Australia’s Gold Coast is Famous for fun and welcomes visitors with an offering of adrenalin-packed adventure, relaxed and carefree enjoyment of natural surrounds, plus the opportunity to indulge and explore the diverse beauty of this vast landscape.
The contrasts of the Gold Coast unite to deliver every holiday experience you could desire in one friendly place. More than 300 days of sunshine each year allow you to explore more than 70 kilometres of unspoiled coastline and beaches as well as 100,000 hectares of World Heritage rainforest. Here you can discover native Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. As Australia’s sixth largest city, the Gold Coast is also home to a broad assortment of after dark entertainment opportunities, perfect for quiet and intimate gatherings or more extravagant and festive get-togethers. The Gold Coast invites you to dine in some of its 600 restaurants and cafes and enjoy the southern hemisphere’s largest range of attractions and activities, all while discovering rich Australian landscapes just 20 minutes’ drive from the city heart.
The Gold Coast is all about fun, entertainment, nightlife and shopping. There are the lively precincts of Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and Broadbeach – plus the ever active Broadwater and Southport Seaway. You can easily fill your day with thrill rides, water slides, jet boats, surf breaks or just lounging around. It’s just as active by night with bright lights, dining and dance venues, bustling bars and casino spread throughout this city by the sea. Retail enthusiasts can nab endless bargains among a range of popular brand factory outlets, luxurious high fashion boutique stores, plus popular arts, crafts and local produce markets. Golfing resorts are also a major part of why the Gold Coast is Famous for fun.
As a major coastal hub of South East Queensland, the Gold Coast has much to offer international visitors.
The Gold Coast is one big adventure waiting to be discovered. Amazing new hotel properties such as the five star Peppers Broadbeach and Hilton Surfers Paradise have been welcoming guests making it a very exciting time to visit the city. Exciting too are the numerous things to see and do throughout the region that are sure to encourage travellers to place Australia’s Gold Coast on their must-do list. Just 40 minutes’ drive from the city heart is a hinterland of subtropical rainforest, interspersed with mountain villages, bushwalks, waterfalls and swimming holes, plus valleys of working produce farms and cattle stations. Day tours are extremely popular, where roaming wildlife and an array of flora and fauna represent nature at its finest. If you’re feeling active you can try hang gliding, horse riding, 4WD tours, hot air ballooning, ATV adventures or canopy walks.
The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is set on 30 acres of stunning rainforest and allows visitors to explore along a spectacular elevated walkway, high above the ground in the beautiful rainforest canopy, descending gradually to the densely vegetated rainforest floor. The walk follows points of interest including rockpools and waterfalls, a butterfly lookout, local history enclosure and sheltered rest areas along the way, until reaching the amazing Skywalk, a 40 metre long cantilever soaring 30 metres above the valley, creek and the rainforest canopy below.
Bed-and-breakfast outlets, wineries, boutique distilleries, breweries, restaurants, rustic homesteads, plus local produce, arts and crafts and jewellery stores are scattered throughout this rural setting. Foremost among the magical experiences on offer to travellers are an overnight stay at award winning, boutique establishments, Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa and the Escarpment Retreat. The architecturally stunning Peppers property offers the height of style and comfort with eight beautifully appointed villas and exclusive one or two bedroom executive suite, complete with day spa, an infinity edge swimming pool, heated therapeutic spa, golf practice area, walking tracks plus a lounge, bar and dining area.
Similarly, the Escarpment Retreat’s appeal has been reconfirmed after recently being awarded one of TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the South Pacific. Such recognition places the small, boutique Mount Tamborine six-villa retreat alongside International favourites such as the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa in French Polynesia.
To gain your bearings upon arrival at the Gold Coast, venture to the all-new Skypoint Observation Deck, situated on Level 77 and Level 78 of the World’s tallest residential tower, the iconic Q1. This attraction tells the Gold Coast story via glass window overlays, foot level signs, informative feature zones, static displays and video presentations that promote the lifestyle and the entire spectrum of experiences available on the Gold Coast. This high climbing chameleon doubles as a chic, high-altitude lounge bar after-dark with a hot line-up of live entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and a new cocktail menu including the signature ‘Mile High.’
