Feel that building desire to leave winter weather behind? It sounds like it’s time to take a break from monotony and book a sunny Gold Coast holiday!

Winter on the Gold Coast feels more like summer anywhere else in the world, making Queensland a great place to adventure during the colder months. If you’re heading to the Gold Coast this winter, read on for our top packing essentials.

The Basics

Whether you’re planning to relax on the beach or hit the trails, make sure you have the following necessities on hand. The average winter temperature usually ranges from 11 – 20 degrees, so it’s good to be prepared for chilly evenings.

  • Clothing you can layer
  • Light jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes like sneakers/runners
  • Brimmed hat – it’s still really sunny
  • Swimsuit
  • Beach cover-up
  • One nicer outfit (should you want to dine at an upscale restaurant)
  • Camera
  • Reusable water bottle

The Extras

Ready to have some fun? Here’s what to bring if you’ll be participating in one of the following activities.

Whale Watching

It’ll be cold, windy, and misty on the boat, so it’s best to pack a waterproof jacket with a drawstring hood or a wide-brimmed hat. Make sure you have extra sunscreen on hand, and pack sunglasses in your bag just in case the sun is particularly harsh the day you head out to sea. You may want to bring your own binoculars and some anti-seasickness pills too!


A lightweight jacket and comfortable walking shoes are a must if you’ll be hiking in the Gold Coast rainforests during winter. To play it safe, make sure someone in your party is bringing a daypack filled with water, snacks, sunscreen, and a mini first aid kit.


You can always rent some gear, but if you’re attached to your own, you’ll want to pack a wetsuit along with your board. Don’t forget your sandals!


Unless you’re driving, there’s no need to lug your mat to the Gold Coast. Make sure you have a water bottle, hair tie and sweat-wicking clothing in your luggage in case you decide to take a free beach yoga class or check out the local studio.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you need any further recommendations on what to pack for your Gold Coast winter holiday! To book your stay with us, browse our beachfront apartment options and contact us today. Let’s make that winter holiday official!