Known for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots, theme parks and high-rises, the Gold Coast is not to be missed. It's a place for any age and any activity level!
The ideal time to plan your visit is right now. Such are the fantastic weather conditions experienced all year round, any Gold Coast holiday from January through to December is a guaranteed showcase of non-stop fun and entertainment. It's hard being in 300 days of sunshine a year.
One would assume that the Gold Coast is just one long stretch of sand with nothing but red & yellow flags dotted along it. Though, once you become familiar with the area you'll learn that there is more to experience for any age and any weather.
While Surfers Paradise is the poster child of the Gold Coast, there are so many more beaches to explore that make up this stunning holiday destination.
To help you in your mission, here’s a round-up of some of the local's favourite spots to throw down a towel.
- Main Beach
- Fringed by sand dunes and fancy resorts, this stretch of sand reaches north to the Southport Spit, with views of South Stradbroke Island
- Surfers Paradise
- It’s the spot that put the Gold Coast firmly on the map internationally. And despite the backdrop of mega high-rises, shops, ice-cream stalls, and the shadows that fall by 3pm, the view here will never get old.
- Slightly further down the coast you'll find Broadbeach. Shade is sparse so make sure to pack sunscreen!
- Mermaid Beach to Nobby Beach
- Where the rich reside - though don't let this deter you as this area is often quiet and free from tourists
- Burleigh Heads
- Gold Coast’s answer to Byron Bay, this bohemian-slash-surfy pocket is backed by lush Burleigh Headland with a beach to die for. Patrolled and often well-protected from a southerly wind or swell, this right-hand point break is popular with the surfing crowd.
- Tallebudgera Creek
- One of the Coast’s most-loved blue-water estuaries where you can swim without fear of getting tumble-rolled by a vicious wave
- Popular with families for the relaxed atmosphere and great range of facilities, including surf clubs, patrolled beaches, small surf and even rock pools
- Probably the most famous surf beach, with plenty of waves to challenge experienced surfers, yet smaller waves breaking closer to shore for beginners
- Coolangatta to Rainbow Bay
- Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay are the only north facing beaches on the Gold Coast. The sheltered conditions make them ideal for swimming and has famous surfing spot Snapper Rocks just a short walk away
Gold Coast Hinterland
From perfectly crisp winter mornings atop a mountain, to shaded summer days under an icy waterfall, the Gold Coast Hinterland (often referred to as the green behind the gold) is a year-round delight. The genuinely outdoorsy will find no shortage of steep peaks and pack-a-tent occasions, while an abundance of easily accessible vantage points and no-huffing natural wonders will keep the rest of us entertained.
Wine-tasting, bird-feeding, eco-tourism and bushwalking are some of the pastimes that attract visitors to the hinterland.
Springbrook National Park is arguably the wettest place in southeast Queensland, with cool air and a dense sea of forest. Lamington National Park attracts birdwatchers and hikers, while kitschy Tamborine Mountain lures the craft/cottage weekend set.
The Gold Coast has something for everyone, from amazing beaches, rainforests and waterways, to world-class theme parks, sporting venues, convention services, shopping precincts, markets and a diverse range of events. You'll never be bored, and more than likely will run out of time to do them all.
Some of our top attractions are ...
- Tamborine Rainforest Walk
- A one and a half kilometre rainforest walking experience which includes the Skywalk Bridge (steel-structured), the 40m Skywalk Cantilever (steel-structured) and the Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, joined by a winding pathway along the canopy floor
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
- Famously known for its wild lorikeet feeding, you'll be a hit with the kids here as you can also cuddle a koala or feed the kangaroos
- Carrara Markets
- Australia's biggest permanent markets. With over 400 stalls, it's a delight for shopaholics.
- Theme Parks
- The Gold Coast theme parks are a staple when visiting. Choose from Warner Bros. Movie World, Dreamworld, White Water World, Wet'n'Wild and Seaworld.
- Shop 'til you drop
- There are some great shopping options on the Gold Coast. From outlet shopping at Harbour Town, to more luxury and iconic global brands at Pacific Fair, you're sure to find something to suit
- SkyPoint Climb
- Want a higher view of the coast? Climb atop Australia's highest external building; Q1. Rising 270m, the climb is a 90min adventure must-do to see the coast from a different perspective. Thought of hanging off a building terrify you? No worries, you can head up to the Q1 observation deck and get a similar view of the coast, but from inside.
- Fancy a hit? The Gold Coast could almost be renamed to the Golf Coast with more than 30 courses located within a 20km radius.
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