Travel Planning
Gold Coast
Travel Planning
Gold Coast

Gold Coast at a Glance

Australia's Gold Coast is one of the country's most heavily visited areas. High-rises, golden sands, nightlife and glamour beckon revelers and families alike. 

There are plenty of activities for everyone on the Gold Coast. Families enjoy the lower key, less expensive suburban beach areas. The suburbs of Burleigh and Coolangatta have great surf breaks and challenging waves along their headlands. The Gold Coast Hinterland is home to Lamington and Springbrook National Parks, which are some of Queensland's best places to enjoy nature.

The Gold Coast is famous for its epicenter, Surfers' Paradise. Along the esplanade beach-goers wine and dine as well as party late into the night.    

For entertainment a bit farther from the beach, look to the mega malls, and enormous theme parks that make this area popular with families, shoppers and day-trippers. 

What to Expect
High Season
October - March
Low Season
April - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Brisbane Airport
      • Regional Airport Gold Coast Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle
      • Railroad CityTrain
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Queensland is very large and has significant climate variation. Tornadoes, tropical cyclones, flooding do occur. The dry season is the most comfortable and popular time to visit Queensland's northern-most areas. 

      Safety Concerns Stay alert while in Queensland's urban areas. Pick-pocketing, theft, car break-ins and other crimes occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere. In the wilderness, speak with locals to learn about dangerous insects and animals and how to avoid them. On the beach, obey all posted warnings and keep in mind that dangerous rip-tides and currents do occur. 

      Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. For travel in remote areas, consider taking a wilderness first aid course. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated.