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 $87 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 $90 a night
13.4 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 $22 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||August-October|
|Local currency||AUD 10 = $7.38|
|Average weekend price||$186 per night|
|Average weekday price||$174 per night|
|Average stay||3 nights|
Perfect location to see North and South of the Gold Coast. Convenient location with parking and street access from both sides of building. Right outside tram stop, nuseys, pubs, hotels etc. Casino, Burleigh, Main Beach etc. Its all only a 5-10 min cab/uber away. Can easily hire a electric bike etc and go to bowls clubs, beaches, bars, Nobbys beach restaurants, James Street shopping, pac fair and more... Perfect!
the vibe on the gold coast is lovely everybody is up early walking the beach the sun is shining we always go to the night markets on the boulevard and love cavill ave in all its colour. great place to hang out chill out and relax or not you can party or you can chill.
Th Gold Coast is a great place for families with small kids and older people and surfers. Lots of accomodation options and beautiful monitored beaches, cycle ways and good food outlets restaurants and shopping
Having a self catering apartment provides a lot of options and takes some stress off the budget. Great eateries, ice creams and restaurants are everywhere you go. The beaches are clean with plenty of options for families or thrill seekers. Plenty of patrolled "flagged" locations monitored by the SLSC. A multitude of adventures available for all ages and beautiful natural wonders to explore.
Amazing beaches. Beautiful white sand and aqua water. Tullebudgera creek is beautiful on both sides. The Echo Beach side has a bush walk over the mountain or around the headland and both lead to Burleigh Heads Hill. All the surf clubs have great ocean views and food. Burleigh Pavilion is a favourite for food and drinks by the ocean. So many amazing restaurants and cafes. Way too many to try. Miami Marketta is a must do for live music and amazing food. Pink Flamingo in Broadbeach is a fab night out. Pacific Fair is the biggest shopping centre ever. So many amazing shops of all kinds and lots of parking .
Very nice market. Has everything. There are also a lot of very unique and unusual items, ranging from Pokemon cards to antiques & jewellery. I highly recommend visiting the lady with the coin collection. It was so amazing!
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