Queensland weather offers a range of climates, that become noticeable as you travel north from the states capital city.
This is a companion page to weather in Brisbane. This may assist you if you are planning any trips to other Queensland areas after you leave our beautiful city.
As you go further north it gets hotter, and you'll find tropical heat if you visit Cape York, and hot dry heat if you go inland.
In the south-east corner, the climatic conditions are a lot like the Mediterranean climate, particularly around Brisbane. Queensland's nickname is the Sunshine State, and in the past this was used as a slogan in advertising.
One thing to keep in mind when visiting Queensland, it doesn't have daylight saving... so there are no summer time changes. This means calling home won't change while you're away unless your home changes too.
© Candy | Flickr.com - Contrasts on the Sunshine Coast
Whatever type of warm climate you're looking for, you'll find it somewhere in Queensland, and there are definitely no ski resorts here.
Remote untouched natural beauty or skyscrapers and malls, they're are all there.
Most of the population of the state is concentrated along the coast near the beaches. Even along the coast you can find beaches and rain forest with no one to be seen for miles, and making you feel like you're the only one in the state.
South of Brisbane are the Gold Coast beaches, particularly, Surfers Paradise and the nearby towns and beaches. Gold Coast weather or Surfers Paradise weather is sunny almost all of the time, as you'd expect from a holiday area.
If you want quieter beaches they can still be found in the Gold Coast area. At Coolangatta, it is usually quieter, as are some of the smaller beaches such as Rainbow Bay.
If you decide to venture inland, and visit the Gold Coast Hinterland, you will find rainforests with hiking trails that seem to wander forever, and its often quite muggy there as it has high humidity.
Expect to see mossy, twisted trunks, like the ones in the photo above and abundant plant life when you visit Lamington National Park. This area is a good place to start your trekking vacation and a good example of the sub-tropical side of Queensland weather.
These areas have stunningly beautiful waterfalls and lovely rainforests mixed together, and they are located surprisingly close to the high-rise buildings of the coast. For more about this area, visit our page Gold Coast Weather.
If you travel north up the coast from Brisbane, along the coast road, you will arrive at the beginning of the Sunshine Coast.
© Joaquin Sanchez | Flickr.com - Beach Cricket at Maroochydore
The people of the Sunshine Coast are a little more laid back than the party-hard Gold Coast, but the climate is pretty much the same as the Gold Coast.
The only difference is that it has higher rainfall, so the humidity may be higher. The weather is still warm and sunny, maybe even a little hotter as it's farther north. One good thing is that it's often easier to find secluded beaches.
Further north from the Sunshine Coast, the country begins to become a little more wild and untamed. The beaches of the Whitsunday islands are spectacular with gleaming white sand and turquoise blue water. Compared to the weather in Brisbane, Queensland weather is warmer, and just a bit more humid, a taster for the far north.
As you travel up into the northern part of the state, you may choose to visit the Daintree Rainforest located near Cape Tribulation. This area provides numerous opportunities for travel adventures. Both Cairns and Townsville weather is tropical and sultry, and is very humid, an example of the tropical side of Queensland weather.
This northern part of Queensland is home to saltwater crocodiles. This photo shows a croc sleeping in the hot noonday sun, among the mangroves of the Daintree River.
© Jan Smith | Flickr.com - Daintree Crocodile
These crocs can grow to quite a size and eat cattle or people who come to close to the waters edge. Tropical life can be short as well as beautiful.
Tropical climates are generally lush and colorful, though not up at Cape York where the soil is poor, which encourages people, even those from a cold British background, to lighten up and splash out.
Port Douglas is a town north of Cairns and a popular holiday spot for Australians and others who know, and is a good example of the liberating influence of the tropics as life there is quite laid back.
Separating the coast from the interior, or whats known as the Outback, is the appropriately named Great Dividing Range.
This mountain range stretches the length of the state and encompasses spectacular views and great climbs.
© Away with the Birds | Flickr.com - Daintree Rain Forest
You discover a completely different aspect of Queensland weather, as you'll find exotic retreats and bracing, cool mountain air.
To the west of the Great Dividing Range is the famous Australian Outback of red dirt and expansive views, dotted many, many kms apart with cattle stations. If you want to experience the outback life there are various companies which will put you up in a real cattle station for a working holiday, where you'll learn about the traditional Aussie life.
There are also regional towns, such as Roma, which provide a home base for your stay in the interior, if you prefer a non working visit. Here the Queensland weather is hot, dry and dusty, just like you see on the movies, and what most people think of when they think of Australia.
Of course the other typical Aussie scenery, is the beach. In this case its the Great Barrier Reef, which is the complete opposite to the dry arid outback.
© Sarah Ackerman | Flickr.com - Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is located off the north-east coast of Queensland and stretches for over 2,600 kms.
Boat tours leave from most of the northern cities and towns along the coast. This photo is a sunny day at Fitzroy Island on the boat out to the reef. Fitzroy is the perfect stopover, as it has walking trails, a bar and a beach.
© Fiona Henderson | Flickr.com - Leaving Fitzroy Island by Boat
After you've done the Outback heat, the rain forest humidity, and the coasts intensive sun, you'll find it a pleasure to return to the comfort of the milder weather in Brisbane.