Iconic beaches, theme parks & a laidback lifestyle
Queensland's Gold Coast is famed for its proliferation of theme parks and magnificent beaches, which is why it not only draws international tourists but travellers from within Australia who flock there during the summer months to soak up the sunshine and experience a rush of adrenalin. Visit at off-peak times to beat the crowds.
Surfers Paradise is the iconic must-visit destination while you're on the Gold Coast. Its atmosphere and nightlife are certainly an unmissable experience, while during the day you can take advantage of all the bars, restaurants and shopping. Head south from Surfers to discover spectacular beaches and headlands, or go for a surf at Snapper Rocks. If you've got kids in tow make sure you take them to at least one of the theme parks - Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild, Sea World and Dreamworld are our top picks.
There's also plenty to do other than surf and sunbathe. Turn inland and you'll discover a rich landscape filled with wildlife and walking trails. Head to Tamborine Mountain for wineries, breweries, award-winning restaurants, delicious local produce and beautiful scenery. There are glow worm caves and rainforest canopies to explore here that are a far cry from the golden beaches on the coast. Lamington National Park is another go-to if you want to escape the crowds and experience a little tranquility during your Gold Coast holiday.
Get in touch with your nearest World Travellers store to start planning your getaway to the Gold Coast. Whether you're travelling as a family, a couple or riding solo, we can tailor an itinerary that's just right for you.