DISCOVER THE GOLD COAST
The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It’s famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest.
TRAVELLING TO AND AROUND THE GOLD COAST
Air travel is the most convenient way to get to Queensland, but for a wider range of options that are of the cheaper variety, bus, rail and cruise services are all located in central areas.
Queensland’s network of world-class airports service all our popular destinations. We have four international airports and 14 regional hubs. Most of our best destinations are within easy reach of these airports and getting there caters for any budget.
If you’re arriving from overseas, we have some tips to make your arrival smooth and hassle-free. Whether you arrive via Cairns, the Gold Coast or Brisbane, it’s easy to connect with all of Queensland.
The Gold Coast Airport is located at the south end of the Gold Coast and located approximately 20kms from Surfers Paradise. There are a number of ways to get to where you need to go. Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle provides a door to door service from the airport to your accommodation. The public bus travels from the Airport to Coolangatta in the south all the way to Southport in the north with frequent stops. Or, you can catch a Taxi, organise a private transfer or hire a rental car.
Gold Coast Cabs are located at the Taxi Rank right outside the Arrivals Terminal at Gold Coast Airport.
- Surfers Paradise Hotels $65.00
- Broadbeach Hotels $55.00
- Main Beach $75.00
- RACV Royal Pines $75.00
G:Link Light Rail
Public Transport – Trains and Buses
Gold Coast’s buses, trams and trains to Brisbane are run through Translink. Tickets and journeys can be explored further at their website.
EAT & DRINK ON THE GOLD COAST
The Coast is a place where night bites, hatted restaurants, street-eats and breweries are all served with a side of alfresco. A place where five-star feasting means dusting the sand from your feet; where surfers swap their boards for a latte at sun-up and little ones break from beachside frolics to feast on epic spreads of fish and chips.
From Burleigh’s perennially popular rooftop bars to communal eateries in Palmy, fine dining at Broadbeach to reinvented venues in Surfers, there is a renaissance stirring up the Gold Coast culinary scene. Vegan eateries sit alongside revamped rooftops and converted warehouses, and foodies mix money-can’t-buy views with iconic surf clubs, food trucks and local espresso haunts; and once the sun goes down, speakeasy vibes and cosy rum hideaways add another flavour to the scene.
Whether you find yourself among the cool crowd at Nobby Beach, or part of the social scene in Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise, consider yourself an acai aficionado, a sausage sizzler or a coffee connoisseur, nothing says you’ve had a cracker-of-a-holiday quite like gaining a little extra padding around the middle. Bon appétit!
Explore our Gold Coast Restaurants recommendations here.
SEE & DO ON THE GOLD COAST
AMUSEMENT AND THEME PARKS
The Gold Coast is famed for its world-class theme parks. Water lovers should head for Wet ‘n’ Wild or White Water World with its extreme waterslides. Warner Bros Movie World is great for families, with plenty of kid-friendly attractions and the chance to meet loveable cartoon characters. Dreamworld caters to adventure seekers with the Big 9 Thrill Rides. Seaworld and Paradise Country is the go to for the animal lovers.
CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Explore this iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary. Immerse yourself into the wonder and natural beauty of 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas along the way. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation and reinvests all proceeds back into wildlife and conservation programs.
With 360 degree views of the coast to the hinterland, the SkyPoint Observation Deck is a must-do for all visitors to the Gold Coast. If you’re needing and adrenaline rush, you can join a SkyPoint Climb tour departing at several different times of the day between sunrise and sunset. Rising 270m into the sky, the SkyPoint Climb is Australia’s highest external building climb.
Formerly Jupiters Hotel and Casino, The Star Casino in Broad Beach is home to luxurious accommodation and spa facilities, iconic bars, entertainment, restaurants and world-class casino. The Star is known as Australias five-star fun-parlour.
GOLD COAST MARKETS
Markets are a great way to explore the Gold Coast. From meeting locals at The Village Markets on a Sunday morning to sampling some of the best fresh produce at the Carrara Markets all day each weekend, the Gold Coast has some of the best markets in Queensland. Busy during the day? There a great variety of night markets to visit including the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets that take place every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights between 4-9pm.
For more information and a list of markets click here.
One of the most iconic areas in Australia, Surfers Paradise remains the good-times hub of the Gold Coast. The foreshore is bustling with energetic walkers, cyclists, surfers and swimmers taking advantage of the pristine surf and sand. Beachside shopping, dining, bars and clubs continue to offer the complete holiday experience in the once location.
Tamborine Mountain is not only a rainforest but the worlds third oldest national park, celebrating the remnants of the former volcano that was Mount Warning. There are over 12 short walking tracks some leading to fantastic lookouts and hidden treasures including Witches Falls and Cedar Creek. No track exceeds 3km so if you enjoy a leisurely stroll amongst the trees, flowers and birds and bees this is for you. Walking not your cup of tea? This National Park is also home to serval wineries, a brewery and even a distillery up on the mountain. You can also enjoy award-winning restaurants, art galleries and sweeping coastal views
Burleigh is most famously known for its fantastic surf beaches and laid back tourist atmosphere. There are several picturesque waterfront walks around Burleigh point and across the beach front. Sitting just south of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, there’s a fantastic café culture and ample boutique shopping areas around town as well.