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Best Times to Visit Brisbane

The best time to visit Brisbane is from March to May – autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Temperatures during this season hover between the high 50s and mid-80s with little rainfall later in the season. But keep in mind that you will need to slather on the sunscreen: Brisbane sees an average of eight hours of sun per day thanks to its subtropical climate. The city's winter (June to August) and spring (September to November) are also popular times to visit thanks to the mild temps and dry days. But these two seasons also see plenty of hotels booked solid, especially in September during the month-long arts celebration known as the Brisbane Festival. If you're planning to visit during the arts festival, arrange your accommodations well in advance. You'll find better airfare and hotel room deals during Brisbane's wet, humid season, which spans from December all the way to early March. Just note that the soggy weather might put a damper on your outdoor activities.

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

March-May

As Brisbane comes off its wet summer season, rainfall begins to diminish and the temperatures prepare to dip with the approaching winter months. However, there's no need to pack anything more than a light jacket if you visit during this season: Average autumn temperatures will linger in the 70s. The event calendar is just as packed with events as it is in the peak winter or spring seasons, but you'll have an easier time scoring some great hotel deals.

June-August

This is wintertime in Brisbane, but don't let that label fool you. Average temperatures rest comfortably in the low 60s and the calendar is filled with mostly sunny days. Along with the glorious weather, the city also puts on several large outdoor events, such as Ekka and the Regional Flavors food and wine festival. These celebrations (and the mild temps) draw Aussies from Sydney and Melbourne, as well as international travelers, so be prepared for elevated hotel rates and heavy crowds.

September-November

Springtime in Brisbane is marked by warm days and breezy nights. Daytime temperatures sit in the 60s and 70s with only the occasional shower. The pleasant weather complements the city's busy event calendar: The much-loved Brisbane Festival takes place throughout September, ending with a spectacular fireworks display (called Sunsuper Riverfire) on the river. If you want to visit during the festival, plan your trip several months in advance: Hotels fill up quickly.

December-February

This is Brisbane's wet, humid summer season with temperatures reaching the mid-80s. The region sees the most rainfall in January and February; thunderstorms are common, and heavy precipitation may lead to floods. Hotels and attractions may be less crowded, but the rain may prevent you from enjoying the best of Brisbane's outdoor pursuits. Luckily, you'll have the annual comedy festival to keep your rainy day blues at bay.

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