Known for its sun-drenched beaches, entertainment, and cultural attractions, the Gold Coast is an ideal place to visit during winter in Australia. The cooler days of winter don't stop the city's vibrant pulse — instead, it transforms the region into a hub of cultural events, festivals, and fun.

Winter on the Gold Coast is not about keeping warm, it's about diving into experiences and making new memories. And throughout it all, it’s cool enough to explore without breaking a sweat.

If you're planning a wonderful winter escape, look no further than the Gold Coast. Offering a unique blend of natural beauty and urban excitement, the region provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures and relaxation alike.

To help jump-start holiday itinerary planning, here are the best winter festivals and events to check out during your next stay at Dorsett Gold Coast.

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Things to Do During Winter on the Gold Coast

When it comes to things to do, the Gold Coast isn't short of activities to enjoy during the winter months. Home to some of the best activities and attractions, spend your time exploring the natural beauty, sampling locally made produce, and taking five at the many relaxation spots.

Here are just a few suggestions of what to try when in town:

Whale watching

As winter arrives, humpback whales embark on their annual migration along the coast, making the waters of the Gold Coast a prime location to witness these majestic creatures up close.

Burleigh Hill offers a unique and breathtaking vantage point to witness the annual migration. Perched atop this iconic headland, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean as these ocean giants make their way past. Why not pack a picnic, bring a quilt, and find a cosy spot on Burleigh Hill's grassy slopes, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacle in style? Starting at the end of May and lasting through until November, you’ll have plenty of time to whale watch from the safety and comfort of land.

Bathhouse Day

Nestled between the scenic Burleigh Heads and Tallebudgera Valley on the Gold Coast, there lies a hidden gem—a communal bathhouse and modern rejuvenation space known as Greenhouse The Bathhouse.

Open from Wednesday to Sunday, this sanctuary offers a tranquil escape and a space to relax and rejuvenate at your own pace. Discover an array of revitalising amenities designed to enhance your well-being.

Immerse yourself in the soothing waters of two hydrotherapy spas and step into the custom-built wet steam room, enveloping yourself in the purifying warmth of the steam. Try a red cedar sauna before a cooling dip into the magnesium plunge pool, known for its rejuvenating properties.

And when it's time to bask in the glorious Gold Coast sun, the sundeck and lounge area await, providing the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Discover The Gold Coast’s Premier Distillery

Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery stands proudly as the Gold Coast's premier destination for Gin, Liqueur, Whiskey, and Vodka. As the city's first and only distillery of its kind, visitors are treated to an immersive experience as they witness the production process firsthand.

For those who appreciate a more in-depth glimpse behind the scenes, guided tours are available throughout the weekend, offering a captivating glimpse into the art of distilling.

Take the chance to craft your very own bottle of gin, with plenty of opportunity to sample the rich flavours and intricate nuances of gin. Whether you're a connoisseur or simply curious about the world of craft spirits — Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery promises a memorable evening that combines education, craftsmanship, and the joy of sharing fine spirits with fellow enthusiasts.

Best Places to Visit on the Gold Coast

With some of the best coastal suburbs in Queensland, the Gold Coast offers everything from the glitz and glamour of bustling Broadbeach to the fun and entertainment of Surfers Paradise.

Not quite sure where the best places to visit are during your winter in Australia? Here are five of the most popular spots on the Gold Coast to check out.

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Surfers Paradise

As one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise is known for its golden sand beach, incredible surf, outdoor markets, entertainment and lively atmosphere.

The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, which operate three nights a week, are well worth a visit during the winter months. Stock up on locally-made goodies and sample mouthwatering food — the perfect winter warmer on the longer, cooler evenings.

Burleigh Heads

If you're a fan of nature and outdoor activities, you'll love Burleigh Heads. A popular destination for its beautiful national park, which is home to a variety of native wildlife and wonderful walking trails — relax as you soak up stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Gold Coast skyline, and distant hinterland.

The area is also home to some of the Gold Coast’s best cafe culture, serving up the perfect caffeine hit on the beachfront, ideal after a long morning of exploring.

Springbrook National Park

This world heritage-listed site offers breathtaking views of ancient towering forests, cascading waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna at every turn. Famous for the iconic Natural Bridge — a beautiful rock formation formed by the force of the waterfall over an eroding cave — take your time to lose yourself beneath the tree canopy of the rainforest.

