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Gold Coast

The Ultimate Guide

Discover why they call this Australia's adventure playground.

Queensland’s Gold Coast is Australia’s playground, with sun, surf, adventure and entertainment within a stone’s throw of each other. Its most famous beach, Surfers Paradise, is a destination in its own right and is the kind of attractive vista that beach holiday postcards are made of.Located along the state’s southeast coast, the Gold Coast covers a 57 kilometre strip of over 30 golden beaches and boasts an average of 245 days of sunshine every year. As its name suggests, its enviable waters attract the eye of surfers who travel across the world to ride its waves.

Travel away from the buzz of Surfer's Paradise and its hub of restaurants, bars and entertainment and you’ll soon discover theme parks where families can be entertained day-long and the Gold Coast Hinterland, where you can embark on walks through lush subtropical rainforest and capture views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

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What's there to do on the Gold Coast?

While best known for its beaches and theme parks, there's loads to do on the Gold Coast to suit any taste and traveller.

The area has some of Queensland's most luxurious resorts (hello, Palazzo Versace) to unwind at, snorkelling just offshore at Wave Break Island and plenty of waterways to explore by boat.

Travel inland from the stretches of sand and you'll hit the lush Gold Coast hinterland, where you can tour waterfalls, rainforests and natural rock pools. If you've got plenty of time to spare, consider heading down the coast to laid back Byron Bay or north toward bustling Brisbane.

Getting around the Gold Coast

If you want to see more of the 57-kilometre stretch of the Gold Coast than what's around your hotel, you'll need to hop on public transport, in a ride share or hire a car.

TransLink services the Gold Coast with trains, trams and buses. Areas that are included are Helensvale, Nerang, Robina, Varsity Lakes, Ormeau and Coomera.

Paying for transport. You need to use the electronic go card to travel on TransLink transport. Simply tap on and off and the card will automatically deduct the correct amount. You can purchase go cards at select local retailers, Queensland Rail station ticket offices or fare machines at bus stations. The minimum cost is $10. This price includes $5 for the card, which you get back when you return the card, and $5 of travel credit. You can also pay cash for transport.

Best apps for getting around. MyTransLink app can plan your journey, give you real-time It'sinformation for when transport is departing from your stop, and will find the closest stops to you. The trip announcer feature allows you to follow your journey while on-board with an audio or visual option to alert you when to get off.

Does the Gold Coast have Uber?

Yes! Ride share services Uber and Ola are both available on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast travel deals

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Gold Coast flights from $156 return

Available on flights from April - October 2020. Sample fare Sydney-Gold Coast with Jetstar.

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Gold Coast: Wet'n'Wild Water World from $48.46

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Gold Coast flights from $99 each way

Available from 21 April - 23 September 2020. Sample fare is Sydney-Gold Coast with Virgin Australia.

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Up to 50% off Australia hotels

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Full-day Mount Tamborine winery tour from Gold Coast from $150

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Dolphin aqua adventure at Sea World from $159

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Up to $39 off Gold Coast theme park passes

Available on select travel dates. Destinations include Movie World, Sea World, Paradise Country and Wet'n'Wild Water World. T&Cs apply.

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Available on select dates. Package includes entry to Tropical Reef pool and use of snorkel equipment and wet suit. T&Cs apply.

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