Travel Time: 1½ hours from Sydney, 2 hours from Melbourne, 4½ hours from Perth
Weather: The Gold Coast is renowned for its sunny weather year-round, receiving 300 days of sunshine every year. Both hottest and wettest time of the year is summer whereas winters are generally sunny and dry with temperatures remaining between 12.5-21.5°C
Currency: AUD (Australian Dollar)
Major attractions: Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Main Beach, theme parks, wildlife parks
Holiday types: Beach/resort, theme park, city break, nature
The Gold Coast is a classic Australian family holiday, and an absolute favourite among Aussie kids. World-class theme parks – Dreamworld, White Water World and Movie World – are among the Gold Coast’s biggest drawcards. But the fun doesn’t end there!
The Gold Coast’s lesser known adventure experiences, Thunderbird Park and Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, are perfect for families who want to incorporate nature and activity into the trip. At Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, families can hike through a rainforest canopy and waterfalls, while Thunderbird Park has unique attractions – horse riding, mini-golf, foraging for treasures and laser skirmish.
Animal lovers will be super impressed by the Gold Coast’s dedicated native wildlife sanctuaries. Fantastic standouts are David Fleay Wildlife Park – the only place on the Gold Coast to see platypus – and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – dedicated to conserving Australia’s Indigenous heritage and native animals.
The iconic beaches and beachside suburbs of the Gold Coast offer thrilling entertainment particularly great for older kids and teens – jet-skiing, parasailing, kitesurfing, snorkelling, surfing, diving and more. And with over 300 days of sunshine a year… it’s always the perfect time to visit!