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The Gold Coast Travel Guide 2021

The Gold Coast is by far one of the most beautiful and exciting places I’ve ever been to, located on the sunny east side of Australia’s coastline it is home to some of the best waves in the world for surfers and adventures alike.

Getting to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is just an hour’s drive south from Brisbane and is a lot easier to access than most Australian cities as it is the middle point between Sydney and Cairns. As a result, many major highways and train stops go through the main city. It’s also home to the Gold Coast Airport which is used for both domestic and international travel.

How Many Days Do You Need?

The amazing waves and beaches never get old at the Gold Coast, plus there are loads of fun activities and sites to explore as well, making it hard to put a time on how long you should say. However, if I had to give a definitive answer I would recommend at least 5 days to get the very best out of everything the gold coast has to offer.

Things To See In the Gold Coast


Surfers Paradise Beach

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Of course, the top of the list of places you need to go in Gold Coast is the beach, Surfers Paradise Beach is the most iconic and has some amazing waves. It’s also home to the Surfers Paradise sign that leads you directly onto the sand, it is the perfect landmark to get a picture under to make everybody back home jealous.

Sky Point Observation Deck

The top of the Q1 building will give you the most incredible view of the Gold Coast money can buy. Located on the 77th floor, 270m above sea level lies the Sky Point Observation deck. This stunning 360-degree view will allow you to see everything for miles including the amazing city skyline and the lush green national parks.

While up there you can grab a bite to eat at the Gold Coast’s highest café and restaurant. Or if you’re feeling adventurous you can do Australia’s highest external climb up towards the Eagle’s Nest, 270 meters up, at the top of the building.

Warner Bros. Movie World

Warner Bros. Movie World is a must for all the thrill-seekers out there. Packed full with some of the best rollercoasters in Australia including the DC Rivals Hypercoaster which is the Tallest, longest, and fastest HyperCoaster in the Southern Hemisphere or the Green Lantern Coaster which stands at a staggering 33 meters tall, this fun day adventure will definitely satisfy the adrenaline junkie in you.

But if high-intensity trills are not your thing it’s also stacked full of fun family amusements as well, like the Road Runner junior rollercoaster, or the Justice League 3D ride, along with plenty of shows and entertainment from Tom and Jerry and Yogi Bear to name a few.


Purling Brook Falls

Just 50 minutes away from the main city is the amazing Springbrook National Park. However, the amazing natural beauty reaches its panicle at the amazing Purling Brook Falls.

Purling Brook Falls is a breath-taking horsetail waterfall. During heavy rainfall, the site can attract a large group of tourists as the astonishing waterfall gushes heavily. There is also a suspension bridge at the bottom to give you the best views imaginable of this stunning natural attraction


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Best of All Lookout

Just a short 10-minute hike from the car park will lead you to the best lookout point Queensland has to offer.

From the viewing platform, you’ll be able to look out over the crater, valleys, and out to Byron Bay. It truly is astounding and definitely lives up to the name.

Gold Coast Travel Guide: Things to Do in the Gold Coast

  • Rent a surfboard and hit those world-renowned waves
  • Climb the outside of the Sky Point tower
  • Relax on the beach
  • Visit one of the breath-taking national parks
  • Enjoy one of the many extravagant nightclubs
  • Make a splash at the Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast waterpark.

Day Trips Near The Gold Coast

South Stradbroke Island

The South Stradbroke Island consists of an 1800-hectare conservation park on which you find the world-renowned 22km white surf beach on the eastern side. However, if surfing isn’t your thing on the island’s western side there are calm waterways for you to relax at. The island also features the quaint café Tipplers and the iconic Couran Cove Resort with rooms that have baloneys that go right out onto the tranquil water.

 It’s the perfect destination for everyone’s interests whether that be surfing, kayaking, swimming, bushwalking, or even sunbathing on the white sand, South Straddie has it all.

If you’re looking to get to the island the Couran Cove Island Resort ferry departs from Mariners Cove at Main Beach.

Lamington National Park

Only a 57-minute drive from the CBD of the Gold Coast lies the Lamington National Park. This huge reserve has over 160kms of walking tracks, bringing you past amazing waterfalls and immersing you in the beautiful sounds of the surrounding birdlife.

Getting Around Gold Coast

The main city of Gold Coast is quite small and as a result, it is easy to walk to most destinations in the area. The city is also not as busy as bigger ones like Sydney making it also easy to drive. As previously mentioned it is the middle point between Sydney and Carnes giving it plenty of train and bus stops, for you to hop on and off at throughout.

To get to the main attractions outside the city it is preferable if you have a car though as it’s hard to find bus routes to the national parks on the outskirts of the city.

Additional Questions

What is the weather like in Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast has a sub-tropical climate and roughly around 300 days of sunshine per year. Make you pack plenty of sunscreen because it is going to be hot!

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Where should I go for a good night out?

The Gold Coast is renowned for its nightlife and one of the most historical examples of this is the 32-year-old nightclub, Melbas on the Park.

Another nightclub to visit is SinCity The Nightclub, this club has received mixed reviews over the years however if you have some money to spend and are looking for a good night out on the town this very popular nightclub might just be the place for you.

Gold Coast Travel Guide: Conclusion

There you have it! I hope this Gold Coast travel guide was able to answer a lot of your questions and concerns about traveling to the Gold Coast. Make sure to enjoy your stay, it’s a beautiful city with plenty to do. If you would like to learn more, make sure to check out some of our other posts for everything related to backpacking Australia!

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