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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.


From $146 per night

This weekend

From $587 per night

Next weekend

From $406 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency AUD 10 = $7.10
Language English
Average weekend price $177 per night
Average weekday price $173 per night
Average stay 3 nights

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Nice beaches, warm weather, convenient public transport.

August 15, 2022

Nice beaches, warm weather, convenient public transport. Lots of things to do. Perfect for a weekend or longer. Nice restaurants and bars. Broadbeach is nice for breakfast and a walk. The Star casino is nice for a drink and dinner in the evening. A relaxing river cruise on the Gold Coast waterways/ Nerang river is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Julie Australia

Gold Coast is very busy now.

August 14, 2022

Gold Coast is very busy now. Heaps of people, gets too crowded. The Star Casino is very nice. We watched a show there and had dinner. We stayed next door at the Dorsett which was walking distance to the casino. Arrive early for dinner so you don't have to wait to order and a table. Staff were excellent though even when its busy.

Margaret Australia

Great place to have a holiday plenty to do if want, or relax...

August 11, 2022

Great place to have a holiday plenty to do if want, or relax an enjoy the weather and beaches. Downside, not many good hotels, there are more apartments which are very hit and miss with quality. What Hotels there are are very pricey for what they are.


Everything is close when you have a car.

August 6, 2022

Everything is close when you have a car. Public Transport is hard to understand. Loved the beaches and spent time at Surfers, Miami Beach and Burleigh Heads. We were there for a wedding at The Acre Boomerang Park which was amazing. My son raved about The Paddock Bakery but I didn't get there. The Pavilion was great and I loved the treats at Tarte in Burleigh Heads. Curumbin RSL has a great outdoor area. Enjoyed a day at Kirra Beach working from the Cafe with a beach view.

Joann Australia

Weather meant we were able to do many outdoor activities...

August 6, 2022

Weather meant we were able to do many outdoor activities & limit risk of Covid. So many options available to keep a family entertained, this time we didn’t even visit a theme park. Broadwater Parklands, Tallebudgera creek, Harbourtown, Brickworks, Kurrawa beach & park, we’re among our favourite destinations. A family tradition for the Gold Coast is a visit to Cavills restaurant & this time it was definitely worth the visit,amazing food & super friendly staff.

Kim Australia

Beautiful city with so much to see and do.

August 4, 2022

Beautiful city with so much to see and do. Great shopping, variety of restaurants and easy to get around by car, bus, tram or walking. SeaWorld was a highlight for us. Beaches right at our doorstep and gorgeous weather.

Jacqueline Australia

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