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Australia’s Gold Coast is a diverse city, with more than 57 kilometres of beaches, 100,000 hectares of World Heritage-listed rainforest and more than 300 days of sunshine annually. It is a genuinely interesting city with friendly people and has recently been named the first “World Kindness City”.

Things to Do

Beaches and ocean

The Gold Coast is renowned for its white sand beaches. In summer (December – February) the average temperature on the Gold Coast is a pleasant 20-28°C. It’s one of the best times of the year to explore the beaches and ocean life and enjoy the many activities on offer including; swimming, snorkelling, whale watching, stand up paddle boarding, diving, sailing and surfing.

Nature

Although the Gold Coast is famous for its beaches, there are many other places to enjoy nature beyond the waves and sand.

Mountains on the Gold Coast offer great walking tracks, with waterfalls and fresh-water swimming holes found in Currumbin Valley. Springbrook National Park is another wonderful place to explore, with many birds and animals as well as beautiful views of the southern Gold Coast.

Other bio-diverse areas can be found on the Northern Gold Coast’s islands of North and South Stradbroke, which you can catch a ferry to access and enjoy a sunny day, a BBQ with friends, and maybe even spot some local wildlife like wallabies and lizards.

Theme parks and wildlife sanctuaries

Giant rollercoasters and exciting shows can be found at the Gold Coast’s theme parks; Warner Bros Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild and Dreamworld. Yearly passes and multi-park passes can make visiting these parks cheap and easy, too.

True animal lovers could also choose to visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for an up-close look at Australia’s unique wildlife. You might find yourself covered in Rainbow Lorikeets, patting a Kangaroo, or being hugged by a friendly Koala.

Be sure to leave a full day free for each of these fun-filled attractions, wear plenty of sunblock, and pack your fully charged camera!

Shopping

The Gold Coast offers many great shopping opportunities for all types of shoppers and budgets.

Robina Town Centre and Pacific Fair are two of the Gold Coast’s biggest shopping centres, offering great places to eat and shop, as well as modern movie cinemas and entertainment options.

Harbour Town is another great shopping complex as most of its shops are outlets making it ideal for students who love shopping but are concerned about their budget.

Beyond the big centres, you will find many streets on the Gold Coast offering small boutique shops. Surf Parade in Broadbeach, James Street in Burleigh, and Thomas Drive on Chevron Island are just a few you may enjoy.

Food and dining

The Gold Coast boasts a thriving food scene, with more than 500 restaurants and cafes, offering cuisine from around the world. Because of its subtropical climate and coastal location, the Gold Coast also produces the freshest seafood, tropical fruits and local produce.

Golf

The Gold Coast is host to the Australian PGA Championship and with more than 40 Championship and resort golf courses in the region, there are plenty of internationally regarded golfing experiences available.