For those after something a little special, night tours are also available, where you can see the glow worm cave in all its neon glory. The ultimate way to make the most of winter in Australia.


A true Gold Coast gem, Broadbeach is brimming with fun, entertainment and things to do. Shopping enthusiasts can explore more than 400 stores at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, while food and entertainment lovers will appreciate The Star Gold Coast's vibrant dining scene and exciting event calendar.

Those looking for relaxation can unwind at Broadbeach's many sun-soaked parks, perfect for picnics and relaxed downtime. Meanwhile, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre stands as a regional icon, hosting an array of events in its contemporary setting.

Eat, shop, swim and stay in style, minutes from Surfers Paradise and other Gold Coast icons.

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Top Winter Festivals on the Gold Coast

When winter rolls around, the Gold Coast bursts into life with an array of festivals that celebrate everything from food and music to arts and culture. Take your time to celebrate, learn, and immerse yourself in the best events the city has to offer. Whether traveling alone, as a couple, or in a group, you’ll find something to enjoy.

Cooly Rocks On Festival

Running from June 7th until June 11th 2023, the award-winning Cooly Rocks On festival celebrates the motors, music, and lifestyle of yesteryear returns. The streets of Coolangatta transform into a Show 'N' Shine spectacle, showcasing over 900 classic cars, scooters, and bikes. Relish in Kustomville's hot rods, custom vehicles, and lowbrow art, or participate in the many Car Runs.

With a music lineup that features world-renowned rock 'n' roll, swing, and rockabilly artists, it’s one of two Australian festivals hosting the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

Experience the vintage lifestyle with the Pin-up Pageant, Moonlight Swing Dance, Beachside Rock 'n' Roll Dance, and beachfront markets filled with retro memorabilia. Cooly Rocks On promises something for everyone, making it the ultimate Gold Coast nostalgia festival.

Naturally Gold Coast Environment Festival

Taking place on Saturday 17th June 2023 from 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM, The Naturally Gold Coast Festival celebrates the beauty and importance of the environment. Located at Robina Community Centre, directly opposite Robina Town Centre, take your time to learn more about conservation efforts within the Gold Coast community.

Get up close and personal with a whole host of local wildlife, stock up on a few locally native plants to take home with you, and check out the many exhibitor attractions.

FESTA JUNINA - Brazilian Winter Festival - 2023

A hugely popular Winter festival on the Gold Coast, Festa Junina celebrates the beauty of Brazilian festiveness with an immersive experience that showcases the vibrant culture of Brazil.

Indulge in delicious traditional Brazilian cuisine served at the many street food stalls while enjoying refreshing drinks at the bar. The festival promises a lively atmosphere with captivating street performances and energetic live music, featuring the infectious rhythms and dances that are synonymous with Brazilian culture.

Festa Junina is a family-friendly event, offering activities and traditional games for children, including an exhilarating mechanical bull ride. This Brazilian Winter Festival at Miami Marketta promises an unforgettable experience, running from 2 pm to 10 pm on Sunday 18th June 2023.

BLEACH Festival

From Thursday 3rd August 2023, to Sunday 13th August 2023, the highly anticipated BLEACH Festival returns to the Gold Coast, setting the stage for a spectacular annual celebration.

With a whole host of immersive events, the festival offers a range of artistic experiences to suit every taste. Setting itself apart from traditional venues, BLEACH Festival ingeniously makes use of the Gold Coast's iconic natural landscape, creating a unique and awe-inspiring backdrop for performances and exhibitions.

Where to Stay on the Gold Coast During Winter?

Aerial view of Dorsett Gold Coast

Forming part of The Star Gold Coast’s world-class entertainment and leisure destination, rediscover the art of vacationing in style at Dorsett Gold Coast. Choose from 313 elegant and stylish guest rooms finished with our signature touches of modern indulgence and comfort.

Fall asleep in king beds, topped with supreme bedding and cloud-like pillows. Relax in front of the large flatscreen smart TV. Wake up and wind down in your ensuite bathroom with a walk-in rain shower and premium amenities.

Better still, enjoy world-class entertainment and dining at The Star Gold Coast, with everything you need for a truly memorable stay at your doorstep. Winter in Australia is all about taking your time to relax, explore and enjoy the beauty of the Gold Coast — perfect for a midweek escape, weekend break and last-minute visit.

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