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 Surfers Paradise
Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
3.5 out of 5
86 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
The price is AU$145 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun.
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Surfers Paradise Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (154 reviews)
"It is a lovely place"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
Dorsett Gold Coast
Dorsett Gold Coast
4 out of 5
1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach, QLD, 4218
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$209 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly hotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Surfers Paradise Beach and ...
4/5 Very Good! (130 reviews)
"Stop scrolling and book this place. Really nice hotel at an affordable rate. Would recommend to anyone. Great dining options inside and close proximity to pacific fair mall and Broadbeach"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Dorsett Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD, 4218
The price is AU$155 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (2,900 reviews)
"Beautiful property! And great location."

Reviewed on 1 May 2022

Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
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.
Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
3.5 out of 5
86 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
The price is AU$145 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun.
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Surfers Paradise Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (154 reviews)
"It is a lovely place"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD, 4218
The price is AU$155 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (2,900 reviews)
"Beautiful property! And great location."

Reviewed on 1 May 2022

Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Q1 Resort & Spa
Q1 Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
The price is AU$259 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,340 reviews)

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

Q1 Resort & Spa
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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