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This article is about a city in Queensland, Australia. There is also a Florida Gold Coast in the United States. For the African country known as the "Gold Coast" in colonial times, see Ghana.

The Gold Coast is a large city with many districts, see articles for Surfers Paradise and Tweed Heads and Coolangatta containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings for those districts

The Gold Coast [8] is a coastal city in the southeast corner of the state of Queensland in Australia, located between the state capital of Brisbane to the north and the New South Wales state border to the south. The Gold Coast has long been a high-profile tourist destination for Australians and overseas travelers, with Surfers Paradise being the hub of tourist activity.

Looking over the Gold Coast



The Gold Coast is a large urban area with a population of 550,000 administered by the Gold Coast City Council (headquartered at Evandale in Surfers Paradise) and the Tweed Shire in NSW. It is a key part of Greater Brisbane, a conurbation of over 3 million people. The Gold Coast shares its infrastructure, facilities, services and labour market with Brisbane to the north. Workers commonly commute between the two by rail and road.

Unfortunately, many tourists believe the highrise buildings and crowds of Surfers Paradise make it an overdeveloped 'tourist trap'. Most of these buildings are however local residential. The city also has many services and industries not directly related to tourism.

The Gold Coast, that visitors are more familiar with, stretches along the coastal suburbs from Paradise Point to Tweed Heads (about 35km). Surfers Paradise, towards the northern end, is the hub of the leisure activity.

Districts or Suburbs (North to South)[edit]

  • Paradise Point, Hollywell, Runaway Bay and Labrador - northern suburbs, largely residential.
  • Southport - The commercial centre with shops, hospitals, business, industry and government offices.
  • Main Beach - An upmarket suburb with high-rises and resorts.
  • Surfers Paradise - The most commercialised tourist suburb, with the highest concentration of accommodation and attractions.
  • Broadbeach - The second busiest tourist suburb and quieter than Surfers Paradise. It has a casino, 2 shopping complexes and many restaurants and highrises.
  • Mermaid Beach and Miami - Largely low-rise residential suburbs with motels and restaurants along the highway.
  • Burleigh Heads - Numerous highrise apartment buildings and a small commercial area. The beaches are popular with surfers and families.
  • Palm Beach - Largely residential area.
  • Currumbin, Tugun and Bilinga - Largely residential area dotted with apartments, popular with families and locals. Convenient to the airport and motorway.
  • Kirra, Coolangatta and Tweed Heads - The southern end has several high-rise apartments with a small, but popular, shopping and entertainment area.


The Gold Coast Hinterland is the largely rural area away from the coast. It begins west of the Pacific Motorway, and consists of mountain ranges covered with rainforest, much of which is national parks.


The Gold Coast has a mild, sub-tropical climate, with consistent temperatures year-round, with an average high of 29 degrees C in January and 21 degrees in July. The winter months tend to have little rainfall, while the summer has frequent storms originating from the west.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • The Gold Coast Airport (IATA: OOL) [9], also known as Coolangatta Airport, is in Coolangatta. It may be unique in the world in that, because the airport straddles the New South Wales and Queensland border. The border cuts straight through the runway, so you board the plane in one state and take off from another state. The beach is only 750m from the terminal.

Gold Coast Airport handles over 6 million passengers per year with frequent connections to all major Australian cities and international flights from New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. Gold Coast Airport offers the fastest airport wifi in the world.

It is around 30 minutes drive to Surfers Paradise. The airport is served by two public bus routes:

  • 777: express service to Broadbeach South along the Gold Coast Highway. This route begins at the airport and is serviced frequently by large double decker buses, and will only stop at major centres in between the airport and Broadbeach. At Broadbeach South there are connections to other bus services and the G:link, a light rail service that goes through Surfers Paradise and Southport.
  • 760: regular suburban service to Robina Town Centre via Elanora and Tugun (north) or Tweed Heads via Coolangatta (south). Heading north, the bus connects to Varsity Lakes railway station which provides a direct rail link to Brisbane airport and the CBD, as well as other inland Gold Coast suburbs. Public buses depart from the centre traffic island directly outside the arrivals part of the terminal.

For those passengers visiting the Gold Coast, the ‘Gold Coast go explore‘ pass is available from the Airport and is easy to use. The pass is only $10 a day for unlimited bus and tram travel and you can purchase it from the Gold Coast Tourism Information Desk located in the arrivals hall.

For a more direct service, Gold Coast SkyBus provides transportation from Gold Coast Airport to hotels throughout the Gold Coast. You can buy tickets in International Arrivals (next to the currency exchange) and another desk near the domestic baggage carousels. Buses depart between every 30 mins - 1 hour and operates between 3am - 7pm, 365 days a year. No booking is required. The SkyBus departure point from Gold Coast Airport is outside the terminal next to the baggage carousels (southern end). A one way trip is $18 ($35 return). The SkyBus services south to Tweed Heads and north to Biggera Waters. Return trips must be booked 12 hrs in advance.

By train[edit]

Queensland Rail runs an electric CityTrain service [10] from Brisbane to Coomera, Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes. Trains run half hourly from 6 am to midnight, 7 days per week taking approximately 70 minutes from Brisbane Central to Nerang and Robina. The trains can get crowded at peak times. Buses connect from Helensvale, Nerang and Robina to Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta, and into northern New South Wales.

There is no train service to / from Gold Coast Airport.

As the train runs parallel to the coast you should check which station is actually closest to your final destination in the Gold Coast.

NSW TrainLink [11] runs trains from Sydney both during the day and overnight with coach connections at Casino for services direct to Surfers Paradise or Tweed Heads. However this is a very slow service by international standards, and isn't much cheaper than flying unless you have a concession entitlement. Set aside a whole day for the trip.

Get around[edit]

By tram[edit]

The Gold Coast Light Rail, or "G:Link" is the fastest, simplest and most convenient way of travelling around the Gold Coast and links the most built up and densely populated districts of the city. The service runs from Helensvale (connected to the heavy rail train from Brisbane) in the northern Gold Coast all the way to Broadbeach South via Surfers Paradise, Southport, Main Beach and Griffith University. The stop "Cavill Avenue" is a short five minute walk to the famous Surfers Paradise Beach and you can carry your surfboard on the trams as they have been specially fitted out with racks for this purpose! The trams pass at least every 7.5 minutes during the day on weekdays, every 10 minutes on weekends and every 15 minutes during the evening and before 7:00am. Trams run from 5:00am until midnight except on Friday and Saturday nights when services continue ever half hour into the next morning until 7:00am. Tickets known as Go Cards can be purchased from vending machines at every stop and are also valid on local buses as well as Intercity trains to Brisbane as part of the Translink integrated ticketing system. Remember to swipe your Go Card on the reader at the stop before and after your journey! [12]

By car[edit]

All attractions around the Gold Coast are accessible by car, and there are large parking lots at the theme parks and other attractions. Parking meters are found in the busiest streets of Surfers Paradise, Southport and Burleigh Heads, but free parking can be found a few street blocks away. There are paid parking areas in Surfers Paradise and Southport operated by shopping centres and the city council that charge about $1 per hour, the largest is the Bruce Bishop Car Park adjacent to the transit centre.

The Gold Coast doesn't suffer from the same congestion as Brisbane, largely because it has several business centres. The morning peak hour is 7 am to 8.30 am, while the afternoon peak is 3.30 pm to 5 pm. Roads to avoid at these times include Bundall Road, Southport-Nerang Road, The Gold Coast Hwy at Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Motorway between Nerang and Palm Beach.

Most car rental dealers are located in the main business district of the suburb, between the Gold Coast Highway and Surfers Paradise Boulevard. The following major car rental companies are available on the Gold Coast: Redspot, Hertz, Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, ZUJI. There are also local car rental companies such as Alllimo Cut Price Car Rentals, Costless Car Rental, Brian's Auto Centre & East Coast Car Rentals which may also offer competitive pricing yet it would be better to go with the brands providing car hire service worldwide.

While most car rental companies hire to people 25 years of age and over, some all age car rental companies do hire to younger drivers over 18 years of age with an additional surcharge. To avoid delays, check with your car rental provider beforehand if you are under 25.

If renting a car from Gold Coast Airport take care to observe hours of operation 04:30 - 23:00 [13]

By bus[edit]

Surfside Buslines, [14] provide the main form of public transport around the Gold Coast and stops are located on most main roads. Buses run 24 hours a day, but are more frequent in the daytime. All the main tourist attractions are serviced by bus. The frequency of services up and down the coast along the beach between Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise is very good at least every half hour. For other routes, and theme parks, it is best to check the timetable in advance.

