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Gold CoastAustralia

For a break in the sun, head to this expansive city: the perfect combination of beaches, theme parks, nightlife, rain forests and mountains.

With its casinos, Jet Skis, yachts and luxury hotels, the Gold Coast looks like it’s straight out of a James Bond movie. Australia’s major theme parks are all here, and the quieter hinterland offers rock climbing, scenic flights and skydiving for thrill seekers. It’s easy to see why millions of visitors flock to the Gold Coast every year: There are more than 30 beaches, including Burleigh Beach, where professional surfers come to compete in February, as well as great shopping and dining.

The Gold Coast encompasses several seaside towns inhabited by over half a million people, making this Australia’s sixth-largest city. The area covers 1,400 square kilometers (541 square miles) from Beenleigh, south of the Queensland capital Brisbane, to Coolangatta Beach at the New South Wales border.

The first Australians, the Aborigines, called this beautiful land of the sun Kurrungul. Europeans settled here, growing and commercialising the area, from the mid-1800s onwards. Tourism boomed in the 1950s, and the golden opportunity to invest in real estate gave the city its name and its skyline.

Some of Australia’s most famous beaches are on the Gold Coast. Two surfing hot spots are Burleigh Beach and Surfers Paradise Beach, an area that’s also popular for shopping and dining. Families looking for a good swimming area will enjoy the calmer waters of Coolangatta Beach.

More family fun awaits at the Gold Coast’s wide range of amusement parks. Interact with marine creatures at Sea World, slide through Wet‘n’Wild Water World, or board the superhero rides at Movie World. You can do all this and more at the biggest Australian theme park, Dreamworld.

The Gold Coast offers year-round entertainment, but you may want to avoid the rowdy “Schoolies” period (when high school graduates celebrate) in November. The weather is hot and humid from December to February (summer), and dry and sunny from June to August (winter). Rain or shine, pack your bathers to enjoy one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.

Where to stay in Gold Coast

West Burleigh, Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia

West Burleigh

Travellers like the parks in West Burleigh, and David Fleay Wildlife Park is a top attraction you might want to visit.

West Burleigh

Top hotels in Gold Coast

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
5 out of 5
2669 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is Rs4,417 per night

Situated in the suburbs, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Star Gold Coast and Pacific ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,237 reviews)

"It was very nice, and pretty and clean and the sunrise was perfect like the comfy bed and tall shower"…"

Reviewed on 15 May 2020

Meriton Suites Broadbeach, Gold Coast
Avani Broadbeach Residences
Avani Broadbeach Residences
4.5 out of 5
2663 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, QLD
The price is Rs7,864 per night

Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury apartment building is close to The Star Gold Coast, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and Pacific ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (634 reviews)

"Good location, friendly helpful staff, clean comfortable rooms,"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Avani Broadbeach Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
5 out of 5
6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, QLD
The price is Rs10,246 per night

This family-friendly Surfers Paradise hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise Beach. SkyPoint Observation ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,922 reviews)

"Great location, amazing breakfast, nice tidy room, great room service."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences

Popular places to visit in Gold Coast

Sea World
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Sea World

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Who doesn’t dream of staying overnight in a water park where you can see Jet Ski stunts, life-sized Nickelodeon stars, plus dolphins, sea lions and polar bears?

Warner Bros. Movie World
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Warner Bros. Movie World

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Watch stunt shows, get on superhero rides, enter the Ice Age 4D Experience and take a splash in the Wild West at Australia’s theme park version of Hollywood.

Dreamworld
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Dreamworld

5/5(3 reviews)

Australia’s biggest amusement park features exciting themed areas with everything from tigers and thrilling rides to vintage V8 super-cars and TV characters.

Surfers Paradise Beach
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Surfers Paradise Beach

4.5/5(66 reviews)

This stretch of beach is known for its regular sets of rolling waves, with high-rise hotels and bustling nightlife along the sandy shore.

Cavill Avenue
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Cavill Avenue

4/5(31 reviews)

Bustling nightlife, great shopping and a legendary surfing beach make this avenue the exciting centre of Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast.

Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast
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Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Get an adrenaline kick gliding through caves and tunnels or plunging down a giant water slide, or simply float and splash in a relaxing pool.

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Surfers Paradise showing a city, a sunset and a sandy beach

Surfers Paradise

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