A Traveller’s Guide to take advantage of Australia in winter

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Australia’s winter, spanning from June to August, offers a unique and inviting climate, especially in the Gold Coast. If you’re staying at Budds in Surfers Hostel, you’re perfectly situated to experience the best of what this season has to offer. From stunning sunrises and sunsets to warm days perfect for beach activities, reef trips, and hiking to the excitement of whale watching, the Gold Coast on Australia’s east coast is an awesome places to be during winter.

Here’s how you can make the most of your winter stay whilst on the Gold Coast, Australia.


1. Embrace the Beautiful Sunrises and Sunsets

Sunset view from Burleigh national park, Gold Coast Australia
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It’s no secret that the sunrises and sunsets on the Gold Coast during winter are unmatched! And along the stretch of the coast, there is a huge range of spots where you’ll be able to catch the best views as the sky is painted.

Sunrise Spots

Burleigh Heads National Park

Start your day early and head to Burleigh Heads National Park. The walk to the Burleigh Headland offers breathtaking views as the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean. It’s a serene and inspiring way to begin your morning.

Snapper Rocks

Located near Coolangatta, Snapper Rocks is another excellent spot for sunrise. The rock formations and the ocean create a perfect backdrop for a picturesque dawn. Bring your camera to capture the stunning colours of the morning sky.

Sunset Spots

Surfers Paradise Beach

Surfers Paradise Beach is iconic, and for good reason. Watching the sunset over the city’s skyline while relaxing on the beach is a magical experience. The combination of the golden sands and the vibrant colours of the sky creates an unforgettable scene.

Currumbin Alley

For a more tranquil setting, head to Currumbin Alley. This spot offers a peaceful environment to enjoy the sunset, with views over the ocean and the adjacent Currumbin Creek.


2. Enjoy Reef Trips Without Sting Suits

backpacker enjoying scuba diving with a turtle in the Whitsundays
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Winter in Australia means fewer jellyfish in the waters, making it a great time for reef trips up north to the Whitsundays Islands without the need for sting suits.

Lady Elliot Island

A short flight from the Gold Coast, Lady Elliot Island is located on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s renowned for its clear waters and abundant marine life. Snorkelling and diving here are spectacular, with vibrant coral and an array of fish to see.

Whitsunday Islands

While a bit further afield, a trip to the Whitsunday Islands is worth the effort. The reefs around these islands are some of the best in the world, and winter offers calm seas and excellent visibility. Whitehaven Beach, with its pure silica sand, is a highlight.


3. Warm Days for Swimming and Beach Activities

Backpacker putting up beach umbrella
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Don’t be fooled by our winter on the Gold Coast; with temperatures still reaching 22-24 degrees during the day, it’s still the perfect weather to set up at the beach (with awesome surf spots) at any time. Winter on the Gold Coast offers a unique and pleasant beach experience that combines the benefits of milder weather with the beauty of Australia’s stunning coastline.

Comfortable Temperatures

One of the biggest advantages of beach days in winter is the comfortable temperatures. The heat is mild, making it ideal for lounging on the sand, swimming, or engaging in beach sports without the risk of overheating or sunburn, which can be more common in the intense summer sun.

Less Crowded Beaches

Winter sees fewer tourists compared to the peak summer months, which means the beaches are less crowded. You can enjoy more space to relax, sunbathe, and swim without having to compete for a spot on the sand. This peaceful atmosphere is perfect for those seeking a more tranquil beach experience.

Opportunity for Wildlife Spotting

Winter is whale watching season on the Gold Coast, and you might be lucky enough to spot humpback whales migrating along the coast from the beach. Additionally, the quieter beaches attract more local wildlife, providing opportunities to observe seabirds and marine life in their natural habitat.


4. Day Hikes and Exploring Nature

Two backpackers on a Gold Coast bush hiking trail
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The cooler winter weather makes it an excellent time for hiking. Unlike the sweltering summer months, winter provides a comfortable climate for outdoor activities, making it ideal for exploring the stunning trails of the Gold Coast hinterland. Here are some of the top trails to consider

Lamington National Park

Known for its lush rainforest and diverse wildlife, Lamington National Park has a range of hiking trails for all levels. The Tree Top Walkway at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat offers spectacular views of the canopy and beyond.

Springbrook National Park

Another gem in the hinterland, Springbrook National Park features waterfalls, lookouts, and ancient forests. The Purling Brook Falls circuit is a popular hike that rewards you with stunning waterfall views.


5. Whale Watching Season

Backpackers on a whale watch tour boat watching a whale close up on the Gold Coast
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Winter marks the migration of humpback whales along the Australian coast. The Gold Coast is one of the best places to witness this incredible natural event, offering prime viewing opportunities from both land and sea.

Whale Watching Cruises

Several operators offer whale-watching cruises from the Gold Coast. These tours provide an up-close look at these magnificent creatures as they migrate north to warmer waters. Sea World Cruises and Spirit of Gold Coast are two reputable companies offering daily tours.

Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island

For a land-based whale-watching experience, take a trip to North Stradbroke Island. Point Lookout offers excellent vantage points for spotting whales as they pass by. The island itself is a beautiful place to explore, with pristine beaches and rich wildlife.


Winter in Australia, particularly on the Gold Coast, offers a unique and enjoyable experience for travellers and backpackers. Staying at Budds in Surfers Hostel, you have access to an array of activities that allow you to take full advantage of the season. From awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets to reef trips without the need for sting suits, warm beach days, stunning hikes, and thrilling whale-watching opportunities, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy your time. Embrace the beauty and adventure that winter in Australia has to offer and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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