Surfside Buslines uses the Translink GoCard Ticketless system which allows you to deposit funds into the card and use them up as you travel.

Airport Transfers (shuttles) operate 'door to door' between Coolangatta Airport and accommodation along the coast and are a popular alternative to taxis. They cost approximately $21 per person

By taxi[edit]

A taxi fare between the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise costs around $55 and a sedan limousine is about the same. Stretch limousines are another option for groups of more than four with a cost of around $100-$110.

By bike[edit]

The Gold Coast Oceanway [15]is a 36km pathway for pedestrians and cyclists linking Point Danger to the Gold Coast Seaway, stretching along most of the city coastline. It can be a little crowded with pedestrians in parts.

Many cycling maps and guides are available that display routes, lanes and shops. [16]

See[edit][add listing]


Surfers Paradise Beach
Coolangatta SLSC Deck

There are well over 30 beaches stretching a total of 40km. Almost all are patrolled by volunteer and professional lifesavers. The patrolled areas are marked by red and yellow flags. Signs on the beaches will show you the closest patrolled beaches at any particular time of year.

Always swim between the flags. The flags have been lined up with the safest parts of the beach and are patrolled by lifesavers. If you do get into trouble or feel yourself being pulled out of your depth by a "rip", don't try to swim against the water. Swim parallel to the beach and raise your hand to attract the attention of a lifesaver.

Surfers stay outside the flags.

105.7 Radio Metro [17] has detailed surf reports at 7am, midday and 3pm daily.

  • Surfers Paradise has a long stretch of beach, with flags and patrols ever few hundred metres along the beach. You can be sure to find a place to swim, but the beach right opposite Cavill Ave is generally very busy and packed with tourists. Just walk north or south along the beach to find a (slightly) less crowded alternative.
  • Broadbeach is about 3km (40 minutes walk, 5 minute drive) south of Surfers Paradise and usually has the same surf conditions as Surfers Paradise. The upside, however, is that it's not that far away and nowhere near as busy as Surfers. Just in from the beach is Kurrawa Park, a shopping centre full of cafes, restaurants, and Jupiters Casino. Be well warned that Broadbeach has the most dangerous rips to be found along the coast on any given day, so don't swim outside the flags, don't swim drunk and don't swim at night!
  • North Burleigh is a further 4km down from Broadbeach (over a small hill). It's generally less popular than its bigger brother, Burleigh Heads, but a good place to go if there are winds blowing from the north, as the hill provides a bit of protection. Northerly winds in the afternoon can bring in "stingers", an unpleasant jellyfish, so swimming is not advised.
  • Burleigh Heads is only 2km south of North Burleigh and a nice beach with a large park and a hill that is good for picnics. There are cafes surrounding the beach and the hill cover means that this beach is usually pretty nice when the winds are blowing from the south (when Surfers and other beaches will be exposed and horrible).

That's as far down as you can walk from Surfers. Any further and it's wise to catch a bus or drive.

  • Tallebudgeera Creek is a popular swimming lagoon with families, fantastic for people who don't feel comfortable in the surf but still want to take a dip.
  • Currumbin is a fantastic lagoon-cross-beach, if you can get there it's well worth a trip. Mostly inhabited by locals learning to surf, easiest waves on the coast.
  • Kirra is another famous surfing spot.
  • Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta offers the most spectacular scenery and views up the coast, and is also a fantastic place for a picnic.
  • Rainbow Bay is just on the other side of Greenmount
  • The world renown Snapper Rocks is right next to Rainbow Bay and is the home of the Quiksilver Pro [18].


Referred to as "the green behind the gold" (a reference to Australia's national colours - green and gold), the Gold Coast Hinterland is home to three national parks, numerous mountains, creeks, waterfalls valleys, and natural rock formations. The area is mostly covered in sub-tropical rainforest, but sections have been cleared for dairy farm land and wineries. The Hinterland is best seen by car or on a bus tour as the roads wind through the mountains with various lookout points along the way and towering trees lining the roads - it is truly a beautiful drive.

