Australia's Gold Coast is the ideal holiday place for people on the go, or on a go-slow. In one day you can enjoy surfing on golden beaches, bushwalking in subtropical rainforests, cruising down oceanfront boulevards in a fun convertible, or taking a dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht.
Along the busiest stretch of the Coast is Surfers Paradise, a great spot for families with its perfect swimming beach. Located halfway along the Gold Coast's 70 kilometre coastline, Burleigh Heads holds a special place in the hearts of locals. Famed worldwide for its tubular Burleigh Barrel waves, the beach is the venue for major international surfboard riding tournaments.
Springbrook, dominating the skyline west of Broadbeach, is a wonderful retreat. Nestled between Lamington National Park and the coastline, Springbrook National Park is renowned for its waterfalls and ancient Antarctic beech trees.
Gold Coast really is...the coast with the most! A sweeping 70 kilometre coastline offers more than 40 patrolled beaches during peak holiday seasons that are among the best in the world. Do nothing, or do it all. One thing's for sure, you'd be flat out finding a more exciting holiday destination than Australia's Gold Coast.
For years visitors have been flocking to Australia's Gold Coast for some very wild adventures. There is a wide range of attractions and tours offering wildlife experiences, from feeding colourful birds and enchanting Australian animals to exploring spectacular wilderness areas.
See koalas, cassowaries, wombats, crocodiles, kangaroos, wallabies, emu, platypus, dingoes, possums, Tasmanian devils, lorikeets, bilbies and more at a range of award-winning attractions including Currumbin Sanctuary.
There's more than enough fun for the entire family at Gold Coast's many theme parks. Ride a giant roller coaster or water slide and be entertained by colourful characters. There are stunts galore, from dolphins and high-flying acts to crazy magic and wild west adventures.
Glittering department stores, interesting arcades and boutiques are concentrated in major centres for the convenience of shoppers. Restaurants and coffee shops waiting to add a culinary treat to your shopping spree.
Country and beachfront markets are held throughout the region, mostly on weekends. Here you will find quality handcrafted goods, yummy home-made pickles and jams and be entertained by buskers, face-painters and other colourful characters.
Domestic air services from major Australian cities and regional centres touch down at Coolangatta Airport at the southern end of the Gold Coast and no matter what time you arrive, modern coach, taxi and car hire services will be available.
International visitors arriving at Brisbane Airport can take advantage of quick and efficient coach transfer services which will take them to the door of their Gold Coast accommodation.
From Brisbane it is an hour drive via Pacific Highway to Gold Coast. If you are coming from interstate. From Melbourne, take the Hume Highway to Sydney. From Sydney get on the Pacific Highway, which will take you all the way to the Gold Coast.
Coaches depart regularly from Brisbane's Roma Street Transit Centre for the Gold Coast. There are also a number of coach services that pass through the Gold Coast from Byron Bay, Sydney and other major centres. The bus transit centres in are located in Coolangatta, Surfers Paradise and Southport.
A suburban rail service connects Brisbane city with Nerang, Helensvale and Robina. Airtrain also operate regular rail services from Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast.