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Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Travel guide & tips

If great weather and amazing beaches is what you're wanting from your trip to Queensland (and who wouldn't want that?) then you don't want to miss out this little 'ripper'. The Gold Coast is not only home to the famous - and slightly crazy - Surfers Paradise, it's also home to laid back coastal towns, the epic Hinterland which is like a hidden paradise, and islands where you can snorkel and kayak to your heart's content. 

Gold Coast 'Neighbourhoods'

Located South of Brisbane, this is "classic Australia" - a stretch of coastline that goes for around 52km, which means there's a lot of beaches, towns and even rainforest to explore. We've narrowed it down to our top 4.
South Stradbroke Island
Affectionately known by the locals as 'South Straddie', this little slice of paradise is just a little boat trip away from Southport just north of Surfers Paradise. Go for a day trip and try your hand at surfing, rock climbing or hiking, or camp under the stars and stretch the activities out over a couple of days. Proper Aussie island life.
Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise
Eat, sleep, surf, party, and repeat: this could easily be the motto for this coastal town. It's got beaches (with the skyline right on it), it's got tons of restaurants for foodies, it's got great surf, and it's got bars and clubs to suit every night owl. What more could you want...good weather? Well it's got that too!
Coolangatta
Coolangatta
This little suburb is right at the bottom of the Gold Coast - just before you hit New South Wales. It's where people go to slow down the pace a little bit, and relax in the atmosphere that a quaint coastal/surfing town offers. Beautiful weather, beautiful people, and beautiful beaches - the perfect place to unwind.
Hinterland
Gold Coast Hinterland
When you travel a little inland and discover the wide expanse of plants, trees and beautiful hiking trails - we could forgive you for assuming you're no longer in the Gold Coast, but you are! You could easily spend a couple of days here exploring the jungle, chasing waterfalls (yeah, you heard us quoting TLC), and spamming Instagram to within an inch of its life.

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Experiences and tours

Moreton Island
Moreton Island
Leave Brisbane on a luxury catamaran and land on Moreton Island for a full day of fun in the sun. Mix up your time with stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkelling old shipwrecks and segwaying on the beach. You may even see a dolphin!
Full day from £86
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Currumbin Wildlife Santuary
By day, see amazing Australian wildlife: koalas and kangaroos, or baby crocs, Tassie Devils, wombats and echidnas. In the evening, immerse yourself in a big dose of Indigenous culture. Also enjoy a Aboriginal didgeridoo welcome and a traditional Kup Murri feast.
Half day from £22
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Cheyne Horan
Ride the waves at Australia's number one surf school; Cheyne Horan School of Surf. They guarantee to have you standing and surfing on the first lesson or the next one's free! Surfers Paradise has some of the best waves to learn on and all your equipment is included. Hang ten!
Half day from £46
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Tangalooma Overnight Package
Experience the famous Tangalooma Island Resort surrounded by crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and untouched national park on this unique overnight getaway. Activities on offer include scuba diving, quad biking, desert safari, swimming and watching bottlenose dolphins at sunset.
2 days from £141pp
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Mt Tamborine
Mt Tamborine
Tear yourself away from the Gold Coast's boisterous beaches and head into the tranquil green hinterland, clean mountain air and exotic wildlife of Mt Tamborine. Take a guided eco-adventure over rainforest canopies and cystal-clear creeks on the Rainforest Skywalk and have a tipple at a winery. The experience also includes a rainforest skywalk.
Full day from £61
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Stradbroke Island
Stradbroke Island
Cruise aboard a 32-metre long high-speed luxury catamaran, complete with cocktail bar, to South Stradbroke Island. Tuck into an Aussie barbecue on arrival at McLaren's Landing Resort, then indulge in an afternoon of activities including beach volleyball, paddleboarding and kayaking.
Full day from £53
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Gold Coast Accommodation

Vibe Hotel
Overlooking the Nerang River, this property is just a five-minute walk from Surfers Paradise. This hotel is all about simplicity and style, offering spacious rooms in a super convenient location. Work up a sweat in the fitness centre, hire a bike and cycle to the beach, or why not just cool off and sip cocktails in the refreshing pool. 
Book before 30 Sep 17 & Stay between 1 Apr - 30 Sep 17 (blackout dates apply).
Stay 4, pay 3 | From £54pppn
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Surf Regency
Surf Regency
Just steps to the beach and only two blocks from the heart of Surfers Paradise, Surf Regency is a great choice. Choose from 1 or 2 bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens and beautiful ocean facing views. Enjoy the Rooftop Sun Terrace with sauna, spa & BBQ area. Book before 31 Dec 17 & Stay between 18 Apr 17 - 28 Mar 18 (blackout dates apply).
Stay 6, Pay 5 | from £56pppn
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QT Gold Coast
The QT hotel boasts a vibrant beachside location, fun and quirky design and unique food and drink experiences. Discover good times, great parties and non-stop action at this seductive surfside resort. Chill out in our revamped pool area, energise on one of two newly resurfaced tennis courts or simply relax and soak up the relaxed glamour and style of the Gold Coast. 
Book before 24 Sep 17 & Stay between 1 Apr 17 - 24 Sep 17 (blackout dates apply).
Stay 3, Pay 2 | from £40pppn
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Gold Coast
Bunk Surfers Paradise
Only a four-minute walk from the golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach, this brand new backpackers offers privacy pods in the dorms or private rooms. Cool off in the outdoor pool, relax in the jacuzzi, meet new friends in the games room and take advantage of the daily activities.
From £21pppn
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