  • Tamborine Mountain - a great cottage industry town with fantastic restaurants, fudge shops, and wineries - many of which offer free samples!
  • Springbrook
  • Numinbah Valley (including Natural Bridge/Arch)
  • Currumbin Valley

There are many tours that operate in the Hinterland Area. Some are more of a bus tour as opposed to an all inclusive day. Watch the small print and enjoy. 4wd tours company generally offer all inclusive tours to the hinterland area

Do[edit][add listing]

The Gold Coast region is big on theme parks. During peak season expect them all to be quite busy. Before you go, investigate ticket discounts for combined travel and entry, multi-park and multi-day passes. Members of Australian motoring associations can purchase discounted tickets from them before you travel.

A short list of attractions and admission prices:

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary: koalas, kangaroos, birds, snakes, crocodiles. Admission $31 to $99.
  • Sea World: sharks, dolphins, penguins, polar bears. Admission $50 to $80.
  • Warner Bros Movie World: Admission $50 to $80.
  • Dreamworld: Amusement park, animals. Admission $50 to $80.
  • WhiteWater World: Water park with pools, slides. Admission $30 to $50.
  • Australian Outback Spectacular: horses and unique Australian lifestyle (dinner provided). Admission $55 to $110. Located right next to Movie world.
  • Wet 'n' Wild: Water park with pools, slides, rides. Admission $35 to $60.
  • Tropical Fruit World: Fruit plantation orchard, with tour, shows, tasting. Admission Adults $44, Children $25 (ages 4-16), Concession $35, Family Pass $110 (2A+2C) or $120 (2A+3C).
  • Go to the top of the Q1 building for stunning views of the entire city, lines of beaches and the Hinterland.
  • Watch one of Gold Coast's local professional sports teams: These include the Titans (NRL) with games played in Robina, and the Gold Coast Suns (AFL)

Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild are owned by the same company, so check out one of their combo tickets [19] if you're planning on hitting two or more of them.

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World offer the same kind of deal [20].

  • Gold Coast JetX, 30-34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217, 07 5538 8890, [1]. 10am-5pm. The Gold Coast's largest & most powerful jet boat adventure in the heart of Surfers Paradise Adult $55, Child $38, Family of 4 $150.  edit
  • Gold Coast Whale Adventures, Shop 5, 60 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Queensland 4217 (Located in the Tallship Cruise Terminal), 07 5532 2444, [2]. 8:30 - 4:30. They boast a 100% rate of sighting humpback whales & claim to have the Gold Coast's largest whale watching vessel. Most of the whale watching tours are from 8:30am - 11:30. Whale watching season is usually from June - November. From $88 Adult & $58 Child.  edit
  • Gold Coast Gondolas, Mariners Cove, 60 - 70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland, 4217, 07 5574 6883, [3]. Private luxury dinner cruise on a romantic gondola through the canals of the Gold Coast. Day & night tours available. starting at $75.  edit
  • Ambience on Tour - Day Tours (Wine Tours, Brewery Tours, Art Tours, Scenic Tours), Tamworth Drive, Helensvale, 4212 (Door to door pick up / drop off), 0432 868 336, [4]. 9.30am - 4.30pm. offers a great variety of day tours on the beautiful Gold Coast and Tamborine Mountain. Select from Wine tours, Brewery tours, unique Art Tours, Scenic Rainforest tours or tailor your own tour. Visit boutique wineries, popular microbreweries and the most awarded distillery in Australia. Meet local artists in their own studios and browse charming art galleries. Walk high amongst rainforest canopy at Skywalk. Tours daily. Check website for more details.  edit

Be wary[edit]

Be wary of street vendors promising free tickets to theme parks. Generally found along Cavill Mall in Surfers Paradise, they promise free theme park tickets in return for 3-4 hours of your time watching a timeshare presentation followed by high pressure salesmanship to sign up.

Many legitimate vendors sell discounted theme park tickets. Check out the tourist information booths run by Gold Coast Tourism Corporation [21].

Buy[edit][add listing]

Cavill Mall and surrounds have some cheap souvenir and t-shirt shops. There are dozens of stores around Surfers Paradise catering exclusively for the tourist market and Australian opals, sheepskins, wool products, and aboriginal "artefacts". Watch out for overpriced goods. Local newspapers regularly run stories about "discount warehouses" being taken to court for selling souvenirs at exorbitant prices to Asian tourists on organized tours.

