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Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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The article is about a city in Australia. There is also a Florida Gold Coast. For the African country known as the Gold Coast in colonial times, see Ghana.

The Gold Coast is large city with many districts, see articles for Surfers Paradise and Tweed Heads and Coolangatta containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings for those districts

The Gold Coast [1] is a coastal city in the southeast corner of the state of Queensland in Australia, located between the state capital of Brisbane to the north and the New South Wales state border to the south. The Gold Coast has long been a high-profile tourist destination for Australians and overseas travelers alike, with Surfers Paradise being the hub of tourist activity

Looking over the Gold Coast
Looking over the Gold Coast



The Gold Coast is a large urban area with a population of 550,000 and is administered by the Gold Coast City Council (headquatered at Evandale in Surfers Paradise) and the Tweed Shire. It is also considered to be key part of Greater Brisbane, a conurbation or agglomeration with a population over 3 million. The Gold Coast shares the its infrastructure, facilities, services and labour market with Brisbane, with commuters using the railway and motorway between the centres on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, many tourists have a misconception of the highrises and crowds of Surfers Paradise make it overdeveloped or a 'tourist trap' without understanding that these buildings are largely residential and that the city boast many services and industries not directly related to tourism.

The Gold Coast that visitors are more familiar with consists of the coastal suburbs stretching from Paradise Point to Tweed Heads (about 35km)with Surfers Paradise being the hub of leisure activity.

  • Paradise Point, Hollywell, Runaway Bay and Labrador - These northern suburbs of are largely residential.
  • Southport - This is the commercial centre with shopping, hospitals, business, industry and government offices.
  • Main Beach - An upmarket suburb with high rises and resorts.
  • Surfers Paradise - The most commercialised suburb in regards to tourism, with the highest concentration of accommodation and attractions.
  • Broadbeach - The second busiest suburb for tourists and quieter than Surfers Paradise. It has many restaurnts, highrises, a casino and 2 shopping complexes.
  • Mermaid Beach and Miami - Largely low-rise residential suburbs with activity along the highway in the form of motels and restaurants.
  • Burleigh Heads - Numerous highrise apartment buildings and a small commercial area. The beaches are popular with surfers and families.
  • Palm Beach - Largely residential area.
  • Currumbin, Tugun and Bilinga - Largely residential area dotted with apartments, papular with families and locals. Convenient to the airport and motorway.
  • Kirra, Coolangatta and Tweed Heads - The southern end has several hisrise apartments amongst a small but popular shopping and entertainment area.


The Gold Coast Hinterland is the largely rural area away from the coast, it begins west of the Pacific Motorway. It consists of mountain ranges covered with rainforest, much of it part of national parks.


The Gold Coast has a mild, sub-tropical climate, with consistent temperatures year-round, averaging 31 degrees in the summer and 25 degrees in the winter. The winter months tend to have little rainfall, while the summer has frequent storms originating from the west.

  • The Gold Coast Airport (IATA: OOL) [2] is in Coolangatta and is also often referred to as the Coolangatta Airport. It is a fairly small terminal but it handles around 3.5 million passengers per year with frequent connections from major Australian cities and some international flights from New Zealand and Asia. It is around 30 minutes drive to Surfers Paradise. There is a shuttle bus connecting the airport to the main Surfside buses route between Tweed Heads and Surfers Paradise.
  • A viable alternative, especially if hiring a car, is to fly into Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE). You can catch a direct train to Robina to connect with the local buses, or it is around 90 minutes drive.

By train

Queensland Rail runs an electric CityTrain service [3] from Brisbane to Coomera, Helansvale, Nerang and Robina. Trains run half hourly from 6 am to midnight, 7 days per week. Trains can get crowded at peak times. Busses connect to Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta, and into northern New South Wales.

Countrylink [4] run trains from Sydney with bus connections at Casino for services direct to Surfers Paradise or Tweed Heads.

