Gold Coast Tourism

The Gold Coast is Australia’s entertainment zone, a place where the concept of fun is redefined. This coastal city in southeastern Queensland is home to Surfer’s Paradise, a major hub for travelers and backpackers for whom travel is synonymous with thrill and adventure. Or if you not too much into adventure, just sit on the seaside and watch the sun rise above sandy beaches over the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Defined geographically by spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, forests, waterways and vibrant communities, Gold Coast has certainly provided a whiff to Australia’s tourism. Bordering its beaches is its dazzling skyline dominated by high rise apartments.

Interestingly, the city is more than just about its sea side tourism only. Enter the theme parks of Gold Coast, some of which are considered to be the best in world and indulge into pure thrill with exhilarating rides, mazes of waterslides to keep you cool on hot summer days. As for Gold Coast hinterland, you can walk through World Heritage rainforests Lamington and Springbrook, to witness an ancient volcano and spectacular waterfall creating noise amidst incredible beauty and native wildlife. For people who would like to take memories back home, they can find vintage threads and an eclectic bohemian vibe at the Village Markets on Sundays at Burleigh Heads or head to Carrara Markets, where 500 stalls and lots of local entertainment will captivate you.

Gold Coast is one place where nature, culture and entertainment coalesce together to raise the bar of tourism.

Essential travel information and Gold Coast tips for your visit

  • There is no nude bathing permitted in Queensland.
  • Australian beaches are beautiful. Never underestimate the power of the Pacific Ocean. Always swim between the red and yellow flags in a patrolled beach and heed life guards’ advice. 
  • Visiting the Gold Coast Theme Parks are going to eat into your budget. You can get special 3 theme Park passes for unlimited visits to Movieworld, Seaworld and Wet and Wild.
  • Surprisingly, there is more to the Gold Coast than beaches. Head into the “hinterland” for great rivers, swimming holes, hiking, and parks. During the weekend, you can snap up some local produce at a farmer’s market. For the more adventurous, you can tackle one of the many rainforest walks available on Tamborine Mountain.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Gold Coast

  • Know the pollution level of Gold Coast before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 16.96 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 28.7 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 36.11 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30.91 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.64 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.76 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 16.82 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 13.89 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Gold Coast for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Gold Coast.

    • Burglary and Theft 39.38 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 36.27 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 47.18 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 33.85 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 35.92 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 46.18 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 39.24 (Low)
    • Drug offense 64.08 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.14 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 48.97 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 41.32 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.82 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.69 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 56.06 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 97.73 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 23.43 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.57 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 86.16 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.24 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Gold Coast

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.08 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.81 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 94.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 70 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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