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Gold CoastAustralia

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.

Top hotels in Gold Coast

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD
AU$117
per night
31 Mar. - 1 Apr.

Situated in the suburbs, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Star Gold Coast and Pacific ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,156 reviews)

"Central..obliging.. view amazing.. convenient and comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd and Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$140
per night
31 Mar. - 1 Apr.

Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is steps away from Cavill Avenue and Timezone. SkyPoint Observation Deck and Surfers Paradise Beach are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (1,594 reviews)

"Hotel close to restaurants,supermarkets and bus and train services were easy to access. Housekeeping was excellent,and room service food was delicious"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

Novotel Surfers Paradise
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
AU$216
per night
2 Apr. - 3 Apr.

This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. SkyPoint Observation ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,890 reviews)

"Great location, amazing breakfast, nice tidy room, great room service."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences

Popular activities in Gold Coast

Sea World
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Sea World

4.5/5(1,224 reviews)

Who doesn’t dream of staying overnight in a water park where you can see Jet Ski stunts, life-sized Nickelodeon stars, plus dolphins, sea lions and polar bears?

Warner Bros. Movie World
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Warner Bros. Movie World

4.5/5(1,242 reviews)

Watch stunt shows, get on superhero rides, enter the Ice Age 4D Experience and take a splash in the Wild West at Australia’s theme park version of Hollywood.

Dreamworld
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Dreamworld

4/5(582 reviews)

Australia’s biggest amusement park features exciting themed areas with everything from tigers and thrilling rides to vintage V8 super-cars and TV characters.

Surfers Paradise Beach
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Surfers Paradise Beach

4.5/5(3,395 reviews)

This stretch of beach is known for its regular sets of rolling waves, with high-rise hotels and bustling nightlife along the sandy shore.

Cavill Avenue
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Cavill Avenue

4/5(2,808 reviews)

Bustling nightlife, great shopping and a legendary surfing beach make this avenue the exciting centre of Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast.

Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast
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Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast

4.5/5(878 reviews)

Get an adrenaline kick gliding through caves and tunnels or plunging down a giant water slide, or simply float and splash in a relaxing pool.

Top activities in Gold Coast

3 Day Pass: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'Wild
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3 Day Pass: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'Wild

84% of travellers recommend
AU$139
Per adult
Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour
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Moreton Island Full-Day Snorkel, Kayak & Sand-toboggan Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$149
Per adult
7-Day Super Pass: Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'Wild
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7-Day Super Pass: Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'Wild

88% of travellers recommend
AU$159
Per adult
14 Day Mega Pass: Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild + More
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14 Day Mega Pass: Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild + More

96% of travellers recommend
AU$189
Per adult
Catch a Crab Tour
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Catch a Crab Tour

AU$75
Per adult
SkyPoint Observation Deck Tickets
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SkyPoint Observation Deck Tickets

84% of travellers recommend
AU$27
Per adult

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