Beaches, shopping, restaurants and theme parks, the sunny Gold Coast has a lot to offer to visitors. No matter what kind of person you are or what you’re interested in, there is something here for you. One of the fastest growing cities in Australia, the Gold Coast sees about 13 million visitors each year and it’s no surprise why. The list could go on, however here are 10 of the top reasons to visit the Gold Coast.
1. Life’s a beach
Spanning along 57km of coastline, the Gold Coast is definitely the perfect place to spend a day sunbathing, swimming or surfing. Some popular ones include Broadbeach, Main Beach, Nobby Beach, Surfers Paradise Beach and Coolangatta Beach. If getting your feet sandy isn’t for you, you can always take a nice stroll along the footpath and look over the ocean. This is the main reasons people usually visit the Gold Coast, along with Surfer’s Paradise.
2. 2018 Commonwealth Games
In April next year, the Commonwealth Games will be held in the Gold Coast. With 275 sporting events and 70 nations competing, there will be a lot of visitors in the city. Tickets are already selling out fast, so make sure you secure them soon for a chance to witness the games. Fun fact: this will be the first Commonwealth Games to have an equal amount of male and female events.
3. Theme parks galore
The Gold Coast is the theme park capital – 5 of the major parks including Dreamworld, Whitewater World, Movie World, Sea World and Wet n Wild. Each offers unique rides for everyone from the more laid-back people to the thrill seekers, as well as other attractions and activities. If you don’t make it to all of them, it is definitely worthwhile checking at least one out.
4. Shop ‘til you drop
From op shops, boutique stores to extravagant shopping malls – the Gold Coast provides a shopping trip for any budget. The most popular of the lot is Pacific Fair – the fourth largest shopping centre in Australia. It features over 400 stores including H&M, Sephora, Zara, Culture Kings and Gucci as well as a showpiece section called The Resort.
5. A range of accommodation
There is a large range of affordable and fancy places to stay in the Gold Coast. The QT is a popular place to stay. The boutique, contemporary hotel offers artsy rooms with ocean views, a designer spa and complimentary retro bikes. If you’re after something very up-scaled, Palazzo Versace offers luxury accommodation with a Versace boutique, a 24-hour fitness and wellbeing centre, a private marina plus more.
6. A foodie’s dream
As you can imagine, the food options are endless on the Gold Coast. From lowkey cafes to the finest of dining, there is something for everyone. Among the most popular is Justin Lane, The Fish House, Kiyomi, Apres Surf and Greenhouse Canteen.
7. Party playground
Surfers Paradise has a reputation for a party city. If clubbing is your thing, the Gold Coast is for you. In the main strip, you will find popular clubs such as Shooters, SinCity, The Bedroom, Elsewhere and Cocktails Nightclub. After Surfers, Broadbeach is also a popular destination for exciting nightlife.
8. National Parks
Away from the city life, there are a number of beautiful national parks amongst the Gold Coast. With a range of walks for all fitness levels, you can see stunning rain forests, waterfalls, rock pools and other natural wonders. Some popular ones include Lamington, Springbrook, Tamborine and Burleigh Head National Park. This is one of the best reasons to visit the Gold Coast.
9. Sunny and warm
For most of its days, Gold Coast enjoys sunny and warm weather. Even during winter, people still enjoy the beach. The warm weather and beaches bring a laid back atmosphere and you will find most people get around in t-shirts and thongs.
The city’s popularity certainly attracts celebrities from all over the world. Some famous visitors have included Chris Hemsworth, Taylor Swift, Tom Hiddleston, Johnny Depp, Blake Lively, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West plus many more! There are also some local celebs including Amber Heard, Margot Robbie, Cody Simpson and Tammy Hembrow. Why wouldn’t you want to visit the Gold Coast?!