Gold Coast and surrounds

Cool hipster baristas, a pop up restaurant on every corner, and trendy eat street markets under cascades of fairy lights…if you haven’t been to the Gold Coast in the past couple of years, you’d hardly recognise us now.

Beyond stunning sun-kissed beaches and hinterland hideaways, the Gold Coast has evolved into a city buzzing with an eclectic energy and revitalised cultural scene. With our own welcoming warmth that’s as contagious as our cheeky smiles, we’re a vibrant new haven for five-star foodies, keen culture buffs and the fun foragers we know and love.

Shop up a storm at the recently renovated Pacific Fair, watch live acts performed at funky new venues along the coast or kick back and roll with the naturally chilled vibes as the sun sets on our beautiful beaches. Don’t keep all the unforgettable experiences for yourself, our stunning climate and action-packed activities will inspire you to create new memories in a destination your family will love too.

Uncover the natural friendliness of our locals, enjoy endless sunshine and connect with our wilderness and environment. Endless choices to find moments that move you and discoveries that inspire you – you can have it all and we’ve saved you a seat

To plan your Gold Coast experience, visit DestinationGoldCoast.com

SkyPoint Observation Deck

The SkyPoint Climb is a must-do adventure on the Gold Coast. Treat yourself with a 360 degree view from coast to hinterland and take postcard pictures yourself! The Q1 Resort Building is 270 m high and does not only offer you a stunning view of the scenic Gold Coast but also delicious refreshments while spotting whiles along the coast! 

For the ultimate experience, plan your activity ahead as you can choose between different Climbs such as Night Climbs, Twilight Climbs and Day Climbs!

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Sea World Marine Park

Sea World Marine Park Gold Coast is an oceanarium, marine mammal and theme park all at once and offers you fun, adventure and education. Explore Polar Bears, Tropical Fish, Penguins, Dolphins, Rays and many more up close!  njoy a day with animal exhibits and theme park rides at The Spit a prime location just north of Surfers Paradise.

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Mount Tambourine

Some say this is the green behind the gold, which makes the Gold Coast so seductive, and it’s easy to see why Tamborine Mountain is in tune with tourists. Let’s start with the rainforest, in the third oldest National Park in the world, which celebrates the remnants of the former Mount Warning volcano. There are numerous walks and lookouts from which to enjoy Mother Nature at her most blindingly brilliant, including the mysteriously-named Witches Falls or charming Cedar Creek.

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Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads, or simply Burleigh to locals, sits like a cool comma between Surfers Paradise to the north and Coolangattato the south. It’s a picturesque punctuation mark along the Gold Coast and most definitely somewhere to pause. 

Let’s start with the beach, which enjoys dual popularity with those who like to swim in her protected waters and those who love to surf around the headland. On a day when it might be a little choppy everywhere else along the Coast, you can bet your bottom dollar there’s a protected corner at Burleigh in which to dip. Even strict landlubbers will adore this destination for the Burleigh Heads National Park which wraps around the headline like a fashionable head scarf, offering views of the ocean on the left and a number of walking trails and wildlife to experience. 

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Currumbin

Currumbin is an inspiring beachfront community where the epic Currumbin Creek waterway links to the pristine rainforest mountains of the region when heading west. Currumbin Creek and the Alley, the entrance to the ocean, offer a protected and patrolled haven for all kinds of active water sports, particularly stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

There is good Flathead and Bream fishing off the rock wall or Taylor off the beach. Currumbin also has a gorgeous right-hand surf break which is a specialty for graceful longboard riders. The Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club is worth a stop to experience absolute beachfront dining, and of course, just metres from the beach, you’ll find the famous Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Brisbane

By its very nature, size and design, Brisbane is an ideal conventions city. Visitors are greeted with a well-connected and walkable city that offers all the style and sophistication of larger global destinations. The warm welcome visitors receive in Brisbane is matched by its subtropical climate. An average 283 days of sunshine annually means outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round, from swimming at South Bank’s Streets Beach to kayaking on the Brisbane River or climbing the iconic Story Bridge.

Uncover the city’s history and hidden stories on a free Brisbane Greeters tour, take a trip along the winding Brisbane River on a CityCat, or stroll through gardens and parklands to enjoy the clean and green environment of Australia’s most sustainable city.

For world-class entertainment, Brisbane’s cultural and events calendar is bursting with blockbuster shows, international sporting matches, festivals and exclusive exhibits. In the city’s cultural precinct, you will find Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre all within close proximity.

When it comes to dining, there’s a world of options at your fingertips. Brisbane is flourishing with new restaurants, cafes and bars – from elegant riverside settings, to hip laneway eateries, bustling food markets, and airy rooftop venues showing off the best views in town.

For more information on where to eat, drink, shop, play and stay in Brisbane, go to visitbrisbane.com.au.

Here is a newsletter (refer to pages 4 and 5) on exciting developments at Brisbane!

Here are some useful links to help you best plan your time when you are visiting the Gold Coast: