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

Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
3 out of 5
86 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is SG$100 per night from 22 Sep to 22 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Surfers Paradise, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Slingshot and Infinity Attraction. SkyPoint Observation Deck and Gold Coast Convention ...
3.8/5Good! (6 reviews)
"Beautiful apartments, be great when carpark is done"

Reviewed on 4 Sep,2021

Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$249 per night from 22 Sep to 22 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,261 reviews)
"Great location, modern apartment"

Reviewed on 17 Sep,2021

The Star Grand at The Star 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 SG$130 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,694 reviews)
"Overall great stay. Great location, good room and loved the pool /gym area and friendly helpful staff."

Reviewed on 20 Sep,2021

Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
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 out of 5
86 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is SG$100 per night from 22 Sep to 22 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Surfers Paradise, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Slingshot and Infinity Attraction. SkyPoint Observation Deck and Gold Coast Convention ...
3.8/5Good! (6 reviews)
"Beautiful apartments, be great when carpark is done"

Reviewed on 4 Sep,2021

Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is SG$130 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,694 reviews)
"Overall great stay. Great location, good room and loved the pool /gym area and friendly helpful staff."

Reviewed on 20 Sep,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 SG$245 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3,200 reviews)
"Clean and convenient, staff friendly !"

Reviewed on 18 Aug,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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