The Gold Coast is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia featuring amazing attractions, entertainment and natural wonders. It’s famed for its long sandy beaches, world class surf breaks and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways.
The area, has a permanent residential population close to 600,000, and stretches 70km from South Stradbroke Island in the north, to Rainbow Bay in the south, encompassing an area of 1,402 square kilometres.

While you’re in the area why not check out the sheltered waters at Coolangatta and Currumbin beaches, or the popular surfing breaks at Main Beach and Burleigh Heads. Book a group or private surfing lesson at The Spit in Surfers Paradise. Snorkel or dive the colourful waters around Wave Break Island which sits just off Main Beach with it variety of 50 species of fish.

Overhead of surfers at Snapper and Surfers Paradise skyline

As well as its beaches, the Gold Coast is equally famed for its world-class theme parks. Water lovers will have a blast at Wet’n Wild on its extreme Kamikaze and Tornado waterslides. Dreamworld is an adventure seeker’s must do, with the Big 9 Thrill Rides, including The Giant Drop, Tower of Terror and Buzz Saw. And why not check out Movie World, Sea World and Paradise Country.

Away from the coastal strip you can get a different taste of Australia exploring the Gold Coast hinterland, with its unspoiled national park, charming mountain villages, its ancient volcano, waterfalls and World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest. Maybe you’d just prefer to chill out with a drink in hand at the wineries and boutique breweries of Mount Tamborine.

How about heading to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can feed a kangaroo, get up close to a crocodile or cuddle a koala.

Closeup of koala looking at the camera

Back in pulsating Surfers Paradise the beachfront markets, are held every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights from 4pm to 9pm. All day and every night “Surfers” boasts a thriving food scene, offering specialty coffee shops, boutique breweries and a stack of sophisticated, world class restaurants.

For your morning caffeine hit, blast off to Broadbeach or sit down to a classic Australian breakfast at one of the world’s most famous surf breaks, Burleigh Heads.

40 minutes from the Gold Coast you can experience a powerful cultural performance that is more than worth the journey. Spirits of the Red Sand depicts the story of Jarrah, the only surviving member of three Aboriginal brothers. His character reveals his family’s encounter with the newly arrived colonial settlers. The “set” in Beenleigh is part of a real 19th-century town, complete with a church, pub and Aboriginal village; as part of the audience you’ll move between different set locations involving you in the experience. The drama and intrigue is heightened by true events that changed the course of history for Aboriginal communities in Queensland. As part of the evening guests are catered for with a chargrilled BBQ dinner.

People on paddleboards in Currumbin Creek with Surfers Paradise skyline panorama

While you are visiting in Queensland’s winter season the average winter temperature range averages 9 to 21 degrees Celsius (48 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit) – it’s no wonder the Gold Coast is Australia’s favourite playground.