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Gold Coast - Australia

Gold Coast
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It is claimed that nowhere else in Australia are there so many luxury hotels, resort complexes, motels, apartments, guesthouses and youth hostels, such a range of entertainments and sports facilities, such opportunities for enjoying yourself or for shopping, as on the Gold Coast. Particularly during the holiday season the resorts on the Gold Coast, with over 3 million visitors a year, are a constant bustle of life and activity: booking in advance, therefore, is essential. The Gold Coast has a mild climate, with average maximum temperatures of 22°C in winter and 28°C in summer, and over 300 days in the year with sunshine.

The Gold Coast is one of Australia's best-known holiday regions. During the last few decades it has been involved in a massive tourist development and building boom, extending along the beaches from Southport in the north to Coolangatta in the south and reaching into the green hinterland. After some years of recession the economy was given a fresh boost by the Bicentennial celebrations and Expo 88 in Brisbane, only 70km away, and development is again proceeding apace. One problem has been the washing away of sand from the beaches, which has made extensive protective measures necessary.

How to Reach

By Air

The Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta is serviced by domestic and international flights. Most services are one-class, but many also offer business class travel. There are regular daily domestic flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & there are connecting flights to all other Australian cities. The trip from Sydney takes around 1 hour 25 minutes, around 2 hours 15 minutes from Melbourne & around 2 hours and 10 minutes from Adelaide.

International flights arrive from Auckland, Hamilton, Dunedin, Palmerston North & Christchurch in New Zealand. There are also flights arriving on the Gold Coast via Cairns from Japan (Osaka, Nagoya &Fukuoka), Taipei, Hong Kong & Singapore. Brisbane's International Airport also provides links with the USA and Europe.

By Train

The Gold Coast is connected by rail to Brisbane's Roma Street and Central stations. The closets railway stations servicing the Gold Coast include Nerang, Helensvale and Robina - there are connecting shuttle bus services available from the station to Surfers Paradise and other Gold Coast centres. Airtrain also operate regular rail services from Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast which take approximately 90 minutes.

Due to a difference in the gauge of the railway between New South Wales and Queensland there are no Interstate direct rail links to the Gold Coast. Trains depart daily from Sydney and terminate at Murwillumbah (around 30 mins south of Coolangatta).

By Bus

There are a number of coach services that pass through the Gold Coast. There are regular services from Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and other major centres. There are bus transit centres in Coolangatta, Surfers Paradise and Southport. Travel time from Brisbane is around 1½ hours and from Sydney an express coach service takes around 14 hours.

Key places to visit
Springbrook National Park, Coolangatta, Southport, Surfers Paradise,


Places to Visit

Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is within easy reach of Brisbane for a day trip from the Gold Coast. It was created by the amalgamation of the smaller reserves of Gwongorella, Warrie, Mount Cougal and Mount Wunburra. The park is dominated by the imposing rock faces (up to 900m high) and gorges of the McPherson Range. There are expanses of rain forest and many orchids, and a rich and varied bird life.


Coolangatta, which was settled at an early stage, has plantations of tropical fruit ('Avocado Land') and has all the tourist facilities (restaurants, hotels in all price categories, shops) typical of this commercialized holiday coast. Here too is the Gold Coast's airport.

Coolangatta is separated from Tweed Heads in New South Wales, which is similarly equipped to cater for holidaymakers, by the estuary of the Tweed River. Its development into a holiday resort began in 1903, when the railroad line from Nerang was built, though there was a guesthouse on Marine Parade as early as 1885.


Southport, the first settlement on the Gold Coast, was founded in 1875. It is now the business and commercial center of this busy holiday area, with every conceivable facility for leisure activities, entertainment, sport and shopping. Its situation at the outflow of the Nerang River into the Broadwater, sheltered by the offshore island of South
Stradbroke, makes it ideal for every kind of water sport.

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise - 'Surfers' for short - is Australia's best known seaside holiday center. The place takes its name from the Surfers Paradise Hotel which was established here in 1923. After the Second World War it enjoyed a great boom, based on its three alliterative assets, 'sun, surf and sand'. This led to tremendous building activity, and the seafront, with its beautiful beach of fine sand, is now lined with high-rise hotels and apartment blocks. Surfers Paradise attracts its visitors with an immense range of entertainments, sporting and leisure activities and its active night life.

Right Time to Visit

November - March


January - February -> 28(°C) - Summer
July - August -> 4(°C) - Spring


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