Set out into the world-renowned Gold Coast which has become Australia’s most iconic holiday destination. Whether you spend a day at theme parks, on the golf course, or would rather go shopping, surfing, dining al fresco or just simply basking in the sunshine, one thing’s for sure, life is fun here in the Gold Coast.

 

Here we give you Gold Coast’s favourite suburbs and favourite holiday destinations.

 

 

 

1.  SURFERS PARADISE

 

SURFERS PARADISEPhoto: Rodney Campbell

 

Surfers Paradise, as the name suggests, is a haven for those who wants to become one with the waves! The main attraction offers 150-metre wide stretch of golden sand that extends for almost 10 km in each direction, making it an excellent place to catch a wave or a Frisbee or just some pure sunshine! Past the beautiful beach of Surfer’s Paradise are tall, luxurious high-rise apartment buildings, the most popular of which are Circle on Cavill, Hilton, Q1 and Soul. It is Gold Coast’s major hub for hosting music, culture and sporting events. And with other activities such as beachside shopping, dining and clubbing, Surfer’s Paradise continually offers a complete holiday experience. 

 

2.  MAIN BEACH

 

Main Beach, Gold CoastPhoto: shyejyh, Wikimedia, hibiscusonthebeach.com.au, tripadvisor

 

A few minutes north of the heart of Surfers Paradise, is the sophisticated and affluent beachside suburb on the Gold Coast. It is located between the sparkling blue waters of the Southport Broadwater and the spectacular Pacific Ocean. It was originally called Southport East. You can try rows of restaurants at Tedder Avenue, visit luxury boutiques at Marina Mirage or choose your favourite boat that lines the marina at the Southport Yacht Club. Explore the Broadwater and have amazing sea views either by a luxury cruise or houseboat. If you’re more of an adventurer, try the jet boat, parasailing, jet ski or flyboard . You can also catch some wind with a kitesurfing lesson. 

 

  

3.  BROADBEACH

 

BroadbeachPhotos: destinationgoldcoast.com, moregoldcoast.com.au, star.com.au, queensland.com

 

Broadbeach or “Broadie” to locals has come a long way in the last few years. While undoubtedly the beautiful, golden beach is Broadbeach’s main attraction surrounded by a park and play area, it has also become the main shopping hub of the Gold Coast, with shops ranging from big high end names to charming and unique boutiques. There are two big shopping centres- Oasis and the iconic Pacific fair, with over 300 specialty stores, cinemas, and casual restaurants.

 

4. GOLD COAST HINTERLAND

 

Gold Coast HinterlandPhoto: trover.com, destinationgoldcoast.com

 

Sometimes called "the green behind the gold" Gold Coast's hinterland is still largely unknown to most travellers. But this beautiful and amazing area in South East Queensland has densely Gondwanan forested mountains, breathtaking waterfalls and incredible wildlife. Explore World Heritage sites, charming mountain villages with antique shops, wineries, art galleries and beautiful coastal views. You can also indulge in exhilarating activities such as Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk and Treetop Challenge. See the Tweed Volcano or camp in the Green Mountains, Woonoongoora and The Settlement.

 

  

5.  SOUTHERN GOLD COAST

 

Southern Gold Coast

Photo: southerngoldcoast.com.au

 

Southern Gold Coast suburb is one of the most vibrant and unspoiled destinations in the world. Discover pristine beaches, excellent surf breaks and amazing views of the Surfers Paradise skyline. It is located on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, which is 30 minutes drive from Surfers Paradise and 10 minutes drive to Brisbane. It connects the golden beaches and the dense, green hinterland together. Take your seat at the ‘Superbank’ of Snapper Rocks, Greenmount or Kirra and enjoy the yearly pro surfing events. You may also take a trip to whale watch or scuba dive at the Kirra Reef Dive Site and Cook Island.

  

 6.  THE BROADWATER AND THE SPIT

 

Broadwater and the SpitPhotos: getwetsurf.com

 

The Spit or sometimes called “The Southport Spit” is a spit that separates the Southport Broadwater from the Pacific Ocean. It’s 5 km long and is popular among surfers as there are good breaks. Its northern end is perfect spot for picnics and relaxation. Tourists can explore the Spit by cycling or walking The Gold Coast Oceanway and the Federation Walk.

 

 

 

7.  NORTH AND SOUTH STRADBROKE ISLANDS

 

North Stradbroke IslandsPhoto: harkhark.com.au

 

Stradbroke Island is one of the largest sand islands in the world. The island is split into two; North (Minjerribah to the traditional owners) and South Stradbroke (or South Stradie), with the north more developed of the two. Head for the unspoilt beaches which are perfect for swimming, surfing, fishing and whale watching. Four-wheel-driving or cycling on the beach is also a must for adventurers.

 

8.  CURRUMBIN

 

CurrumbinPhoto: surfingservices.com.au

 

Currumbin, another beautiful coastal suburb of Gold Coast, is where the Currumbin Creek waterway connects to the rainforest of the region. It is also home to the famous Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Witness the amazing Australian wildlife up close and personal- hold and cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo and experience feeding the free-flying wild rainbow lorikeet and the massive saltwater crocodile.  The theme park has been in operation for more than 60 years. 

  

 

9.  BURLEIGH HEADS

 

Burleigh HeadsPhoto: theurbanlist.com

 

Burleigh Heads is an oceanfront substitute to the more touristy suburbs of the Gold Coast. Its surf break attracts surfers from all over. The Burleigh’s headlands, known as “The Point” is a popular spot for barbecues and cricket matches and where spectators can watch the surfers. Another major natural attraction is the Burleigh Heads National Park, a natural headland that offers leisurely walks along the shores and through the beautiful rainforest.

 

 

10.  ROBINA

 

RobinaPhoto: robina.com.au

 

Robina, another beautiful but newer suburb in the city of Gold Coast, is one of the first communities in Australia (and the most successful) to be a master-planned residential community. It boasts of impressive shopping and recreational facilities in Queensland including the massive Robina Town Centre, Bond University and the Robina Dogway Dog Park. Robina is also home to the Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Team who play their home games at Skilled Park which is Queensland’s newest rectangular sporting venue.