Surfing and watersports reign in the luxury coastal resorts while world-class theme parks, shopping and casinos are all on offer once the sun goes down. Add in some fantastic seafood restaurants and an esplanade stuffed with shops, bars and cafes and you have an unbeatable holiday spot.
Queensland's tourist mecca
Glitzy and glamorous, yet with a surprising natural side, the Gold Coast has something for everyone. First stop on any Gold Coast holiday is to wriggle your toes in the golden sand of Surfers Paradise. After a refreshing swim or surf in one of the area's 70km of coastline, take a trip to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to see native wildlife or head to Sea World for marine mammals and thrilling rides. The Gold Coast Hinterland offers a plethora of heritage sights, artisan shops and boutique wineries in a natural setting with Lamington and Tamborine National Parks.
Of course, to get the heart racing, whether that's dining among million-dollar yachts at Marina Mirage or facing your fears at Dreamworld or Warner Bros. MovieWorld theme parks, the Gold Coast is famous for its high-rolling energy. This vibrant atmosphere comes alive at night with spectacular international shows at Jupiters Hotel & Casino, ritzy clubs and bars and fancy eateries. Shop 'til you drop at Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise and Marina Mirage for well-known brands or niche boutiques for an unique swimsuit or gift.
Make the most of the Coast
The Gold Coast is Australia’s fun capital! Enjoy an exhilarating swim one of the surf beaches, an energising hike through the Hinterland, an action-packed day at some of the world’s best theme parks, or simply enjoy the shopping, nightlife and entertainment. For a relaxed coastal vibe, head to the Gold Coast’s southern beaches for pristine sands, world-class surf breaks and organic eateries. Browse art and craft markets for vintage wares and fashion, sip craft beer, swim in the sheltered waters of Currumbin Rock Pools or Tallebudgera Creek, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or go for a sunset kayak. There's so much more to see and do on the Gold Coast!