Australia's hub for surfers and all-round fun seekers
With its famous beaches and surf breaks, theme parks and national parks, ‘Goldie’ is deservedly one of Australia’s favourite holiday playgrounds. Ride waves or rollercoasters, trek to waterfalls or shopping malls, relax on the sand or by a poolside bar. The Gold Coast has your holiday covered.
Explore famous beach-lined Surfers Paradise and catch breaks at Currumbin, Burleigh Heads and Greenmount. Have a day (or three) of wild family fun at Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild, and Warner Bros. Movie World. Hit popular precincts Broadbeach and Main Beach for shopping, restaurants and resorts. Or retreat into the lush hinterland and explore Tamborine Mountain, Springbrook National National Park and Currumbin Valley.
Take the family, gather the gang, or enjoy it all to yourself. Go for gold.
Things to do: Gold Coast
Peppers Broadbeach is in the heart of Broadbeach, the Gold Coast's fine dining hotspot with over 100 alfresco restaurants offering diverse cuisines. With a waterpark, ice-rink and kids club all under one roof, Paradise Resort is the ultimate in family accommodation on the Gold Coast. Nirvana by the Sea, south of the Gold Coast at Kirra Beach, specialises in opulent accommodation for couples. The units are themed 'life spaces', capturing panoramic views of Queensland’s most famous beach.
The Gold Coast’s national parks are just as stunning as its beaches, with some incredible walkways. The Natural Bridge Rainforest Circuit at Springbrook National Park 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 – a 300m-long bridge across the rainforest canopy, allowing you to experience it at treetop level, 30m high.
Surfing, SUP, sailing
The Gold Coast is home to over 57km of coastline with countless surf breaks. The sand is clean and golden and most beaches are patrolled by surf lifesavers. 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. If you want to ride the waves like a top surfer, this is the most idyllic location to get schooled; try Get Wet Surf School. For fun on the high seas, grab a group of friends or your family and learn how to sail on a cruise out to Stradbroke Island.
The Gold is Australia’s theme park capital, home to Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Paradise Country and Australian Outback Spectacular. Save yourself time and cash and buy your passes online: 'unlimited' passes are worth the higher price. There are various ticket combos you can buy ahead of time that get you into selected theme parks. And offers to bundle your accommodation with your entry tickets. Avoid traffic and parking woes and catch the local bus to any of the parks.
Don't miss your chance to see these magnificent mammals leaping, splashing and migrating along the coast between June and November. There are some 25,000 viewing opportunities along the busy shoreline. Companies like Spirit of Gold Coast and Whales in Paradise run catamaran tours along the coast to get you up close and personal with the migrating humpbacks.
Distance to Surfers Paradise 20km
Taxi A taxi will take around 30 minutes to Surfers Paradise and cost around AUD $75.
Rideshare The rideshare pick-up point is outside Departures, at the northern end of the terminal.
Bus Translink 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.Back to top
When to go
The Gold Coast has great weather year-round. There's an average of 245 days a year of fine and sunny weather. In summer (December–February), daytime temperatures are generally in the mid 20°C range. Temperatures in the hinterland are cooler, especially in winter, at around 16°C.
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 and fun-filled theme parks. To see the humpback whale migration, visit between June and October.Back to top
Bus operators TransLink and Surfside offer services that run along the coast as and beyond. There’s also an after-midnight service called NightLink, that runs on Friday and Saturday nights. The G:link light rail runs from Southport to Broadbeach. Expeditions to the hinterland require a hire car, tour or taxi.
Where to stay
Places to stay on the Gold Coast range from boutique hotels and family-friendly resorts to self-catering apartments and budget-friendly hostels. For Gold Coast flight and accommodation packages, see the latest offers at Jetstar Holidays.Back to top
Discover more about Gold Coast
Gold Coast on a budget: top things to do
Good as gold: five budget-friendly ways to experience the best of the Gold Coast.
You must do this road trip when on the Gold Coast!
Explore a different side to this sun and sand destination discovering local secrets on a refreshing weekend road trip in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Postcard from Nobby Beach, Gold Coast
A new wave of restaurants, bars and stylish boutiques is bringing this laid-back beachside neighbourhood into the spotlight.
Your guide to Gold Coast Airport
Flying into Gold Coast Airport? Check out these handy tips about how to get there, what's available and how to get to your hotel.
Where to start the day right on the Gold Coast
Offering delicious treats like ham and cheese cruffins to Moroccan waffles, these Gold Coast eateries are the perfect spots for breakfast and brunch.
The ultimate surfer's guide to the Gold Coast
With endless breaks and a laidback culture, the Gold Coast includes plenty to keep water babies happy in and out of the surf - whether you're a gun board-rider or just learning to surf.
Best eats: top restaurants on the Gold Coast
Here's where to eat out in the Gold Coast, a city that is fast becoming one of Australia's top dining spots.
Gold Coast: best food, arts and cultural experiences
These days, a trip to the Gold Coast involves more than surfing and theme parks. Here's where to experience the region's food, culture and arts scene.
Is this Australia's best kept snorkelling secret?
Home to a huge array of amazing sea life, the Cook Island Aquatic Reserve off Fingal Head is a Tweed Valley expedition not to be missed. Turtle-spotting is just the beginning!
Shhh... The Tweed Valley is Australia's most under-the-radar destination you need to visit now!
Between the big hitters of Byron Bay and the Gold Coast lies the lesser known Tweed Valley which is quietly serving up amazing food and art against a stunning natural backdrop – without any of the hype or the crowds.
7 myths about the Gold Coast
The Goldie may conjure images of skyscrapers, meter maids and sun-kissed surfers in thongs but scratch the surface – you'll find that there’s plenty of substance under all the glitz.
Top free things to do with kids on the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast might be known for its glitz and its glamour, but there’s a whole lot of free family fun to be had too!
Best surf beaches in the Gold Coast
Bare feet, sun-kissed skin, curling waves and boundless beach days are what the Gold Coast is all about. Here’s where to go to surf or chill.