Gold Coast

Travel Guide
Gold Coast featuring a city, general coastal views and a coastal town

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

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 NZ$202 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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! (1,188 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 NZ$202 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
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 ...
3.2/5 (10 reviews)
"Brand new property. Given we were one of the firsts guests, I felt that all went quite smoothly. Positives: Location is brilliant. Love Broadbeach. Near the beach and restaurants. It's also next to Pacific Fair Shopping centre (which has everything you need re fashion, dining and entertainment/movies ..."

Reviewed on 17 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 NZ$251 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 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! (1,167 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 NZ$138 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 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 NZ$149 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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 NZ$287 per night from 10 Feb. to 11 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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