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Gold CoastAustralia

Party the Australian way, visit the holiday hotspots, or enjoy the natural beauty of this glorious stretch of Pacific coastline.

The Gold Coast offers an intriguing mix of man-made and natural attractions, making it one of Australia’s most versatile holiday destinations. If you crave the luxury of casinos and private yachts, tick! If you seek the boho beach life surrounded by bronzed surfers, tick! If you enjoy splashing the cash in shops and markets, tick! If you’re looking for family-friendly theme parks, tick! If you’re a nature-lover with a thirst for adventure, tick! The list goes on.

The Gold Coast covers an area of 1,400 square kilometres stretching from Beenleigh, south of the Queensland capital Brisbane, to the New South Wales border at Coolangatta Beach. Several seaside towns comprise the city of Gold Coast, making it Australia’s sixth-largest and home to more than half a million inhabitants. It started life as the Aboriginal settlement of Kurrungul, or “land of the sun”, before the Europeans arrived in the mid-19th century and began to develop its commercial potential.

The tourist boom began to take off in earnest a century later, thanks to some of the best surfing beaches in Australia, notably Burleigh Beach and the appropriately named Surfers Paradise Beach. The latter, in particular, is also known for its excellent shopping and dining and vibrant nightlife, while nearby Coolangatta Beach is popular with families and swimmers because its sheltered position protects it from the bigger Pacific rollers.

There’s no shortage of entertainment choices along the Gold Coast, which is the location of most of the country’s major theme parks. The marine-inspired Sea World offers a chance to learn more about sea creatures, while Movie World provides a glimpse of the hard work behind the glamour of the movie industry. Activity parks such as Wet’n’Wild Water World and Dreamworld offer state-of-the-art rides and a chance for thrill-seekers to let their hair down.

Watersport fans have over 30 beaches to choose from along the coast, while walkers and rock climbers can head inland for challenging and picturesque routes that offer some of the best views in the area. Or take a scenic flight for an unrivalled bird’s-eye panorama of one of Australia’s jewels.

The Gold Coast is a year-round destination, but it can be very busy in peak periods, especially during “Schoolies” (high school graduate celebrations) in November, when the fun can get a bit rowdy. The summer months of December to February are hot and humid, while June to August is dry and sunny, making it perfect for a temperate winter break.

Where to stay in Gold Coast

Top hotels 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 NZ$204 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,166 reviews)

"Clean and well located, easy access to all facilities"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast
RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast
5 out of 5
Ross Street, Benowa, QLD
The price is NZ$193 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.

This family-friendly Gold Coast hotel is located in Benowa, within 2 mi (3 km) of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens and Metricon Stadium. Emerald Lakes Golf ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (982 reviews)

"The view from our room was spectacular. Lots of places on the grounds to explore. Very kid friendly. The pool was a little unclean unfortunately."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2021

RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast
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 NZ$201 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (997 reviews)

"The hotel has a really cool / funky vibe. Staff are very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2021

QT 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.

Holiday Rentals in Gold Coast

Tiki Hotel Surfers Paradise
Tiki Hotel Surfers Paradise
3.5 out of 5
Corner Ferny Ave & Wahroonga Place, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$128 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.

Located in Surfers Paradise, this beach apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cavill Avenue, Chevron Renaissance, and SkyPoint Observation Deck. Surfers ...

3.9/5Very Good! (555 reviews)

"I loved the location and the staff were very easy going. They were very accommodating when we needed a new microwave and a spare set of keys! The view was also stunning. The only thing that wasn’t expected was the style of the rooms, they are odd and the only difference between a superior and a normal ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2021

Tiki Hotel 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 NZ$139 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.

Located in Broadbeach, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Star Gold Coast and Pacific Fair ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,499 reviews)

"The Meriton suites,Is in a fantastic location at Broadbeach. walking distance to beach. we like the apartment style room with kitchen and balcony separate bedroom to lounge. our room faced the hills . the main road is below. i recommend for another $20-30 book the sea side of the hotel. staff were ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2020

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 NZ$297 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.

Located in Surfers Paradise, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surfers Paradise Beach, Cavill Avenue and Timezone. Ripley's Believe It or ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,107 reviews)

"Excellent room and view . Fabulous swimming pool! Loved it!!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 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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