Gold Coast Travel Guide

The Gold Coast is an urban region in Queensland. Situated on the southeast coast of Queensland, this region offers seemingly limitless opportunities for beach relaxation.

The Gold Coast is one of the most populous areas in Queensland. With a population of approximately 507,000 people and a constant flow of tourists, you will be thrilled by the energy of crowds. If you prefer to avoid large crowds, do not fret; there’s huge stretches of beautiful beach with more than enough space for everyone.

Things to see and do on the Gold Coast

Without doubt one of the most famous stretches of sand in the Gold Coast and perhaps the whole of Australia is Surfers Paradise. As the name suggests, this is a great place to ride the waves, which the cool and very clear waters that lap the sure also offer a whole host of other types of water sports opportunities.

Surfers Paradise – Gold Coast, Queensland

People sun bathing and surfing in the waves at Surfers Paradise.

Visitors can walk along the coast from Surfers Paradise to reach Broadbeach. This pretty stretch of golden sand runs for around three kilometres and offers plenty of space to spread out and soak up the sun, while the water that laps the shore offers excellent surfing conditions that are ideal for those who want to escape the crowds.

Another pretty stretch of coastline leads visitors some four kilometres from Broadbeach to neighbouring North Burleigh. The hill that can be found at the end of this inviting strip of sand protects the beach from coastal winds and offers a secluded spot to soak up the sun and take in the pretty ocean views.

Backed by a large park where visitors can enjoy a picnic, the stretch of sand at Burleigh Heads is another great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the more popular beaches in the area. North Burleigh is also lined with an excellent range of amenities for visitors to make use of including cool cafes and shops.

Animal lovers should make sure that they allow plenty of time to check out Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. A large number of native Australian animals can be viewed here in natural habitats and while the cute and cuddly koalas usually steal the show, this is also a good place to see kangaroos, crocodiles and many different species of birds and snakes.


In 1832, Europeans began to settle the Gold Coast after John Oxley discovered Mermaid Beach. Due to the area’s close proximity to the sea and important economic endowments, the Gold Coast became an important centre for trade and commerce. This has not changed; people from across Australia regularly go to the prosperous Gold Coast for business and pleasure.

Located approximately 100 kilometres south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast is easily accessible from every major city in Australia. The Gold Coast is connected to nearly every area in the country by railways and roads. You may also reach the area via plane or bus.

Climate conditions

The Gold Coast has a subtropical climate that is quite enjoyable during the summer months. The area receives humid conditions throughout the year, and the average monthly temperatures range from 12 to 28 degrees. The Gold Coast receives approximately 1,300 millimetres of annual rainfall. Precipitation is expected on 140 days per year.