Your Commonwealth Games getaway doesn’t have to be all about the sport, the Gold Coast epitomises Australia’s sunny holiday charm. Explore what makes this destination a favourite year round, and what you can get up to between matches and races - with cosy hinterland hideaways, breathtaking beachside dining and outdoor activities galore.
There’s a reason the Gold Coast is the darling of Australia’s holiday destinations: its 57 kilometres of sparkling sandy beaches. While renowned for its many quality surf breaks, its warm waters are a haven for every kind of beachgoer. From picnics at the secluded Greenmount Beach in the south to stand up paddle boarding in the calm waters of Currumbin Creek, and sunset walks at Broadbeach, nowhere else in Australia does beaches quite like the Gold Coast. Couples can dial up the romance by adding a padlock to the collection adorning the nearby boardwalk, or stroll up to Point Danger Lookout to survey the scene and the sunset.
Stoke the home fire for a cosy hinterland stay, or don your hiking boots for a walk through rainforest to a waterfall. The leafy wilderness that hugs the Gold Coast to the west and south is abundant with not only wildlife and scenic lookouts, but award-winning wineries and picturesque villages home to boutique shopping, art galleries and gourmet delights.
Wining and Dining
You may immediately think fish and chips when you think of the Gold Coast, but in truth, this increasingly eclectic destination is home to a variety of culinary offerings. Follow a wine and cheese tasting trail in the Gold Coast Hinterland or indulge in exquisite fare at upmarket establishments. Award-winning Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast serves modern Japanese amid visually arresting interiors, while Rick Shores’ Pan-Asian menu is complemented by its iconic Burleigh Heads beachfront setting.
There is no shortage of amazing accommodation on the Gold Coast. From 5-star hotels amidst rainforest to stylish beachfront resorts, there’s a stay to match the style and budget of every traveller. Whether you’re waking up to the sound of tropical birdlife or the sunrise over the waves, it’s an experience not easily forgotten.