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, includingBurleigh 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, toCoolangatta Beachat 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 areBurleigh BeachandSurfers Paradise Beach, an area that’s also popular for shopping and dining. Families looking for a good swimming area will enjoy the calmer waters ofCoolangatta Beach.

More family fun awaits at the Gold Coast’s wide range of amusement parks. Interact with marine creatures atSea World, slide throughWet‘n’Wild Water World, or board the superhero rides atMovie 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

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 S$137 per night from 21 Jul to 22 Jul
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! (243 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on 26 Jun,2022

Dorsett 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 S$149 per night from 31 Jul to 1 Aug
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! (170 reviews)
"It is a lovely place"

Reviewed on 15 May,2022

Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd and Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
The price is S$173 per night from 18 Jul to 19 Jul
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (948 reviews)
"Property was very comfortable, clean and had a spectacular view. The king size bed was perfect and the jetted tub was very relaxing to use. Only thing the room was missing was a microwave. But overall, I would recommend this room to just about anyone."

Reviewed on 26 Jun,2022

Novotel Surfers Paradise
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 S$149 per night from 31 Jul to 1 Aug
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! (170 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
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! (2,934 reviews)
"Located close to everything. Very clean and well equipped."

Reviewed on 26 Jun,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 S$357 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
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! (3,380 reviews)
"Ultra modern"

Reviewed on 16 Jun,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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