Craving sunshine, beaches and non-stop fun? With oodles of summer activities, Queensland’s Gold Coast is certain to keep you busy. Here you can hit the clubs with your BFFs, lay back on the beach with your special someone, or take the kiddies on a hair-raising theme park ride. From surfing in Surfers Paradise (of course) and shopping in Broadbeach to bushwalks in Burleigh and wilderness in the Hinterland, the Coast has something for everyone - including you! Live every lastminute on this magnificent strip of golden beaches with our Gold Coast hotels.
Things to See and Do
A stretch of white sand with sparkling ocean on one side and tall buildings on the other, Surfers Paradise is definitely a paradise for surfers, as well as beach lovers in general! There are lifeguards here to keep an eye on you as you take a dip on a sunny Queensland day. There are stacks of things to do in Surfers beside the beaches, too. The shopping and restaurants are great (more about that below). Popular local attractions include Infinity and the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. You can also test yourself to see if you can stomach the Sling Shot or Vomatron.
If Surfers isn’t your bag, baby, there are heaps of other places to get your beach on on the Gold Coast. Burleigh Heads is not only a much-loved surfing and swimming destination, it also has a national park where you can wander through lush rainforest around the side of the headland. You can also find lovely beaches in Coolangatta, Currumbin, Main Beach and Kirra, among others.
The Gold Coast’s theme parks are legendary. From adrenaline rushes to adorable fairy penguins, Dream World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet and Wild and Sea World are where it’s at!Speaking of adorable animals, you can find cuddly koalas - as well as kangaroos, marsupials and more – at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Gold Coast Hinterland. Mt. Tamborine has rainforests, waterfalls, glow worm caves, crystal shops and friendly pubs.Finally, explore Springbrook National Park and Lamington National Park for lush, gorgeous rainforests teeming with wildlife.
Shopping, Dining and Nightlife
From suburban op shops to shiny mega-malls, the Gold Coast has choices, choices and more choices for shopping. Robina Town Centre and Pacific Fair have stylish fashion stores to get you looking your best and plenty of food options. Harbour Town is an outlet shopping haven that’s hard to beat for bargains. For something a little different, wander the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, the art and craft markets of Broadbeach or Coolangatta, and Carrara Markets, which is Australia’s biggest permanent weekend market.
There isn’t enough time to list all the fantastic dining options on the Gold Coast, but let’s just say there’s something to suit YOUR tastes. Fancy dining, seafood and fish, Mexican, cafes by the sea and even theatre restaurants (DRACULAS!) make having a meal on the Coast as memorable as the rest of the trip.
Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise is the beating heart of the Goldie’s nightlife, and boy does it go off! You can find cocktail lounges, tapas and wine bars, thumping dance clubs and oh-so-many DJs.
It’s easy to get to the Gold Coast when you bundle up your Gold Coast flights and accommodation with us.
Don't stress about securing your Gold Coast hotel. lastminute.com.au lists more than 305 accommodation. Keep in mind though, the sooner you lock it in, the sooner you can begin setting out your amazing adventures! (You'll likely save a bit of cash too.)
If you'd rather spend cash on adventures than on accommodation, the Zenith Ocean Front Apartments and the Broadwater Tourist Park are two places you should check out. But if luxury is your thing, the Palazzo Versace or the Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise will be right up your alley.
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