Intro to the Gold Coast

The region is famous for its sub-tropical climate, laid back atmosphere, nightlife and immaculate sandy beaches. One American travel writer on visiting the region commented:

..something about this place evokes a feeling of guilty pleasure – whether it be the flawless beaches a block from the chaos, the countless day tours to everywhere or the simple ability to party all night and lounge all day,  free from the need for a single intelligent thought.. 1

It’s all that and much more, it is truly a unique piece of geography bathed in golden sunshine saying –enjoy!

The Gold Coast features immaculate beaches running almost the entire length of the regions coastline which faces the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. Match this with a favorable climate, endless attractions, nightlife, dining, friendly people, along with a safe environment, and you have Australias favourite holiday destination that’s open to the world.

The Gold Coast region is located 70kms south of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, and almost 1000km’s north of the capital of New South Wales, Sydney. It has an estimated population of 480,000 and is Australia’s sixth largest city. At the center of the Gold Coast region is the popular and well known suburb of Surfers Paradise.

Inland from the beaches and behind the city, there are magnificent National Parks – Springbrook, Lamington and Tamborine which feature World Heritage protected areas. These scenic sub-tropical rainforests are visitor friendly with picnic areas, short and long nature walks, amazing natural flora and fauna, and spectacular lookouts that gaze out across the hinterland, the city and out to the expanse of the ocean. The Hinterland and Mt Tamborine is also popular for its wineries.

The Climate on the Gold Coast is a comfortable sub-tropical climate averaging in the 20’s and is enjoyable all year round. The weather makes it favorable for a vast range of attractions and activities including four big theme parks that provide hours and hours, if not days, of entertainment value with something on offer for everyone. The four theme parks are Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Sea World and Dreamworld located between the suburbs of Southport and Coomera.

Adventure attractions are endless and some include motor bike tours, parasailing, sky diving, hot air ballooning, jet skiing, power boating, helicopter tours, go karting and motor racing.

Deep sea fishing charters are popular along with whale and dolphin watching tours. Other marine activities include fishing at the beach or along the river ways, swimming, skiing, diving and snorkelling.

The Gold Coast is also home to over 20 of Australia’s leading golf resorts with picturesque backdrops and meticulously manicured greens.

The Gold Coast is popular for it’s famous nightclubs located on Cavill Avenue and Orchid Avenue where you can party to the early hours. There are also two nightclubs located in Broadbeach as well as a large casino and convention centre. Taverns and Surf Clubs are also popular. There are also over 500 restuarants on the Coast! Main Beach and Broadbeach are popular for their main streets lined with quality restuarants serving for all tastes in ambient relaxing surroundings.

And that’s just a brief intro! It really is a place that offers something for everyone no matter what takes your fancy.

To discover more visit the menu options on the left. If you are looking for more photos of the region visit the Gold Coast Photos section.

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