A sun-kissed city by the sea, Australia’s Gold Coast is a place defined by an unmistakable energy.
Each year, over 13 million visitors flock to the city, eager to soak up the sun, feel the sand between their toes and take part in the near-limitless range of attractions and experiences.
With 57 kilometres of sand and surf, 100,000 hectares of World Heritage listed rainforests, award winning dining, active pursuits and an ever evolving calendar, along with more than 300 days of sunshine, the Gold Coast is the perfect destination to add a few extra days pre- or post-conference. To plan your Gold Coast experience, visit Destination Gold Coast/Things to do
The Gold Coast is serviced by two major international airports. Brisbane Airport is within a one-hour drive and Gold Coast Airport is a 30-minute drive from central Surfers Paradise. Direct flights are available to and from all Australian capital cities, regional areas and all major international destinations.
Precinct and Main Beaches
The world-famous Surfers Paradise beach and breathtaking skyline remains a major draw card for millions of Gold Coast visitors each year. With the emergence of a fresh cultural scene, Surfers Paradise is thriving as a diverse cafe, restaurant, fashion and nightlife hub. Surfers Paradise is the only location in Queensland with late night shopping seven days a week, allowing you to enjoy the beach by day and shop by night.
Located just 30 minutes from the city’s iconic beaches, the beating green heart of the Gold Coast Hinterland is home to the third oldest national park in the world and is a favourite for romance and weddings, featuring a cluster of cosy hideaways, day spas, national parks and waterfalls. A place of breathtaking beauty, Springbrook is situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland and is home to ancient Antarctic beech trees, a host of native wildlife, a range of spectacular lookouts – including the aptly named Best of All Lookouts.
The attractions of the Gold Coast bring smiles to people of all ages and stages. With exhilarating rides, exotic animals and endless waterslides to help you cool off on hot summer days, your Gold Coast Holidays offers a full spectrum of interactive entertainment – from dazzling big budget Gold Coast theme parks to small, hilariously kitsch museums.
On the Gold Coast, hundreds of restaurants, cafes and bars are open late into the night and locals and holiday-makers alike can enjoy the vast array of delicious food and beverage options.
Climate and Clothing
Here are some tips from the locals:
- You can get sunburn even on cloudy days. Treat the sun and surf with respect. Wear sun protection year round, a broad brimmed hat, shirt with collar and sleeves and maximum sun screen to exposed skin.
- While casual is the Gold Coast norm, some golf courses have dress codes so check when booking.
- Gentlemen may need a jacket when fine dining, or enjoying a sophisticated evening at a club or restaurant.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes in national parks.
- Pack swim wear year round.
Weather: Autumn: March to May 15-26C (59-79F)
For more information please visit the Gold Coast information website here.
Gold Coast Traveller App
Make the most of your trip to the Gold Coast with the Official Gold Coast Traveller App! For all the details visit this website: https://www.destinationgoldcoast.com/app