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Gold Coast, Australia

Queensland Australia
Queensland Australia
Gold Coast Australia

Gold Coast, Australia

story by: Inspire Queensland

With all the soft sand, dazzling blue water and sunshine you could dream of, why wouldn’t you head to the Gold Coast? Discover theme park fun, events galore, culinary delights, shopping mecca, beachside relaxation and hinterland nature trails and that’s just the beginning. When it comes to where to stay and what to do, here are some tips to help you plan:

Surfers Paradise
Iconic Gold Coast. Take in the stunning beachside and an impressive vista of towering skyscrapers in popular Surfers Paradise. Enjoy a lively surfing, shopping and nightlife culture that you won’t find elsewhere in Queensland. There’s shopping options galore, from high-end boutiques in the Oracle Precinct and Marina Mirage, to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets on the Promenade that take place each Wednesday and Friday night - or head inland towards Harbour Town for outlet shopping. Cavill Ave comes alive at night with live music, fairy lights and pumping nightclubs to dance the night away.

A Sophisticated Vibe. Amazing cafés and restaurants along Surf Parade ensure absolute indulgence with a view. Expand your palette in the bustling Broadbeach Mall and Oracle Precinct just round the corner. A fantastic atmosphere is on offer with plenty of street musicians, artists and performers on Surf Parade, plus the huge Jupiters Hotel & Casino nearby hosting a multitude of entertainment options. Need a new outfit for the beach or the evening? Shop up a storm at the huge Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, be sure to visit their Customer Service Centre upon arrival to receive your VIP Visitor Pack which is packed with discounts and offers for tourists.

Our favourite things to see and do

Hinterland food and wine trail –
Pick your own fresh strawberries at The Strawberry Farm, try macadamia coffee at a nut orchard, learn how cheese is made (and sample the end result) and taste award-winning wines at the various cellar doors.

Surf clubs –
Everyone’s seen the iconic images of surf life saving on the beaches of Australia and the surf clubs do a great job at the patrolled beaches all along the Gold Coast. What many also offer are great meals at a great price, and of course being a surf club you’ll be dining waterfront!

Golf –
Tee off at one of the many golf courses on the Gold Coast. Popular options include Royal Pines, Palm Meadows and Emerald Lakes.

Shopping –
Looking for a bargain? Find all the best brands at all the best prices at Harbour Town Shopping Outlet centre. Shop till you drop at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, home to over 300 specialty stores. Plus there’s also great shopping at Robina Town Centre with both Myer and David Jones.

Theme parks –
You can’t help but get caught up in the excitement. If you’re travelling with little kids, teens or a group of mates there are plenty of options to keep everyone entertained for hours. Whether you’re a scaredy-cat or a thrill seeker, you won’t be disappointed!

G​old C​oast ​oceanway –
A 36km network of paths along the beaches from the Gold Coast Seaway (The Spit) to the Point Danger Lighthouse (Coolangatta), this is a great way to explore the fabulous beaches on foot or by bike.

Events –
There are many family-friendly, free and low-cost events taking place across the Gold Coast every week. With international surfing titles, sporting clashes, 2018 Commonwealth Games, music festivals and markets showcased on a local and international scale, time your travel with the many events on offer to deliver good times and great memories, day or night on the Gold Coast.

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