Top reasons to visit:

  • Beach (7350)
  • Theme Parks (4000)
  • Relaxation (3486)
  • Shopping (3210)
  • Surfing (1529)
  • Food (1378)
  • Restaurants (1219)
  • Beach Walks (1155)
  • Nightlife (1120)
  • Sand Beaches (1080)

Gold Coast was highly rated for beach by 39 guests from the United States!

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The beach means different things to different people. What did the beach in Gold Coast mean to you?

David, Canada

23 days ago Report

It was our first visit to the Gold Coast (Broad Beach) area. We were awestruck by the endless clean beaches and wonderful recreational pathways that followed the shoreline. We enjoyed perfect weather every day and felt secure venturing into the surf in areas that were supervised by the life saving patrols located along the beach.

Tell us how you made the most of your time at the theme parks in Gold Coast.

Lisa, Australia

23 days ago Report

buy a skip the que pass - grab a locker half way through the park not at the entrance. Do a couple of your favourite rides first and then leave some of your top rides for an hour before the park closes.

Is there more to shopping in Gold Coast than just brand-name stores?

Judy, Australia

19 days ago Report

I love shopping at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre conveniently across the road from Jupiter's Casino. It has beautiful clothes full of bright colours and very affordable. I can't believe how much lower the cost of really nice clothes is compared to Melbourne.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Gold Coast.

Colin, Australia

10 days ago Report

Was on a seminar all day, it was good to come back and relax watching the waves .

Why do you recommend Gold Coast for food?

Wendy, Australia

29 days ago Report

We love the coastal activities and watching the changeable weather conditions. We could just walk along that beach all morning. The beach can get a bit rough, that's ok, there's plenty of other things to do there.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Gold Coast.

Jarrod, Australia

21 days ago Report

With the recent addition of the tram its easier to get to Pacific Fair and to buses that can take you to DFO's! Shop around because there are many stores that compete for the best prices!!! My pick would be Pacific Fair - last stop on the tram line (Broadbeach South) and has something to cater all needs.

What made the beach in Gold Coast unforgettable?

Jody, New Zealand

5 days ago Report

Wide open space great to walk or run throughout the day when the tide is out quite far. The Water is sparkling and glistening like glass especially on a cloudless blue sky day! Water is not too cold either and quite swimmable even in cooler months!

What did your kids enjoy the most at the beaches in Gold Coast?

Janette, Australia

11 days ago Report

Running down the sand-dunes; collecting shells; finding washed up jelly fish (and all sorts of other unusual animals and objects); being with parents who are in relaxed mode; feeling safe to swim near the surf lifesavers; watching planes flying in to land...seeing them so close!

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Gold Coast?

Denise, Australia

22 days ago Report

The Abba Show which was technically at tweed heads

How could the beaches in Gold Coast be made better for walking?

danielle, Australia

9 days ago Report

More parks for the kids, like walking beams or little swing type things along the beach on some of the grassed areas,
Ice cream and fruit juice vendors.
Bicycle hire.
All walks should have great little pit stops, so there is more to it than the same view with nothing but walking

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Denise, Australia

27 days ago Report

Broadbeach Bowls Club offers great meals out of the tourist trap areas and at reasonable prices. Local football clubs such as the AFLBears Club in Christine Avenue Burleigh also offer meals and entertainment with free buses to take patrons home. Upmarket supberb seafood, plus other dishes, buffet at Four Winds Restaurant at the top of the Crown Plaza Hotel Broadbeach, with free parking underneath or, if no car, the tram stops directly opposite hotel.

What's the best way to deal with the warm weather in Gold Coast?

Janette, Australia

11 days ago Report

That's what we come here for! Enjoy the cool breezes, the refreshing sea water; the pool facilities in your accommodation; etc. And...drink plenty of water!!

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Gold Coast?

Jarrod, Australia

21 days ago Report

All the clubs are great...lots of fun! You just need to keep your wits about you especially with others who have had a "few too many" and look our for each other if you're in a group! There wasn't a time I didn't feel unsafe :)

What was your best surf session like in Gold Coast?

David, Canada

23 days ago Report

My wife and I enrolled in an intro to surfing lesson with the Cheyne Horan School of Surf. The instructors knew the locations that had good waves for beginner surfers. With great instruction and a lot of practice and encouragement, by the end of our first lesson we were successful at being able to get up to a standing position and briefly ride a wave. SO MUCH FUN -even with your swimsuit full of sand! It is definitely worthwhile getting instruction!

Why is the atmosphere in Gold Coast something people rave about?

Frans, New Zealand

21 days ago Report

Lively and vibrant atmosphere with night markets, buskers, dining out, the beautiful beaches, fantastic swimming areas, great weather and the feeling of being safe.

How does Gold Coast go the extra mile to make your family feel at home?

Cissimata, Australia

4 days ago Report

The family parks and inviting atmosphere at the markets and township

What effect did the scenery in Gold Coast have on you?

Robyn, Australia

8 days ago Report

Very relaxing, except for the Harley Davidsons that seemed to drive by regularly. Too noisy. Unfortunately not something that can be changed.

How can you prepare for the sun in Gold Coast?

Suzanne, Australia

19 days ago Report

Buy lots of sunblock and apply it often! A rash-vest, hat and sunglasses are a very good investment for your trip.

How can you enjoy the sights in Gold Coast while avoiding the crowds?

Janette, Australia

11 days ago Report

Absolutely!! I HATE crowds but I simply avoid the touristy areas...avoid the shops...wander along the less crowded beaches (away from Surfer's Paradise); etc.

What makes fine dining in Gold Coast stand out?

Lex_Maria, Australia

20 days ago Report

Maybe it is the competition whereby the restaurateurs have to compete for the tourist dollar, there is a vast selection of cuisines that taste wise, will blow your socks off. So Yummy.

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