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Gold Coast

Known for Beaches, Family-friendly and Dining

For a break in the sun, head to this expansive city: the perfect combination of beaches, theme parks, nightlife, rain forests and mountains.

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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.

Activities in Gold Coast

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?

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.

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

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

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

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.

Cuddle a koala and handfeed kangaroos at this wildlife sanctuary set in natural rainforest surrounds on Australia’s famous Gold Coast.

Spectacular waterfalls, panoramic coastal views and lush rainforest make this heritage-listed nature reserve in the Gold Coast hinterland a wonder to visit. 

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Experience all the fun, thrills and adventures at the Gold Coast's biggest and best Theme Parks. With 95 rides, shows and attractions across three theme parks, there’s something for everyone at Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast.

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Make your next Gold Coast holiday full of fun and family adventures with a Super Pass. Get unlimited entry to Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, and Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast.

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Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all new show featuring a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. Delve into the real-life struggles Aussie farmers face and rejoice with them as the community's courage, bravery and generosity help them overcome a stunning, yet unforgiving life on the land.

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With more than 40 rides and attractions, exciting live shows, and more than 500 Australian animals on display, you have plenty of opportunities for family fun at Dreamworld. Plus, visit WhiteWater World next door for a jam-packed with some of the hottest waterslides on the Gold Coast.

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Enjoy 3 days of family-friendly thrills at 2 of Australia's most exciting theme parks. Discover an array of attractions at your own pace with a 3-day pass that offers unlimited entry to Dreamworld and its next-door neighbor WhiteWater World, as well as admission to the famous SkyPoint observation deck.

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Sink your teeth into an evening of sultry spooks, raucous burlesque, and horror-themed hilarity during a performance of Terrorbyte: Vampires Go Viral at Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant.

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