Get around

By car

All attractions around the Gold Coast are accessible by car, and there are large parking lots at the theme parks and other attractions. Parking meters are found in the busiest streets of Surfers Paradise, Southport and Burleigh Heads, but free parking can be found a few street blocks away. There are paid parkinga areas in Surfers Paradise and Southport operated by shopping centres and the city council that charge about $1 per hour, the largest is the Bruce Bishop Car Park adjacent to the transit centre.

The Gold Coast doesnt suffer from the same congestion as Brisbane, largely because it has several business centres. The morning peak hour is 7 am to 8.30 am, while the afternoon peak is 3.30 pm to 5 pm. Roads to avoid at these times include Bundall Road, Southport-Nerang Road, The Gold Coast Hwy at Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Motorway between Nerang and Palm Beach.

Most reputable car hire companies have offices located at Brisbane and Gold Coast Airport. While most car rental companies hire to people 25 years of age and over, some all-age car rental companies do hire to younger drivers over 18 years of age (there are surcharges involved for under-age drivers).

By bus

Surfside Buslines, [5] provide the main form of public transport around the Gold Coast and stops are located on most main roads. Buses run 24 hours a day, but are more frequent in the daytime. All the main tourist attractions are serviced by bus. The frequency of services up and down the coast along the beach between Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise is very good. For other routes, and theme parks, it is best to check the timetable in advance.

Airport Transfers (shuttles) operate 'door to door' between Coolangatta Airport and accommodation along the coast and are a popular alternative to taxis. They cost approximately $15 per person

By taxi

Expect to wait up to an hour or more for a taxi on busy nights. A taxi fare between the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise costs around $55 and a sedan limousine is about the same. Stretch limousines are another option for groups of more than four with a cost of around $100-$110.

By bike

Gold Coast Oceanway [6]is a 36km pathway for pedestrians and cyclists linking Point Danger to the Gold Coast Seaway, within is most of the coastal length of the city. It can get a little crowded with pedestrians in parts.

Surfers Paradise Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta SLSC Deck
Coolangatta SLSC Deck

There are 40km and well over 30 beaches to see and swim in. Almost all are patrolled by volunteer and professional lifesavers. The patrolled areas being enclosed by red and yellow flags. See the signs on any beach will show you the closest patrolled beaches at any particular time of year.

The only time it is advised to venture outside of these flags is when surfing, otherwise always swim between the flags. If you do get into trouble or feel yourself being pulled out of your depth don't try to swim against the water, you can attract the attention of a lifesaver's help by putting a hand up.

105.7 Radio Metro [7] has detailed surf reports at 7AM, midday and 3PM each day.

  • Surfers Paradise has a long stretch of beach, with flags and patrols ever few hundred metres along the beach. Sure to find a place for a swim, but the beach right outside of Cavill Ave is generally very busy and packed with tourists, just walk north or south along the beach to find a (slightly) less crowded alternative.
  • Broadbeach is about 3km south (40 minutes walk, 5 minute drive) of Surfers Paradise and will generally have the same surf conditions as Surfers Paradise. The upside, however, is that it's not that far away and nowhere near as busy as Surfers. Just in from the beach is Kurrawa Park, a shopping centre full of cafes, restaurants and Jupiters Casino.
  • North Burleigh is a further 4km down from Broadbeach (and over a small hill). It's generally less popular than its bigger brother, Burleigh Heads, but a good place to go if there are winds blowing from the north as the hill provides a bit of protection. Although if there are northerly winds, swimming in the afternoon isn't such a good idea as they'll bring in the stingers.
  • Burleigh Heads is only 2km south of North Burleigh and a nice beach with a large park and a hill that is good for picnics. There are cafes surrounding the beach and the hill cover means that this beach is usually pretty nice when there are winds coming from the south (whereas others like Surfers will be blown out and horrible).

That's pretty much as far down as you can walk from Surfers, any further and it's wise to catch a bus or take a drive.

