You can tell from the name alone that Australia’s Gold Coast is a special place to visit. Known my many for Surfer’s Paradise, this incredible stretch of the east coast below Brisbane has so much more to offer alongside its total tubular surf scene. Gold Coast attractions include a wide range of adventure and extreme activities, seemingly endless white sand beaches, lush rainforests, and some of the best places to party in the whole country. Travel to Gold Coast and you might never want to leave.
If you visit Gold Coast, you should be prepared for adventure. Whether it’s getting wet during an epic jet boating ride, snorkeling with dolphins and sea turtles, tackling the epic Skypoint Climb - the tallest external building walk in Australia - or zip lining through dense forest canopy, you’re not likely to get bored. There are also plenty of options to relax on the beach and top up your tan with a cocktail in hand or delve into the frenetic nightlife that doesn’t quit until the sun rises. Whatever you choose, you won’t forget your time in Gold Coast in a hurry.
Gold Coast holidays = the best adventure experiences in the world. There are activities for all levels of adrenaline seeker. You might spend a relaxing few hours paddleboarding between beaches, or head a few thousand feet in the air for spectacular views of the whole area before throwing yourself out to skydive down for a dramatic landing on iconic Kirra beach. If you fancy something more in the middle of the excitement scale, there's also surfing, theme parks, kayaking, hiking in the Australian wilderness, and much more.
Your best way to reach Gold Coast is to fly, most flights arriving in Gold Coast international airport. Cheap flights to Gold Coast are always available, both internationally and domestically. Many people also arrive by making the relatively short drive from Brisbane to the north, or the somewhat longer but insanely picturesque drive up the Pacific Highway from Sydney.
The huge range of adventure and extreme activities are unmissable for any adrenaline junkie: jet skiing, skydiving, zip lining, epic theme parks to get the adrenaline pumping, and more. Nearby Hinterland Rainforest and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary are great opportunities for hikes and wildlife spotting, while Jellurgal Aboriginal Centre offers fascinating insight into the area’s indigenous people.
If you’re not Australian, you will need a visa to visit. There are a few available depending on what you're planning to do doing during your time there. If you’re going as a tourist, you need to apply online for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). This costs around £15. If you’re planning to stick around for a while and earn some money, you must apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa. These must be arranged well before you’re due to travel, as they can't be acquired once you're in the country.
Gold Coast is warm-to-hot year round, so you definitely don’t need to pack warm clothes. There’s generally enough rain that you should take some kind of light waterproof. Otherwise you can pick up everything you need - sun lotion, mosquito repellent, etc. - while you’re there, and usually for cheaper.
The weather is hottest between November and February, but this is also when there is the most rain. Visit between April and September and the weather is cooler (though still generally in the mid-twenties) and there is significantly less rain. Unlike other areas of Australia the climate here is rarely too extreme, making it a great place to visit at any time of year.
There are so many things to do in Gold Coast that you really don’t want to be in a rush. If you’re travelling independently and your schedule allows it, we recommend giving yourself a solid week-ten days to enjoy everything Gold Coast has to offer, including a few days relaxing on the beach.
Gold Coast isn’t a particularly massive region (especially in the context of Australia), making it easy to get around on foot, by hiring a car and driving, or using public transport. If you’re concerned about getting around, joining a group tour sorts out all your transport for you, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.
There are so many exciting things to do in Gold Coast. If you’re really brave, we recommend doing a skydive - there are few more spectacular views in the world, and landing directly on the beach is an experience you’ll never forget. You can also hire a Harley Davidson chopper to tour the region in style, or combine lying on the beach with watersports like jet skiing and jet boating. Get used to that adrenaline high.