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.