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Gold Coast Tourist InformationWhat you need to know if you're holidaying...

The Gold Coast is recognised as the undisputed tourist capital of Australia. While over 500,000 locals enjoy the lifestyle the area offers (making it Australia's sixth largest city), 4.2 million visitors a year also arrive to find a remarkable place for a holiday.

Here's the tourist and tourism information you'll want to know if you're coming to the Gold Coast on holidays (if you're looking for things do do while you're on holiday, there's a whole things to do section with info on all the theme parks, tourist attractions, and even free stuff!). If there's something else you think we should mention here, let us know and we'll write about it!

Destination Guides

Read our guides to the Gold Coast's favourite holiday destinations - find out what the most popular things to do are, shopping, dining and interactive maps.

With the Pacific Ocean on one side, the deep blue Nerang River on the other, and more shops, restaurants, high rise resorts and attractions squeezed in between than probably any other peninsula on earth - Surfers Paradise is the undisputed tourist capital of Australia. Surfers is known amongst locals to be THE place to go for a night out, with the majority of the Gold Coast's nightclubs, bars and pubs located in and around Orchid and Cavill Avenues.

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Broadbeach is home to many accommodation providers, entertainment venues, attractions and shopping making it one of the Gold Coast's top spots for family fun in the sun. With its wide, white sand, lifeguard patrolled beach, fronted by kid-friendly sub-tropical parks, Broadbeach provides safe, cost free, family fun. Alternatively Broadbeach is home to a thriving nightlife, with major venues like Jupiters Casino, the GCCEC and one of the Coast's premier dining strips.

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This unique village is only minutes north of Surfers and is widely regarded as the most sought after location in Queensland. Main Beach allows you to simultaneously bask in a lifestyle of relaxed beachside living whilst being in the hub of high end shopping and dining. Visit Mariners Cove for a myriad of different tours and cruises, head south to Tedder Ave for one of the Coast's best restaurant strips or simply laze about on the wide stretch of beaches.

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South East QLD's best-kept secret is this picturesque mountain rainforest region. The Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim, the region around Tamborine Mountain and the beautiful Lamington National Park, all part of the Border Ranges. We've included a comprehensive guide with our top picks for rainforest accommodation, National Parks, Mount Tamborine, the best scenic drives, bushwalking trails, natural attractions, wineries, hinterland tours & more!

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The Spit is a 5km long, relatively undeveloped, sandy isthmus starting at Main Beach and finishing at the seaway, where the Broadwater meets the Pacific Ocean. The Spit is home to some popular destinations including Fisherman's Wharf, Marina Mirage, Peter's Fish Market (for the freshest fish, and best fish and chips on the Coast), Palazzo Versace and Sea World, as well as a large 3-4km open area with several dog exercise, picnic spots and places to anchor.

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One of the largest sand islands in the world, Straddie is one of Australia’s national treasures and the perfect place for an island getaway. The island is popular among locals who know of the kilometres of white, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters while only a one hour drive and a ferry away. It’s a subtropical area with sunshine almost all year round and temperatures ranging from 20C in winter and 28C in summer and is split into North and South Stradbroke.

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Virtual Tours & Online Guides

Our Gold Coast maps provide an indepth look into the major tourist hotspots of the Gold Coast including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Main Beach which have their very own interactive Google maps showing stacks of detail, where you can zoom in and out to get a better view. 

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Take a photo tour and acquaint yourself with the real Gold Coast, from the beauty of the hinterland mountains to the towering skyscrapers of Surfers Paradise, there's more to the Gold Coast than you probably realise. Check these images before you jet off on you very own Gold Coast holiday. 

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This overview of Gold Coast history has been compiled from interviews with local history librarians, long-term residents and assistance from the Gold Coast City Council. Information about the Gold Coast's early settlers, the beginnings of the tourism industry and beyond.

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Gold Coast Weather, Transport Options...

The Gold Coast subtropical climate with warm winters and hot summers makes it the perfect holiday environment. View our 2-day Gold Coast weather forecast online - find out current weather conditions, temperature and historical weather data.

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Information on the Gold Coast Airport located in Coolangatta, including airlines that service the airport, flight routes, parking, facilities, car hire and contact information. This is both an international and domestic airport. 

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Getting around the Gold Coast is relatively easy as long as you have a general understanding of what options are available to you and plan a little in advance. Find out about the trains, trams and buses on the Gold Coast. 

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Airport transfers are an easy, cost effective way to travel to and from the Gold Coast airport. You can book one way or return tickets which will take you from the airport direct to your hotel and vice versa.

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The Gold Coast's public transport system is adequate for getting between your apartment and the nearest giant shopping centre, but if you really want to get out and enjoy the Gold Coast like a local, you're going to have to hire a car at some stage. 

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If your flight is taking you through or out of Brisbane Airport (rather than the Gold Coast) there are a range of options to get you to and from your Gold Coast accommodation in comfort and without stress. 

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More Gold Coast Tourist information

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

Cruises

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