Surfers Paradise has several shopping centres including the Centro Shopping Plaza (with Woolworths supermarket and numerous souvineer shops) and the Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre (with Coles Supermarkets and fashion shops). Although these cater for most tourist needs, better value for everyday items can generally be found outside Surfers Paradise.

Orchard Avenue, Cavill Avenue and Elkhorn Avenue in Surfers Paradise also has a selection of high-end to mid-range shops and boutiques (Prada, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Versace Jeans and Collection, UGG Australia and high-end watchmakers, such a Mont Blanc, Rolex and Chopard). Be careful of counterfeit products in Surfers Paradise, such as faux fur, faux leather gloves and bags and fake Louis Vuitton merchandise. Oddly enough the real Louis Vuitton boutique is just next door to the counterfeit shops on Elkhorn Avenue!

Harbor Town Center in Biggeria Waters has a large selection of high-range to low-end shopping including: Hugo Boss Outlet, Coach Outlet, Oroton Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Nike Factory Outlet and more mainstream designers such as Witchery, Sportscraft, Lise Ho and many local bands are located here. There is also a small farmers market across the road that has good restaurants and delis.

Robina Town Centre is a modern shopping mall with shops and eateries to suit everyone.

Eat[edit][add listing]

The back arcades of Surfers Paradise have dozens of cheap Japanese and Korean "lunchbox" style restaurants and the quality is usually excellent, not to mention the price (less than $15 for a large main meal).

A variety of quick eats is available in the mall off Cavill Avenue. A highlight for vegetarians is Govinda's Veg-O-Rama in the mall. There is a very well priced sushi train one street north of Cavill Ave called Sushi in Paradise (2 Elkhorn Ave).

Tedder Avenue in Main Beach and the Broadbeach area have the largest concentration of restaurants and cafés with food ranging from gourmet seafood to pub fare. Expect to pay $20–$50 for a main meal. Don't forget that most of the restaurants are BYO.

There is an all you can eat Buffet in Jupiters (now known as Star) Casino that offers lunch for $29.90, dinner for $40 (seafood on fri/sat for $50). The food there is delicious and there are plenty of entrees, mains, roasts and desserts.

Heading north to the Marina's around the Broadwater will put you right amongst the Gold Coast's freshest fish markets. Peter's Fish Market is just north of Marina Mirage and will happily cook fish and chips if you have nowhere to do it yourself.

If there is a local speciality it has to be Mud Crabs, known as muddies, which are great when in season.

Royal Pines Resort in Ashmore (now known as RACV Resort) has a fine selection of high-end to mid-range restaurants (High-end fine dining at Vediere, fine dining Japanese and Teppanyaki at Arakawa Restaurant, traditional Italian at Trattoria Amici, Mid-range buffet dining at Kalinda, sumptuous breakfast and lunch at Tees Restaurant and the hotel also has a a selection of Bars and lounges). Ashmore is about ten minutes drive from Surfers Paradise and is close to many different suburbs.

  • Deja View Restaurant (Outrigger Surfers Paradise), Level 2, View Avenue, Surfers Paradise (Level 2 of the Outrigger Hotel), +61755791087, [5]. 0630 - 2130. Deja View Restaurant located on level 2 inside the Outrigger Hotel offers something for everyone. With a buffet Breakfast every day from 6:30 - 10:00am for $25 per adult including everything you could imagine. Lunch has all the classics you can find anywhere in Australia from club sandwiches to chicken schnitzel. And for dinner they offer a full seafood buffet with fresh Prawns, Oysters, Crabs and Mussels as well as a huge hot food selection with chicken and beef etc. Also Selections of Salads, Pizzas, Cheese, and a huge dessert buffet. They also have a set menu each night which has a choice of 2 or 3 courses from their Australian/Vietnamese dishes 25 - 55. (27.9978,153.4293) edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Try a local surf club for a cheap beer with a great view, you'll find one or two in every beachside suburb of the Gold Coast. They're generally located right in front of the beach their members patrol and serve deliciously affordable food and drinks. The fish doesn't actually get much fresher. Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise offer the biggest choice of bars, clubs, and cafes, and you can order almost anything you can dream up.

