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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 $79 per night

This weekend

From $224 per night

Next weekend

From $155 per night

Most popular time to visit November-January
Cheapest time to visit August-October
Local currency AUD 10 = $7.38
Language English
Average weekend price $186 per night
Average weekday price $174 per night
Average stay 3 nights

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Perfect location to see North and South of the Gold Coast.

July 23, 2021

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...

June 18, 2021

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.

Team Marshall
Team Marshall New Zealand

Th Gold Coast is a great place for families with small kids...

June 2, 2021

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

Amanda JD
Amanda JD Australia

Having a self catering apartment provides a lot of options...

March 21, 2021

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.

Leonie Australia

Amazing beaches.

March 18, 2021

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 .

Kylie Australia

Very nice market.

September 30, 2017

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!

Raveen New Zealand

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