About the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is located on the east coast of Australia, just one hour's drive south of Queensland's capital, Brisbane. It is a region of contrasts offering a 70km (44 mile) stretch of unpolluted golden surf beaches, with a hinterland of lush green subtropical rainforests. The Coast boasts over 35 patrolled beaches and year round safe swimming, and the hinterland is Australia's largest area of subtropical rainforest with 29 national parks and nature reserves.
Apart from its natural beauty, the Gold Coast is Australia's entertainment capital, offering an enormous range of sights and attractions to delight visitors of all ages. From theme parks to wildlife sanctuaries, adventure sports, day tours and cruises to shopping, wining and dining, Queensland's Gold Coast has it all.
The Gold Coast stretches from Cabarita Beach in New South Wales north to Beenleigh and South Stradbroke Island. Its main attractions include beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, national parks, quaint villages, craft shops and spectacular views. For further information on attractions, visit these sites:
- Gold Coast Tourism
- Gold Coast City Council
- Queensland Holidays
- Movie World
- Sea World
- Wet 'n' Wild Water World
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
The climate is subtropical and the area enjoys an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year. During QUESTnet 2013 the Gold Coast can expect average temperatures of 11-21C (52-70 F).
For up-to-date weather forecasts visit http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/wrap_fwo.pl?IDQ10090.html
South-East Queensland map