About the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is Australia’s largest non-capital city located in the southeast corner of Queensland with a population of 679,127 people (June 2019). It has a subtropical climate with world-class surfing beaches, ancient rainforest, and islands covered in mangroves. To the west you will find the World Heritage Area Lamington National Park, the state capital Brisbane is to the North, the state of New South Wales lies to the south and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean are to the east.

This coastal city is also famed for the abundance of theme parks on offer with Sea World, Movie World, Dreamworld and Wet’n’Wild all within half an hour. Along the 70km of coastline, you will find a plethora of popular destinations such as South Stradbroke Island, Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta, and Burleigh Heads.

Gold Coast Tours

Adjacent to Lamington National Park covering over 60 square kilometres is Springbrook National Park which is brimming with stunning nature: spectacular waterfalls, tumbling creeks, plateaus offering staggering panoramic views and at night, make sure you take a trip into the caves to spot glow worms at Natural Bridge.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary offers another popular destination for a day trip, with 27 hectares of rainforest filled with open animal enclosures, a Wildlife hospital and plenty of entertainment and performances delivered daily. For the more active individual, the Gold Coast presents the perfect opportunity to learn to surf with four epic point breaks producing Australia’s best and most consistent waves. 

The annual Quicksilver Pro surfing competition is held at the Superbank, located at Snapper Rocks in the southern region of the Gold Coast, generally considered to be the best location in Australia to surf and a must-do experience for avid surfers.

Gold Coast travel itinerary and things to do:

  • Discover where volcanic columns meet the sea at Burleigh Heads
  • Experience Australia’s largest TreeTop adventure park at Tamborine Mountain
  • Dine at the top of the Q1 building at 270m high
  • Fish, camp, kayak and swim at Tallebudgera Creek
  • Sky Dive over the coast with a beautiful beach landing
  • Stroll the beachside stores of Miami Marketta whilst listening to live music
  • Take a picnic to Coombabah Lakes
  • Tackle the 20km of mountain bike trails at Nerang.

Gold Coast Tours Can Be Tailored According to Your Needs

Do you want a 1 Hour Gold Coast Jet Boat Tour? Or how about a 2 Hour Gold Coast Surf Lesson with wetsuits, rash shirts, and surfboards included? With so many beautiful places to choose from, we know that exploring the Gold Coast can be confusing for some, which is why we offer various tour options for travelling convenience. For example, one of our most popular tours is the Gold Coast Theme Park Combination Pass which allows 3 days of unlimited entry to Movie World, Sea World, and Wet’n’Wild with nearly 100 rides, performances, and entertainment for all!

Frequently asked questions about the Gold Coast

Is the Gold Coast expensive to visit?

The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, so prices are often high, we recommend packaging your activities to create savings.

How long do you need to see the Gold Coast?

5 days

With the multitude of theme parks and the selection of beaches to easily spend the entire day, we recommend around 5 days in the Gold Coast.

When is the best time to visit?

The Gold Coast really is a year-round destination. Summer is packed full of activities, sunshine, and people. Autumn offers the best surf and the theme parks are less crowded at this time. Winter is ideal for whale watching and Spring brings strong winds perfect for adventure sports like kite and windsurfing.

What is the best way to travel around the city?

Purchase a go card that can be used on all of TransLink’s bus, train, ferry, and tram services, this will be cheaper than the cost of a paper ticket.

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