Australia's party central 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 opens in new window 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 opens in new window is the ultimate in family accommodation on the Gold Coast. Nirvana by the Sea opens in new window, 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 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 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 opens in new window. 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 opens in new window, Sea World opens in new window, Wet ‘n’ Wild opens in new window, Paradise Country opens in new window and Australian Outback Spectacular opens in new window. Save yourself time and cash and buy your passes online: 'unlimited' passes are worth the higher price. There are various ticket combos opens in new window 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 opens in new window and Whales in Paradise opens in new window 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 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.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 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, that runs on Friday and Saturday nights. 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.Back to top