Feel the excitement of life in the fun lane at Australia’s Gold Coast
Where the sun shines on a spectacle of golden beaches, legendary theme parks, alfresco shopping and breathtaking rainforest.
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.
Introducing the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is a celebrated holiday experience set on one of Australia’s most spectacular natural stages. Revitalise the mind in Gold Coast hinterland, filled with lush rainforest and dotted with mountain villages, bushwalks, waterfalls and swimming holes plus valleys of working produce farms and cattle stations. Or, for an active approach hang glide, horse ride or 4WD and enjoy astounding landscapes and unmatched tranquillity.
Journey through this flourishing rural setting and see scattered bed-and-breakfast outlets, wineries, boutique distilleries and breweries, restaurants, rustic homesteads, plus local produce, arts, crafts and jewellery stores.
Australia’s Gold Coast continues to evolve as a haven for retail enthusiasts with a vast array of shopping options headlined by signature fashion boutiques, iconic department stores and local markets. Visit the tree-line boulevards of Surfers Paradise for shopping until 9pm every night and weekly beachfront markets. Or, head to Robina Town Centre - Queensland’s largest shopping centre and home to over 350 specialty stores.
Bask in the Gold Coast’s famous beach culture and meet the friendly sun bathed locals and lifeguards. The Gold Coast enjoys 30 different beaches each with their own personality, from world-famous surf breaks and cosy coastal settings in the south to family fun swimming spots and surf-life saving action in the north.
At your fingertips is every on-water activity imaginable; jetboating, parasailing, kite surfing, diving, jet ski safaris, snorkelling, tall-ship cruising and yachting. Conquering the balancing act between wave and surf with 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.
Naturally diverse landscapes are the backdrop to endless adventures that get the adrenalin pumping. Scream with excitement on the biggest and best rides inside the gates of the city’s theme parks. Whether you want to laze in a wave pool, check out a stunt show or ride on giant rollercoaster, the Gold Coast’s theme parks ensures fun for the whole family.
Turn a holiday into a lifetime of memories in the ever evolving home of culinary geniuses. Enjoy the wind in your hair and the scent of the sea salt from one of many restaurants with ocean panorama views sprinkled along the coast-line. Relish in the freshest seafood and local produce from hand-made fudge to creamy cheeses and enticing wines.
When to Visit
Daytime temperatures on the coast are generally in the mid 20°C range. The Hinterland is slightly cooler with maximum winter temperatures around 16°C. In winter, clear skies and dry air mean cool nights.
In summer (December - February) the average temperature on the Gold Coast is a pleasant 20-28°C, although January to March experience the highest rainfall. Hot days are often followed by tropical storms. Humidity is highest but is offset by cool sea breezes. It's one of the best times of the year to experience the Gold Coast's glorious beaches. The cool rainforests and mountain creeks of the hinterland offer a retreat from the hot summer days.
In Autumn (March - May) sunny days are followed by warm nights - ideal for outdoor water activities such as fishing and sailing. The Gold Coast Triathlon and Australian Surf Life Saving Championships are held in March and April.
Winter (June - August) on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry. June marks the beginning of whale watching season. Tour boats start heading out to find the whales in early June through to the end of October. The humidity is lower, there is less rain, but the temperature is still warm. The Surfers Paradise Festival runs from mid-June to mid-July.
Spring (September - November) has a similar climate to Autumn, with sunny days followed by mild tropical evenings. September can be windy, so great for sports such as kite-surfing, kite-boarding, windsurfing and sailing. You can experience the colourful spring flowers and gardens at the Springtime on the Mountain Festival at Mount Tamborine.
In October, see the Ironmen and Ironwomen competing at the Coolangatta Gold. Spring is also a pleasant time to visit the local markets or night markets in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach.
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