Queensland's most popular holiday destination is undoubtedly, the Gold Coast. Millions of tourists visit the Gold Coast every year attracted by the weather, the fantastic beaches, the multitude of theme parks and activities and the mass of fantastic Gold Coast hotels.The high rise capital of Australia is Surfers Paradise and it is the main holiday center and the oldest part of this beach side holiday strip. It is centered around the Cavill Avenue mall and the magnificent surfing beach. The mall itself is always busy with holiday makers eating in the street side cafes or shopping in the many arcades. Beach lovers can walk across the road from the beach and be in the center of the action. The esplanade is lined with resorts and most of these are high rise apartment style properties which are the most popular as family accommodation. Almost all of these have panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean and the beach on the eastern side of the road.
Broadbeach lies just to the south of Surfers Paradise and is nearly as popular as a holiday destination. Many new apartment buildings have recently added to the accommodation supply. The Nikon Plaza shopping center, which is at the center of Broadbeach is rivaling Cavill Avenue in Surfers as the best spot on the Gold Coast for dining out and shopping. Broadbeach also has the Gold Coast conference center and the Casino so many people like to stay here as it is not only close to the beach, but to these other facilities as well.Main Beach Main Beach and the Southport Spit provide fantastic surfing beaches on one side and the quiet waters of the Southport Broadwater on the other. This area is the home of luxury on the Gold Coast with the Palazzo Versace hotel and the Sheraton Mirage resort. It is the home of marine and aquatic activities on the Gold Coast with huge marina complexes, charter boats and marine tours.
In the south of the Gold Coast are Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads which both attract tourist to there fantastic beachside locations. Inland is the magnificent Gold Coast Hinterland, with its tall forests, waterfalls and spectacular scenery. Right throughout the entire Gold Coast region, you will find a range of top class golf courses and nearly all of them welcome visitors for a round. Some of them rank among the top courses in the country.Gold Coast accommodation is as famous as the holiday strip itself. From the ocean, the Gold Coast presents a panorama of tall apartment buildings that stretch as far as the eye can see. There are tens of thousands of Gold Coast apartments to choose from.These range from the Q1 which is the tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere, right through to caravan park cabins.
The Gold Coast theme parks are a not to be missed attraction and a magnet for children on holiday on the coast. Seaworld is located on the Southport Spit and has many marine displays as well as the thrill rides and water parks that you would expect. It also has the Seaworld resort, so you can buy a holiday package that includes park entry and accommodation. Dreamworld and Movieworld are both located at Coomera close to the WetnWild waterpark and these will also each entertain your family for a day. In the evening the Great Australian Outback Spectacular is essential viewing for all holiday makers and the dinner is great.
Many tours are available to take you to the neighbouring regions like Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and further north of Queensland. Gold Coast car hire is available from the Coolangatta airport for people who wish to explore the region in their own time.
At some stage of their lives, everyone will need this travel guide to the Gold Coast for their annual holidays.