The Gold Coast
Famous for its beaches, surf, theme parks, shopping, nightlife and hinterland.
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The Gold Coast is known as ‘Famous for Fun’. For decades, it’s been the place that people flock to for Australia’s biggest and best entertainment.
It’s home to no less than 5 incredible theme parks, that let you do everything from meeting your favourite movie characters and super-heroes to rocketing around giant and flying down epic water slides – the perfect way to cool off on a hot Queensland day. You can even swim with dolphins and sharks or see massive Bengal and Sumatran tigers leaping high for their favourite food. If that makes you feel a little hungry, there are also amazing shows like the Australian Outback Spectacular that brings life in the bush to life with incredible horse-riding skills and stunts just metres from your seat, as you enjoy a delicious three-course meal, with drinks.
Surf and beaches
But the Gold Coast is much more than themed shows. The real-life excitement of the surf is an unforgettable experience, with world-famous beaches at the iconic Surfer’s Paradise and laid-back Burleigh Head. Local life guards make sure everyone stays safe, whether you’re relaxing on the sand of splashing around in the waves. Just stay between the flags, so they can look out for you!
An average of 245 days sunshine each year means most days encourage you to get out and explore. Summer temperatures from December to February range from low to high 20-degrees Celsius. Even winter temperatures from June to August usually reach the low 20s, with the added benefit of lower humidity and less rainfall.
Wander off the beach onto the main street, and you’ll soon discover that the Gold Coast also has a sophisticated dining and entertainment precinct. There are endless stylish bars and restaurants to celebrate special occasions. If fine dining doesn’t suit your taste or budget, it’s good to know that there are also plenty of cheap and cheerful take-aways, including traditional fish and chip bars. There are also farmers markets where you can sample locally made food, artwork and hand-made jewellery. The perfect gift for friends and family back home!
When it’s time to up the pace, the Gold Coast has some seriously talented sports teams to cheer on – including the Titans National Rugby League club, The Suns football club and the Gold Coast Blaze basketball team. If you’re more interested in culture than crowds, the Gold Coast’s Art Centre includes the impressive City Gallery, arthouse theatres and cinemas, Art Café and sculpture walk through the parklands.
Love sports? Check out Griffith’s sports clubs here.
When it’s time to head to the next attraction, the Gold Coast’s new tram system provides a great way to get around. Alternatively, you could jump in one of the many cabs or rideshares – or grab a skateboard to cruise around the beachfront like the locals.