Gold Coast

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, QLD. © Tourism Queensland

Gold Coast

Fast-track fun on the Gold Coast, where the high-rises are built around superb surf beaches like Surfers Paradise. Dive into lively nightlife, international theme parks and designer boutiques, see the coast from a Spitfire plane and cheer on competitors in the Coollangatta Ocean Swim. Experience the opulent Palazzo Versace or head to the hinterland for rainforest walks and spa retreats.

Tackle the huge waves off Broadbeach, snorkel through a shipwreck off Main Beach or walk golden sand fringed by high rises in Surfers Paradise. Get your thrills on virtual reality rides at Dreamworld, swim with dolphins at Sea World and watch movies being made at Warner Bros Movie World. Explore the waterfalls, rainforest, lookouts and scenic bushwalks of the lush Gold Coast hinterland. Shop til you drop in art and craft markets, huge airy malls and high-end boutiques. Then get into the Gold Cost’s glitz, glamour and fun at its bars, nightclubs and events.

Roll with the vibrant energy of the Gold Coast, where there are beaches, rainforests, restaurants, theme parks and shopping strips to visit. Swim, surf or dine alfresco in relaxed, glamourous Main Beach and shop up a storm beneath the towering Surfers Paradise skyline. Learn to surf here or in Burleigh Heads, where afterwards you can explore the national park. Enjoy thrills, spills and animal interactions in any of the many huge theme parks.

Discover the best breaks or learn to surf in our surfing paradise. With 70 kilometres of sun-drenched beaches and four epic point breaks, it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is home to a city called Surfers Paradise. As well as an international party destination, the Gold Coast boasts some of Australia’s best, most consistent waves and hosts many international surfing competitions.

Drive from the surf beaches, thrilling theme parks and lush hinterland of the Gold Coast to the vibrant capital of Brisbane. Cruise down the Brisbane River, climb the Story Bridge and satisfy your culture cravings in South Bank. Soak up sunny sophistication on Noosa’s Hastings Street or meet koalas in the coastal rainforest of Noosa National Park.

Sun, surf, sand and sport: all the trademarks of Australia’s beach culture are on display in the Coolangatta Ocean Swim. Open water swims happen all across the country, but the ‘Cooly Classic’ in April is one of the most iconic. Both swimmers and spectators flock to the Gold Coast for the challenging course and beach carnival atmosphere.

Capture some of Queensland’s biggest coastal attractions– from the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef to the pristine islands and rainforest national parks. Four wheel drive Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and see manta rays and turtles at Mon Repos, near Bundaberg.

The Gold Coast is the ‘theme park capital of Australia’ with plenty of choices to appeal to all ages. From the world’s tallest and fastest thrill rides, to parks where you can see native Australian wildlife, or splash around in swimming pools and water slides; you’ll find it all on the Gold Coast. Meet your favourite movie characters and super-heroes; or swim with dolphins and sharks. Explore the rainforest canopy; or find eggs from when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Cuddle a koala; feed kangaroos and meet colourful native birds. There’s also plenty of indoor entertainment, from futuristic attractions to museums.

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