Brisbane In May Travel Guide

Brisbane in May means it's autumn and Paniyiri the Brisbane Greek Festival is coming...

May is a great month for holidays to Brisbane because there are no school holidays and we often have great weather (not too hot, not too cold).

May is the last month of Autumn, and winter is just around the corner. However, it can be a fabulous month to visit Brisbane.

During the middle of May, it is the start of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival season.

Racing is at both Doomben and Eagle Farm race tracks.

There is lots of activity both on and off the field during the 5 week season.

Plenty of opportunity to check out the horse racing, the fashions or just the entertainment of it all.

Questions About Visiting Brisbane (or Australia) in May?

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

Paniyiri, the famous Brisbane Greek Cultural Festival is held on a weekend during mid to late May. If you enjoy Greek food, dancing and culture this is the place to be.

Other events that draw people to south east Queensland during May include:

Discover more about visiting Brisbane during May including weather, what you can expect, what to wear or pack, what's on and what you can do.

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Weather in Brisbane in May

Season Autumn (Fall)
Average Temperatures 14C to 24C (57F to 75F)
Possible Extreme Temperatures 5C to 31C (41F to 89F)
Average Sea Temperature 21C (70F) (Gold Coast Sea Water Temperature#)
Average Humidity 66% at 9am & 49% at 3pm
Daylight Hours
Beginning of Month to End of Month Approx.Times

Sunrise 6:15am - 6:30am
Sunset 5:15pm - 5:00pm

Time Zone Information

Timezone in Queensland is GMT +10 hours
(Australian Eastern Standard Time AEST).

Typical Weather
A fairly dry month with an average of 6 rainy days per month and average rainfall of 64mm. The temperatures during May are pleasant during the day and evening, though by the end of the month it is turning cooler and days are getting shorter at both ends as we head towards winter.

# - 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 May

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.


Public Holidays 2017 - Labour Day - Monday 1 May 2017

What's On In Brisbane In May?

Event information for Brisbane

Tips for Visitors to Brisbane in May

For Australian Visitors

There's not much to say, except if you want to sightsee without sweltering in the summer heat, don't have to fit around school holidays, May is a perfect month to visit Brisbane! Labour Day weekend can be busy, and of course other events can make it busy at times, but generally one of the best months to visit Brisbane.

If you are planning to visit the Gold Coast boat show at Sanctuary Cove, why not stay a few days in Brisbane or better yet, base yourself here and just pop down to the show!

There's always something on to entertain you in Brisbane, so catch a theatre show, a meal or go to the museums.

For Overseas Visitors To Brisbane

May is so good in Brisbane, it's almost boring to write about it! If you are travelling to Australia and don't have to work around school holidays, this is a great time to visit.

IDEAS FOR Things To Do in Brisbane in May

  • Spend at day at South Bank and enjoy the musuems, art galleries and then take a ride on the Brisbane Wheel
  • Paniyiri Festival - try the Greek Food (honey puffs) or some Greek Dancing!
  • Head to a day at the races during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival
  • Take the boat over to Tangalooma on Moreton Island and stay to do the wild dolphin feeding.
  • Take a walk through the botanical gardens - two choices the original city Botanical Gardens, or the newer version at Mt Coot-Tha.
  • Ride on a the CityCat - for a great view of the city from the river, or take a river cruise.
  • Walk from South Bank to Kangaroo Point along the riverside.
  • Spend the day at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine coast

Related Questions About Visiting Brisbane in May


Decided on Brisbane in May?

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

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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