Queensland’s Gold Coast is 60 kilometres of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, inland canals and waterways. Almost 12 million tourists flock here annually to enjoy the wonderful climate, natural attractions and thrilling theme parks. There is plenty of shopping, dining and clubbing to be had when a break from the beaches and roller coasters is needed.
Located in south-east Queensland, the Gold Coast region was historically a lush paradise populated by Indigenous people, who were joined in the mid 1800s by Europeans looking for timber supplies. The seaside soon became a key attraction for Brisbane’s wealthy settlers and the region’s fate was sealed. The Gold Coast has a population of almost half a million people and tourism is its major industry.
There is something for everyone on a visit to the Gold Coast. Subtropical rainforests and stunning coastal national parks line up alongside aquariums and wildlife sanctuaries showcasing Australia’s cutest critters. It’s the ultimate family holiday destination with beach activities and theme parks in abundant supply. Warner Bros. Movie World, Dream World and Sea World are open year round and there’s endless fun to be had at WhiteWater World and Wet‘n’Wild Water Park. The SkyPoint Observation Deck is also worth a visit with panoramic 360-degree views.
Shopping is almost a religion here and all tastes are catered to – from cheap souvenirs to million-dollar jewels. The prestigious Marina Mirage precinct caters to the jet set yachting crowd, while locals flock to Pacific Fair or Harbour Town – Australia’s largest outlet shopping centre.
There is no shortage of places to eat, drink and dance in the Gold Coast – from rooftop bars to waterfront taverns, cabaret restaurants, breweries, surf clubs and wineries. The list goes on and the choices are global and diverse. The Gold Coast is nothing that you expect and everything you wanted all at once.