Australia’s share market has started October strongly as all sectors finished higher, though gains eased in the final hour.

Miners and property did best as the S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed higher by 57 points, or 0.98 per cent, to 5872.9 points on Thursday.

The index was up 1.5 per cent for much of the day, and hit a session high of 5916.5 before easing in the last hour.

The All Ordinaries index finished up by 60.1 points, or 1.0 per cent, to 6069.4.

The Aussie dollar was buying 71.93 US cents at 1620 AEST, up from 71.10 US cents after the close of trade on Wednesday.