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Gold Coast

Well known for Australia’s biggest and best collection of theme parks, more waterways than Amsterdam and Venice combined, and 300 days of sunshine every year, it’s no wonder that Queensland’s Gold Coast is New Zealand’s favourite holiday playground.
Surfers Paradise, the city by the beach, is made for fun: the ‘Glitter Strip’ is famous for its beachside accommodation, entertainment, and night life.  Or if you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, superb restaurants and incredible shopping, head to Broadbeach.

Dining out is taken very seriously here, and with new restaurants and cafés appearing all the time, you really are spoilt for choice. There’s plenty of fine and casual dining options, or maybe you’d prefer to stop by the Gold Coast Fishermen’s Co-op for some amazing freshly caught seafood, straight off the trawler. Add some beautiful, locally grown produce from one of the local farmers’ markets, and pick up something special during a brewery, winery or distillery tour, and you’re ready to enjoy a feast of fresh flavours. 

The Gold Coast is the ultimate family holiday destination, and whilst its five theme parks offer all the thrill rides, stunt shows and favourite character encounters you could wish for, there’s plenty more on offer. Get to know the locals at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, experience hydrofoiling or jet boating ‘Aussie-style’ on the Broadwater or take in a dinner show at the Outback Spectacular.  
But the Gold Coast isn’t just for families, if beach clubs, roof top bars and pampering yourself is more your speed then check out the newly opened Calli Beach, The Island is a gem and you and take in a show at the Pink Flamingo.  If you really just want to soak up some sunshine, wander the board walks and explore then you’ll find the Gold Coast is a haven of beautiful beaches and tranquil parks.

If you’re a nature lover, a visit to Mt. Tamborine is a must – known as the ‘green behind the gold’, this is different side of the Gold Coast that’s not to be missed. With the third oldest National Park in the world, numerous walks, lookouts, home-grown produce, spas and art galleries, there’s something for everyone. Out on the water, there are more locals to meet: take a whale watching cruise or explore beneath the waves at Wonder Reef – a purpose-built dive attraction off the coastline that’s opening in 2022.

The Gold Coast offers fun and adventure, thrills and relaxation: to experience it for yourself and for many more amazing holiday ideas, check out our latest Queensland deals below.


Other Gold Coast Destinations you may like:
> SURFERS PARADISE     > BROADBEACH     > COOLANGATTA & BURLEIGH HEADS



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OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN THE GOLD COAST



Surfers 
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 Market.

Broadbeach 
Broadbeach

Expand your palate in the bustling Broadbeach Mall and Oracle precinct. A fantastic atmosphere with plenty of street musicians, artists and performers on Surf Parade. Give your credit card a work out at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre – be sure to visit the Customer Service Centre upon arrival to receive your VIP Visitor pack which will be bursting at the seams with discounts and offers for tourists.

Burleigh 
Burleigh Heads

Laid-back and Local Halfway between Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise you’ll find this true Aussie gem. The actual Heads is a national park so expect breath-taking scenery. With a famous surf break, hip cafés and bars, Burleigh is also loved for its unique shops and eclectic weekend markets.

Coolangatta 
Coolangatta

Surfers are everywhere! With surfboards in hand, spot them on the beach, in cafés, shopping malls and more. It truly gives the town a good times feeling. For great surf and swimming, the stunning Coolangatta, Greenmount and Rainbow Bay beaches are sure to impress.

 



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE GOLD COAST




GC600 EVENTS

There are many family-friendly, free and lowcost 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.

Burleigh Heads Tourism  Events Queensland 137347-562 GOLD COAST OCEANWAY
 

A 36 kilometre 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.

Theme Parks 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!

Girls shopping Surfers Paradise  Tourism  Events Queensland1 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.
Witches Falls Winery2 HINTERLAND FOOD AND WINE TRAIL
 

Pick your own strawberries at The Strawberry Farm, try macadamia coffee at a nut orchard, learn how cheese is made and taste awardwinning wines at the various cellar doors.

The Surf Club Burleigh2 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!
QLD Golf GOLF
 

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




GOLD COAST ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and resorts in the Gold Coast.
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The-Breakers
Beachfront Beauty
THE BREAKERS
★★★
Absolute beachfront with direct access to the patrolled surf beach, with breath-taking ocean and sweeping panoramic views. Ideal for couples and families with a variety of facilities; outdoor heated pool, beachfront BBQ area, security parking and free WiFi. The spacious air-conditioned apartments each offer fully equipped kitchen, separate laundry and private balcony.
Surf Parade Resort
Relaxed & Tranquil
SURF PARADE RESORT
★★★★
Midway between Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, with the Broadbeach dining strip within walking distance and only 200 metres from the beach. If you’re feeling energised, take advantage of the private tennis courts, cool down in the glistening swimming pool or simply just sit back and relax and enjoy your holiday on the Gold Coast.
Neptune Resort
Location, Location, Location
NEPTUNE RESORT
★★★★
Comfortable and in an excellent location, Neptune Resort is in the heart of Broadbeach right across the road from Pacific Fair where you can shop up a storm and keep going back for more! Only a throw’s stone away from the famous Kurrawa Beach so you can enjoy the sand, surf and sun. Ideal for families and couples wanting to experience the fun and atmosphere of Broadbeach without breaking the bank.  
Turtle Beach Resort, Mermaid Beach
Family Fun
TURTLE BEACH RESORT
★★★★
Turtle Beach Resort offers endless amounts of family centred facilities so Mum and Dad can relax while the kids have buckets of fun! Splash Zone Waterpark has four water slides, two toddler slides and water cannons plus more – the fun just doesn’t stop! ‘Club Turtle’ an exciting kids club program featuring fun activities.






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