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Welcome to Gold Coast

For a break in the sun, head to this expansive city: the perfect combination of beaches, theme parks, nightlife, rain forests and mountains.

Breathtaking, relaxing, stunning – just a few words that can be used to describe Australia's Gold Coast. Stretching south from Queensland's capital, Brisbane, along 45 miles (70km) of coastline into northern New South Wales, it is an area of breathtaking beauty.

 

The Gold Coast enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year and its beach resorts offer golden sands, blue seas and the opportunity to develop a gorgeous (but safe) tan.

 

There are various resorts along the coast stretching from Surfers Paradise in the north, through Broadbeach and ending at Coolangatta in the south. 

 

There is a wealth of activities along this stunning stretch of Australian coast. From surfing off Broadbeach to snorkelling through a shipwreck off Main Beach or walking along the golden sand fringed by crashing waves in Surfers Paradise. If you like your thrills on dry land you can try out the virtual reality rides at Dreamworld, see dolphins at Sea World and watch movies being made at Warner Bros Movie World. 

 

If you venture away from the coast you won’t be disappointed in what you’ll find. You will be able to explore waterfalls, rainforest, lookouts and scenic bushwalks of the Gold Coast hinterland. Visit wineries and breweries and shop to your heart’s content in the many art and craft markets, huge airy malls and high-end boutiques.  

The Gold Coast really comes alive after dark. The bars and clubs in every resort are packed with party goers. Surfer’s Paradise is a maze of clubs but if you want something less frenetic you can always opt for an al fresco restaurant or bar with the sound of the Pacific lapping the shore.  

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With approximately 300 days of sunshine every year, the Gold Coast’s sub tropical climate makes it an ideal holiday destination.

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Shopping

Shopping

There are a lot of shopping opportunities along the Gold Coast. The Surfers Paradise area is the main tourist orientated shopping district. It is a great area for surf gear, trendy boutiques, souvenirs and duty free shopping.

The Tedder Avenue area of Main Beach is great for chic boutiques such as Armano, Blue Heaven and Etré. There are also numerous shopping centres such as Pacific Fair (which includes a multi screen cinema and restaurants), Oasis Shopping Centre, Australia Fair and Marina Mirage. If you are after a bargain why not try out the Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.

The area is also awash with markets such as those on the beachfront at Broadbeach, Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads where you can pick up all manner of authentic Australian arts, crafts and souvenirs.

If you venture away from the coast to the Hinterland you will still have plenty of opportunity to spend your money. Here in areas such as The Gallery Walk, Long Road and Eagle Heights you can find arts, crafts and antiques.

Food & Drink

  • Eliza's Restaurant

  • Grumpy’s Wharf Restaurant

  • Champagne Brasserie Restaurant

  • Lygon Street Cafe

  • Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant

  • Benihana Japanese Restaurant

  • Carmony’s Grill

  • Aussie China Kitchen Restaurant

  • George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant

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entertainment

The Gold Coast is a great place for after dark entertainments. There are numerous bars and clubs to choose from as well as music, theatre and sporting facilities.  The Gold Coast’s main arts centre is in Bundall. The Gold Coast Arts Centre is the central location for a range of musical and theatrical productions and is Australia’s largest regional cultural centre.

If you enjoy a bit of a flutter the only place to go is Conrad Jupiter’s Casino in Broadbeach Island. It is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Australia is a keen sporting nation and therefore there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in your favourite sporting activity. You can hone your surfing skills at the Gold Coast Surf School, Jet Ski, canoe, kayak, parasail, fish and dive. If you prefer to stay dry there are plenty of golfing opportunities. You can also just spectate if you prefer at horse racing events or at the Honda Indy 300 car racing.

As for nightlife, there are clubs galore so you’ll easily find somewhere to dance the night away. Below is just a small selection of some of the best current clubs.


·         Melbas, Surfers Paradise

·         Bedroom Lounge Bar, Surfers Paradise

·         The Meeting Place, Surfers Paradise

·         Shooters Saloon Bar, Surfers Paradise

·         The Drink, Surfers Paradise

·         Cocktails & Dreams, Surfers Paradise

·         Platinum Nightclub, Broadbeach

·         East, Broadbeach

festivals month

  • January

    Conrad Jupiter’s Magic Millions Racing Carnival; Big Day Out; Australia Day
  • February

    Gold Coast Triathlon
  • March

    Party in the Park; Australian Beach Volley Ball Championship; Quicksilver Pro & Roxy Pro Surfing World Championship; World’s Biggest Surf Party
  • April

    Romance Film Festival; Anzac Day
  • May

    Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea; Blues on Broadbeach
  • June

    Wintersun Festival; National Fireworks Championship
  • July

    Down Under International Games; Gold Coast Marathon
  • August

    Gold Coast Show
  • September

    Tasting Gold Coast
  • October

    Gold Coast Honda Indy 300
  • November

    Broadbeach Festival
  • December

    Carols at the Cove; Broadbeach Skylight

excursions

We have already seen that there is a vast amount to see and do along the Gold Coast. Details of specific tours and excursions can be obtained from your hotel but below are a few suggestions to get you started.

·         Fraser Island (the world’s biggest sand island)

·         Brisbane

·         The Hinterland

·         Mount Tamborine

Health & Safety

The Gold Coast is a relatively safe area but you are advised to take the usual precautions with your valuables especially when in crowded areas. Also ensure you never leave your belongings unattended on the beach.

You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance prior to your visit. Healthcare is very good but doctors and hospitals may require immediate payment for treatment.

Watch out for Queensland nasties. You are advised to learn to identify the redback and funnelweb spiders and box jelly fish. Should you be unlucky enough to come across one of these and be bitten/stung you should seek medical assistance immediately.

The sun can also be a danger therefore you should always ensure you use a high factor sun cream to prevent sun burn.