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Gold Coast

For a break in the sun, head to this expansive city: the perfect combination of beaches, theme parks, nightlife, rain forests and mountains.

With its casinos, Jet Skis, yachts and luxury hotels, the Gold Coast looks like it’s straight out of a James Bond movie. Australia’s major theme parks are all here, and the quieter hinterland offers rock climbing, scenic flights and skydiving for thrill seekers. It’s easy to see why millions of visitors flock to the Gold Coast every year: There are more than 30 beaches, including Burleigh Beach, where professional surfers come to compete in February, as well as great shopping and dining.

The Gold Coast encompasses several seaside towns inhabited by over half a million people, making this Australia’s sixth-largest city. The area covers 1,400 square kilometers (541 square miles) from Beenleigh, south of the Queensland capital Brisbane, to Coolangatta Beach at the New South Wales border.

The first Australians, the Aborigines, called this beautiful land of the sun Kurrungul. Europeans settled here, growing and commercialising the area, from the mid-1800s onwards. Tourism boomed in the 1950s, and the golden opportunity to invest in real estate gave the city its name and its skyline.

Some of Australia’s most famous beaches are on the Gold Coast. Two surfing hot spots are Burleigh Beach and Surfers Paradise Beach, an area that’s also popular for shopping and dining. Families looking for a good swimming area will enjoy the calmer waters of Coolangatta Beach.

More family fun awaits at the Gold Coast’s wide range of amusement parks. Interact with marine creatures at Sea World, slide through Wet‘n’Wild Water World, or board the superhero rides at Movie World. You can do all this and more at the biggest Australian theme park, Dreamworld.

The Gold Coast offers year-round entertainment, but you may want to avoid the rowdy “Schoolies” period (when high school graduates celebrate) in November. The weather is hot and humid from December to February (summer), and dry and sunny from June to August (winter). Rain or shine, pack your bathers to enjoy one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.

Where to stay in Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise showing a beach, a sunset and a city

Surfers Paradise

The stunning beaches, luxurious spas and popular shops are notable features of Surfers Paradise. Make a stop by Cavill Avenue or Chevron Renaissance while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Florida Gardens station to get around town.

Surfers Paradise
Broadbeach showing a high rise building, a beach and skyline

Broadbeach

The stunning beaches, first-class casinos and popular shops are notable features of Broadbeach. Make a stop by The Star Gold Coast or The Oasis while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Broadbeach South Light Rail Station to get around town.

Broadbeach
Burleigh Heads featuring general coastal views, a coastal town and a day spa

Burleigh Heads

A noteworthy feature of Burleigh Heads is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Burleigh Beach and Burleigh Head National Park.

Burleigh Heads
Southport showing a city, a beach and a high rise building

Southport

Beaches, spas and theme parks are some highlights of Southport. Make a stop by Broadwater Parklands or Australia Fair Shopping Centre while you're exploring.

Southport
Surfers Paradise which includes landscape views, a city and general coastal views

Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Putt Putt Golf Mermaid Beach and Nobby Beach, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Gold Coast.

Mermaid Beach
Southport featuring swimming, a beach and tropical scenes

Main Beach

Main Beach is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Sea World and Marina Mirage Shopping Centre, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Gold Coast.

Main Beach

Top hotels in Gold Coast

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Q1 Resort & Spa
Q1 Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM565 per night

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Surfers Paradise Beach, Cavill Avenue and Timezone. Ripley's Believe ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,992 reviews)

"Room 7001 was awesome, had a full size pool table. 2 spa baths. Each of the 3 bedrooms had an ensuite plus the extra powder room"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2020

Q1 Resort & Spa
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is RM456 per night

This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. SkyPoint Observation ...

3.7/5Good! (979 reviews)

"Great location, amazing breakfast, nice tidy room, great room service."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
The price is RM344 per night

Situated in the suburbs, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Star Gold Coast and Pacific ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,290 reviews)

"Great hotel, great service and awesome location. Hotel was very clean and wonderful view of the Gold Coast."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2020

Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast

Popular places to visit in Gold Coast

Sea World
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Sea World

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Who doesn’t dream of staying overnight in a water park where you can see Jet Ski stunts, life-sized Nickelodeon stars, plus dolphins, sea lions and polar bears?

Dreamworld
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Dreamworld

5/5(3 reviews)

Australia’s biggest amusement park features exciting themed areas with everything from tigers and thrilling rides to vintage V8 super-cars and TV characters.

Warner Bros. Movie World
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Warner Bros. Movie World

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Watch stunt shows, get on superhero rides, enter the Ice Age 4D Experience and take a splash in the Wild West at Australia’s theme park version of Hollywood.

Cavill Avenue
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Cavill Avenue

4/5(31 reviews)

Bustling nightlife, great shopping and a legendary surfing beach make this avenue the exciting centre of Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast.

Surfers Paradise Beach
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Surfers Paradise Beach

4.5/5(66 reviews)

This stretch of beach is known for its regular sets of rolling waves, with high-rise hotels and bustling nightlife along the sandy shore.

Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast
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Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Get an adrenaline kick gliding through caves and tunnels or plunging down a giant water slide, or simply float and splash in a relaxing pool.

Top things to do in Gold Coast

Australian Outback Spectacular Dinner & Live Show
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Australian Outback Spectacular Dinner & Live Show

RM294
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Dracula's Cabaret - Dinner & Show
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Dracula's Cabaret - Dinner & Show

RM294
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
1 Day Ticket to Dreamworld & WhiteWater World
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1 Day Ticket to Dreamworld & WhiteWater World

RM252
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
3 Day Ticket Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint
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3 Day Ticket Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint

RM320
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruise with Lunch Buffet
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Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruise with Lunch Buffet

RM182
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Indoor Go-Kart Racing at Game Over on the Gold Coast
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Indoor Go-Kart Racing at Game Over on the Gold Coast

RM131
Per adult
Roma Street Parkland which includes signage

Brisbane

Tweed Heads which includes a beach, a bay or harbor and surf

Tweed Heads

Southbank Parklands which includes a river or creek, boating and a high rise building

Brisbane

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