Best of Autumn in South East Queensland

As the warm summer days gradually give way to cooler temperatures and the leaves turn from green to golden, you know it’s time to start planning for your Autumn activities. While the seasons change, the unique charm of South East Queensland stays the same. This Autumn in Brisbane and the Gold Coast there is a variety of events that celebrate the season’s beauty.

Here are some of the best activities this Autumn in South East Queensland.

Autumn In Brisbane

QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre (March – April)

For the perfect Brisbane Autumn day out for you and your tiny art lover, you can’t miss the Children’s Art Centre at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Across various dates in March and April, there are exhibitions and programs that allow children of all ages to fully immerse themselves in art and culture.

Sunset Cinema (March – April)

Brisbane’s favourite outdoor cinema, Sunset Cinema, returns to Maritime Green at Northshore from March to April. Experience the magic of watching a film on the big screen outdoors as the sun sets and the stars appear.

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival (5 March – 2 April)

Get lost in the world of French film at the world’s biggest festival of French-language films outside of France. Palace Cinemas at James Street and the Barracks will be showcasing highly anticipated films in historic cinematic surrounds.

World Science Festival (15 – 24 March)

This Autumn in Brisbane experience the wonders of science and technology at the World Science Festival. In a huge event program, this festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the museums, galleries, streets and parks of Brisbane and regional Queensland.

Brisbane Cycling Festival (1 March – 14 April)

From elite events to experiences open to participants of all abilities, the Brisbane Cycling Festival is a city-wide sporting celebration of all things cycling. Whether you want to ride in the Tour de Brisbane or spectate one of the many major events, there are activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Kalbar Sunflower Festival (19 – 21 April)

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Scenic Rim you will find flower fields that are home to one million sunflowers. For one special weekend, the farm owners open the gates to their property for everyone to experience these spectacular flowers as part of Kalbar Sunflower Festival. As well as the countless photo opportunities, there is live entertainment, helicopter rides, arts and crafts, and workshops for children and adults.

Brisbane Comedy Festival (26 April – 26 May)

Brisbane Comedy Festival is set to be a laughter extravaganza with 100 of the best stand-up comedians in the country. You can catch laugh-out-loud performances across the Brisbane Powerhouse, The Tivoli and The Fortitude Valley Music Hall.

NRL Magic Round (17 – 19 May)

It’s the event of the year for NRL fans, as all the teams go head to head in the one city for NRL Magic Round. All of the biggest names and toughest teams in NRL will come together at Suncorp Stadium to deliver eight action-packed games.


Autumn On The Gold Coast

Movies Under the Stars (March – April)

What better way to spend an evening in Autumn on the Gold Coast than outdoors watching a movie under the stars? At Movies Under the Stars you can catch free movie nights every fortnight at various outdoor locations across the Gold Coast. Bring a picnic blanket and some snacks, and get comfy for a movie night under the dazzling stars. 

GC Laughs Festival (15 – 23 March)

The Gold Coast’s annual comedy festival is one of the Gold Coast’s unmissable Autumn activities. GC Laughs Festival brings a week of star-studded comedy shows to HOTA with the very best in international and national talent.

Gold Coast Film Festival (17 – 28 April)

See film come to life at the Gold Coast Film Festival, a key event in the Australian film festival circuit. Across 12 days you can catch more than 100 films, panels, parties, pop-up cinemas and other special events.

Gold Coast Running Festival (28 April)

Enjoy a scenic run this Autumn in the Gold Coast sunshine at the Gold Coast Running Festival. There are distances available for all running and walking abilities, making it the perfect sporting Autumn event for everyone.

Queensland Arts & Fashion Festival (4 – 12 May)

Experience the fusion of style, creativity and community at the Queensland Arts & Fashion Festival. This groundbreaking event is shaping the future of fashion in Queensland, with a series of runway shows where fashion takes centre stage and inclusivity is the headline act.

Blues on Broadbeach (16 – 19 May)

If you’re a lover of music, come find your rhythm at Blues on Broadbeach! This free music festival situated within the heart of the Gold Coast features international and homegrown talent that will perform in the streets, parks and other venues of Broadbeach over four huge music-filled days.


Getting around South East Queensland this Autumn

There are countless Autumn activities to enjoy across South East Queensland, and Airtrain can help you get there on time and in comfort. Airtrain services travel between Brisbane Airport and the Gold Coast, running every 15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes off peak.

Our services run express from Brisbane Airport and stop at Fortitude Valley, Central, Roma Street and South Brisbane stations. From there, you can continue on to the Gold Coast, and access buses or trams from Helensvale station.

Airtrain has ticket options to suit all your travel needs during Autumn in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Get around with ease using a go card – the fast and convenient way to travel on all Translink transport, including Airtrain.

All public transport uses a smart card for travel, or you can purchase a paper ticket. With Smart Ticketing available on trains and trams, you can also use your Visa, Mastercard or American Express contactless debit or credit card to pay.

Check out the Translink Journey Planner to help plan your Autumn activities in SEQ.