Brisbane In March Travel Guide

Brisbane in March is the first month of Autumn, but is still very summery, humid and hot.

School holidays fall in March and April depending upon when Easter is each year.

In my opinion, March is the start of the one of the best periods to visit Brisbane.

The weather is still very warm, but not quite as hot and steamy as the summer months.

Sightseeing and walks around town are not as uncomfortable, and outdoor activities can be mixed with indoor activities in air conditioning!

If you don't have children or they aren't at school yet, enjoy Brisbane outside of the school holidays.

School holidays are around the Easter public holidays and move around with Easter, check the dates below.

Questions About Visiting Brisbane (or Australia) in March?

Many common questions are answered on this page or in our reader submitted Q&A.

Outside school holidays, there are less children and families about so you can get maximum enjoyment of the attractions and sights.

Easter holidays are quite a busy time, with many locals enjoying the attractions especially at the ever popular South Bank precinct which includes the State Library, Museum, Southbank Parklands and the Art Galleries.

Visiting Brisbane during March you'll want to know about the weather, what you can expect, what to wear or pack, what's on and what you can do.

Or, choose another month to visit Brisbane ...

January - Summer May - Autumn September - Spring
February - Summer June - Winter October - Spring
March - Autumn July - Winter November - Spring
April - Autumn August- Winter December - Summer

Weather in Brisbane in March

Season Autumn
Average Temperatures 20C to 29C (68F to 84F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 12C to 38C (54F to 100F)
Average Sea Temperature 23C (73F) (Gold Coast Sea Water Temperature#)
Average Humidity 66% at 9am & 57% at 3pm
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times

Sunrise 5:40am - 6:00am
Sunset 6:20pm - 5:45pm

Daylight Saving & Time Zone Information

Qld is GMT +10 hours
(Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST)
Queensland DOES NOT observe daylight saving.

Please Note: NSW is on Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) until last Sunday in March when they revert to AEST.

Typical Weather
Even though it is Autumn March has some rain and is still hot and humid. An average of 9 rainy days per month and on average rainfall of 94mm. Expect rain, though less than the summer months. Summer storms are still possible this time of the year with thunder, lightning and rain. Pack an umbrella or rain jacket, but you are unlikely to be cold!

# - Gold Coast sea temperature has been used because the data for Brisbane was hard to find. Moreton Bay can have significantly different temperatures than the general ocean temperatures and realistically you don't come to Brisbane for the beach, but you do go to Gold and Sunshine Coasts for that. This is just an indication.

Public and School Holidays in March

School Holidays
These dates are a rough guide to holidays in both NSW and Qld which have most influence on holidaying in Brisbane and Queensland.

2017 - Start 1 April 2017

Public Holidays

2017 - None (Easter falls in April)

What's On In Brisbane In March?

  • St Patrick's Day Celebrations and Parade in City (17 March)
  • Easter celebrations (when Easter falls during this month)
  • Kidszone School Holiday Activities at South Bank Parklands

Event information for Brisbane

Tips for Visitors to Brisbane in March

For Australian Visitors

March is the start of the nicest weather for sightseeing in Brisbane. Brisbane can still get pretty hot and humid at this time of the year.

School holidays can fall during this month, usually depending upon when Easter falls.

Tips - Air-conditioned accommodation and transport are essential at this time of the year.

For Overseas Visitors To Brisbane

March isn't usually quite as fierce as summer weather, but it still gets hot and humid and there can be quite a bit of rain. It is noticable how it starts to cool down towards the end of the month.

School holidays can affect the busy-ness of attractions and sights around Brisbane, but they move around at bit depending upon when Easter falls, so you have to check the dates each year.

Air-conditioning in your accommodation is absolutely essential as well as in your hire car! When hiring a smaller car you will find a manual transmission copes better with the airconditioning than the automatics. It is not so important in the larger cars.

Things To Do in Brisbane in March

  • Walk along the riverside walkway from South Bank to Kangaroo Point.
  • Take a River Boat lunch or dinner cruise
  • Visit the Mt Coot-Tha Botanical Gardens to see the autumn flowers.
  • Day trip to Tangalooma where you can sand toboggan on the white sand dunes of Moreton Island, snorkel on the Tangalooma Wrecks, take an Eco tour to discover the local marine life and make sure you stay for the wild dolphin feeding in the evening.
  • Take the ferry over to North Stradbroke Island and discover the most amazing beaches with white sand and turquoise water.
  • Spend the day at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine coast, or stay over and go to Mooloolaba Aquarium.
  • Visit the Brisbane Planetarium.
  • Walk around GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art).
  • Ride on the Brisbane Wheel.
  • Head to your favourite beach on the Gold Coast.
  • See if you can ride all the extreme rides at Dreamworld in one day!


Decided on Brisbane in March?

Here's some more resources to help you plan your stay in Brisbane during March.

Brisbane Australia General Travel Planning Information

There are many reasons to find yourself planning to visit Brisbane Australia - business trip, convention, conference, family holiday, city break, weekend away or stop over in Brisbane.

Planning can be as simple as organising the flights and accommodation and checking out the things to do, or you may want to look at some of resources on this website to help with your Brisbane trip planning.

  • Introduction to Brisbane Australia for a birds eye view of what Brisbane has to offer, when and where to visit and a few useful and interesting facts.
  • Brisbane Australia Weather Information for a quick run down on our seasons, weather plus tips for what to pack and when are the best times to visit.
  • Brisbane Australia Travel Guide gives you lots of traveller information that you can easily access, including information about timezone, transport options, electricity, currency, tipping and other customs.
  • Brisbane Airport guide with information about flights, transport, transfers, car hire, airport hotels and more.
  • Brisbane's main attractions, sightseeing, tours, cruises and activities.
  • Brisbane Accommodation Guide helps narrow down the search to find where to stay and suitable accommodation including a hotel guide, backpacker information and serviced apartment options (great for families or longer stays).

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