Just south of Brisbane, the hugely popular Gold Coast provides all the ingredients for a perfect holiday. Whether you spend your days at a theme park, on the golf course, shopping, learning to surf, dining al fresco, discovering the lush hinterland or soaking up the sunshine there's a new experience waiting for you at every turn.
During the last few decades, the coast has transformed into a tropical Las Vegas with high rises and hotels built around superb resorts like iconic Surfers Paradise, Main Beach or Coolangatta.
Energetic Surfers Paradise is the entertainment playground of the Gold Coast with a world-renowned stretch of sands, amazing nightlife venues and electric atmosphere. Walk, run or ride along the beach promenade by day and browse beachfront markets by night; shop and café-hop your way along Cahill Avenue and into the hidden arcades that house quirky coffee shops and award-winning restaurants.
On the northern end of the Gold Coast, Main Beach is the first vantage point to dive into the iconic rolling waves, while at Coolangatta, you'll find a slower pace of life along with world-class oceanfront hotels, restaurants and clubs.
The Gold Coast is Australia's theme park capital with something for everyone, including the assortment of rides, shows and attractions of DreamWorld; Wet 'n' Wild or WhiteWater World for fun-filled waterslides and leisure pools; Warner Bros. Movie World, where your favourite films come to life; and Australia's Sea World with its exciting rides, attractions and shows.
Within half an hour's drive of the coast you'll find yourself in the middle of the enchanting Gold Coast Hinterland, which includes World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest and Tamborine Mountain where you can walk the pristine rainforest tracks or the amazing Skywalk, and at Lamington National Park you can stroll through the rainforest canopy 49 feet above ground at O'Reilly's Rainforest Tree Top Walkway.
GMT +10 hour
Surfers Paradise is around an hour’s drive from Brisbane.
The Gold Coast averages 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year, with rain tending only to fall in the summer period (December-February). The average summer temperatures are 20-28ºC when it can be humid, but that is offset by cool sea breezes. Autumn temperatures fall between 16-26ºC with sunny days and warm nights; winter (June to August) is generally sunny and dry with temperatures ranging from 11-21ºC, while spring offers sunny days and mild evenings and temperatures of 15-25ºC.
During this half day tour experience forest trails where only a 4WD can take you along with a delicious morning tea and a guided rainforest walk to a waterfall. Your guide will keep an eye out for wildlife, tell you about the area and show you how to throw a boomerang. Available daily from the Gold Coast (excluding selected dates).
Depart your hotel at approximately 5am and travel for about an hour to the Gold Coast hinterland, where you will soon take to the sky for your 30 minute balloon flight. Watch the sun rise over the rolling hills and enjoy sweeping views of Mount Tamborine, Lamington National Park and the shimmering tall towers of the Gold Coast. Upon landing, enjoy breakfast in the gracious ambience of O’Reilly’s Grand Homestead. Take a stroll in the grounds or enjoy a wine tasting before your tour concludes. Minimum age 3 years. Available daily from the Gold Coast.