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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.


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Most popular time to visit November-January
Cheapest time to visit May-July
Local currency AUD 10 = $6.96
Language English
Average weekend price $150 per night
Average weekday price $144 per night
Average stay 3 nights

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The weather was absolutely fantastic during our three weeks...

June 14, 2019

The weather was absolutely fantastic during our three weeks stay. Enjoyed walking every day along the beach front and also various walkways. There’s plenty of good cafes and restaurants to choose from if you want to eat out and they are reasonably priced.

Simone New Zealand

Everyone is so friendly!

June 10, 2019

Everyone is so friendly! We were 3 girls on a trip and always felt so safe even when walking alone regardless of the time of day. So many good places to eat and drink - Definitely recommend the happy hour at Hard Rock Cafe!

Anonymous Australia

An AWESOME, and a totally little bit confusing at first,

June 8, 2019

An AWESOME, and a totally little bit confusing at first, as I am Indonesian and we have Bali here and found out many Australian coming to Bali, meanwhile they do have Gold Coast :). and then understand that Bali Didn't have Winter. only Hot and Hotter.

hilman Indonesia

Ok, the major thing we miss most about not living on the...

June 1, 2019

Ok, the major thing we miss most about not living on the Gold Coast. Fresh prawns etc, from the co-op on the spit. Best in Australia, especially from Sequel Seafoods. The Black Boat. You won't get any fresher.

Raymond Australia

The places for kids are wonderful but a little expensive for...

May 25, 2019

The places for kids are wonderful but a little expensive for the average family n a budget and the Casino since it has been renovated is great the beach is just beautiful restaurants are over priced with their food compared to Melbourne transport was excellent.

cuzza123 Australia

The Gold Coast caters to everyone.

May 7, 2019

The Gold Coast caters to everyone. It is family oriented and surf junkies feel at home as well. Shopping is superb, from top tier (PacFair) to home brands. Public transport system is world class. The air is clean and the weather is crisp most of the time.

EReyes Australia

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