Welcome To Gold Coast
THE GOLD COAST IS FAMOUS FOR FUN
Australia's Gold Coast is a fun and diverse city, offering action-packed days and fun-filled nights that are enjoyed by more than 11 million visitors each year. Families, couples and solo travellers will all find an unforgettable experience to suit their needs and budget, as the Gold Coast serves up more attractions and venues than any other destination in the southern hemisphere.
Get into the Gold Coast's easy living lifestyle with 57 kilometres of sun, sand and surf at your doorstep plus 100,000 hectares of heritage listed rainforest just a short drive away.
To make the most of your next Gold Coast holiday, visit www.visitgoldcoast.com or download the free and easy-to-use Gold Coast Traveller app, available from the App Store and Google Play.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO:
1. Check out our events
The Gold Coast has an ever-evolving events landscape. Food and wine, music, literature, film festivals of nostalgic celebrations of the 1950s and ‘60s – the Gold Coast has an eclectic mix to suit all tastes.
For a healthy dose of nostalgia, Cooly Rocks On promises Rock ‘n’ roll, Rockabilly, Swing and over 1,000 hot rods. The annual Blues on Broadbeach festival promises smooth blues. Try popular beach culture festival, Bleach, for a feast of contemporary live music and pop up art installations. Swell Sculpture brings the shores of Currumbin alive with colour and creativity with over 50 sculptures built by local, national and international artists.
To see what’s happening in and around the Gold Coast, visit www.visitgoldcoast.com/whatson/
2. Spend a day beachside
With 300 days of sunshine each year, warm blue water and an average temperature of 25 degrees, the Gold Coast’s golden sandy beaches are the perfect playground to swim, snorkel, surf and splash.
Deservedly known around the world for crystal clear waters and guaranteed waves, the Gold Coast’s sun-drenched beaches offer barrels of revitalising fun. Whether you want to be part of the action at Surfers Paradise, laze in the secluded coves of Tallebudgera or spend carefree days at Burleigh, each beach is pristine, perfect in its own way and has a natural energy to reinvigorate the senses.
3. Escape to a pristine natural wonderland
Just 45 minutes from the beaches, the natural wonders of the Gold Coast Hinterland is your invitation to relax in the great outdoors, wine, dine, and enjoy an adventure.
Meander along quiet country roads on the way to more than 100,000 hectares of National Parks and reserves. Ignite your adventurous spirit with miles of enchanting bushwalks through the rainforest, visiting waterfalls, canyons and valleys along the way. Be taken in by the charm of boutique wineries and unique shops with hidden treasures and try locally produced food, arts and crafts. The Gold Coast Hinterland truly has something for everyone.
4. Travel the Humpback Highway
Get up close and personal to the largest living mammals on earth. The waters along the Gold Coast are commonly referred to as the Humpback Highway with approximately 25,000 viewing opportunities during the annual humpback whale migration up and down the coast of Queensland.
5. Dining out
With an unmistakable focus on fresh produce, the restaurants of the Gold Coast have taken advantage of the region’s local flavours and strong multicultural heritage to build an unpretentious but diverse dining scene.
Families, foodies and holidaymakers can delight in restaurants with ocean panorama views sprinkled along the coastline and relish in tropical fruits, the freshest seafood and local produce from Australian beef to creamy cheeses and enticing wines. Be it romantic high-tea, lively night-time beachfront markets or the freshest fish and chips overlooking the glittering city, the Gold Coast offers a sensory feast to suit all palates.
6. Feast on the freshest seafood
Established in 1970, The Gold Coast Fishermen's Co-Operative at Main Beach has South East Queensland's freshest and best value seafood available for sale direct from the trawlers. Caught locally in the pristine Gold Coast waters, this seafood is available for purchase direct from the docks - treat yourself!
7. Theme park thrills for the young (and young at heart)
Home to some of the world's best theme parks - the Gold Coast is Australia's ultimate playground. Famous for their terrific combination of adrenalin pumping thrills, heart-warming animal encounters and non-stop action, the Gold Coast’s theme parks give you the freedom to explore your playful side and let loose.
8. Climb Skypoint
Looking around from 230 meters above Surfers Paradise, things look very different - amazing in fact. The coastline, city, canals, and hinterland are all part of the one massive vista. Standing at the building edge protected only by a wall of glass is exciting enough, climbing outside onto Australia's highest external building walk is another level altogether.
9. One-on-one animal encounters
Cuddle a koala, mix with kangaroo herds, swim with dolphins, hand-feed lorikeets, nurse a baby crocodile or caress a full-sized snake. You can even feed sharks and stingrays, steal a kiss from a seal or take a sneak peak of a platypus. Gold Coast animal encounters offer truly memorable experiences for kids and adults alike.
10. The Broadwater
Gold Coast waterways are a sanctuary of fun-filled pursuits with good times assured among the numerous aquatic attractions. This region caters to every on-water activity imaginable - choose from jet boating, parasailing, kite surfing, diving, Jet Ski safaris, snorkelling, tall-ship cruising and yachting.
Useful Contacts & Things to See & Do
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Ph: 07 5534 1266 W: www.cws.org.au
Amazing Australian wildlife, cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos and wild lorikeets or hold a baby crocodile. Aboriginal performances, world class wildlife presentations, ride the miniature train, wildlife hospital. Segway safaris and theTree Top Challenge high-ropes course. More Australian, More Natural, More Fun!