Long, wide surf beaches, vibrant night life and a party atmosphere makes the Gold Coast a magnet for both partygoers and families alike.
The Gold Coast is, however, much more than the beach; with a full spectrum of attractions to keep visitors of all ages occupied, accommodation from self-contained family units to luxurious beachfront apartments, theme parks, water sports, cruises and a myriad of other activities, the Gold Coast has something to offer every traveller.
Famed for its ‘glitter strip’ of Surfers Paradise which is emblematic of the dozens of kilometres of beaches that make up its coastline, the Gold Coast has a far more diverse array of things to see and do than one might first realise. In addition to the beaches and waterways, it’s a city that’s considered Australia’s “theme park capital” and home to a range of theme parks that are a huge drawcard for families.
Those who are wanting to escape from the glitz and glamour of the surf strip can instead turn their eyes inland, as the greenery of the lush Hinterland area – an underrated portion of the region – will allow you to picnic at rock pools and cascading waterfalls, visit glow worm caves, go bush walking or horse riding, with vineyards and villages which populate this verdant landscape.
Alternatively, if you feel more drawn to the water, numerous marine and aquatic activities are available throughout the 57km worth of coastline on the Gold Coast; whether it’s fishing, jet boating, scuba diving, or a cruise on one of its many waterways, water-lovers will be in their element here.
Perhaps more than any other holiday spot in Australia, the Gold Coast overwhelms with possibilities for things to do all within easy travel distance of one another; we highlight the best of the region in our guide articles below.