What makes the Gold Coast Australia’s most exciting holiday playground? Wicked surf breaks, amazing rainforest retreats and a whole lot of fun, that's what. But don’t just take our word for it. Stay in awesome Gold Coast accommodation and be close to sunny beaches, theme parks, quirky shops and nightlife worth envying.
Over in “Goldie” it’s never too hot or too cold, and the easygoing vibes are always just right. So grab your best bathers and start planning your big trip with our Gold Coast travel guide!
Plan Your Trip
Whether you’re itching for a great view from the top of the Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck, planning a dip in the bright blue waters at Main Beach or looking forward to the cool club scene in Surfers Paradise, you’ll find the best places to stay in Gold Coast right here with Wotif, from hotels near Coolangatta Airport to beachfront bungalows in Southport.
When you touch down at Coolangatta Airport (aka Gold Coast Airport), you’ll be a direct bus ride or a 20km drive north of Surfers Paradise, the region’s entertainment hub. They don't call it the Gold Coast for nothing—this collection of villages can totally brag about more than 70km of gorgeous coastline. Is it really bragging if it’s true, though?
Eat Your Way Through Gold Coast
Hungry for some hearty surf ‘n’ turf? Craving sashimi and tropical cocktails? Well, not only can you ride the waves and hike through the hills, but you can eat delicious gourmet cuisine caught—and grown—right there on Queensland’s coast.
We could talk a lot about the cuisine scene stretching between Southport and Broadbeach, but here’s a bite-size tip: This is the place to be for beachfront bistro fare and the best seafood you’ve ever had. Not convinced? Book your Gold Coast hotel right there and taste for yourself—starting with a breezy patio brunch.
Are you an aspiring wine aficionado? Well, wander inland toward Tamborine Mountain and you’ll walk right into wine country, known as the Gold Coast Hinterland. We bet your burger would be better with a bottle of the local shiraz.
Take on the Tide
Many beaches are patrolled by Surf Life Savers and all swimmers are encouraged to swim in patrolled areas marked by red and yellow flags. Anything that involves water and fun in the sun can be found here, from surfing and all types of water sports to recreational fishing. Why not hang 10 with the awesome surf breaks at Burleigh Heads for an escape without the crowds? Yes, please.
Wanna swing through the trees? Once you get past the open stretches of sunshine and sand, the Gold Coast is a lush collection of forests. Zip-line through the canopy of leaves and cross suspension bridges in the Tamborine National Forest at TreeTop Challenge. Bring your pulse back to lazy holiday-making levels while relaxing in one of the quiet hotels in Gold Coast’s inland districts and get ready for more!
Bring the Family
Our Gold Coast hotels are great for resting up between the region’s action-packed attractions—the theme parks. Sea World, Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild are each a 20-minute drive from Surfers Paradise. It really is the theme park capital of Australia!
If your kids prefer real animals over costumed ones, then head over to Currumbin Sanctuary or the Fleay’s Fauna Centre. The Australian Outback Spectacular is also a family favourite. Speaking of animals, make some four-legged, furry friends at Lamington and Springbrook National Parks. There are waterfalls in these parks and your family will love chasing them.
Surf’s Up, Bottoms Up
You didn’t think you could stay in Gold Coast without staying out until the sun comes up over the Coral Sea, did you? Not a chance. Let’s not beat around the bush here—Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach keep rocking and rolling like the waves well after dark. From laid-back beach clubs and live music venues to chic rooftop bars, you won’t have to look far for a fabulous time. We know exactly where to stay in Surfers Paradise if you need to come in for a cushioned landing after a long night kicking back on the beach!
Rolling into town for the GC600 Super Cars in October? Each year Australia’s fastest speed demons race through the streets while the rest of the coast chills out. Wanna ride the wave at the Surfers Paradise Festival or rock out at one of the annual music fests on Broadbeach? Check out our Gold Coast hotel deals that will let you stay next to all the action—from blues bands to Elvis impersonators.
In this neck of the woods, all that glitters makes for a great Gold Coast holiday! Mix and match your dream getaway with Wotif. Pick from our awesome airfares and accommodation in Gold Coast and we’ll see you on the beach!