Aerial view of Coolangatta showing the beaches at the Southern end of the Gold Coast.. From left to right are the beaches of Point Danger,
Snapper Rocks, Greenmount & Coolangatta. Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Where is Gold Coast?

Welcome to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is known as the ‘glitter strip’ because it combines glamour, beach, and resort living. The key themes of this area are beach, fun, relaxation and natural beauty. There is something for everyone, from lounging on the beach, having a surf lesson, visiting our world class theme parks, to heading off for a picnic and a bush walk in one of the stunning national parks or rainforests.​​ 

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What to do

Beaches and water activities

  • Head off on a snorkeling and diving safari to the Cook Island Marine Reserve.
  • Go kayaking on the Broadwater where you’ll paddle past all kinds of marine life such as dolphins, turtles and sub-tropical fish.
    Surfing on the Gold Coast. Photo: Jamie MacFadyen, courtesy of Tourism Australia

  • An absolute must when on the Gold Coast is to visit our magical beaches with their crystal blue water and white soft sand. The water temperatures in Queensland are mild making the beaches swimmable all year round.
  • Go surfing. If you haven't surfed before, book a surfing lesson with one of the many local surf companies. They guarantee you’ll be standing up by the end of your first lesson. If you haven’t surfed before, have a go. Age is no barrier and you'll have a blast.

Adventure activities

The Gold Coast is a wonderland for the adventurous and the adrenalin junkies.

  • Go up-up-and-away in a hot-air balloon, high above the Hinterland and vineyards and followed by a champagne breakfast.
  • Take a scenic tiger moth flight where you’ll feel like a World War 1 fighter pilot wearing an authentic leather flight jacket.
  • Take a tandem sky dive. Flights take off from Gold Coast airport drop you on the soft white sand at Kirra Beach.
  • Hire a jet ski tour and zoom through the Broadwaters, or book a sightseeing cruise around the Gold Coast.
  • Catch a ferry to South Stradbroke Island and go surfing, swimming, bushwalking, canoeing, snorkeling, fishing and sailing.
  • Take a scenic seaplane flight over the Gold Coast and see the glitter strip in all its glory.
  • ​Book a SkyPoint Climb where you climb 270 metres up a residential tower called the Q1.
  • Hire a fishing boat or join other fishing enthusiasts on a deep sea fishing cruise.

Walking & hiking

The Gold Coast's national parks and rainforests are perfect for a bush walk and a picnic. Head off to the O-Reilly’s Lamington National Park, Mount Tambourine, Springbrook National Park, or Moreton Island and Tangalooma resort which is a marine and national park.

Why not pack a picnic and head off to one of these hidden treasure with your family and friends, or to join an organised tour.​ 

Experience the Gold Coast rainforests.
Photo: Darren Jew, courtesy of Tourism Australia

Where to eat

Where to stay

There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Click here to compare cuisines, locations and prices. Great options include:

The Gold Coast has plenty of places to stay and can accommodate all budgets. Check out what is available below.

  • Oskars on the Beach at Burleigh
  • Bellakai at Coolangatta
  • Moo Moo at Broadbeach serving up great steak
  • Salt Grill at the Hilton Surfers Paradise
  • Absynthe at Surfers Paradise
  • Vanitas Restaurant at Palazzo Versace