Brisbane In September Travel Guide

Brisbane in September means spring is finally here and time for the Brisbane Riverfestival and Riverfire extravaganza....

There's a good reason September is the Brisbane Festival month and it usually has a lot to do with the weather.

The festival kicks off early in the month and runs for 3 weeks.

As the month goes on the weather definitely becomes warmer, the days longer and spring is in the air.

The festival of Brisbane is based around the river, because it is so important to life in the city.

It is a great time to get out and about on or beside the water.

September has school holidays towards the end of the month.

Getting out on the water is popular with cruises on Moreton Bay, trips up the river, day trips to the islands and whale watching cruises.

The beaches are more enticing with the warmer weather, you could head to Redcliffe, Clontarf, North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island (Tangalooma) or Bribie Island.

Questions About Visiting Brisbane (or Australia) in September?

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

If you have a car, you could also venture to Sunshine Coast beaches or Gold Coast beaches - lots of options.

Gold Coast theme parks are always popular and September is no exception, enjoy all the thrills and excitement only about an hour from Brisbane CBD.

City hotels can be busy during RiverFest and Riverfire, so book up early. Answers to questions for this month about weather, what you can expect, what to wear or pack, what's on and what you can do can be found by following the links, or just scrolling down to read the ins and outs of visiting Brisbane in September.

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Weather in Brisbane in September

Season Spring
Average Temperatures 14C to 26C (57F to 79F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 7C to 35C (45F to 95F)
Average Sea Temperature 20C (68F) (Gold Coast Sea Water Temperature#)
Average Humidity 56% at 9am & 48% at 3pm
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times

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

Time Zone Information

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

Typical Weather
A fairly dry month with an average of 4 rainy days per month and on average rainfall of 33mm. Warm days, warming up quickly through the month as spring progresses and daylight hours extend.

# - 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 September

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 None

What's On In Brisbane In September?

  • Riverfire - Last Night of RiverFest
  • RiverFest Festival of Brisbane (3 weeks early in September)
  • Bridge to Brisbane (Sunday early in September)
  • Valley Fiesta (dates move around between September and October)
  • Kidszone School Holiday Activities at South Bank Parklands

Event information for Brisbane

Tips for Visitors to Brisbane in September

For Australian Visitors

School holidays for locals and other Australian states late in the month, mean it can be busy around the city sights, museums and tourist activities.

Australia Zoo and Gold Coast theme parks are usually busy during the school holidays, and quieter before and after.

Lots on in and around the city and river areas because of the RiverFest, especially around South Bank. The weather is warm and mostly dry enough to enjoy most outdoor activities. And don't forget to book your whale watching cruise you might even see the whale calves at this time of the year.

For Overseas Visitors To Brisbane

Avoiding school holidays later in the month usually means it isn't so busy, but September is a month full of activities to entice visitors and locals out because of the Brisbane Festival, especially activities on weekends around South Bank will be very busy.

There's not much you can't do in Brisbane during September, so definitely put it on your short list of best months to visit Brisbane.

IDEAS FOR Things To Do in Brisbane in September

  • Check out the Brisbane Festival Program to see what activities are on around South Bank and river side areas.
  • Snorkel on the wrecks at Tangalooma (Moreton Island) and stay for wild dolphin feeding.
  • Shop for designer and brand name bargains at DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) near Brisbane Airport.
  • Take your camera up to Mt Coot-Tha or Mt Gravatt lookouts and take some photos of the city and surrounds - on a clear day at Mt Coot-Tha you can spot Mt Warning in Northern NSW!
  • Round of golf at Victoria Park, you can hire golf clubs, use the driving range or challenge the family to mini golf.
  • Head out on to Moreton bay for some whale watching
  • Head up to the Sunshine Coast for a day at Australia Zoo or Mooloolaba Aquarium.
  • See if you can find the cafe in the city Botanical Gardens and enjoy one of their muffins!
  • Take a kayaking trip along the river.
  • Have a flutter at Treasury Casino.


Decided on Brisbane in September?

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

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