If any area of Australia could lay claim to the title of the premier holiday destination in the country, it would have to be the Gold Coast in South-East Queensland. For all its over commercialisation, the golden surf beaches along its 52 km length are among Australia's best, the choice of beachfront accommodation, shopping and dining options is almost limitless, and it is home to Australia's best theme parks all of which are within a short driving distance of each other.
The subtropical climate is ideal for taking advantage of the myriad leisure activities all year round. The Gold Coast boasts great shopping and many leisure activities such as the observation deck of its tallest building, Q1, in Surfers Paradise, which offers sweeping views up and down the coast. The Gold Coast is a well known haven for surfers, welcoming the Quiksilver Pro every summer.
For visitors who want a break from the commercialisation, there's always the beautiful backdrop of the hinterland - which is only a short drive away. Here there are some of Queensland's most picturesque mountains with arts and crafts boutiques, subtropical rainforest walks, picture-post card waterfalls, wine tasting and sleepy mountain villages.
How To Get There
The Gold Coast is less than an hour's drive south of Brisbane via Pacific Motorway.
Best Time To Go
the Gold Coast is an all-year-round destination, but if you prefer to avoid the sub-tropical heat, you may wish to visit during the winter when temperatures are pleasantly cool and rainfall is low. The southern part of Queensland enjoys slightly drier summers in comparison to the north. Temperatures on the Sunshine Coast average around 20"C during winter and, although warmer, are still comfortable during summer.