Australia’s Gold Coast is a modern city of glittering high-rise buildings, built around superb beaches, including the world renowned ‘Surfers Paradise’.
Australia’s sixth largest city, and the second largest in the state of Queensland, the Gold Coast is where the ‘bikini’ was born. Along with endless stretches of golden beaches, there are international theme parks, designer boutiques, luxurious spa retreats, world-class golf courses, award-winning restaurants, upmarket bars and lively nightclubs.
The ongoing buzz is continued through a series of festivals and events almost every month of the year showcasing some of Australia’s best sporting talent.
See surf life saving champions in action; join Australia’s iron men and women the ‘Coolangatta Classic’ ocean swim; and watch the world’s best surfers compete at the Quicksilver & Roxy Pro.
The Gold Coast is also the gateway to some of Queensland’s best natural attractions. Whale-watch, island-hop and discover the area’s Aboriginal culture. Travel west you’ll find one of Australia’s most biologically diverse regions, the lush rainforest-cloaked hinterland with World Heritage-listed national parks such as Lamington, Border Ranges, Main Range and Nightcap.
Head south to the Queensland-New South Wales border where you’ll find Coolangatta and Tweed Heads and the picturesque beauty of the Mt Warning National Park.
Take the Great Sunshine Way to Brisbane, Fraser Island and Bundaberg; or the Pacific Coast Touring Route from Brisbane to Cairns. Along the way you will soon discover the treasures that make this coast as precious as gold.
Six ways to glam it up on the Gold Coast
Gold Coast and Surrounds
Tackle the huge waves off Broadbeach, snorkel through a shipwreck off Main Beach or walk golden sand fringed by high rises in Surfers Paradise. Get your thrills on virtual reality rides at Dreamworld, swim with dolphins at Sea World and watch movies being made at Warner Bros Movie World. Explore the waterfalls, rainforest, lookouts and scenic bushwalks of the lush Gold Coast hinterland. Shop til you drop in art and craft markets, huge airy malls and high-end boutiques. Then get into the Gold Cost’s glitz, glamour and fun at its bars, nightclubs and events.
Three Great Days on the Gold Coast
Roll with the vibrant energy of the Gold Coast, where there are beaches, rainforests, restaurants, theme parks and shopping strips to visit. Swim, surf or dine alfresco in relaxed, glamourous Main Beach and shop up a storm beneath the towering Surfers Paradise skyline. Learn to surf here or in Burleigh Heads, where afterwards you can explore the national park. Enjoy thrills, spills and animal interactions in any of the many huge theme parks.
Catching Waves on the Gold Coast
Discover the best breaks or learn to surf in our surfing paradise. With 70 kilometres of sun-drenched beaches and four epic point breaks, it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is home to a city called Surfers Paradise. As well as an international party destination, the Gold Coast boasts some of Australia’s best, most consistent waves and hosts many international surfing competitions.
Great Sunshine Way
Drive from the surf beaches, thrilling theme parks and lush hinterland of the Gold Coast to the vibrant capital of Brisbane. Cruise down the Brisbane River, climb the Story Bridge and satisfy your culture cravings in South Bank. Soak up sunny sophistication on Noosa’s Hastings Street or meet koalas in the coastal rainforest of Noosa National Park.
Coolangatta Ocean Swim
Sun, surf, sand and sport: all the trademarks of Australia’s beach culture are on display in the Coolangatta Ocean Swim. Open water swims happen all across the country, but the ‘Cooly Classic’ in April is one of the most iconic. Both swimmers and spectators flock to the Gold Coast for the challenging course and beach carnival atmosphere.
Pacific Coast Touring Route
Capture some of Queensland’s biggest coastal attractions– from the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef to the pristine islands and rainforest national parks. Four wheel drive Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and see manta rays and turtles at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg.