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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

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 7 Jun. to 7 Jun.
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! (1,146 reviews)
"Location was great."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
voco Gold Coast, an IHG Hotel
voco Gold Coast, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
31 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is AU$141 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Located in Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Surfers Paradise Beach and Cavill Avenue. Chevron Renaissance ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,315 reviews)
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Reviewed on 15 May 2021

voco Gold Coast, an IHG Hotel
QT Gold Coast
QT Gold Coast
5 out of 5
Cnr Gold Coast Highway And Staghorn Ave, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is AU$199 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Surfers Paradise, this luxury hotel is steps away from King Tutts Putt Putt and Slingshot. Surfers Paradise Beach and Chevron Renaissance are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (957 reviews)
"This hotel is amazing. Loved everything about it. Spent most of my time by the pool. It was a birthday weekend for me and the hotel had left me a special note and chocolate bar as a welcome gift. I also come to this hotel when on the Gold Coast and will continue so"

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

QT Gold Coast
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Paradiso Resort Kingscliff
Paradiso Resort Kingscliff
4 out of 5
78-80 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, NSW
The price is AU$290 per night from 19 May to 19 May
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! (413 reviews)
"Great, central location. Appropriately priced, comfortable accommodation. Enjoyable stay."

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2021

Paradiso Resort Kingscliff
Sunrise Cove Holiday Apartments
Sunrise Cove Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
28 Moss Street, Kingscliff, NSW
The price is AU$335 per night from 19 May to 19 May
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! (173 reviews)
"Fantastic location, nice views, very spacious. Only downside was parking very tight for larger cars. Otherwise perfect."

Reviewed on 28 Feb. 2021

Sunrise Cove Holiday Apartments
Marine Boutique Apartments
Marine Boutique Apartments
4 out of 5
36 Marine Parade, Kingscliff, NSW
The price is AU$270 per night from 25 May to 25 May
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 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (79 reviews)
"Room was beautiful. Tried to contact reception 3or4times during our 5 day stay, they never answered and never called back to the messages we left. Very annoying especially when it's not even located within the hotel."

Reviewed on 31 Aug. 2020

Marine Boutique 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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