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’.
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.
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.
Domestic and international flights arrive directly into the Gold Coast at Coolangatta Airport. If you're coming from Brisbane, it's an easy one-hour drive or train ride south.
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.
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.
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