Welcome to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast - Surfers Paradise
Beautiful beaches, the very best in entertainment and scenery that will take your breath away: where do sun, surf and fun meet? It can only be the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast is home to some of the finest beaches on the planet, not to mention world-class restaurants, fantastic shopping districts, five-star luxury resorts and thrilling theme parks.

And when the sun sets, you’ll find plenty to entertain you with a lively nightlife, live music and club scene. Ready to learn more? Check out our destination guides below.

Surfers Paradise

It’s not hard to see why Surfers Paradise is such a popular holiday destination: with its iconic beach and stunning skyline, and an amazing selection of accommodation options, it’s got everything you need.

This is the most famous part of Gold Coast, popular both with Australian tourists and travelers from around the globe. Despite the name, it doesn’t have the best surfing: if you want to surf, you’ll find even better beaches and waves just down the coast (don’t worry, we’ll fill you in).

In this section of our site, we’ll introduce you to world-class hotels like QT Gold Coast, affordable mid-range  apartment accommodation and options for backpackers too.

For nightlife, Surfers Paradise is second to none. Come here to enjoy a sometimes slightly Vegas-style vibe and some unforgettable nights. We’ll give you the details on some of the top nightlife venues like Elsewhere Bar, Club Liv, and Stingray Lounge. Find out more in our guide to Surfers Paradise.

Broadbeach

While Broadbeach may not be as well known as Surfers Paradise, it has a fantastic selection of places to stay. Some of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast are here, and you’ll also find that this area of town has a little more sophistication than Surfers Paradise. If you’re looking for fine dining and an elegant evening on the town, Broadbeach is your destination.

You don’t want to miss out on your chance to stay at places like Peppers and Air on Broadbeach. Amazing restaurants include RockSalt Modern Dining and Cha Cha Japanese Restaurant. Sadly, many of the visitors who flock to Surfers Paradise each year miss out on the delights of Broadbeach, simply because it’s not as well known. Find out all you need to know right here with our guide to Broadbeach!

Main Beach

This part of town is a little more upmarket than Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise, and tends to draw a slightly more mature crowd. If you’re looking for a wild night out at the clubs, you’ll find more to do in Surfers Paradise than you will in Main Beach, but this is a great spot for a quieter evening dining out and enjoying a few drinks in the bars.

Main Beach has more of a residential vibe than Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise. You’ll find many charming little boutiques here to shop at, as well as delightful little diners, coffee shops, and bistros. Get all the information you need in our guide to Main Beach.

Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta and Currumbin

If the big city isn’t your thing, and you’d rather enjoy a more relaxed, laid-back vacation, you might want to head to one of these three picturesque seaside towns.

You’ll still find plenty of wonderful hotels and eateries, but you’ll get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Here you can enjoy more of a natural seacoast ambiance — and you’re still within easy reach of Surfers Paradise and the rest of the Gold Coast.

This is the area down the coast where you’ll find some of the best waves, far better surfing than at Surfers Paradise. Burleigh Heads is renowned worldwide for its surf break. Currumbin is even smaller than Burleigh Heights and it’s attractions include the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you can visit a reptile house and a walk-through aviary, and also see Tasmanian devils.

Another big draw for surfers, Coolangatta is the southernmost suburb of Gold Coast, and an amazing place to stay. It has some great accommodation like Komune Resort, cool cafes like Dbar, and Byron Bay isn’t too far to the south, if you feel like making a day trip. Find out more in our guides to Burleigh HeadsCurrumbin and Coolangatta.

Attractions

There are countless things for you to see and do while you are in town: visit the popular theme parks like Dreamworld, Sea World and Warner Bros. Movie World, get up-close with the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – these are just a few of the options for you to enjoy. It’s all in our guide to Gold Coast attractions.

Entertainment and Nightlife

The Gold Coast is famous for it’s entertainment and at night things really come to life. Live music, galleries, museums, sports, exhibitions, nightclubs, scenic walks, tours: there’s something for visitors of all ages and interests. Our Gold Coast Gig Guide is updated weekly.

Shopping

The Gold Coast is paradise for anyone who enjoys to shop: for designer brands check out The High Street precinct in Surfers Paradise, there are some busy – and fun – markets, shopping centres and of course some cool independent shops for something a bit different. Find out the best places to shop in our Gold Coast shopping guide.

Accommodation

The Gold Coast offers accommodation to suit every budget and taste. You can choose from luxurious resorts, boutique hotels, modern self-contained apartments, cosy Bed and Breakfast type digs, low budget motels, backpacker accommodation and more. Accommodation is covered in the destination guides above.

Eating and Drinking

You will find just about every cuisine you could wish for: Asian, contemporary Australian and European dishes, beer gardens, steakhouses, pub grub, formal and casual dining, pizza & other fast food, vegetarian – it’s all here. Just visit our local guides above for recommendations in each suburb.


The guides above will introduce you to the most popular accommodation, dining, shopping, and nightlife choices for Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Main Beach, Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, and Currumbin.

We’ll give you our inside insights and share our favorite places with you so that you can plan the perfect Gold Coast getaway.  Surf’s up — see you soon!