The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 66 kilometres south-southeast of the state capital Brisbane and immediately north of the border with New South Wales. The demonym for the Gold Coast is Gold Coaster.
Surfers Paradise is a coastal town and suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Surfers Paradise had a population of 23,689 people.Learn more
10 km away
Burleigh Head is a small national park at Burleigh Heads in the City of Gold Coast in South East Queensland, Australia.Learn more Book this experience
6 km away
Spend an evening at sea complete with live entertainment, incredible views of the Surfers Paradise skyline, and dinner made from seasonal produce. Plus, there's craft beer, wine, and cocktails! You're guaranteed a treat on-board the Spirit of Elston. Sit back and enjoy live music in the comfort of the enclosed main deck, and bring out the incredible taste of the local produce with a perfectly paired wine. Once dinner has finished, enjoy the sight of the stars above the ocean from the top deck.Book this experience
10 km away
Burleigh Heads is a suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Burleigh Heads had a population of 10,077 people.Learn more Book this experience
Q1 Tower is a 322.5-metre skyscraper in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia. The residential tower on the Gold Coast was the world's tallest residential building from 2005 to 2011.Learn more Book this experience
As dusk falls on the Gold Coast, a little extra magic is added to the already breathtaking views. With an Aquaduck Gold Coast sunset cruise, you'll have the chance to enjoy the sunset from the water, but not before you've driven around the main sights of the city. Best of all, you don't even have to change vehicle. Before you drive straight into the water to enjoy the sun setting on the city's skyscrapers, you'll see Surfers Paradise and hear almost unbelievable tales that have shaken the city, like Australia's first bikini and a whopping $13 million embezzlement case. Don't worry, there's beer for the ride.Book this experience
SkyPoint is an observation deck located 230 metres off the ground at the top of the Q1 on the Gold Coast, Australia. The attraction is operated by Ardent Leisure.Learn more Book this experience
9 km away
The Tallebudgera Creek is a creek located in South East Queensland, Australia. Its catchment lies within the Gold Coast local government area and covers an area of 98 square kilometres.Learn more Book this experience
6 km away
Sea World is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, and theme park located on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It includes rides, animal exhibits and other attractions, and it promotes conservation through education and the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.Learn more Book this experience
Broadbeach is a suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Broadbeach had a population of 5,514 people.Learn more Book this experience
Learn more Book this experience
8 km away
12 km away
The Hinze Dam is a rock and earth-fill embankment dam with an un-gated spillway across the Nerang River in the Gold Coast hinterland of South East, Queensland, Australia. The main purpose of the dam is for potable water supply of the Gold Coast region. The impounded reservoir is called Advancetown Lake.Learn more Book this experience
14 km away
Elephant Rocks is a sheltered beach in Western Australia, a few hundred metres east of Greens Pool. It is located about 15 km west from Denmark, in William Bay National Park.Learn more Book this experience
16 km away
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a heritage-listed zoological garden at 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin, Queensland, Australia. It was built in 1947 onwards. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 18 September 2009.Learn more Book this experience
18 km away
The Springbrook National Park is a protected national park that is located in the Gold Coast hinterland of Queensland, Australia. The 6,197-hectare park is situated on the McPherson Range, near Springbrook, approximately 100 kilometres south of Brisbane. The park is part of the Shield Volcano Group of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.Learn more Book this experience
18 km away
Hope Island is a suburb of the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The town of Boykambil is within the suburb. The town of Santa Barbara is within the suburb. At the 2016 Census, Hope Island had a population of 11,186. Hope Island is close to both the Gold Coast beaches and Brisbane city.Learn more
19 km away
Dreamworld is a theme park and zoo situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It is Australia's biggest theme park with over 40 rides and attractions.Learn more Book this experience
20 km away
Coolangatta is a coastal suburb in the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is the Gold Coast's southernmost suburb and it borders New South Wales. In the 2016 census, Coolangatta had a population of 5,948 people.Learn more
22 km away
Snapper Rocks is a small rocky outcrop on the northern side of Point Danger at the southern end of Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is a famous surf break and today the start of the large sand bank known to surfers as the Superbank.Learn more Book this experience
22 km away
Rainbow Bay is a bay, beach and locality at the southern end of Coolangatta within the City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.Learn more Book this experience
22 km away
Greenmount Beach is a beach located in Coolangatta on Queensland's Gold Coast in Australia. Greenmount Point is a coastal headland separating the Coolangatta stretch of beach to the west and Rainbow Bay to the east.Learn more Book this experience
Discover the best tours and activities around Gold Coast, Australia and book your travel experience today with our booking partners
20 pictures of Gold Coast from Jordan, Matt Barrett, Leio McLaren (@leiomclaren) and other travelers
Travel to Gold Coast if you like:🌆 Skyline 🗼 Landmark 🏖️ Beach 🏖️ Ocean 🏖️ Coast 🏞️ Watercourse
Why travel to the Gold Coast, Australia?
