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Your Guide To Visiting The Gold Coast In 2023

Every day feels like a holiday on the Gold Coast, with its long stretch of beaches, surf spots, theme parks, and fantastic nightlife. 

Start planning your getaway by taking note of the latest travel guidelines below. We’ve also included the best places to stay, places to eat, and things to do in the city!


Fast Facts

  • Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
  • Language: English
  • Airport: Gold Coast Airport (OOL)


Where to Stay in the Gold Coast

Needless to say — the best accommodations can be found close to the beach!


Peppers Soul Gold Coast

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Besides what the name implies, Surfers Paradise is also a neighbourhood teeming with nightlife. And this hotel not only takes you close to the best of the area, but you also get unobstructed views of the ocean from your luxurious apartment accommodation. 

Location: 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area, Queensland



QT Gold Coast

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Located close to Surfers Paradise’s shopping, dining, and nightlife spots — but also housing its own — QT Gold Coast is a hip choice of hotel with a lot of personality. Of course, the views are a requisite, but you’ll also love the refreshing pops of colour and texture in its well-appointed rooms.

Location: 7 Staghorn Ave., Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland



Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort

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Located at the more laidback Main Beach, this resort accommodation is a worthwhile indulgence for its expansive oceanfront location, luxurious tropical design, and world-class amenities.

Location: 71 Seaworld Dr., Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland



Where to Eat in the Gold Coast

From seafood to mouthwatering meats — here are the best places to dine in the Gold Coast!


Social Eating House + Bar

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This award-winning restaurant is a must in Broadbeach. It specializes in modern Aussie flavours, served on plates that are meant to be shared. 

Location: Shop 137/3 Oracle Bvd., Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland
Facebook: Social Eating House + Bar



Charis Seafoods

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It’s always a fresh seafood feast at Charis Seafoods, and people aren’t its only patrons. This restaurant is also famous for its daily pelican feeding, which you can catch every 1:30 p.m.

Location: 371 Marine Parade, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland
Facebook: Charis Seafoods



The Collective Palm Beach

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Australian, Asian, or Greek? Inside, al-fresco, or rooftop? Never run out of options at this picture-perfect restaurant in Palm Beach!

Location: 1128 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland
Website: The Collective Palm Beach



What to Do in the Gold Coast

There are fantastic things to do other than hitting the beach!



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Make the most out of your vacation at Surfers Paradise by being a full-fledged surfie! Learn how to tame the waves in two hours with this beginner lesson.



Sightseeing at SkyPoint Observation Deck

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Cover all the bases — at least with your eyes — by gazing at panoramic views of the Gold Coast from the highest point of the city. SkyPoint also offers an adrenaline-pumping climb via an external stairway to the building’s peak!




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For the most exhilarating and unforgettable experience on the Gold Coast, go skydiving and see the city in ways others below can’t! For your safety, you will undergo a crash course on skydiving before your jump and you’ll also dive in tandem with an experienced skydiver. 



Theme Park Experience

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As mentioned, the Gold Coast is also known for its penchant for theme parks. Meet animals, play in the water, and take exciting rides — check off all the experiences at these popular destinations!



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