to 81F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 10C to 39C (50F to 102F)
Average Sea Temperature 20C (68F) (Gold Coast Sea Water Temperature#)
Average Humidity 59% at 9am & 51% at 3pm
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times

Sunrise 5:30am - 5:00am
Sunset 5:50pm - 6:10pm

Daylight Saving & Time Zone Information

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

Daylight saving starts the first Sunday of October at 2.00am for NSW. NSW will be one hour ahead of Qld during the daylight saving period (Australian Daylight Saving Time ADST).

Typical Weather
Expect a bit of rain at times, on average of 7 rainy days per month and on average rainfall of 84mm. Definitely warming up this month and humidity rising and building resulting in higher rainfall. Longer days make it feel like summer isn't far away.

# - 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.

Public and School Holidays in October

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.

2017 - 16 September 2017 to 8 October 2017

Public Holidays

2017 - Labour Day - Monday 2 October 2017

What's On In Brisbane In October?

  • Valley Fiesta (dates move around between September and October)

Event information for Brisbane

Tips for Visitors to Brisbane in October

For Australian Visitors

School holidays for locals and other Australian states early in the month, mean it can be busy around the city sights, museums and tourist activities. Attractions outside Brisbane such as Australia Zoo and Gold Coast theme parks are usually busy during the school holidays - quieter after they finish.

For Overseas Visitors To Brisbane

Another great month to visit Brisbane and Queensland. Worth packing a rain jacket or umbrella as more likely to get rain as we head into the summer months. Be aware of the events in the Gold Coast (GC 600 motorsport event) which may affect your plans if you want to visit Surfers Paradise as it is transformed into a race track for the event!

Later in the month, after school holidays have finished you may find some great deals on accommodation.

Ideas for Things To Do in Brisbane in October

  • Dine in one of the outdoor restaurants and cafes at South Bank.
  • Whale watch in Moreton Bay be quick before the season finishes at the end of the month
  • Enjoy a walk around Brisbane's China Town in Fortitude Valley
  • Cruise on the Brisbane River.
  • Shop for designer and brand name bargains at DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) near Brisbane Airport.
  • Snorkel on the wrecks at Tangalooma (Moreton Island) and stay for the wild dolphin feeding.
  • Ride the Brisbane Wheel.
  • Have lunch or dinner at Mt Coot-Tha or Mt Gravatt lookouts whilst taking in the spectacular views of the city and surrounds.
  • Spot a dugong on a Moreton Bay cruise.
  • Find out about Ginger at the Buderim Ginger Factory.
  • Climb the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
  • Visit Treasury Casino.


Decided on Brisbane in October?

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

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