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Looking for surfer chic? Head inland to Cavill Avenue to find all the surfing paraphernalia that you could ever need! Once you’ve stocked up on board wax and ankle ropes, boomerang back to the beach to put your new gear to the test. When your body can’t take any more waves, join Gold Coast’s fun-seekers in nightclubs like Vanity or SinCity.
Places to stay from $13 a night
2.1 miles from downtown
Broadbeach is a beach ‘n café-lovers haven. Rise with the sun, then fuel your morning with coffee from the chilled-out “No Name Lane Café”. Afterwards, stroll for hours along Broadbeach’s picture-perfect shores, and go for a dip in its sparkling waters. Later, retreat to “Grocer & Grind” Café for a leisurely lunch of locally sourced delights.
Places to stay from $56 a night
1.4 miles from downtown
Apart from its namesake, this old-school ‘hood has a heap of hot restaurants. “Pavilion 34” is a renovated bathing tower that serves fish-and-chips with a ‘60’s twist. Around Teddy Avenue, a vibrant café culture has sprung up and attracts everyone from surfers to socialites. The Marina Yacht Club is where big spenders come out to play.
Places to stay from $62 a night
13.5 miles from downtown
Surf’s up in Coolangatta. Kirra Beach is famous for having some of the best breaks in the world, and you’ll see everyone from amateurs to pros practicing here. Just after sundown, swarms of locals flock to the Secret Deck Café. This slightly off-the-grid café is where you’ll hear surfers regale a captive audience with stories about their latest wave-riding exploits.
Places to stay from $19 a night
The Gold Coast is a city that certainly lives up to its name. Just an hour’s drive from Queensland's capital, Brisbane, the downtown skyscrapers break up 20 miles of golden coastline and lush green forest.
Main Beach and Surfers Paradise—the most central seaside resorts—offer both world-class surf breaks as well as some of Australia’s best shopping malls, nightclubs, and tourist attractions. The SkyPoint Observation Deck guarantees fantastic 360º views, stretching from Byron Bay to Brisbane by day, and across the shimmering Gold Coast skyline at night. On a clear day, you might even spot whales migrating along the eastern coast. The area is also popular for water sports like jet-skiing, parasailing, and flyboarding.
The Gold Coast is also the theme park capital of Australia, home to theme parks like Sea World, Dreamworld, and Wet‘n’Wild.
Things start to quiet down as you move farther down the coast. Broadbeach is a laid-back alternative for sunbathers, while surfer spots like Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta are less crowded out on the waves.
Farther inland are vast areas of natural beauty waiting to be explored. Whether it’s crabbing in the mangroves of the Tweed region, hiking along Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges, or discovering secluded waterfalls in Tamborine National Park, there's lots to do in these scenic surroundings.
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|Most popular time to visit||November-January|
|Cheapest time to visit||April-June|
|Local currency||AUD 10 = $7.22|
|Average weekend price||$145 per night|
|Average weekday price||$136 per night|
|Average stay||3 nights|
Didn't have enough time to explore, it was raining, most places was shut down, it was ok. Eating out was good, timezone was awesome it cost us $200 on our activities for family of 4, it was worth the 3hrs, Food was great. Wish i did jet skiing and other activity but the rain spoiled it..
We didnt stay right in the action area... we had the beach close by and a really good Bowls Club just at the end of the street... which had beautiful very big meals .. The area was quiet and the views wonderful
Visited the Coast for 40 years, weather and activities. DeVito returant is fabulous, Italian singing Chef Paris Corner fab breakfast Hotel on the G-Link great access to Broadbeach Lot of good imported clothing from Italy Beaches gorgeous
The Gold Coast had changed so much since my last visit approx 10 years ago. The beaches were very clean and lifesavers at many spots along the beach. The light rail is very efficient and very regular.
the gold coast caters for all ages all tastes pretty much all year around. Public transport saves finding and paying for parking trams run ever 15 min to most of the attraction and busses to theme parks.
Broadbeach is our favourite place to stay, centrally located and within walking distance to Surfers Paradise. Great restaurants and bars. Draculas and Pacific Fair are all within walking distance. Not as noisy as Surfers
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