  • Tallebudgeera Creek is a popular swimming lagoon with families, fantastic for people who don't feel comfortable in the surf but still want to take a dip.
  • Currumbin is a fantastic lagoon-cross-beach, if you can get there it's well worth a trip. Mostly inhabited by locals learning to surf, easiest waves on the coast.
  • Kirra is another famous surfing spot.
  • Greenmount beach in Coolangatta offers the most spectacular scenery and views up the coast, also a fantastic place for a picnic.
  • Rainbow Bay is just on the other side of Greenmount
  • The world renown Snapper Rocks is right next to Rainbow Bay and is home of the Quiksilver Pro [8].


Referred to as "the green behind the gold" (a reference to Australia's national colours - green and gold), the Gold Coast Hinterland is home to three national parks, numerous mountains, creeks, waterfalls valleys, and natural rock formations. The area is mostly covered in sub-tropical rainforest, but sections have been cleared for dairy farm land and wineries. The Hinterland is best seen by car or on a bus tour.

  • Mt Tamborine
  • Springbrook
  • Numinbah Valley (including Natural Bridge/Arch)
  • Currumbin Valley


The Gold Coast region is big on theme parks. Investigate ticket discounts before you go, as multi-park passes, combined travel and entry, and multi-day passes can usually be obtained at a discount. If you are a member of an Australian motoring association, you can purchase tickets from them before you travel at a discount. Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild are all owned by the same parent company, so if you're planning on hitting two or more of them it will probably be cheaper to check out one of their combo tickets [9].

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World offer the same kind of deal [10].During peak season expect them to be quite busy:

  • Sea World [11] — First opened in 1958 before moving to its present site in 1971, Sea World is the oldest and also one of the most established theme parks in Australia. It's the closest to heart of the Gold Coast and will be interesting for those who have a liking for marine animals. Lots of shows and live acts, and you could easily spend a day here without going on any rides. It still does have a some thrill rides, with the corkscrew roller coaster, and speed water slides.
  • Dreamworld [12] — Traditional theme park with a popular tiger zoo and the home of the Australian Big Brother House. The park itself is quite small. But there is a few good rides and it is one of the best places to go in Australia if you are after thrill rides. Also includes a great little kids area with Wiggleworld.
  • Warner Bros. Movie World [13] — Movie themed park with Warner Bros. themed rides and Loony Toons walking around all over the place. It is the most themed of the Gold Coast parks and includes the fastest (and in fact only real good) rollercoaster in Australia (Superman Escape) Once again a good place for the thrillseekers.
  • Wet'n'Wild, +61 7 5573 2255, [14]. 10AM - 5PM (9PM during Jan) except Dec 25 and April 25 (1.30PM - 5PM). Water theme park with a wide range of slides, a wave pool, 'dive-in movies' at night in the wave pool (if you wish) and even a river where you can just lie in a tube and float around and around! A definite must during the summer, though best left to a day that isn't stupidly hot or the queues are just ridiculous. If you go in winter, the water is heated. Adults $49/Children (4-13yrs) & Pensioners $32.  edit
  • Australian Outback Spectacular, 133 386, [15]. Nightly Tues-Sun (except Dec 25 ), ~7PM. New Epic Outback Show, complete with stampeding cattle, wild horses and an Australian Dinner. Free stockman's hat! Adults $99/Pensioners $89/Children (4-13yrs) $65.  edit
  • WhiteWater World, +61 7 5588 1111, [16]. 10AM - 5PM except Dec 25 and April 25 (1.30PM - 5PM). A newer water park next to Dreamworld, said to be just as good as Wet'n'Wild, if not better. Combined tickets available. Adults $45/Children (4-13yrs) & Pensioners $30.  edit
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, [17]. Originally famous for its birdfeeding of rainbow lorikeets, this park has expanded to have a number of animal exhibits. Although the lorikeet feeding still takes place just inside the entrace, there are hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings around the park. There are open enclosures where you can get close to the usual assortment of kangaroos, emus, wallabies, etc.  edit
  • Easy hike up Burleigh Mountain, half an hour busride south of Surfers Paradise (take route 700 (Tweed Heads) bus from Cavill Avenue, get off at the Gold Coast Highway/Ikkina Road stop.). This small mountain is situated at the mouth of Tallebudgera Creek as it joins the ocean and is flanked by swimming spots in the river and the beach. The mountain is just beside the main road, and it is an easy walk to the top, where you can visit the information centre, see the remains of Aboriginal middens, see rock formations left behind by ancient eruptions of Mount Warning, and try spotting whales and sea eagles from the lookouts over the southern coastline. FREE.  edit

