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Gold Coast destination guide
So what makes the Gold Coast so great?
Mmm, Queensland’s glittering Gold Coast – land of surf, sun, silky sand and instant relaxation. With glamorous, beachside high-rise apartments framing ocean views, this scenic hotspot knows how to deliver the holiday goods, whether you’re planning a casual getaway or some luxurious spa action.
The Gold Coast is a popular family holiday destination and it caters well with its range of theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries and beaches. There’s also heaps of free things to do with the kids so you can keep the good times – and the budget – rolling. If extreme relaxation is more your style, it’s hard to beat a bout of sunrise yoga on the beach, or you can head to one of the many world-class day spas to really double-down on feeling good.
With so much natural beauty and laidback energy, the Gold Coast is an ideal budget holiday destination – remember, lying on that soft sand and floating in that turquoise water doesn’t cost a thing! And if you’re all about riding the waves, the surf beaches here will have you paddling out to glory. Now all you need is some cheap flight tickets to Gold Coast!
See when to go, things to do and much more in our Gold Coast destination guide >
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When's the best time to visit Gold Coast?
With 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s rarely a bad time.
When to go
Autumn (March – May)
Average temperatures fall between 18-26°C
Autumn is one of the best times to visit the Gold Coast as it means lower rainfall and beautiful sunny days. While it may be a little cooler, the waters are still warm making it ideal for a swim at the beach.
Winter (June – August)
Average temperatures fall between 13-22°C
Winter on the Gold Coast means dry sunny days and evenings spent in a cosy restaurant or cocktail bar. You can often find some of the cheapest airfares to Gold Coast in Winter.
Spring (September – November)
Average temperatures fall between 17-25°C
If you’re heading up in spring, expect great sunny days to be had. Mid-November can be quite busy with schoolies in town!
Summer (December – February)
Average temperatures fall between 21-28°C
Is there anything better than Summer? You might feel the humidity more, but that shouldn’t be a problem with 53kms of beach.
Quick facts on the Gold Coast
|Population of Gold Coast||591,000 people|
|Timezone||GMT +10 (Australian Eastern Standard Time)|
|Electricity||220-240V / 50Hz Type I (Australian/New Zealand 2/3-pin)|
|Cost of a coffee||AUD $3.50 - 4.00|
|Approximate cost of a daily transport ticket||AUD $4.70|
|Airport to Surfers Paradise||Taxi/rideshare 30 minutes in light traffic, SkyBus 40mins|
Gold Coast airport information
Where is Gold Coast airport?
Gold Coast Airport is in Bilinga, a suburb of Coolangatta. It’s just over 20kms south of Surfers Paradise.
How to get from Gold Coast airport to Surfers Paradise
You can get to Surfers Paradise from Gold Coast Airport by bus and tram, shuttle, taxi or hire car. You can catch the public 777 bus and transfer to a tram. The Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle offers door-to-door service, and the SkyBus Gold Coast Airport Shuttle ($21) operates daily to the major tourist destinations. A taxi will cost about AUD $60.
How to get to Gold Coast airport
You can get to Gold Coast Airport with SkyBus, which operates the Gold Coast Airport Shuttle and stops at over 400 Gold Coast hotels. You can catch a taxi or ride share, or you can take the G:link tram to Broadbeach South tram station and transfer to the 777 bus.
How many theme parks in Gold Coast?
There are four major theme parks on the Gold Coast - Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast and Dreamworld – but there are lots of other attractions, including water sports, wildlife parks, outdoor activities and sporting thrills.
Why is the Gold Coast called the Gold Coast?
You might think the Gold Coast is named after the stretches of golden sand, but it was in fact named after the real estate boom of the ‘50s, when it was the place to buy and sell property. It was initially called the South Coast, because it was south of Brisbane, but the Gold Coast had a ring to it and the council adopted the name in 1958.