Bathed in sunshine from the ocean to the hinterland, the Gold Coast is Australia’s best known and loved beachside city. From our ancient rainforests and world-class waves to a thriving food and culture scene and the thrill of theme park rollercoasters, the Gold Coast embodies a fresh energy that inspires visitors to play their own way. While we have venues, events and attractions that showcase our sophisticated side, our city still maintains its coastal town soul.
Make yourself at home. Turn the key on an endless number of accommodation styles from beachside bargains to big-buck penthouses. For those who love luxury, check in to a five-star hotel for pillow menus, room service and fluffy white robes. For more down-to-earth, budget-friendly digs, pitch a tent or park your van at pet-friendly caravan parks that boast some of the best beachside real estate in town. Keep the kids happy at resorts made for fun, escape to the hinterland for a romantic getaway or live the high life and enjoy the views from a self-contained high rise holiday apartment.
Activities & Adventures
This is a destination where the great outdoors is even great-er! If you’re more into thrill time than chill time then you’ve hit the jackpot, because the Gold Coast is an action-packed playground of outdoor adventures. There are so many cool things to do in nature, it’s probably best we just list-off some of our visitor faves. Hiking, biking, paddling, swimming, diving, surfing, snorkelling, fishing, climbing, zip lining. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve got water sports galore (it’s kind of our specialty) and whether you want to be in, on or under the water, there are plenty of different and delightful ways to get wet. It’s basically a real-life version of choose your own adventure!
Dine like a local
Tuck into beachside burgers, sample seafood under sail, eat alfresco at Asian-fusion alleys and come for a cold one at craft breweries. From Burleigh’s perennially popular rooftop bars to communal eateries in Palm Beach, fine dining at Broadbeach to reinvented venues in Surfers Paradise, there is a renaissance stirring up the Gold Coast culinary scene. Chefs harness the best of the region’s farm-to-table flavours and plentiful seafood, creating menus as diverse as they are delicious. And with family friendly venues, delicious date night destinations and local favourites scattered throughout the Gold Coast neighbourhoods, eating out is all part of the adventure.
Attractions & Entertainment
It’s time to stop taking life so seriously and turn up the fun! Unleash your inner child and let your imagination run wild at a cluster of legendary theme parks with rides, slides, rollercoasters, wildlife encounters and more. There are dedicated cultural spaces with weekly gigs, galleries and good times, or you can check out some incredible Gold Coast events on offer throughout the year. Whether you love live music, sports, street art or sculpture, major city-wide events or smaller shindigs, our city has got it going on.