Be wary

Be wary of street vendors promising free tickets to theme parks. You generally see these people on Cavill Mall in Surfers Paradise. They promise free theme park tickets in return for 3-4 hours of your time watching a timeshare presentation. Many legitimate vendors sell discounted theme park tickets. Check out the tourist information booths run by Gold Coast Tourism Corporation [18].


Cavill mall and surrounds have some cheap souvenir and t-shirt shops. There are dozens of stores around Surfers Paradise catering exclusively for the tourist market and Australian opals, sheepskins, wool products, and aboriginal "artefacts". Watch out for overpriced goods. Local newspapers regularly run stories about "discount warehouses" being taken to court for selling souvenirs at exorbitant prices to Asian tourists on organized tours.

Surfers Paradise has several shopping centres including the Centro Shopping Plaza (with Woolworths supermarket and numerous souvineer shops), the Chevron Renaissance (with Coles Supermarkets and fashion shops). Although these cater for most tourist needs, better value for everyday items can generally be found outside Surfers Paradise.

  • Carrara Markets, Carrara (corner of Gooding Drive and Manchester Road), [19]. Sat and Sun 7AM-4PM. Massive outdoor market of over 500 stalls, selling everything from food to clothing to plants, and a lot more. Cheap shuttle bus service from Surfer's Paradise, a good FREE day out, something for the whole family. free.  edit
  • Harbourtown, Biggera Waters (Cnr Gold Coast Hwy and Oxley Drive). Offers 'warehouse direct' and discount fashion outlets as well as Reading Cinema. Bus from Soutport.  edit
  • Robina Town Centre, Robina (near Railway Station). Large urban shopping mall with supermarkets, cinemas and variety stores.  edit
  • Pacific Fair, Broadbeach (Nerang Broadbeach Rd near Gold Coast Hwy), [20]. Houses a Myer department store, KMart and Target variety store and numerous specialty selling pretty much every consumer item you can think of, although its labyrinthine layout can be very confusing for the first-time visitor.  edit
  • Q Super Centre, Mermaid Waters (Cnr Bermuda Street and Merkeri Street), [21]. A good suburban shopping centre with lower grocery prices owing to competition between Aldi, Coles and Woolworths. It also has Clive Anthonys (electical retailer) and Sams Warehouse (discount variety shop).  edit
  • Australia Fair, Southport (Scarborough Street), [22]. A large shopping centre in the heart of Southport.  edit


The back arcades of Surfers Paradise have dozens of cheap Japanese and Korean "lunchbox" style restaurants and the quality is usually excellent, not to mention the price (less than $15 for a large main meal).

There is a very well priced sushi train one street north of Cavill Ave called Sushi in Paradise (2 Elkhorn Ave).

Tedder Avenue in Main Beach and the Broadbeach area have the largest concentration of restaurants and cafés with food ranging from gourmet seafood to pub fare. Expect to pay $20–$50 for a main meal. Don't forget that most of the restaurants are BYO.

There is an all you can eat Buffet in Conrad Jupiters Casino that offers lunch for $22.50, dinner for $40 (seafood on fri/sat for $50). The food there is delicious and there are plenty of entree's, mains, roasts and desserts. The only thing not included are desserts.

