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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.

Where to stay in Gold Coast

Top hotels in Gold Coast

Sea World Resort
Sea World Resort
4.5 out of 5
Sea World Drive Main Beach Gold Coast, Main Beach, QLD
The price is AU$224 per night from 3 Dec. to 4 Dec.

This family-friendly Gold Coast hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Philip Park and Sea World. Marina Mirage Shopping Centre and Sand ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,240 reviews)

"It was a great experience. The room was spacious and clean."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Sea World Resort
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 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,143 reviews)

"Just Love the Star, the staff always so nice & what a fun place to stay"…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2020

The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is AU$169 per night from 10 Dec. to 11 Dec.

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

3.7/5Good! (940 reviews)

"The view was amazing and staff were friendly. Close to everything."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
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Holiday Rentals 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$118 per night from 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,437 reviews)

"Perfect ocean view, staff were friendly and the pools were great"…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2020

Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Q1 Resort & Spa
Q1 Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is AU$265 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (3,065 reviews)

"The property was awesome. The rooms are very spacious and staff are very polite and friendly. Definitely will stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2020

Q1 Resort & Spa
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
4 out of 5
99 Griffith Street, Coolangatta, QLD
The price is AU$157 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in Coolangatta, this beachfront apartment building is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Coolangatta Beach and Kirra Beach. Burleigh Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,705 reviews)

"Great staff, lovely pool area..my family and I really enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2020

Oaks Gold Coast Calypso Plaza Suites
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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