Among the new and exciting dining fare currently available on the Gold Coast are the in-house options at the newly branded QT Gold Coast hotel in Surfers Paradise. The Stingray Lounge is a sophisticated refuge defined by impressive lofty ceilings, architecturally designed space, plus extensive mix of lounge, bar and table seating. And forget what you think you know about hotel restaurants, QT Gold Coast’s Bazaar reinterprets the traditional hotel dining concept by marrying the infectious energy of the inspired international street stalls, souks and bodegas, with QT Gold Coast sophistication. [member]
Featuring a collection of the best recipes from Morocco, the Mediterranean, Asia and the Middle East, once you’ve made your order, you’re invited to sit back and enjoy the process as your meal is created right in front of your eyes. And when it comes to activities, Gold Coast waterways are a sanctuary of fun-filled pursuits where thrill seekers can choose from jetboating, parasailing, kite surfing, diving, jet-ski safaris, snorkelling, tall-ship cruising and yachting. A learn-to-surf class guided by world champions is a must do, as are paddling and kayaking explorations. Board a catamaran and enjoy deep sea fishing, marvel during a whale-watching tour, take in a guided cruise of the waterways or simply swim among the surf at some of the best beaches in the world.
Renowned theme park, Sea World has welcomed 12 additional King and Gentoo penguins to its newest animal exhibit ‘Penguin Encounter’. The $A12M Penguin Encounter exhibit is an amazing frozen world which is already home to six of the world’s second largest penguin species, the King penguin as well as six Gentoo penguins. Across the waters at Tangalooma Island Resort, a smooth-water catamaran cruise at sunset plus Segway and stand-up paddle board tours have been added to the activities offering, while in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Racecentre is the newest attraction, providing one of only a handful of full-motion motor racing simulators available in the World.
Drivers race against each other in the car model of their choice including F1, V8, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche to name just a few. The southern reaches of the Gold Coast are a famous haven of coastal and hinterland surrounds boasting renowned ecofriendly hotspots. Burleigh National Park is home to Australian brush-turkey nesting mounds, seabirds and water dragons and features ancient volcanic columns that hug the Pacific Ocean to the east, providing great opportunities to view migrating whales during the June to November season.
But it isn’t just the beach and rainforest where you can encounter native wildlife up close on the Gold Coast. Wildlife sanctuaries and theme parks have created habitats that offer extraordinary real-life experiences with native Australian icons. Cuddle a koala, mix with kangaroo herds, swim with dolphins, handfeed lorikeets, nurse a baby crocodile or caress a full-sized snake. You can even feed sharks and stingrays, steal a kiss from a seal or take a sneak peak at a platypus. Gold Coast animal encounters offer truly memorable experiences for kids and adults alike. Choose Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Seaworld, Dreamworld, Paradise Country, Australian Outback Spectacular or Numinbah Valley Horse Trails. Holiday makers are encouraged to do what all visitors do and become a permanent player in the many activities and experiences that make Australia’s Gold Coast Famous for fun.
About Gold Coast Tourism
Established in 1975, Gold Coast Tourism is a not-for-profit, membership based, destination marketing organisation structured to promote the city as a leisure and business event destination through global consumer, trade, media and travel industry channels.
If you would like further information on Gold Coast Tourism, please contact our head office in Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise on firstname.lastname@example.org or (+61) 07 5592 2699.
If You Go…..
Golden Shores Holiday Club, Labrador
If peace and relaxation is your idea of a perfect holiday Golden Shores Holiday Clubwill not disappoint. Ideally located opposite the Broadwater this resort is a perfect base from which to explore the Gold Coast’s extensive waterways. Whether it’s canoeing, fishing, cruising or jetskiing this region is a haven for water lovers everywhere.
For those not taken with water activities the variety of nearby restaurants, cafes and clubs will be sure to keep you entertained. Take advantage of the resort bicycles and cruise the myriad of designated pathways, follow the Labrador heritage walk, learning the history of the area as you go.
