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Gold Coast

The tag line “Beautiful One Day - Perfect the Next” perfectly describes the Gold Coast. Averaging over 300 sunny days every year, it is hard to find a bad time to visit.

Highlights

Grab a board and head to one of Australia’s best known surfing beaches to catch a few waves. Can’t surf? No problem! You will find plenty of surf schools who will have you up in no time.

Get up close and personal with the colourful natives at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This iconic Queensland destination has been operating continuously since 1947 after the founder, Dr Alex Griffiths, discovered he could divert the lorikeets away from his prized flowers by providing an alternative food source. Since those early days, the park has grown and developed to include a wide range of native flora and fauna.

Witness world class sporting events all year around. Whether it is golf, triathlon, cricket, bowls, football, or the fuel-filled excitement of the V8s – rarely a week goes by without something happening.

Have your photo taken with legendary Meter Maids. Meter Maids have been feeding Gold Coast parking meters since 1965, saving countless hapless victims from an unexpected parking fine.

Slow down and get back to nature by taking a drive into the spectacular Hinterland. Here you will discover untouched rainforests, picturesque villages, local arts and crafts, wineries and amazing food.

Best time of year to visit

The tag line “Beautiful One Day – Perfect the Next” perfectly describes the Gold Coast. Averaging over 300 sunny days every year, it is hard to find a bad time to visit.

Popular with families during school holidays, the Gold Coast has been Australia’s playground since the 1930s.

Climate

Summer temperatures on the Gold Coast are often cooler than Brisbane, with daily maximums rarely exceeding 30 ℃. The cool sea breezes help to combat the higher humidity at this time of year.

Short afternoon or evening storms are common during spring and summer.
Winter temperatures, averaging 21 ℃, make the Gold Coast the envy of the country’s colder, southern counterparts.

Gold Coast – More Than Beautiful Beaches and Thrilling Theme Parks

During the early 1900s, it was notoriously difficult to reach what is now called the Gold Coast. It was not until the development of a new road in 1925 which saw the population explode. Originally known as Elston, the residents lobbied the government in 1933 to change the name to Surfers Paradise.

Post World War II, the region became hugely popular as a destination for returned servicemen. The term ‘Gold Coast’ was first coined by real estate developers and journalists in response to this popularity. The name stuck and the South Coast Town Council officially adopted the name in 1958.

The Gold Coast City was proclaimed in 1959 and covers an area of 410 km² stretching 57 km north from Coolangatta and west to Tamborine Mountain. Over half of this area remains untouched, pristine rainforest, easily accessible throughout the year.

The city is arguably best known for its beaches and theme parks, however there is so much more the explore in this stunning corner of south east Queensland.

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