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The Gold Coast is situated in Queensland on the New South Wales border, and is referred to by Australians as ‘the coast with the most.’ With 245 days of sunshine each year, and average daytime temperatures reaching 22 °C for 279 days each year; the Gold Coast is Australia’s hottest coast. The 70km stretch of coastline is home to theme parks, fine dining and shopping that appeal to visitors from all over the world. The tropical hinterland behind the coastline is dubbed ‘the green behind the gold’, and the area is the favourite Australian holiday destination for Aussies themselves! Below are just some of the reasons why thousands of tourists keep coming back to the Gold Coast.

Main Beach

Main Beach one of the Gold Coast’s most northerly destinations, and is renowned as the most sought after location in Queensland. Although only minutes north of the commercial Surfers Paradise, Main Beach tries to promote itself as a sophisticated and cultured holiday experience. The area contains designer boutiques, exclusive restaurants and the world famous Versace Hotel.


Broadbeach

Broadbeach is an upmarket holiday destination near the top of the Gold Coast that features a wealth of al fresco restaurants, many with fantastic views of the pristine white sands and turquoise blue waters. A U-shaped stretch of restaurants and cafés on Albert Avenue is home to some of the Gold Coast’s most exciting and exclusive dining venues.

The Conrad Jupiters Casino complex plays host to many different varieties of holiday entertainment including world-class shows, fine restaurants and 1,200 gambling machines. Broadbeach Mall is a pedestrianised precinct which holds blues and opera performances aswell as food festivals and magnificent firework displays within its trendy café lined streets.

Shopping, however, is the biggest attraction in Broadbeach, and it is home to retail precincts such as The Phoenician, Niecon Plaza and Pacific Fair – one of Australia’s largest shopping centres.

The Broadbeach area is an important historical location for the Kombumerri Aboriginal people, as it is home to remains of their ancient burial grounds and feasting areas near little Tallebudgera Creek.


Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, colloquially referred to as ‘Surfers’, is the tourist capital of Australia. The area is family-friendly with its patrolled beaches and welcoming restaurants, but it is particularly popular with young people due its 24-hour lifestyle with over 23 bars and nightclubs open until early morning and late night shopping seven nights a week.

Surfers’ 150m wide and 10km long stretch of beach has twice been voted the World’s Best Beach by the Discovery Channel. The area’s abundant shops, restaurants and bars make it quite commercial, but these facilities in addition to the hard work of friendly Queenslanders ensures that all guests have a fun-packed holiday.

The vast and beautiful beach of Surfers Paradise is home to major sporting events such as beach volleyball and world championship cycling. Holidaymakers can take part in free beach volleyball contests and of course (as the location’s name suggests) excellent surfing.


Coolangatta

Coolangatta is the most southerly destination on the Gold Coast, and is called the ‘gateway to the Gold Coast’. Angling is a popular tourist activity here aswell as diving, swimming and surfing. Point Danger is a haven for nature lovers and a great place to spot dolphins, birds and migratory humpback whales.


Theme Parks

The Gold Coast is Australia’s theme park capital, with a variety of attractions situated within this 70km stretch. Action lovers can purchase the Three Park Super Pass to gain unlimited entry into Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet‘n’Wild for up to fourteen days.

  • Warner Bros. Movie World
    This is the only movie related theme park in Australia, and is home to all the favourite Loony Tunes stars such as Tweety and Bugs Bunny. Rides suitable for the whole family, live shows and themed attractions make Warner Bros. Movie World an exciting day out for fans of all ages.
  • Sea World
    This sea life attraction is active in its marine research, rescue and conservation programmes. Home to polar bears, sharks, dolphins, sea lions, and the endangered dugong, Sea World educates the guest about marine life from both Australia and the rest of the world. Feeding time shows, water themed rides and interaction with the animals make this an informative and fun attraction.
  • Dreamworld
    This is Australia’s largest theme park, and home to a variety of exciting holiday attractions – one day will not be enough to do everything on offer in Dreamworld. Fascinating for the whole family is Tiger Island - home to Bengal tigers living without enclosures in a conservation based project. For kids and the young at heart, Nick Central offers the chance to meet all your favourite Nickelodeon characters such as Spongebob Squarepants in live shows and activities. Rides for the kids, family and daredevils alike are available in the main them park area, whilst the Blue Lagoon boasts fantastic water rides and slides.
  • Wet‘n’Wild
    This water theme park offers Gold Coast summer all year round with its heated environment to ensures that guests enjoy the slides, pools and attractions even if the weather is slightly cooler. For the less active holidaymaker, serene areas for poolside relaxation are available.

Hinterland

Referred to as the ‘green behind the gold,’ the Gold Coast’s hinterland is located just a 30 minute drive from the beach. The area contains 29 National Parks and nature reserves, World Heritage Listed National Parks and Australia’s largest area of subtropical rainforest. The hinterland is ideal for the active holidaymaker with its 300km of walking trails, and abseiling, hot-air ballooning and 4WD hire. This green expanse is particularly popular with Australians themselves who escape to this natural paradise for relaxing weekend retreats.