The Gold Coast
Australia’s Gold Coast is a very unique city, and one of the world’s best year round holiday destinations.
The Gold Coast has everything that is great about Australia all in one easy to reach location. A spectacular coastline, World Heritage listed rainforests, an exciting city centre, theme parks, shopping, restaurants and year round events.
Fun is at the heart of any Gold Coast holiday with attractions such as Dreamworld, White Water World, Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World, Australian Outback Spectacular, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Infinity delivering worlds of thrills and wildlife encounters.
It is more than the man-made experiences which excite travellers to the Gold Coast; there is 70 kilometres of famous beaches, 100,000 hectares of World Heritage rainforests, unique Australian wildlife, dozens of Hinterland wineries and a network of islands in the calm Gold Coast Broadwater to keep everyone busy and active.
Natural attractions are central with legendary beaches and waterways a major feature, providing an idyllic backdrop for boating excursions, scenic flights and surf-based activities. Less than 30 minutes from the beach are sub-tropical rainforests, bordered by rural farmland and bush where travellers can encounter Australia’s unique native wildlife and experience a taste of country life.
The Gold Coast is celebrated as one of Australia’s best shopping destinations, with everything from seven day late night shopping in Surfers Paradise, new retail precincts in Broadbeach and some of the nation’s largest shopping centres such as Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre. Community markets are very popular right across the Gold Coast with farmers markets and craft markets held weekly from Main Beach to Mount Tamborine.
At night the countless city lights make for a spectacular setting and entice holiday makers onto the streets in search of evening fun in this multicultural destination. Hundreds of restaurants, cafes and bars are open late into the night when everyone enjoys a mix of local and international food, fun and music. Famous for fresh seafood, tropical fruits and the best locally grown vegetables; the region has been blessed with great ingredients for world class cuisine.
Above all, the Gold Coast presents a safe and fun destination where holiday makers can freely explore and experience the very best that Australia has to offer.
The Gold Coast has a sub-tropical climate with plenty of sunshine year round (in fact an average of 300 days a year).
- Summer temperatures range from 19 to 29 degrees Celsius (66 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Winter temperatures range from an average of 9 to 21 degrees Celsius (48 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit) – it’s no wonder the Gold Coast is Australia’s favourite playground.
The region is serviced by the Gold Coast Airport with frequent domestic services including daily flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and frequent flights to other national and international destinations.
Brisbane Airport offers passengers direct connections to 26 international and 39 domestic destinations.
Several bus companies operate including those who provide door-to-door transfers between the Brisbane and Coolangatta airports and your accommodation. Travel will usually be in mini coach vehicles with a trailer for luggage. Airport pick-ups and drop-off are in the designated coach zones.
Train including Airtrain Connect – [Website, Timetable and Pricing]
A door-to-door rail and road service that transfers visitors to and from the Brisbane airports (domestic and international) and their Gold Coast accommodation. The road portion of the transfer uses sedan limousines.
Surfside Buslines provides Gold Coast’s public bus service as well as the Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle to help you get around the Gold Coast. Or try the new Gold Coast Light Rail system, G:Link.
Considering a day trip to Brisbane? Queensland Rail will get you there