Harbour Town, the Gold Coast’s largest brand direct outlet shopping centre is a short drive from the resort. Children are not forgotten at Golden Shores with organised inhouse activities, arts & crafts, board games or beach and pool toys. The well appointed two bedroom apartments are fully self-contained with a balcony overlooking the clear blue waters of the tropical pool and Broadwater. The friendly staff are only too happy to share their extensive knowledge of the local area and tours on offer to ensure you get the most out of your well-earned holiday. Golden Shores Holiday Club is truly a tranquil holiday retreat.
Tel: 07 5591 3577
Affiliated To: Classic Holiday Club
Beach House Seaside Resort, Coolangatta
Located beachfront in Coolangatta, Beach House Seaside Resort is a local icon with the original building built in 1912. Boasting 132 fully self contained two bedroom apartments and surrounded by restaurants, clubs, shopping and some of the Gold Coast’s most picturesque beaches, our guests are spoilt for choice.
The resort also offers state of the art recreation and barbecue facilities, on the first floor overlooking the sparkling blue
ocean. If relaxation is high on your list, laze the day away by the pool, enjoy a spa or sauna, or have the friendly reception staff organise a pamper treatment in the comfort of your own room. If action and adventure is what you’re after join the experienced Activities team for a day of sailing, canoeing and beach games or take a surf lesson at Snapper Rocks, home to world champions Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson.
Beach House offers an exclusive bus service for resort guests only to some of the Gold Coast’s biggest attractions including Jupiters casino, Dracula’s theatre restaurant and the theme parks. Relax, enjoy your holiday and let the friendly resort staff organise your transport so you can concentrate on experiencing all the Gold Coast has to offer. Beach House Seaside Resort is your beach holiday with style.
Tel: 07 5590 2111/
Affiliated to: Classic Holiday Club
Wyndham Surfers Paradise
With mile after mile of sun kissed white sandy beaches, lush hinterland, theme parks and exquisite dining it’s little wonder the Gold Coast is widely known as Australia’s playground. Located in the heart of the beautiful beach city, Wyndham Surfers Paradise is ideally positioned to explore the brilliant attractions the Gold Coast has to offer.
Built in 2009, the 17-storey hotel boasts a fresh, contemporary design. The deluxe, self-contained apartments have been stylishly appointed with European appliances and offer magnificent views of the surrounding beaches and hinterland. Most rooms have Ocean or River and Hinterland views.
The hotel has its own ground floor retail and cafe precinct. In the lobby you will find a concierge and tour desk, a wine bar and cafe. Other facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool and a hot tub/spa bath. The recreation deck also features BBQs with relaxed alfresco seating.
Wyndham Surfers Paradise’s central location means you have easy access to all the sights and experiences on offer from theme parks, beaches, waterfalls and wineries to first class dining, shopping and entertainment. www.wyndhamvrap.com/resorts/surfers
Tel: +61 7 5579 6500
Affiliated to: Wyndham Vacation Resorts
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Kirra Beach
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Kirra Beach is your gateway to the diversity of Queensland’s tantalising Gold Coast and is a stone’s throw to one of the most famous surfing beaches in the world. Situated on the corner of Coyne & Winston Streets, the apartments are ideally located to explore all the Gold Coast has to offer.
Unwind on the glorious beaches or hike through untouched hinterland. Treat yourself to world-class shopping, explore a varied selection of theme parks or tempt yourself with an array of dining experiences. It’s the ocean, just a short walk from the lobby, you’ll want most. Whether it’s a stroll at sunset, beach fishing at dusk, a leisurely swim, an adventure-packed scuba dive or even taking on the swell with a surfboard, the celebrated blue waters and golden sands are yours to enjoy.
The hinterland is also close-by, only about an hour’s drive. Just behind the coastline is the magnificent backdrop of a vast mountainous region – national parks, subtropical rainforests and waterfalls.
Kirra Beach is known for its laid-back lifestyle and tranquil environment, it boasts many of the area’s best kept secrets.
Tel: +61 7 5590 6188
Affiliated to: Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific [/member]