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The best time to visit the Gold Coast is certainly in January, with the new year’s holidays, lots of jam packed activities, and beautiful hot weather. Here are 6 reasons to visit the beautiful Gold Coast in January. Make sure you do not miss out on #5!

#1. The Weather:

January boasts the most perfect weather on the Gold Coast – clear blue skies, long hot summer days, and a beautiful south easterly breeze from the sea. With a temperature ranging from 20 – 29 degrees Celsius (68-84 Fahrenheit), January on the Gold Coast is hot and humid and is the best time to swim in the sea.

You can expect mostly clear blue skies in January. If you are lucky, you may just get a tropical storm in the evening and watch the beautiful Gold Coast thunderstorm performance. In January on the Gold Coast, sunrise is normally around 5am and sunsets around 6.40pm. How’s that for long summer days!

In January, head to the beach for a swim for a perfect respite from the heat, or participate in water activities like jet skiing or boating. The Gold Coast is home to over 70 km of golden beaches, plenty of space to find your own slice of golden sand paradise.

#2. What to pack:

Packing for your January Gold Coast holiday is exciting, it means you’re nearly on holiday! Good news, you’ll only need to pack light – board shorts, bikinis, thongs. In January, it is never too casual.

You will need your swimmers to enjoy the beautiful Gold Coast beach, lots of sunscreen, and a hat to protect you from the sunshine. Are you coming for a special occasion or ready to party? Bring a nice pair of evening clothes to wear out along with a very light jacket – there’s plenty of beautiful restaurants and night life in the area!

#3. January Holidays:

January on the Gold Coast is the busiest time of the year due to the January school holidays. This time of the year, expect lots of energy, lots of visitors, and full occupancy. There are also a couple of public holidays such as January 2 for the New Year’s and Australia Day on the 26th. January is also the time when you have lots of activities on, and is perfect to spend with your family.

Expect long lines at the rides in the theme parks. Tip: buy your theme park tickets online and arrive early to avoid long queues. Best still, consider investing in a Fast Track pass to skip the queues at selected rides when you are inside the theme parks.

If you aren’t a fan of crowds and would prefer a quieter time to come, you can still visit the Gold Coast towards the end of January when schools start and the crowd thins.

#4. Plenty to do:

There’s plenty to do on the Gold Coast in January, we are nicknamed Australia’s playground for a good reason. Visiting Burleigh Heads should be on the itinerary for families and couples alike, if you have time we would also recommend visiting SeaWorld and then heading out to a beautiful dinner at Seascape Restaurant. With the family, buy the Warner Bros’ theme park tickets so you can visit Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n Wild during your stay.

More of a kick back and relax on your holiday type person? We don’t blame you, start your day slowly with breakfast in your self-contained apartment, head down to the pool at your Gold Coast resort and maybe even treat yourself to a pampa day at the spa.

#5. Events on in January on the Gold Coast:

January on the Gold Coast is very exciting and jam packed with events, there’s something for everyone.

You can participate in Australia Day celebration on the Gold Coast such as the Australia Day pool party and Australia Day fireworks.

Magic Millions Horse Racing Carnival is normally held in the second Saturday of January. The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday has everything from high glamour and fashion to high stakes.

SeaWorld Carnivale is on during selected on Friday and Saturday nights in January. The Aquacolour Spectacular will shine brighter than ever before with a dazzling mix of a refreshed music and magical light show over the Sea World lake. This family friendly festival features exotic food and entertainment including aerialists, fire twirlers, musicians and more!

For more events on the Gold Coast in January, see our article on “What’s on in January on the Gold Coast“.

#6. Accommodation options, book early so you don’t miss out!

January is often the busiest time and therefore most Gold Coast accommodation are fully booked way in advance as holiday makers plan for their annual holiday. Demand is very high so you’ll need to book early to get the best deal and accommodation. Checkout the following two apartments for a great Gold Coast stay in January…

This popular apartment located on level 41 of the trendy Circle on Cavill resort features a modern and spacious design. Stunning ocean views are framed throughout with floor to ceiling glass, and touches like Wi-Fi, spa bath and comfy designer couches ensure a relaxing holiday on the Gold Coast.

Experience breathtaking vistas of the ocean, river and city through this apartment’s impressive floor-to-ceiling windows at The H Residences. Its open-plan living means you can capture these amazing views as the day goes by from every angle. Enjoy having the beach, shopping, dining and entertainment right at your doorstep during your luxurious stay in the heart of Surfers.

January is most certainly the best time to experience the Gold Coast. Remember, January is a super busy time on the Gold Coast so ensure you book your accommodation in advance to secure a great apartment at a great price. You can book our Gold Coast accommodation online, or by calling our friendly reservations team on 07 5554 3200.