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Gold Coast

For a break in the sun, head to this expansive city: the perfect combination of beaches, theme parks, nightlife, rain forests and mountains.

With its casinos, Jet Skis, yachts and luxury hotels, the Gold Coast looks like it’s straight out of a James Bond movie. Australia’s major theme parks are all here, and the quieter hinterland offers rock climbing, scenic flights and skydiving for thrill seekers. It’s easy to see why millions of visitors flock to the Gold Coast every year: There are more than 30 beaches, including Burleigh Beach, where professional surfers come to compete in February, as well as great shopping and dining.

The Gold Coast encompasses several seaside towns inhabited by over half a million people, making this Australia’s sixth-largest city. The area covers 1,400 square kilometers (541 square miles) from Beenleigh, south of the Queensland capital Brisbane, to Coolangatta Beach at the New South Wales border.

The first Australians, the Aborigines, called this beautiful land of the sun Kurrungul. Europeans settled here, growing and commercialising the area, from the mid-1800s onwards. Tourism boomed in the 1950s, and the golden opportunity to invest in real estate gave the city its name and its skyline.

Some of Australia’s most famous beaches are on the Gold Coast. Two surfing hot spots are Burleigh Beach and Surfers Paradise Beach, an area that’s also popular for shopping and dining. Families looking for a good swimming area will enjoy the calmer waters of Coolangatta Beach.

More family fun awaits at the Gold Coast’s wide range of amusement parks. Interact with marine creatures at Sea World, slide through Wet‘n’Wild Water World, or board the superhero rides at Movie World. You can do all this and more at the biggest Australian theme park, Dreamworld.

The Gold Coast offers year-round entertainment, but you may want to avoid the rowdy “Schoolies” period (when high school graduates celebrate) in November. The weather is hot and humid from December to February (summer), and dry and sunny from June to August (winter). Rain or shine, pack your bathers to enjoy one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.


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AU$172
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast

Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast

2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
4.7
of 5, from 149 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Oracle Boulevard and within 3 mi (5 km) of Surfers Paradise Beach and Cavill Avenue. Oasis Shopping Centre and Broadbeach Mall are also within 10 minutes.

AU$153
Watermark Hotel & Spa

Watermark Hotel & Spa

3032 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
4.0
of 5, from 624 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is located on the Strip, within a 10-minute walk of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise Beach, and Cavill Avenue. Timezone and Centro Surfers Paradise are also within 10 minutes.

AU$814
The Castle On Tamborine

The Castle On Tamborine

280 Main Western Road, North Tamborine
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in North Tamborine, this luxury guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tamborine National Park Witches Falls Section, Mount Tamborine Winery, and Witches Falls Winery. Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery and Glow Worm Caves are also within 2 mi (3 km).

AU$126
Broadbeach Savannah Hotel & Resort

Broadbeach Savannah Hotel & Resort

46 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
3.2
of 5, from 175 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Broadbeach apartment is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach Mall, and Oasis Shopping Centre. Surfers Paradise Beach and Cavill Avenue are also within 3 mi (5 km).

AU$128
Mantra on View Hotel

Mantra on View Hotel

22 View Avenue, Surfers Paradise
3.9
of 5, from 562 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Mantra on View Hotel is located a block from the beachfront Esplanade, one of Surfers Paradise's entertainment hotspots. A daily shuttle connects guests to Warner Bros. Movie World, SeaWorld, and Dreamworld within a half-hour. Jupiters Casino is a 15-minute drive south.

AU$101
Chateau Beachside

Chateau Beachside

Corner The Esplanade & Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
3.5
of 5, from 386 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Surfers Paradise, this beachfront apartment is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Infinity Gold Coast, Cavill Avenue, and Surfers Paradise Beach. Sea World is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

AU$216
The Star Gold Coast

The Star Gold Coast

Casino Drive, Broadbeach
4.0
of 5, from 432 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from The Star Gold Coast and within 3 mi (5 km) of Surfers Paradise Beach and Cavill Avenue. Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and Oasis Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes.

AU$140
Mantra Twin Towns

Mantra Twin Towns

Corner of Griffith St & Wharf St, Coolangatta
4.2
of 5, from 294 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Coolangatta hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of The Strand, Centro Tweed, and Twin Towns Uniting Church. Greenmount Beach and Coolangatta Beach are also within 15 minutes.

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