Your Complete Guide To The Gold Coast

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With up to 300 days of glorious sunshine a year, some of the world’s most stunning beaches, more theme parks then one can handle and countless luxury resorts, the Goldie is really a must-visit for the whole family.  We’ve compiled 5 of your ‘must do’s’ while visiting the Gold Coast and some pointers to make your trip a little easier.

What to do

  • Hit up the theme parks, of course – the Gold Coast is famous for its theme parks including Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet n Wild, Dreamworld and WhiteWater World. Pulse-pounding rollercoasters, high-octane waterslides, tigers, dolphins and so much more; there really is something for everyone. If you’re a thrill seeker Dreamworld and its famous “Big 9” thrill rides are right up your alley, but beware, for they’re not for the faint hearted.

  • Hit the beaches – a trip to the Gold Coast wouldn’t be complete without a trip (or ten) to its iconic beaches. Thousands of tourists a year flock to the golden strip of sand just off Cavill Avenue, but if you’re after solitude head south to Palm Beach, a wide sandy place beside a charming beachside town. If you’re after a more exhilarating water-based experience try an extreme jetboating ride, stand-up paddle boarding or even try your hand at surfing. You and the kids will love the famous Aquaduck – a bus that turns into a boat! Genius! See the sights of the Gold Coast from land and water without ever leaving your seat.

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  • Spot of shopping at Pacific Fair – following a multi-million-dollar renovation, Pacific Fair is now Queensland’s largest shopping centre. The indoor/outdoor leisure and entertainment precinct is a hub of activity surrounded by tropical greenery and waterways. With approximately 420 speciality stores including a full-scale David Jones and luxury stores like Coach and Christian Louboutin, Pacific Fair is now a must-shop destination.

  • Skypoint at Q1 – question: What’s the best way to see the Gold Coast? From the tallest external building climb in Australia, of course! Take to the top of the iconic Q1 Resort and enjoy the sweeping views below from 270 meters above sea level. Once your legs have stopped shaking, have a drink and marvel at the stunning 360 degree views at the observation deck after your climb.

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Where to stay

Broadbeach

  • Jupiter's Hotel & Casino - situated in the heart of Broadbeach within walking distance to stunning beaches and Pacific Fair shopping centre. Not to mention it’s recently undergone a $345 million transformation.

Surfers Paradise

  • Palazzo Versace - This one is for the adults only. Splurge and stay at Palazzo Versace for the glitziest holiday you’ve ever had and indulge in 5-star pampering at Auroa Spa.

  • Paradise Resort - the ultimate kid-friendly resort with a water park onsite and staff that dress up as fairy-tale characters.

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Best time to go

Surfers Paradise, in particular, is busy over the Schoolies Party period from late November to early December. The festivities close sections of Cavill Avenue, the beach and roads, so it’s best to avoid an expedition during this time of year. 

Where to eat

  • Stingray Bar & Lounge at QT - Known as “the place to go” Stingray is the Gold Coasts most stylish bar. With a great food menu designed to share and live music on Friday and Saturday nights, add this one to the to-do list.

  • Gelato Messina, Coolangatta – ice-cream is a meal, right? With up to 40 ice cream flavours available at any one time, there is something to please everyone.

  • Citrique, Surfers Paradise Marriott – when visiting the Gold Coast, it makes sense to indulge in fresh seafood. Citrique is the Gold Coast’s most famous buffet dining destination showcasing the freshest array of seafood in a stunning location.

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For even more dining options in the Gold Coast, check out what is on offer here.

Now that you have a to-do list, here's some hot accommodation offers thanks to Scoopon.

Do you have any hot tips for the Goldie, tell us in the comments below.