Australia's party central for surfers and all-round fun seekers

'Goldie' is home to the beach-lined tourist hub of Surfers Paradise and popular precincts such as Broadbeach, with its restaurants, shopping and casino, and Main Beach with its resorts. The Gold Coast also ranks as Australia’s family-fun capital, boasting theme parks ranging from Sea World and WhiteWater World to Warner Bros Movie World, Dreamworld and the Australian Outback Spectacular

Beyond the city limits is a lush hinterland known for its national parks, rock formations, waterfalls and inviting nature spots like Tamborine Mountain, Springbrook and Currumbin Valley. One of Australia's favourite holiday playgrounds, the Gold Coast lets visitors toggle between fast-paced and laid-back.

Things to do

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The Gold Coast’s national parks are just as stunning as its beaches, The Natural Bridge Rainforest Circuit at Springbook National Park opens in new window is a natural rock formation whose thousands of glow worms make it most spectacular at night. At Tamborine Mountain (apart from the many boutique restaurants and wineries) is the Rainforest Skywalk opens in new window –a 300 m-long bridge across the rainforest canopy, allowing you to experience it at treetop level.

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Park life

Park life

Goldie is Australia’s theme park capital, home to Dreamworld opens in new windowMovie World opens in new window, Sea World opens in new window (pictured), Wet ‘n’ Wild opens in new window and Whitewater World. Save yourself time and cash and buy your passes online: 'unlimited' passes are worth the higher price. The three-park pass opens in new window entitles you to extra savings and access to Movie World, Wet ’n’ Wild and Sea World, while Dreamworld and WhiteWater World also offer combined tickets opens in new window

Shore thing

The Gold Coast is home to over 57km of coastline with countless surf breaks.Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) is becoming increasing popular as a sport because it’s almost too fun to be categorised as exercise; if you’re a newbie, you can sign up for lessons. Take to the waters in an entirely different manner by learning the art of sailing – an ideal sport to learn as a group or family, on a cruise out to Stradbroke Island.

Airport information

Gold Coast Airport opens in new window (OOL)

Distance to Surfers Paradise 20 km

Taxi A taxi will take around 30 minutes to Surfers Paradise and cost around AUD $65.

Shuttle SkyBus opens in new window provides Gold Coast airport transfers between Gold Coast Airport and over 500 hotels along the Gold Coast – from just AUD $18 one way with FREE WiFi

Bus Translink opens in new window bus route 777 runs around every 15 minutes from the airport to Broadbeach South station, where you can pick up a G:link tram to Surfers Paradise. The journey takes around an hour, and the adult fare is about AUD $6. 

When to go

The Gold Coast experiences great weather all year round. In summer (December–February), daytime temperatures are generally in the mid 20°C range. Enjoy cooler temperatures – about 16°C – in the hinterland, especially in winter. The highest rainfall occurs between January and March where hot days are often followed by tropical storms. Summer is the best time to enjoy the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches.

Getting around

Bus operators TransLink opens in new window and Surfside opens in new window offer services that run along the coast as and beyond. There’s also an after-midnight service called NightLink. The G:link opens in new window light rail runs from Southport to Broadbeach. Expeditions to the hinterland require a hire car, tour or taxi.

Gold Coast Holiday Packages

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