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Gold Coast

 Australia’s Gold Coast is a diverse city, offering action packed days and fun filled nights to over 10 million visitors each year. Families, couples, business delegates and solo travellers will all find an experience to suit their needs and budget, as the Gold Coast serves up more attractions and venues than any other destination in the southern hemisphere. Get into the Gold Coast’s easy living lifestyle with 70 kilometres of sun, sand and surf at your doorstep plus 100,000 hectares of world heritage listed rainforest just a short drive away.

currency

Australian Dollar (AUD) $1 = 100 cents

phone

Call 000 for any emergency
Poisons Information: 13 11 26
Lifeline: 13 11 14

newspaper

The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Gold Coast Sun
Gold Coast Mail

population

537,900

info

Surfers Paradise Visitor Information Centre
2 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
+61 7 5538 4419
Open Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5 pm, Saturday 9am - 6pm, Sunday 9am - 4pm

Full moon over Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia

The City

This is where it happens. Excitement beckons at every corner and there is action to be had on every wave along the 70 km of white sand beaches. The region is the theme park capital of Australia offering plenty of hours (or even days) of fun and entertainment. If adrenaline is your thing try Dreamworld’s Giant Drop, if you fancy kissing a seal, head to Seaworld and get a smooch on the cheek, pretend to be a Hollywood star at Movieworld or fling yourself down tubes of gushing water for relief from the Queensland heat at Wet’n’Wild. Surfers Paradise in the north has round-the-clock entertainment with glitz, glamour and heaps of nightclubs and shops. Coolangatta and Tweed Heads in the south have some of Australia’s best breaks and the area is increasingly becoming more popular with surfers. The Gold Coast is whatever you want it to be.

Surfing on a Green Wave with Sun Rising in the Background

Do & See

No matter if you spend one week or three weeks here - you will not get bored! The Gold Coast has more to offer than the lovely beach, best surfing and great places for a good night out. Visit for example the fun amusement parks, interactive museums or Tamborine Mountain.

Warner Brothers Movie World

Holoverse

iFly

Surfing and Kite-surfing

Infinity

Burleigh Head National Park

The SkyPoint Observation Deck

Kayaking at South Stradbroke Island

Tamborine Mountain

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Theme Parks

Broadwater Parklands

Gold Coast Skydive

Gold Coast Cruises

Paradise Jet Boating

Mixed seafood plate by a tropical beach

Dining

The multicultural nature of the Gold Coast has led to the delicious and successful food and wine industry, cultivating everything from soft-shell crabs and goat cheese to locally bred Wagyu beef and award-winning boutique wines. The Gold Coast has attracted prominent restaurateurs and operators from the southern capitals and around the world to progress this dynamic region. This has ensured locations such as Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Coolangatta and the Hinterland to remain highly regarded for their delectable choice of dining options. Similarly, beachside cafes, snack bars and budget priced eateries are in abundance to ensure a taste to suit every style.

Melbas

Surf Club Kurrawa

Kirra Sports Club

Ginger Indian Gourmet

Fables Restaurant

Donto Sapporo

The Cuban

Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant

La Porchetta

Moo Moo The Wine Bar And Grill

macaroon multicolored with a cup of coffee on white table with sea and blue sky background

Cafes

With the laid back atmosphere on the Gold Coast you have many places to choose from when you are in the mood for coffee, juice or something a bit sweeter. Here you will find everything from great coffee shop chains to small privately owned cafés.

Elephant Rock Café

The Coffee Club

Le Cafe Gourmand

Mandala & Co.

Cardamom Pod

Elk Espresso

australian modern city at night (gold coast, queensland, australia)

Bars & Nightlife

That ambience of true bustling seaside culture, contrasted by a groovy night time buzz makes the Gold Coast a distinctively active area and a true party destination. Of course a sampling of the all-night entertainment will ensure an experience to remember.

The area Surfers Paradise has a delightful range of evening activities. Broadbeach also has an expanding mall area which provides a 24-hour epicentre of activity. It is here you will find the iconic Conrad Jupiters Casino and its range of cabaret shows, gambling facilities and newly established bars and restaurants.

