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

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 NZ$159 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 NZ$183 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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
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, 4218
The price is NZ$242 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Gold Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 8 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,141 reviews)
"It’s a good property if you like to be near Pacific Fair and a little bit far from the busy, drunk and disorderly Surfers Paradise."

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2022

The Star Grand at The Star 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
3.5 out of 5
86 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
The price is NZ$183 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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 NZ$402 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 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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