Gold Coast

Travel Guide
Gold Coast showing a coastal town, a skyscraper and a sandy beach

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
8 Casino Drive, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is S$182 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in Broadbeach, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Surfers Paradise Beach and Cavill Avenue. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,187 reviews)
"incredible service, beautiful room and fast delicious room service."

Reviewed on 7 Jan,2022

The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
Dorsett Gold Coast
Dorsett Gold Coast
4 out of 5
1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is S$182 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in Broadbeach, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Oasis and Oracle Boulevard. Pacific ...
3.3/5 (11 reviews)
"The pool area was great"

Reviewed on 23 Jan,2022

Dorsett 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 S$226 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,165 reviews)
"Excellent customer service"

Reviewed on 7 Jan,2022

Sea World Resort
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Meriton Suites Southport, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Southport, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2 Como Crescent, Southport, QLD
The price is S$124 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
Located in Southport, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sea World, Surfers Paradise Beach and Chevron Renaissance. Cavill Avenue and SkyPoint Observation ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,426 reviews)
"Receptionist were great"

Reviewed on 5 Jan,2022

Meriton Suites Southport, 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 S$134 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
Located in Broadbeach, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Surfers ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (2,790 reviews)
"Loved it be for people that stay there quite often with know trubble to the hotel or staff should get some type of reward points"

Reviewed on 11 Dec,2021

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 S$273 per night from 9 Feb to 10 Feb
Located in Surfers Paradise, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surfers Paradise Beach, Cavill Avenue and Ripley's Believe It or Not. Slingshot ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,268 reviews)
"Great facilities, great service and great location"

Reviewed on 25 Dec,2021

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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