About the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast stretches along 57 kilometres of coastline and is home to over half a million people. Beyond the city’s beautiful beaches are vast, sub-tropical rainforests with breathtaking scenery. Feel the excitement of life in the fun lane, where the sun shines on an unlimited variety of things to see and do all year round. Cuddle a koala, learn to surf, and walk a World Heritage listed rainforest trail in a day full of natural adventure. Scream with excitement on the biggest and best theme park rides, browse the boutiques, or putt your way to a win on a championship golf course.
The City of Gold Coast works in partnership with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and TransLink to provide public transport options including scheduled bus, train and tram services, and community transport services.
The new G: light rail system operates from 5am to midnight on weekdays and throughout weekends. The route links Helensvale, Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach with a 7.5 minute service between 7am and 7pm weekdays.
There are more than 60 bus routes in the city including turn up and go services, 700, 704, 705, 709, 740, 750 and 777 that operate every 15 minutes or better, seven days a week. For information on bus routes and timetables, please visit TransLink's website.
Queensland Rail trains connect major centres on the Gold Coast including Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes and also serve Ormeau and Coomera. Trains run at regular intervals to and from Brisbane with bus connections to Surfers Paradise, Southport and Broadbeach. Timetable information is available through TransLink.
Taxis on the Gold Coast can be hailed from the kerb on the street or engaged at designated taxi ranks. Gold Coast Cabs can also be booked directly on 131 008 or via the Gold Coast Cabs website.
The Gold Coast's culinary scene is booming. Head south for an edgier, independent scene or go for glam up north. If you're on a budget, there's great lunchtime dining at a new breed of produce-driven cafes and some very decent Indian and Thai cheapies tucked away down arcades and strip malls, that also service the home-delivery market.
The three-kilometer strip of golden sand between Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Ocean is Australia's iconic beach, a postcard-perfect locale that conjures up 'paradise' to millions. Throughout the year, our beach welcomes swimmers, joggers, surfers and strollers from around the Gold Coast, around Australia and around the World. See more here.
If you are looking for some fun and excitement while staying on the Gold Coast then why not head to the famous Theme Parks! Not only is the Gold Coast host to Sea World (Conference Venue), it is home to other family favourites such as Warner Brothers Movie World, Wet'n'Wild and Dreamworld.
Explore this iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary. Immerse yourself into the wonder and natural beauty of 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas along the way. Experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free flight bird shows and Aboriginal performances. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation and reinvests all proceeds back into wildlife and conservation programs. See more here.
Pacific Fair is the Gold Coast's unmissable shopping and dining destination, offering an expansive collection of luxury, iconic global brands and leading Australian retailers. With 400 stores, Pacific Fair offers a captivating blend of the world’s best brands, set amongst tropical landscapes and a unique outdoor ambience. See more here.
This bohemian and surfy pocket is backed by lush Burleigh Headland, fringed by majestic Norfolk pines, and anchored by the much-loved shopping strip, James Street. The blue waters of this beach are patrolled and often well-protected from a southerly wind or swell, it is also very popular with the surfing crowd. See more here.
Operating in the areas of Broadwater and Marine Park, Paradise Jet Boating's ride are famous for their mix of jetboat thrills and stunning sightseeing. Experience 360° spins, high speed drifting and incredible beach buzzing in as little as 10cms of water, while exploring the Gold Coast’s unique Broadwater. Find out more here.
A spectacular balloon inflation display is just the start of your morning ballooning with Hot Air, float up to watch the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Gold Coast hinterland; enjoy sweeping views of Tamborine Mountain, Lamington National Park and to the east see the shimmering tall towers of the Gold Coast skyline. To top your special morning off, relax with a glass of crisp, cold sparkling bubbles and enjoy a delicious hot breakfast in the gracious ambiance of O'Reilly's Vineyard's historic Grand Homestead with its high ceilings & wide relaxing verandahs. Find out more here.
Destination Gold Coast: https://www.destinationgoldcoast.com/
Surfers Paradise Gold Coast: http://www.surfersparadise.com/
Lonely Planet: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/queensland/gold-coast