Further south,Kirra Surf Lifesaving Club, Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club, Tweed Heads & Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club and Rainbow Bay Surf Lifesaving Club have spectacular decks, good food and entertainment and friendly welcomes. Just sign in as a guest.

Twin Towns RSL is the largest RSL in NSW. On the border of Queensland and NSW it offers a variety of dining options, frequent entertainment acts, and a friendly environment all at club prices. It has the sterile renovated feel of many of the newer clubs, but it is possible to get a seat with nice view.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Backpacker hostels are mostly located in Surfers Paradise, Southport, Main Beach and Coolangatta with dorm beds starting at around $20 a night.
  • Motels are located all along the Gold Coast Hwy. Most can be found in Labrador, Mermaid Beach, Miami, Palm Beach and Tweed Heads. Single rooms are $60 to $80, while doubles rooms are $70 to $90 but prices increase during peak summer. Prices are lower and availability is better, the further they are away from Surfers Paradise.
  • Camping and Caravan grounds are dotted about the Gold Coast, although many have closed to make way for other development. The largest operator is Gold Coast Tourist Parks[22], a business arm of the Gold Coast City Council. It has 7 parks: Main Beach, Tallebudgera Creek, Burleigh Heads, Kirra Beach, Broadwater, Jacobs Well, Ocean Beach (Miami). Other caravan parks can be found in Miami, Carrara, Labrador, Nerang and Mudgeeraba. Accommodation options include caravan and camping sites, luxury cabins and group lodgings. Facilities may include swimming pools, play equipment and barbecue areas.
  • Apartment accommodation in high- and low-rise buildings. A two-bedroom apartment in Surfers Paradise will cost around $150 per night in the off-season, and upwards of $300 a night in peak summer. Many have a minimum stay of 3 or 5 nights and may allow only one Saturday night per seven days (also one Tuesday). Reception hours are limited and a bond may be required in some cases. Inside amenities typically include kitchen, washer and dryer, and separate bedrooms. Outside amenities may include swimming pool, gym and other resort facilities.
  • Hotels, include chains such as the Mariott, Crowne Plaza. Hotels are concentrated in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.
  • Oaks Gold Coast Hotel, 2801, Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise 4217, +61 7 5648 3100 (, fax: +61 7 5648 3199), [6]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. Take a quick stroll to the beach or enjoy the convenience of a tram stop right on your doorstep and within minutes you’ll be amongst all the action in Cavill Avenue, a shopping adventure at Pacific Fair or a night at the casino Starting from USD 74. (-28.012775,153.429617) edit


Payphones are common.

Wireless Internet[edit]

Many accommodation operators offer free WiFi access to their guests. Other Wifi hotspots include McDonalds restaurants and coffee shops such as Starbucks and Gloria Jeans.

Stay safe[edit]

If you need medical assistance there are a handful of walk in clinics around Surfers Paradise that stay open after normal business hours. If you have an emergency you should call 000.

  • Gold Coast After Hours Doctor, 125 Nerang Street, Southport QLD 4215, 07 5532 8666, [7]. Open 24x7. Gold Coast After Hours Doctor has 3 locations on the Gold Coast and provide doctor house calls after hours starting at 6pm. All visits are bulk billed (free for members of Medicare or Veterans Affairs) so if you're not a resident then you'll have to pay out of pocket with cash, Visa or Mastercard at the end of the visit. Bulk Billed.  edit


Always swim between the flags, see Gold Coast Beaches.

Alcohol-fuelled violence[edit]

Violence often erupts late at night and in the early hours of the morning, particularly from Thursday to Saturday. Areas to be careful to avoid include Cavill Ave and Orchid Ave in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach Mall in Broadbeach and Griffith St in Coolangatta.


Beware Paradise Currency Exchange on Orchid Avenue. They have been known to dispense "fake" or older style USD notes. Once swapped, they will deny ever giving you the unusable notes and accuse you of swapping the notes yourself. Best to stay clear or double check your notes carefully.

Get out[edit]

  • Brisbane, the state capital, is about 1 hour North.
  • The Sunshine Coast lies north of Brisbane.
  • Byron Bay is only an hour's drive south
  • Lamington National Park [23] is half an hour's drive west
  • The Tweed [24] is just south of the Gold Coast
  • Spend a day or longer in the hinterland - visit Springbrook Falls, Mt Tamborine, Natural Arch (see glow worms at night).

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