Gold Coast, Queensland Travel Guide

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Gold Coast, Queensland

Gold Coast, Queensland © Mel Patterson
Australia's beloved Gold Coast stretches south from Queensland's capital, Brisbane, along 45 miles (70km) of coastline into northern New South Wales. The stunning array of beaches along this coastline are a major drawcard, and where once only the surf graced the shoreline today there is a plethora of high-rise accommodation, giant theme parks, vibrant nightlife and countless restaurants. The sun shines here 300 days out of the year, and the beach resort towns with their alluring names all offer soft golden sand, rolling waves and the chance to gain a perfect suntan.

Not even the severe cyclone of 2011 could keep tourists off the stunning beaches of the Gold Coast for long, and the region has long since fully recovered. More than nine million visitors descend on the Gold Coast every year, and although the main attraction is the glitzy nightlife and fun resort lifestyle the region does have more to offer. For serious surfers, Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads are known for great surf breaks, and nature-lovers can get a dose of beauty at two of the best national parks in Queensland - Lamington and Springbrook - which are just beyond the coast.


Fraser Island © Judith Duk

Fraser Island

This is the world's largest sand island, situated a two-hour drive north of Brisbane. Fraser Island has a unique ecological system of giant dunes, forests, streams and freshwater lakes, and in 1993 it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The island draws...  see full details

Coomera River, near Sanctuary Cove © Sanx

Sanctuary Cove

Billed as 'Australia's first fully integrated tourism resort' the Sanctuary Cove holiday resort is situated on 474 hectares in picturesque surroundings around four man-made harbours on the Coomera River. Sanctuary Cove is a gated community, but is open daily and entry is free. The...  see full details

Surfer's Corner, Queensland © Daniel Axelson

Surfer's Paradise

Formerly a small coastal resort town, the Surfer's Paradise holiday resort has blossomed into the pulsating heart of the Queensland Gold Coast. Set on a peninsula, about 50 miles (78km) from Brisbane, with the warm Pacific Ocean on one side and the deep blue...  see full details

Mount Tamborine Rainforest © Steve Garner

Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain is inland from the Gold Coast, about 21 miles (34km) northwest of Nerang and about 40 miles (62km) from Brisbane. It is a popular scenic drive destination, as the area includes seven national parks featuring a variety of subtropical rainforest. Mount Tamborine...  see full details

Wet n Wild Water World © Phalinn Ooi

Wet 'n Wild Water World

This premier water theme park was recently voted Brisbane's best tourist attraction. Situated at Oxenford on the Pacific Highway, in 20 acres of tropical parkland, it incorporates a wave pool, children's pool, speed slide, toboggan ride and a variety of twisting slides, all supervised...  see full details