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Gold Coast

Travel Guide
Gold Coast featuring a city, general coastal views and a coastal town

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.

Where to stay in Gold Coast

Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is AU$132 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Located in Broadbeach, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Star Gold Coast and Pacific Fair ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,639 reviews)
"I liked that there was a shower no bath in the room. I was also pleasantly surprised to be upgraded to an ocean view room."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
5 out of 5
Casino Drive, Broadbeach Island Gold Coast, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is AU$189 per night from 30 Jul. to 30 Jul.
Located in Broadbeach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Surfers Paradise Beach. Cavill Avenue and Timezone are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,206 reviews)
"The stars a great mid week stay, All the staff are lovely and the beds are just as comfy as you’d expect. Great location too!"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
Q1 Resort & Spa
Q1 Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is AU$240 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Located in Surfers Paradise, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surfers Paradise Beach, Cavill Avenue and Timezone. Ripley's Believe It or ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,189 reviews)
"The customer service from the reception was beyond the best customer service I have seen from a resort. The apartment we stayed in was perfect and clean with 180-degree views of the ocean and sunrise in the mornings."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Q1 Resort & Spa
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Binna Burra Rainforest Campsite
Binna Burra Rainforest Campsite
2 out of 5
1040 Binna Burra Rd, Beechmont, Binna Burra, QLD
The price is AU$118 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Situated in a national park, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and Green Mountains. Lamington National Park and Gold ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Niccccccce!
"communication was good, staffs were very friendly, especially Susan the receptionist, was very helpful re. everything. Will definitely go back."

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2021

Binna Burra Rainforest Campsite
Paradiso Resort Kingscliff
Paradiso Resort Kingscliff
4 out of 5
78-80 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, NSW
The price is AU$349 per night from 28 Jul. to 28 Jul.
Located in Kingscliff, this beach apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kingscliff Beach and Kingscliff War Memorial. South Kingscliff Beach and Casuarina ...
4/5Very Good! (424 reviews)
"We loved it, great place to stay and look forward to going back sometime soon. Just one thing if cooking, check the rangehood, ours didn't look like its been cleaned for a long time."

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2021

Paradiso Resort Kingscliff
Sunrise Cove Holiday Apartments
Sunrise Cove Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
28 Moss Street, Kingscliff, NSW
Located in Kingscliff, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kingscliff Beach and South Kingscliff Beach. Kingscliff War Memorial and Casuarina ...
4.3/5Excellent! (174 reviews)
"Lovely location, unit was very good for what I wanted"

Reviewed on 24 Apr. 2021

Sunrise Cove Holiday Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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