The Gold Coast is home to some of the most pristine beaches in the whole of Australia—and the world. But that’s not the only reason why so many decide to spend their holidays here.
If you want to make your Gold Coast holiday a reality but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. Here are 7 reasons why a holiday on the Gold Coast is such an amazing idea.
- 1. The Sun is oh so shiny;
- 2. The Gold Coast beaches are out of this world;
- 3. The Gold Coast Hinterland is one of a kind;
- 4. Gold Coast food is on a different level;
- 5. Gold Coast is home to some of Australia’s best theme parks;
- 6. Plenty of Gold Coast shopping opportunities;
- 7. Accommodation by the beach.
Gold Coast locals enjoy an average of 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year. The temperature averages a perfect 25 degrees during the summer months and only drops to a minimum of 10 -11 degrees during winter. The humidity here is also lower and there is less rain when compared to the southern states.
When planning your Gold Coast holiday, be prepared. If you’re exploring the pearly-white sands of the Gold Coast, make sure you wear sun protection all-year-round. Yep, you can actually get sunburnt even on a day with little to no sun. Hinterland areas are generally cooler and wetter, so if you’re planning on heading into the wilderness, bring a jacket or raincoat with you.
The wonderful coastline is probably the main reason why so many choose the Gold Coast as their holiday destination: pearly-white sand, crystalline water that’s never too cold and huge waves that attract surfers from all over the world. If beaches are your thing, the Gold Coast is the place to be.
The long beaches bordering the Gold Coast are attractive for families seeking a unique beach holiday. Most popular swimming areas are heavily patrolled, ensuring that all family members can enjoy the warm waters safely. Here are some of the best-patrolled beaches in the area;
Surfers Paradise Beach
Probably the most famous beach on the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise beach is conveniently located close to some of the city’s main attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping outlets. The beach is heavily patrolled and swimming conditions are ideal most of the year.
Voted the cleanest beach in Queensland, Palm Beach stands out as a less crowded option. It provides families with a comfortable and relaxing environment that’s less built-up than its northern counterparts.
Known as one of the world’s premier surf breaks, Kirra Beach arguably offers the best and most diverse surfing conditions along the coast. Surrounded by scenic footpaths and greenery, it makes for a perfect picturesque location in the heart of the Gold Coast.
Although sunny weather, sand and surf define the Gold Coast, there’s more than just beaches on the Gold Coast. If you’re looking for the best Gold Coast hiking trails or just love nature, exploring the Hinterland is a must.
Gold Coast Attractions
Visit the national parks. Springbrook, Tamborine and Lamington National Park can be reached within a few hours from the city centre. Stunning forests, spectacular waterfalls and winding hiking trails await the adventurous traveller.
Take flight across Tamborine Mountain with the Canyon Flyer Zipline. Reach speeds of up to 70 km/hr as you conquer the ancient rainforests.
Explore the Hinterland on horseback. Plenty of horse-riding tours. operate within the Hinterland region, taking you on an exciting adventure through raw, natural beauty.
Take a break from the beach and give yourself plenty of time to discover some of the region’s most amazing restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for a burger or would rather try out something a bit more sophisticated, the Gold Coast will not disappoint.
Begin your adventure here at Four Winds 360°, the only revolving restaurant in Queensland. Enjoy freshly caught seafood, hot dishes and delicious desserts while enjoying the amazing ocean views from above.
If you’re more into traditional pub food best enjoyed with a pint of beer and a generous portion of chunky chips, make your way to the newly renovated First Avenue Tavern.
For those who want it all, we recommend a unique private dining experience at Balthazar. Indulge in luxury as you sip on wines from all over the world. Taste exquisite dishes crafted with the finest local produce in an innovative culinary experience that will excite your senses and satisfy your tastebuds.
The Gold Coast’s popular theme parks offer visitors plenty of hours of pure fun and excitement. If you’re travelling as a family, you should try to visit all three if possible—the children (and adults) will absolutely love it!
Roller coasters, water slides, kids shows, animal attractions; Dreamworld has it all. If you only have time to visit one park during your stay, then Dreamworld should be the first option on your list.
From family-friendly precincts such to challenging waterslides that thrill-seekers will love, Wet’n’Wild caters to all tastes and audiences.
Movie World features Australia’s largest roller coaster, cartoon character meet and greets and plenty of daring rides; perfect for families with younger children.
If you’re planning on visiting more than one theme park during your stay on the Gold Coast, we highly recommend you take a look at the available multi-park passes
Whether you’re into luxury brands or locally produced wares, the Gold Coast comes with its fair share of shopping destinations:
- The mall at Pacific Fair is home to a range of luxury brands and Australian retailers. Enjoy care-free shopping sprees with complimentary Visitor Privilege Passes that come with extra discounts and benefits.
- Harbour Town is the largest outlet shopping centre in the country. With over 240 stores, including brand direct outlets and clearance stores, you’ll definitely find something to take home.
- If you’d rather support the local community, Carrara Markets is a great alternative. Located just a couple of kilometres from the beach and featuring 350 saIls, it’s a favourite among locals and visitors alike.
- The Burleigh Art and Craft Market is another popular art and craft market on the Gold Coast. It’s held on the last Sunday of every month and features over 150 stalls that sell art created by local artists. You’ll also find cakes, cookies, toys, home-ware and jewellery here; perfect for stocking up on unique and thoughtful gifts to bring back home.
The best of all: You get to enjoy spectacular ocean views from the comfort of your hotel room. If you’re looking for a convenient, premier location to enjoy your Gold Coast holiday and make the most of your stay, secure your room at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise today.
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is only a stone’s throw away from the nearby G-link tram, providing visitors with easy access to several attractions within the city and beyond. Explore the Gold Coast at your own pace by booking a modern hotel room in the middle of the action. The Gold Coast awaits. Discover the sunny landscape of pristine beaches and raw, natural beauty.