Introduction to the Gold Coast

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Introduction to the Gold Coast

Australia evokes images of white, sandy beaches; of surfers relaxing, waiting to catch that perfect wave, the sun shimmering on the sea. Many beaches in Australia offer some sort of semblance of this, but the Gold Coast is a real ‘surfer’s paradise’ and no other destination shines like Australia’s Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast has 70 kms of beautiful beaches and Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach, Coolangatta and the aptly named Surfers Paradise are the places to see. They are the real up-and-coming sites of Australia’s east coast and each offers the perfect lifestyle of sun, sea and sand. 

In just 50 years the Gold Coast has grown from a small beachside holiday destination to one of Australia’s most visited sections of coastline.

One of the reasons why so many tourists visit Australia is to see the weird and wonderful wildlife. At the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in the Gold Coast you get to see crocodiles, koalas and kangaroos, all in the freedom of the rainforest. Shows are put on daily and it’s an educational experience to learn about Australia’s wildlife in their natural habitat, but don’t think its all learning! Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has recently added an adventure course with rope swings and zip-lines to get the adrenaline pumping, so make sure you give it a visit!

Also, the Gold Coast is home to the world's largest subtropical rainforest. Head over to the Hinterland and lose yourself for a few days in a rainforest lodge, swapping stories around a campfire. Visitors are rarely disappointed with a trip inland, and even though it's only an hour's drive from the beach, you’ll feel as though you’re a hundred miles away. There are charming mountain villages to explore and cool mountain pools to discover.

So, indulge your senses as you explore the diversity of the Gold Coast, from the sunny seas to the beautiful beaches, from the wonderful wildlife to the majestic meter maids. The Gold Coast is not only unmissable, it’s unforgettable…

How to Get to the Gold Coast



One of the most popular ways to get to the Gold Coast is by bus. Greyhound offer some fantastic deals if you book in advanced or use their multi-stop passes.

A Greyhound bus to Surfers Paradise costs approximately AU$95 and takes 14 hours.

Country Link

Country Link is the rail service that runs up the east coast. The train that links Sydney to Surfers Paradise costs approximately AU$105 and takes 15 hours.


Obviously you can drive to the Gold Coast. There are a number of car and campervan hire operators in Australia.