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The Gold Coast is the biggest tourist hot spot in Queensland, and for good reason. The long white sandy beaches, excellent shopping, dining and attractions all contribute to making the Gold Coast the top place to go on holiday if you live in Australia or travelling from overseas.

From family-friendly serviced apartments, and affordable accommodation to 5-star luxury resorts; there's a wide variety of accommodation that suit all budgets and tastes, with the majority situated close to the coast and beaches. You'll also find most of them have outdoor swimming pools, BBQ facilities and other great amenities to help make your stay even more comfortable. These beautiful stretches of gold have made beachside suburbs, including Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and Broadbeach the most popular places to stay on the Gold Coast.

For more information on each of these destinations and to help make your decision of where to stay on the Gold Coast a little easier, browse through the pages below.

Stay in Gold Coast Airport

Imagine within 30 minutes of landing at Gold Coast Airport, you could be checked in and dipping your toes into the surf. Choose to stay close to the airport and enjoy the Coast's best beaches, with easy access to Northern NSW, including Byron Bay. There are several accommodation styles from family-friendly resorts, aparthotels and motels located directly on the beach. Stay at Bilinga, Tugun, Coolangatta, Tweed Heads or Currumbin.

Stay in Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is Australia's favourite playground for families, couples, groups and business travellers with its huge range of entertainment and dining options. Not to mention every accommodation type imaginable. Luxury 5 star towers, family-friendly resorts, budget backpackers and huge self-contained apartments with stunning views - you'll find the perfect place to stay and be within walking distance of the famous Surfers Paradise Beach plus dozens of awesome attractions. 

Stay in Broadbeach

Broadbeach is not just great for families anymore with your pick of large, self-contained apartments, it has also now cemented itself as the restaurant capital of the Gold Coast. Drawcards like the majorly upgraded The Star Casino, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, stunning beaches, and the busy Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre within walking distance make Broadbeach the easy option! Plus, you'll have easy access to public transport options like the G:link tram.

Stay in Burleigh Heads

Officially home to the Gold Coast's best beach, Burleigh Heads is the perfect spot for a getaway. Where locals want to live and where tourists who want a relaxing holiday want to stay. Enjoy the laidback foreshore by day and the buzzing food and bar scene by night. Wake up to uninterrupted views of these protected waters from your 1, 2 or 3 bedroom self-contained holiday apartment.

Stay in Gold Coast Hinterland

World Heritage-listed subtropical rainforests less than an hours drive from the beach. Marvel at ancient forests, magnificent views, waterfalls and wineries, and play in the clouds in what they call 'the green behind the gold'. With an array of country accommodation options, from bed and breakfasts and villas to tree houses and homes, you'll forget the busy city and ocean is only a short drive away.

Stay in Main Beach

The boutique hub of Gold Coast glamour, Main Beach has 5-star accommodation galore, all within close proximity to the Marina Mirage shopping and dining precinct and family favourite theme park, Sea World. Stay at Imperial Hotel Gold Coast (formerly Palazzo Versace), Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort or choose from a stack of holiday accommodation options a bit further south close to Tedder Avenue and Macintosh Park.

Stay in Coolangatta

Coolangatta is the most southern suburb on the Gold Coast and is known for its great surf and world-famous point-break, sandy beaches, excellent beachside dining and shopping, not to mention the proximity to the Gold Coast airport. There is accommodation to suit all budgets in Cooly with plenty of apartment buildings located right on the beach. Known for its casual coastal charm, Coolangatta offers a true Gold Coast experience.

Stay in Palm Beach

Palm Beach is the most idyllic spot for a beachside getaway and with the exploding restaurant and cafe scene it is fast becoming a favourite stop for visitors. Sleep in absolute beachfront apartments or holiday homes and wake up to the roaring surf. Grab a coffee at an uber-trendy cafe and hit Queensland's thrice-voted cleanest beach for the day. Plus, you'll be a stone's throw from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Stay in Southport

Southport is the business, medical and commercial centre for the Gold Coast and it has a huge range of accommodation options like aparthotels, motels, backpackers and holiday homes. It's a great jumping-off point to explore the Gold Coast but there's lots to do right on your doorstep like visiting the Broadwater Parklands, Australia Fair Shopping Centre, Chinatown and Ferry Road Markets.

Stay in Backpackers & Hostels

Beach? Tick! Nightlife? Tick! Sunny skies? Tick! It's no wonder the Gold Coast is on top of every backpacker's bucket list! Quality, budget accommodation is no better than on the Gold Coast with many of the best backpacker hostels located in the best spots like Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta, Southport and there’s even one in Main Beach beside The Imperial Hotel.

Stay in Family Accommodation

The Gold Coast is one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations for families, with more family accommodation offerings and family-friendly resorts than any other city in the country. Choose to stay in large self-contained apartments, resorts with fantastic kids clubs and playgrounds, hotels close to theme parks, patrolled beaches and all that the Gold Coast has to offer. 

Stay in A Caravan Park

The Gold Coast has become world famous for its high-rise accommodation but if you know where to look you can find some fantastic camping grounds and caravan parks scattered in incredibly picturesque places. There are dozens of great locations on the Gold Coast to park your caravan or camper, or pitch a tent. Stay close to the water, theme parks or in the beautiful hinterland.


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The Gold Coast is incredibly popular with tourists thanks to great weather year-round, pristine beaches, fantastic shopping destinations such as Pacific Fair and Harbour Town, and an unbeatable range of attractions and fun things to do. Enjoy each of the major theme parks, have fun on the water on a jet ski, kayak or jet boat, go hot air ballooning over the Hinterland and learn to surf at world-famous Surfers Paradise beach or Coolangatta beach, or simply spend the day at the beach and relax. At night you can take your pick of the hundreds of amazing restaurants and dining options, visit a bar or have a gamble at The Star Gold Coast casino. 

Because of this, accommodation on the Gold Coast is in high demand throughout the year but during peak periods such as school holidays and surrounding major events, demand skyrockets. You may be able to get some last-minute deals on accommodation however it's best to book in advance to not only get a better rate, but to also secure a stay at your chosen Gold Coast hotel or resort. 

You'll find the majority of accommodation choices are close to the beachside but there are plenty of motels and holiday villages scattered throughout the suburbs. Depending on your budget and the type of accommodation you choose, you can expect the following facilities:

  • Swimming pools
  • Gym
  • Breakfast
  • BBQ or kitchen facilities
  • Parking
  • Balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Wifi
  • Dining and/or Bars
  • Kid's clubs
  • Hotel transfers

It's vital to check the individual facilities listed on the provider's website or booking engine result to ensure you know what facilities will be available. 

Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images

Things to do and seeOn the Gold Coast in Queensland

Theme Parks

Combo passes & packages

Free things to do

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


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