A fabulous beach destination, an exciting backpacking trail, and a spectacular surfing spot! Is there something that the Gold Coast doesn’t excel at? Not really! From tropical rainforests and heavenly natural parks to thrilling amusement parks, the Gold Coast of Australia seems to have it all.
An iconic destination blessed with 300 days of sunshine per year, endless beauty, infinite strips of sand, and exciting adventures, the Gold Coast awaits on the east coast of Australia, just a one-hour drive from Brisbane. It stretches along 57 kilometers and captures all the beauty, glamour, and thrills that the waves of the Pacific Ocean have to offer. It’s easier to explore it by car but a coach pass will also take you to a lot of places.
Surfer’s Paradise – not only for surfers
The Surfer’s Paradise beach is the superstar of the Gold Coast. An electric scene with an absurd amount of international events, competitions, and nightlife venues, this is more than just a paradise for surfers. It’s the pulsating heart of the coast, always vibrant and electrifying. Besides the wide beach reserved for surfing, you’ll also find an impressive selection of dining venues and the Cavill Mall, perfect for a shopping session. No trip on the Gold Coast is complete without a stop here. After all, who would want to miss a visit to paradise?
More beaches, bigger waves
Even though Surfer’s Paradise is the most famous beach on the coastline, there are plenty of other beaches that can easily compete and even win the contest for the best beach on the Gold Coast. Coolangatta Beach or “Coolie” is perfect for swimming and enjoying views of the entire coastline, and also as a destination for foodies who prefer seafood. Situated at the northern limit of Coolie, Kirra Point prides itself on some of the best waves in the world (if not actually the best!).
Head to the popular Duranbah Beach for more fabulous swells and to Burleigh Heads for your chance to ride the flawless “Burleigh barrels” waves.
Tropical forests at your feet
A trip to the Gold Coast of Australia is the perfect opportunity to go deep into the heart of rainforests and discover the fascinating Australian wildlife. Springbrook National Park, a part of the Gondwana Rainforests, is a spectacular destination where you’ll find a variety of rare birds and plants, including strangler figs, fern groves, and glowing-in-the-dark mushrooms. The Springbrook Mountain has been around for millions and millions of years and neither time nor consumerism has managed to touch it. Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary too if you want to enjoy encounters with koalas, crocodiles, and dingos.
Thrill seekers are always enjoying the Gold Coast. After all, this is the amusement park capital of the country! If you’re a fan of sudden twists, turns, and vertical falls, buckle up! Dreamworld will make your most adventurous dreams come true! The largest theme park in Australia will keep you busy for days with breathtaking and surreal rides, like the Tower of Terror, The Giant Drop, and The Claw. Wet’n’Wild Waterworld is the best destination for splashing and enjoying fantastic water rides, such as the Tornado and Aqua Racers, while WhiteWater World makes sure adrenaline junkies get their share of epic water slides.
Looking down on the Gold Coast
If you want to admire spectacular 360 degrees views of the Gold Coast, visit the SkyPoint Observation Deck. Situated at the 77th level of the Q1 building in the Surfer’s Paradise neighborhood, this fabulous observation deck unveils an unforgettable panorama of the coastline to the hinterland. If admiring the Gold Coast behind glass windows is not enough, you can always choose the SkyPoint Climb and feel the wind dancing in your hair while enjoying unobstructed views of the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia. On Friday and Saturday nights, the observation deck magically becomes a lounge bar where you can sip classy drinks accompanied by a superb glittering skyline.
Surprising food and wine tours
Australia is not exactly known as a food and wine destination but if you come with an open mind and bring your appetite and curiosity with you, you will be pleasantly surprised. From local cheese markets to fine-dining restaurants, the Gold Coast strives to keep up with the most famous foodie destinations. The best places for local food are the Hinterland Markets. Visit the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard to learn more about Australian wine and the Tamborine Mountain Distillery for a tasting session of award-winning spirits.