The Gold Coast is one of Australia's leading holiday playgrounds. With 70 kilometres of sun-drenched beaches, World Heritage Listed rainforests, theme parks, shopping and nightlife, it's a world class, stylish holiday destination.
| ||Beaches |
Head to a surf school, catch a major surf lifesaving carnival or build a sandcastle at the many beaches running along the Gold Coast. Some of the more popular beaches are Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin and Coolangatta. It's a major family destination with protected waterways and rock pools for safe swimming, white sandy beaches for long walks and a huge choice of attractions. You can even enjoy an island adventure. South Stradbroke Island is within easy reach of the northern Gold Coast. With nine times more waterways and canals than Venice - be prepared to enjoy some on-water fun with sunset cruises, sailing, jetski rides or fishing.
Head inland for a contrasting experience. Visit pretty hinterland areas such as Tamborine Mountain or get the sense of rural lifestyle at places such as Beaudesert. The Gold Coast has some of the most diverse flora and fauna areas in Australia with World Heritage Listed rainforests near the New South Wales border. Walk amongst ancient Antarctic Beech trees, wonder at spectacular Springbrook waterfalls or head to Tamborine or Lamington National Parks. You can view delicate glow worms or see pretty marsupials pademelons.
| ||Theme Parks |
The Gold Coast is Australia's theme park capital, with three major parks offering thrills, spills and excitement There's adrenalin sports - from bungy jumping and parasailing to abseiling. And, a number of wildlife parks giving you the chance to meet some colourful Australians such as rainbow lorikeets, kangaroos, wallabies and reptiles.
Shopping centres abound with some of Australia's largest shopping precincts. Visit Pacific Fair, Harbourtown, The Oasis, Surfers Paradise, Marina Mirage, Runaway Bay Shopping Centre on the coast or head to the hinterland to craft stores and art galleries. And there's a huge array of markets with specialist farmer's markets, beachfront and evening events.
Choose from more than 500 restaurants, fresh seafood, authentic ethnic cuisine or Queensland meat. An established tourism infrastructure means you'll find an answer to all your needs - including diners with cultural or religious dietary requirements. Dining precincts extend along the coast include Main Beach, The Spit, Chevron Island, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, and Coolangatta.
The Gold Coast is an event capital in Queensland. There's the fast pace of the annual Indy car race each October, racing carnivals, outrigging and marathon events. Go to the cinema, see a live musical or themed show, head to a nightclub or casino, the fun continues 24 hours a day.
For golfers, there's more than 40 championship golf courses in the region. Play at superb sites designed by Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus. Pleasant weather year-round means golf can be on your holiday schedule summer or winter.
Within an easy day's outing from coastal areas, sip locally-made wines on the Gold Coast wine trail. Many wineries offer special entertainment through the year with jazz, gourmet food or entertainment. Visit on your own or take a tour.
Spas And Rejuvenation
Australia's leading holistic retreats and some fabulous spa resorts are located on the Gold Coast. Be pampered, take a healing exercise program or relax with the soothing rhythms of nature.
The Gold Coast Airport has domestic and international connections and there are frequent connecting services by coach or rail to Brisbane's airports.
Where Else but Queensland could you do so many things in one location.
Choices of Hotels:
| ||Islander Hotel|
Excellent location in the heart of Surfers Paradise, within easy walking distance to shops, restaurants and beach. Very central location.
| ||Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise|
The Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise (formerly the Courtyard by Marriott) is located in the very heart of Surfers Paradise, on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway and Hanlan Street, adjacent to the Paradise Shopping Centre on Cavill Avenue and half a block from the beach.
| ||Mantra Legends Hotel|
The very popular Mantra Legends is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, and just one block away from the Gold Coast's world famous beach. Many local attractions, shops, cafe's and bars are within a few minutes walk. Theme parks are around a 10 minute drive away.
| ||Holiday Inn Surfers Paradise|
Right in the heart of Surfers Paradise, minutes walk to the glorious surfing beach, the shops and restaurants of Cavill Ave.
| ||QT Gold Coast|
Formally Gold Coast International, QT is a fully renovated hotel in Surfers Paradise, minutes' walk to the glorious surfing beach, the shops and restaurants of Cavil Avenue.
| ||Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise|
Located a few minutes south of Surfers Paradise main centre, the Crowne Plaza has a good location near the Casino, shopping, the convention centre and the surf beaches at Broadbeach. Coolangatta airport is 22km away.
| ||Sea World Resort|
Secluded amidst lush tropical gardens on Broadwater, this Gold Coast resort has something for everyone. Whether it’s a leisure traveler, family vacation, romantic getaway or adventure lovers, this place is simply perfect!
| ||Watermark Hotel & Spa Goldcoast|
The Watermark is located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. A 5 minute walk to the beach or the shops and restaurants at Cavill Avenue.
| ||Surfers Paradise Marriott|
Situated in the heart of Gold Coast, this five star property is within easy reach of the pristine beaches, fashionable shopping venues, and picturesque hinter valleys. Conveniently located near popular Gold Coast attractions such as Dreamworld and Sea world.
| ||Sofitel Gold Coast|
This hotel is located in Broadbeach, 4 kilometres south of Surfers Paradise with views of the Pacific Ocean. The hotel is connected by monorail to Conrad Jupiters Casino and is only a few minutes from the Gold Coast Convention Centre. It is also less than 50 metres from the beach and across the main road is Pacific Fair, the Gold Coast's premier shopping centre.
| ||Conrad Jupiters|
Jupiters Resort & Casino is set several blocks back from the beach and is located at Broadbeach, six kilometres south of Surfers Paradise. Surrounded by 7 acres of lush, tropical gardens. Connected by Monorail to Oasis Shopping Centre, which is very close to the beach.
| ||Palazzo Versace|
Overlooking the picturesque Broadwater, situated next to Marina Mirage Shopping centre. 100 metres to the Beach (walkway) and 3kms north of Surfers Paradise. 3 minutes by car from Sea World.