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About Gold Coast

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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.

Tonight

From $150 per night

This weekend

From $168 per night

Next weekend

From $80 per night

Most popular time to visit November-January
Cheapest time to visit April-June
Local currency AUD 10 = $7.22
Language English
Average weekend price $145 per night
Average weekday price $136 per night
Average stay 3 nights

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Gold Coast reviews

What other travelers say about Gold Coast

4.0

Didn't have enough time to explore, it was raining, most...

July 27, 2020

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..

Susan
Susan Australia
8.0

We didnt stay right in the action area.

July 20, 2020

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

rich fin
rich fin Australia
10

Visited the Coast for 40 years, weather and activities.

March 14, 2020

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

Robyn
Robyn Australia
10

The Gold Coast had changed so much since my last visit...

March 10, 2020

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.

Kevin
Kevin Australia
8.0

the gold coast caters for all ages all tastes pretty much...

March 9, 2020

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.

Vman4217
Vman4217 Australia
10

Broadbeach is our favourite place to stay, centrally located...

March 9, 2020

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

Pania
Pania New Zealand

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