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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

Surfers Paradise showing a sunset, a beach and a city

Surfers Paradise

The stunning beaches, luxurious spas and popular shops are notable features of Surfers Paradise. Make a stop by Cavill Avenue or Chevron Renaissance while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Florida Gardens station to get around town.

Surfers Paradise
Broadbeach featuring skyline, a sandy beach and a high-rise building

Broadbeach

The stunning beaches, first-class casinos and popular shops are notable features of Broadbeach. Make a stop by The Star Gold Coast or The Oasis while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Broadbeach South Light Rail Station to get around town.

Broadbeach
Coolangatta showing a high-rise building, a city and general coastal views

Coolangatta

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of Coolangatta. Make a stop by Coolangatta Beach or Kirra Beach while you're exploring the area.

Coolangatta
Burleigh Heads showing general coastal views, a coastal town and a day spa

Burleigh Heads

A noteworthy feature of Burleigh Heads is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Burleigh Beach and Burleigh Head National Park.

Burleigh Heads
Southport showing general coastal views and a beach

Southport

Beaches, spas and theme parks are some highlights of Southport. Make a stop by Broadwater Parklands or Australia Fair Shopping Centre while you're exploring.

Southport
Coomera, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Coomera

Unique features of Coomera include the theme parks and restaurants. Make a stop by Dreamworld or WhiteWater World while you're exploring the area.

Coomera

Top hotels in Gold Coast

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is NZ$176 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.

This family-friendly Gold Coast hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. SkyPoint Observation Deck ...

3.7/5Good! (925 reviews)

"I just like the fact that the service is great, always checking in to make sure your experience is great and your having a great stay. Would definitely recommend"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2020

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is NZ$96 per night from 5 Oct. to 6 Oct.

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! (2,347 reviews)

"Always a friendly, helpful experience at check in and check out."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 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$258 per night from 5 Oct. to 6 Oct.

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! (3,009 reviews)

"The views from the room are stunning. We stayed in room 5404 and could see the whole coastline as well as the mountains behind us. I loved sitting in the bath or on the balcony just watching the ocean. The bed was firm but comfortable, the TVs has USB ports so I could play things off my hard drive ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2020

Q1 Resort & Spa

Holiday Rentals in Gold Coast

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is NZ$96 per night from 5 Oct. to 6 Oct.

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! (2,347 reviews)

"Always a friendly, helpful experience at check in and check out."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 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$258 per night from 5 Oct. to 6 Oct.

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! (3,009 reviews)

"The views from the room are stunning. We stayed in room 5404 and could see the whole coastline as well as the mountains behind us. I loved sitting in the bath or on the balcony just watching the ocean. The bed was firm but comfortable, the TVs has USB ports so I could play things off my hard drive ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2020

Q1 Resort & Spa
ULTIQA Beach Haven At Broadbeach
ULTIQA Beach Haven At Broadbeach
4 out of 5
1 Albert Avenue, Broadbeach, QLD

Offering direct access to the beach, this Broadbeach apartment building is in a shopping district and within a 10-minute walk of Kurrawa Beach and The Star Gold ...

4.4/5Excellent! (503 reviews)

"Great location, no need to get the car out all hokiday."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2020

ULTIQA Beach Haven At Broadbeach

Popular places to visit in Gold Coast

Sea World
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Sea World

4.5/5(1,225 reviews)

A stay at this resort combines all the comforts of home with a chance to glimpse the strange and fascinating undersea world of the Pacific Ocean.

Dreamworld
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Dreamworld

4/5(582 reviews)

From thrill rides to sheep-shearing, fierce tigers to cuddly koalas, this giant amusement park has something for all the family.

Warner Bros. Movie World
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Warner Bros. Movie World

4.5/5(1,242 reviews)

Everyone loves to watch movies, and the Gold Coast’s famous movie-themed park is a great opportunity to get up close to the action as well!

Cavill Avenue
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Cavill Avenue

4/5(2,815 reviews)

Bustling nightlife, great shopping and a legendary surfing beach make this avenue the exciting centre of Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast.

Surfers Paradise Beach
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Surfers Paradise Beach

4.5/5(3,401 reviews)

If you like to spice up your sunbathing with a spot of surfing and a LOT of shopping, then Surfers Paradise will really live up to its name!

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

4.5/5(638 reviews)

Cuddle a koala and handfeed kangaroos at this wildlife sanctuary set in natural rainforest surrounds on Australia’s famous Gold Coast.

Top activities in Gold Coast

3 Day Pass: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'Wild
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3 Day Pass: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'Wild

NZ$152
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Australian Outback Spectacular Dinner & Live Show
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Australian Outback Spectacular Dinner & Live Show

NZ$109
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
7-Day Super Pass: Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'Wild
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7-Day Super Pass: Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'Wild

NZ$173
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Dracula's Cabaret - Dinner & Show
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Dracula's Cabaret - Dinner & Show

NZ$108
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
14 Day Mega Pass: Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild + More
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14 Day Mega Pass: Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild + More

NZ$204
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Private whale watching
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Private whale watching

NZ$112
Per adult

Cities near Gold Coast

Southbank Parklands which includes a river or creek, a high-rise building and boating

Brisbane

Cabarita Beach featuring general coastal views and a bay or harbour

Tweed Heads

Springbrook National Park featuring mountains, a coastal town and skyline

Springbrook

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