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Gold Coast Holidays

The Gold Coast is so much more than just a stretch of coastline; it’s a sub-tropical city perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean, presenting a myriad of inland waterways and natural harbours. Affectionately dubbed the ‘Goldie’ by locals, this stunning region of Queensland sits just south of the attractive capital city, Brisbane and is famed for its long sandy coastline.

Explore Gold Coast's beaches

Boasting around 70km of glorious beaches, the Gold Coast holidays are the perfect getaway to find relaxation and immerse yourself in Australian surf culture. The suburb of Surfers Paradise attracts millions of visitors each year with its breathtaking skyline, while the area of Broadbeach is home to boutiques and popular restaurants. Food and wine fanatics will be in heaven, with vineyard tours and some of the best seafood restaurants available in Australia.  

Gold Coast holidays are also very popular with Australians proving that it is the perfect holiday destination, boasting a full range of seaside activities and attractions, stunning beaches and great shopping. Its sole purpose is to be a dedicated tourist town whose main hotspots include Main Beach, Burleigh Heads, Surfer’s Paradise and Coolangatta. 

Things to do on the Gold Coast

There are more golf courses in the Gold Coast per head of population than anywhere else in the world. Fishing is also extremely popular with hundreds of creeks, inlets, estuaries and lakes, plus the continental shelf offshore. Although the beaches make for excellent Gold Coast holidays, a great deal happens in the hinterland that should top your to-do list. Take a tour to the beautiful Mount Tamborine and enjoy their Rainforest Skywalk. There are bushwalking trails and treetop walks through the canopy to see flowering orchids and fruiting trees, and of course, a myriad of tropical bird species.

The Gold Coast is also the gateway to World Heritage listed rainforest and benefits from an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. Inland, at Lamington National Park, you’ll find the perfect combination of hidden natural beauty and sub-tropical rainforestsFor those seeking tranquillity meanwhile, the peaceful seclusion of South Stradbroke Island lies just offshore and stretches almost to the tip of the World Heritage listed site of Moreton Bay. Here you can learn to dive among the reefs in a world full of diverse marine life, with inquisitive dolphins and dugongs for company, not to mention hundreds of species of colourful coral reef fish.

With a whole host of activities on offer - from major theme parks, to exploring the lush Queensland hinterland, Gold Coast is a gateway to some of Queensland’s best natural attractions. 

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While the Gold Coast may be famous for its surfing beaches and skyscrapers, if you head slightly inland you'll find the unspoilt rainforests and gushing waterfalls of Springbrook and Lamington National Park. Or you can visit the charming village of Mount Tamborine with its mouth-watering sweet shops. The fudge alone is well worth the day trip.
Laurie, Travel Designer

What to do in Gold Coast

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Places to stay in Gold Coast

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Queensland Classic Self Drive

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,499 per person

This 15 day itinerary gives you the opportunity to do all of these things - under your own pace driving from Brisbane to Cairns.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
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APT East Coast Adventure

12 Day Guided Tour
From £4,199 per person - Saving £400 per couple

This luxurious holiday takes you to Sydney, the Gold Coast and Cairns - iconic Australian holiday destinations.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Escorted tours
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Singapore, Sydney and the Gold Coast

19 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £3,099 per person
Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Escorted tours
  • Wildlife & nature

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