The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region located south of Brisbane on Australia’s East Coast. It’s renowned for its long beaches, surf spots, theme parks, shopping, active nightlife and hinterland. There are surfing courses for beginners and top waves for more experienced surfers.
If you want to keep your feet dry, you can simply lounge on beautiful beaches, immerse yourself in local culture in the vibrant galleries or take a road trip and explore spectacular locations. The area has been attracting Australian families and world travellers for many decades.
Why is the Gold Coast so popular?
Beaches, unlike anything you’ve seen.
The Gold Coast beaches are the gold standard. The coastline stretches for 35 miles (57 kilometres), plus you can choose from 20 unique beaches – you or your travel mates will surely have something that suits their different demands.
Head over to Surfers Paradise for starters as it’s the most popular of all. A trip south will lead you to Mermaid Beach, famed for its laidback appeal. Drive to Millionaire’s Row for a look at extravagant mansions. For extreme waves, visit Burleigh Heads or Coolangatta to experience the charm of an old-school seaside town.
Easy surfing lessons
Australia is a great place to learn how to surf both for leisure or sport. You can quickly pick up this skill on your trip to the Gold Coast by visiting one of many surf schools in the area.
Coffee to wake up for
Sure, Melbourne has the best coffee Australia has to offer, but Gold Coast’s coffee won’t disappoint either. If you’re pretty serious when it comes to coffee, check out First Fruits Coffee in Ashmore, Percy’s Corner or Raw Espresso, or Burleigh Heads in Southport.
Markets for all your needs
Everything you could possibly want can be found in Gold Coast’s markets. From food to crafts and arts, car boot sales, we mean everything. Found in the Hinterland, in the suburbs and along the beaches, you’ll surely pass them as you wander around.
Check out TVM (The Village Markets), Broadbeach Markets, Marketta Street Food, or Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets – one of Gold Coast’s biggest.
Incredible theme parks.
More than long stretches of surfer beaches and hinterlands, the Gold Coast also has awesome theme and water parks to offer. Visit theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Unleash your inner child!
If there’s anything millennial travellers want when they travel anywhere in the world, it’s the nightlife. Surfer’s Paradise offers clubs, bars, pubs, and nightclubs guaranteed to please you and your friends.
Prefer cocktails? Go to The Avenue with its fun cocktails, food that will please foodies and even live stand-up comedy or acoustic music. Head over to SinCity Nightclub for a nightclub with décor that’s out of this world. For a good pub, go to Irish pubs Fiddler’s Green and Waxy’s. Irish pub experience? Yep, it’s here, mate!
What better reason/s do you need to visit? We’re confident that this list has encouraged you to visit the Gold Coast yourself. Time for your very own Australian dream travel adventure!