Heading north to the Marina's around the Broadwater will put you right amongst the Gold Coast's freshest fish markets. Peter's Fish Market is just north of Marina Mirage and will happily cook fish and chips if you have nowhere to do it yourself.


Try a local surf club for a cheap beer with a great view, you'll find one or two in every beachside suburb of the Gold Coast. They're generally located right in front of the beach their members patrol and serve deliciously affordable food and drinks. The fish doesn't actually get much fresher. Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise offer the biggest choice of bars, clubs, and cafes, and you can order almost anything you can dream up.

Further south, Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club, Tweed Heads & Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club and Rainbow Bay Surf Lifesaving Club have spectacular decks, good food and entertainment and friendly welcomes. Just sign in as a guest.

Twin Towns RSL is the largest RSL in NSW. On the border of Queensland and NSW it offers a variety of dining options, frequent entertainment acts, and a friendly environment all at club prices. It has the sterile renovated feel of many of the newer clubs, but it is possible to get a seat with nice view.

  • Backpacker hostels are mostly located in Surfers Paradise, Southport, Main Beach and Coolangatta with dorm beds starting at around $20 a night.
  • Motels are located all along the Gold Coast Hwy. Most can be found in Labrador, Mermaid Beach, Miami, Palm Beach and Tweed Heads. Single rooms are $60 to $80, while doubles rooms are $70 to $90 but prices increase during peak summer. Prices are lower and availability is better, the further they are away from Surfers Paradise.
  • Camping and Caravan grounds are dotted about the Gold Coast, although many have closed to make way for other development. The largest operater is Gold Coast Tourist Parks [23] a business arm of the Gold Coast City Council. It has 7 parks: Main Beach, Tallebudgera Creek, Burleigh Heads, Kirra Beach, Broadwater, Jacobs Well, Ocean Beach (Miami). Other caravan parks can be found in Miami, Carrara, Labrador, Nerang and Mudgeeraba. Accommodation options include caravan and camping sites, luxury cabins and group lodgings. Facilities may include swimming pools, play equipment and barbecue areas.
  • Apartment accommodation in high- and low-rise buildings. A two-bedroom apartment in Surfers Paradise will cost around $150 per night in the off-season, and upwards of $300 a night in peak summer. Many have a minimum stay of 3 or 5 nights and may allow only one Saturday night per seven days. Reception hours are limited and a bond may be required in some cases. Inside amenities typically include kitchen, washer and dryer, and separate bedrooms. Outside amenities may include swimming pool, gym and other resort facilities.
  • Hotels, include chains such as the Mariott, Crowne Plaza. Hotels are concentrated in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.
  • Luxury resorts
    • Palazzo Versace Hotel, Main Beach [24]
    • Sanctuary Cove Resort, Sanctuary Cove[25]
    • Conrad Jupiters, Broadbeach [26]
    • Sea World Resort, Main Beach [27]


Payphones are common.

Wireless Internet

Many accommodation operators offer free WiFi access to their guests. Other Wifi hotspots include McDonalds restaurants and coffee shops such as Starbucks and Gloria Jeans.

Stay Safe


Always swim between the flags, see Gold Coast Beaches.

Alcohol-fuelled violence

Violence often erupts late at night and in the early hours of the morning, particularly from Thursday to Saturday. Areas to be careful include Cavill Ave and Orchid Ave in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach Mall in Broadbeach and Griffith St in Coolangatta.

  • Brisbane, the state capital, is about 1 hour North.
  • The Sunshine Coast lies north of Brisbane.
  • Byron Bay is only an hour's drive south
  • Lamington National Park [28] is half an hour's drive west
  • The Tweed [29] is just south of the Gold Coast
  • Spend the day or longer in the hinterland - visit Springbrook Falls, Mt Tamborine, Natural Arch (see glow worms at night).
This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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