About the Gold Coast
EATING OUT | GETTING AROUND THE COAST | SURFERS PARADISE BEACH | SEA WORLD |
CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY | SKYPOINT OBSERVATION DECK | THE STAR | PACIFIC FAIR | CARRARA MARKETS |
HABOUR TOWN SHOPPING CENTRE | BURLEIGH HEADS BEACH | SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK | USEFUL LINKS
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 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 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.
WHAT TO DO ON THE GOLD COAST
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.
Delve below the surface and discover a whole new world of fun and adventure at Sea World. Meet Sea World's newest family member, Mishka the Polar Bear, or get up close and personal with dolphins, penguins plus more! Sea World is also home to many shows and presentations, including the all new Seal Guardians Presentation. Watch some of the world’s best freestyle Jet Skiers bring the Sea World Lake to life with the action-packed Jet Stunt Extreme show. See more here about the park. Other local themeparks include 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.
The SkyPoint Observation Deck is located on Level 77 of the Q1 Building in Surfers Paradise. SkyPoint is Australia's only beach side observation deck where you can sit back, relax and grab a bite to eat from the licensed SkyPoint Bistro + Bar and enjoy the unsurpassed 360 degree views of the Gold Coast beaches to the hinterland and beyond. See here for more.
The Star offers luxurious hotel accommodation, a world-class 24-hour casino, sumptuous restaurant dining, lively bars and thrilling entertainment. Enjoy the buzz and experience the thrills with over 70 table games and 1600 machines, with endless things to be kept busy by. 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.
Carrara Markets are Australia's biggest permanent markets. With over 350 stalls covering 10 acres it's a treasure trove of the curious and the unusual. It's also the original home of discount shopping when it comes to fresh produce, homewares, pots, plants, bric a brac, arts and crafts and just about everything else. Catch the G:Link Light Rail to Broadbeach South Station at Pacific Fair, then catch a Translink or Surfside Bus direct to the markets. See more here.
Harbour Town is Australia's largest Outlet Shopping Centre with over 240 stores including brand direct outlet and clearance stores offering up to 70 per cent off the original retail price on stock, as well as specialty retailers, alfresco dining, entertainment and services. 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.
Not far from the busy beach strip, Springbrook National Park offers a tranquil escape in World Heritage-listed wilderness. Soaring rock faces, rainforests, waterfalls, and the gorges of the McPherson Range dominate the park. A popular attraction is Natural Arch Bridge where a waterfall plunges into a cave (home to a colony of glow worms) and through a natural basalt arch. Rainforest-fringed trails lead from the picnic area to the river and a lookout. From here, visitors can see Mount Warning, the remnant of a large shield volcano. The park is also a haven for birds and protects several threatened species. See 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