Australia's Gold Coast is a modern city of glittering high-rise buildings, built around superb beaches, including the world renowned 'Surfers Paradise'.
Australia's sixth largest city, and the second largest in the state of Queensland, the Gold Coast is where the 'bikini' was born. Along with endless stretches of golden beaches, there are international theme parks, designer boutiques, luxurious spa retreats, world-class golf courses, award-winning restaurants, upmarket bars and lively nightclubs.
The Gold Coast has 70 kilometres of white, sandy beaches. The most famous is Surfers Paradise beach, a mecca for local surfers and visitors alike. The entertainment capital of Queensland, Surfers Paradise also has an array of nightclubs, pubs, bars and restaurants all within a two kilometre range.
The ongoing buzz is continued through a series of festivals and events almost every month of the year showcasing some of Australia's best sporting talent. See surf life saving champions in action; join Australia's iron men and women the 'Coolangatta Classic' ocean swim; and watch the world's best surfers compete at the Quicksilver & Roxy Pro.
The Gold Coast is also the gateway to some of Queensland's best natural attractions. Whale-watch, island-hop and discover the area's Aboriginal culture. Just half an hour from the renowned beaches is the Gold Coast hinterland, which consists of more than 100,000 hectares of National Parks and reserves, including Lamington National Park and Springbrook National Park.
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