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Start planning your Gold Coast holiday

A sun-soaked destination with something for everyone

The must-do holiday destination that still has it all

The Gold Coast has changed a lot since its early days. However, you can still feel the sand between your toes and the good vibes in the air when you visit this iconic holiday hotspot. With 70km of golden sand stretching as far as the eye can see, there’s a beach for everyone. Surfing hot spots with epic waves, secluded coves for romantic getaways, and family-friendly sheltered nooks for safe water play, there’s nothing like a stroll along a Gold Coast beach. But it’s not all gold here; don’t forget to explore the Gold Coast’s lush green hinterland, where rainforest walks and waterfalls offer a cool change. And in between it all? There’s so much more than the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks. This city is a collection of vibrant neighbourhoods, each with its own unique charms. You’ll find a foodies paradise of hip eateries, craft breweries, art precincts, night markets, adventure sports, shopping hubs, and an energy that can only be described as ‘Gold Coast’.

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Embark on the 'Cooly Rocks on the Gold Coast' tour, a nostalgic journey featuring a visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a 4-night stay in ocean-view rooms on the Gold Coast, and a Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk adventure. Immerse yourself in the charm of Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery, complemented by a Glow Worm Tour, and explore the Gallery Walk in Mt Tamborine. Highlighting the experience is the vibrant Cooly Rocks on Festival, where rock and roll bands, classic cars, dance, and vintage market stalls create an energetic atmosphere. Discover the creative side at the Home of the Arts (HOTA) Gallery & markets, and relish a buffet dinner at the Horizon Sky Dining Revolving Restaurant. Indulge in a total of 9 delicious meals throughout this dynamic Gold Coast journey.

Create your perfect Gold Coast getaway

To add a more ‘old school’ feel to your Gold Coast package, head to the southern end of the coast. From Burleigh Heads to Currumbin, the atmosphere is distinctly more low-key. The hot spots of Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise with their shiny highrises attract a younger crowd and are filled with nightspots and family attractions.

The Gold Coast has long been famous for its theme parks which boast the world’s fastest thrill rides, movie superheroes, and giant wave pools. But beyond the hype, there are other attractions that are well worth a visit, such as the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Burleigh which tells the story of the traditional custodians of the Gold Coast, the Yugambeh people.

A sun-soaked destination with something for everyone
A sun-soaked destination with something for everyone

Reconnect with nature 

Those keen to connect with nature can take a Gold Coast eco-tour to the hinterland visiting lofty Mount Tamborine. The climate is cooler, and the sub-tropical rainforest reveals waterfalls and walking tracks. In Currumbin Valley, crystal-clear cool rock pools beckon on hot days. To see native Australian wildlife, head to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or the David Fleay Wildlife Park. For a more adventurous activity, take the treetop walk at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat where you can get up close to brightly coloured birdlife.

For those culturally minded, the HOTA precinct (Home of the Arts) is a place of art exhibitions, outdoor concerts, film festivals, and creative pursuits of all genres.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the best way to get to the Gold Coast?

Domestic and international flights arrive directly into the Gold Coast at Coolangatta Airport. 

What’s the weather like on the Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast welcomes visitors year-round, and with an average of 245 days of perfect weather each year, it’s easy to see why. Rainy days tend to be during summer, from December to February. Those occasional wet days are an excellent opportunity to lose yourself in one of the Gold Coast’s mega-malls. The Gold Coast is a shopper's paradise with high-end boutiques, international brands, and locally crafted wares sitting side by side.

How big is the Gold Coast?

Gold Coast has a population of over 500,000 and is Australia’s 6th largest city. Its stunning coastline stretches for more than 70 kilometres along the Pacific Ocean. In addition to its coastal areas, the Gold Coast extends inland to the picturesque hinterland region, which is characterised by lush rainforests, scenic mountains, and charming towns.

How do I travel around the Gold Coast?

For those over 50, the best way to explore the Gold Coast is undoubtedly in a Gold or Diamond Class Coach. Go on; click the link. Once you see what travelling with us has to offer, it’ll be hard to accept anything less.

How do I travel from Brisbane to the Gold Coast?

If you're coming from Brisbane, it's an easy one-hour drive or train ride south.

What are the best places to visit on the Gold Coast?

That’s a tough question to answer — the Gold Coast is a treasure trove of sights and attractions to suit every interest!

If it’s your first time visiting, you’ve got to start with the basics.

For those who love to swim and surf, Surfer’s Paradise is, well, it’s in the name isn’t it? We also strongly recommend making a trip to Tallebudgera Creek, barely 45 minutes away from the Gold Coast. The creek’s crystalline waters are safe, shallow and perfect for families or those who just want a restful few hours in the sun.

Those keen on a hike will be thoroughly spoiled by the sights of Lamington National Park and Springbrook National Park. The latter park’s Natural Bridge Circuit is an easy 1k walk through our World Heritage-listed rainforests.

If you’re interested in a little holiday shopping, then head straight to the Pacific Fair shopping centre. Its outdoor pleasure garden is, oddly enough, inside and right in the middle of the mall, is just too much fun to pass up. And the shopping’s pretty great, too.

What is the best time to visit the Gold Coast, Australia?

We recommend touring the Gold Coast during the milder seasons, particularly autumn and spring. 

  • Autumn lasts from March to May.
  • Spring lasts from September to November.

Australian summers can be absolute scorchers. Although when you’re travelling with us, you will be travelling in premium air-conditioned coaches.

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