The Gold Coast is a vibrant coastal city in Queensland, Australia, known for its beautiful beaches, bustling nightlife, and fantastic outdoor activities. It is an ideal destination for sun-seekers, surfers, nature lovers, and families looking for a fun-filled vacation.
How to get there?
The Gold Coast is accessible by air, train, and road. The Gold Coast Airport (OOL) is well-connected with major Australian cities and some international destinations. Trains run regularly from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, with a journey time of approximately 2 hours. If you prefer to drive, the Gold Coast is about an hour's drive south of Brisbane.
What to book in advance?
It is recommended to book accommodation and any popular attractions or tours in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak travel seasons. Some popular attractions that may require advance booking include theme parks like Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, and Dreamworld, as well as wildlife sanctuaries like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
What are the costs?
The Gold Coast offers a range of budget and luxury options for travelers. Accommodation can range from budget hostels for $20-$40 AUD per night to luxury hotels and resorts for $200+ AUD per night. Dining options are also varied, with meals costing anywhere from $10-$50 AUD per person. Entrance fees for major attractions range from $40-$100 AUD.
What are the best things to do?
1. Visit the famous Surfers Paradise Beach for sunbathing or surfing.
2. Explore the stunning hinterland area, including Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park.
3. Enjoy a thrilling day at one of the many theme parks in the area.
4. Take a scenic hot air balloon ride over the Gold Coast.
5. Shop at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre or Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre.
Where to eat?
1. The Fish House: Enjoy fresh seafood with stunning ocean views.
2. Rick Shores: Indulge in Asian-fusion cuisine set on the beachfront.
3. Gemelli Italian: Savor authentic Italian dishes in a cozy atmosphere.
Where to stay?
1. QT Gold Coast: This trendy hotel offers stylish rooms, a spa, and an outdoor pool.
2. Greenmount Beach House: Located close to the beach, this budget-friendly option provides comfortable accommodations.
3. The Star Gold Coast: This luxury resort offers a casino, multiple dining options, and a host of entertainment options.
Off the beaten path:
For a unique travel experience, venture to the Gold Coast Hinterland and explore the region's beautiful rainforests, waterfalls, and wildlife. Take a guided tour through the ancient rainforests in Tamborine National Park, visit the Natural Bridge rock formation, or enjoy a scenic walk through the canopy at O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk. This serene and picturesque area offers a refreshing contrast to the bustling coastal city, providing travelers with a truly immersive nature experience.
There are direct international flights to Brisbane airport. From there it's an hour's drive to the Gold Coast. And if you're traveling to the Gold Coast from Australia, direct flights arrive at Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta.
With around 300 days of sunshine a year, you will find it difficult to visit the Gold Coast under gloomy skies. Summer is certainly the busiest time of the year, but with over 57 kilometers of coastline, you'll easily find a place to lay your towel.
Discover the best hotels around Gold Coast, Australia and book your stay today with our booking partner booking.com
Click on the pictures to learn more about the places and to get directions
Discover more travel spots to explore around Gold Coast🏖️ Beach spots 🌆 Skyline spots 🏄 Surfing spots 🐾 Wildlife spots 🌊 Ocean spots 🏖️ Shore spots 🌲 Nature reserve spots 🗼 Landmark spots ⛰️ Cliff spots 🌴 Jungle spots 🚢 Lighthouse spots 🌉 Bridge spots 🏖️ Coast spots ⛰️ Hill station spots Adventure spots Freeride spots 🌲 Forest spots Paragliding spots 🚢 Pier spots Flipping spots Skimboarding spots 🌲 Ecoregion spots Stretching spots Driving spots Swimming spots 🏞️ Watercourse spots 🏞️ Waterway spots ️🏜️ Desert spots
Explore popular touristic places around Gold Coast
Download On Google Maps 🗺️📲