Seventy7 Café + Bar

D'arcy Arms

Surfers Paradise RSL Club

Platinum Nightclub

Cocktails Nightclub

Elsewhere

SinCity Nightclub

Street sign of Surfers paradise Blvd in Surfers Paradise Gold Coast Australia.It's the heart of Gold Coast entertainment district.

Shopping

With some of Australia’s largest retail centres and most stylish fashion precincts, even grocery shopping on the Gold Coast is an enticing prospect. Browse the generous complexes, take a shopping tour, peruse the boutiques, wander through the piazzas and pay particular attention to the factory outlet precincts. This grand assortment of Gold Coast retail experiences will surely satisfy every taste in fashion. Among the host of opportunities available to willing travellers are several key shopping precincts that are an essential feature of the Gold Coast retail trail and all within easy reach.

Carrara Markets

Robina Town Centre

Pacific Fair

Harbour Town

The Oasis Shopping Centre

Miami Marketta

Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre

Paradise Centre Surfers Paradise

Spirit Of Australia Gallery

Roxy

Lifesaver patrol tower on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Essential Information

Airport

Gold Coast Airport is located at Coolangatta, 22 kilometres south of Surfers Paradise. Gold Coast Airport has a transport and information desk right outside international arrivals.
www.goldcoastairport.com.au

The Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle meets all flights and takes passengers to Surfers Paradise. You can buy tickets in advance online.
www.surfside.com.au

You can save considerably, though, if you use the free Airport Link shuttle out to the Gold Coast Highway where you can catch bus 700, 760 or 765 into Surfers Paradise or to Coolangatta. Buses go several times an hour all day and night.

Taxis are also available immediately outside the terminal.

Address: Eastern Avenue Bilinga, Gold Coast

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +617 5589 1100

Website: www.goldcoastairport.com.au

Passport/Visa

Unless you are a New Zealand citizen granted visa exemption on arrival (in most cases), you will need to obtain a visa prior to visiting Australia. Citizens of all European Union countries, as well as Andorra, Norway, Iceland, San Marino, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and Vatican City are eligible for an eVisitor visa, which can be applied for online. For citizens of the United States, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, South Korea and Malaysia, the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) entry permit is available, which can be applied for online and grants holders the right to enter Australia an ulimited amount of times for stays of no longer than 3 months per visit.

Citizens of all other world countries (with the exception of Somalia) are also able to apply for a visitor visa online. For more information, visit the official website of the Australian government's department of home affairs: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/lega/lega/form/immi-faqs/what-visa-do-i-need-to-visit-australia

Best Time To Visit

If you travel between April and May, you will be able to enjoy warm weather and the lowest chance of rainfall. This is also the most affordable time to visit as there are no school holidays. Another plus is that you will avoid tourists and holiday crowds.

Public Transport

The Gold Coast has a range of public transport options including trains and buses. The local bus operator is Surfside Buslines, which provides regular services and a network covering most locations. Weekly tickets for unlimited travelling with busses are available. The company also provides shuttle busses between the theme parks.

Citytrain operates a rail line in the hinterland that connects to the Brisbane suburban rail network. The main stations on the Gold Coast are Coomera, Nerang and Robina.
www.citytrain.com.au

Ferries and water taxis connect islands and canal estates.
Gold Coast Ferries
+61 4 1171 1274
www.goldcoastferries.com.au

Taxi

Gold Coast Water Taxis
+61 4 03 58 78 04

Regent Taxis
+61 13 10 08
www.regenttaxis.com.au

Post

There a multiple Post offices located on the Gold Coast, you can find one of them in the Centro shopping centre.

Address: Cavill Avenue Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Phone: +61 4 13 13 18

Pharmacy

Surfers Paradise Day and Night Pharmacy is located here:

Address: 14/3221 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Gold Coast

Phone: +61 7 5592 1321

Telephone

Country code: +61

Area code: 07

Electricity

240 V / 50 Hz

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