Australia’s Gold Coast is a modern city of glittering high-rise buildings, built around superb beaches, including the world renowned ‘Surfers Paradise’. Strategically located on the edge of the Asia-Pacific rim, with access to two international airports the Gold Coast is perfectly positioned as a destination for business, investment, study, sport, events, tourism and lifestyle.
The Gold Coast is famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to several theme parks, hiking trails that crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, and home to rare birds and rainforest.
List of the top attractions:
- Swim and surf the Gold Coast’s best beaches (Bilinga, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Currumbin)
- Visit the Gold Coast’s various theme parks (Sea World, Dreamworld, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Warner Bros. Movie World)
- Explore the rainforest on the tree top walkway
- Play a round of golf at the gold coast’s top courses
- Jet ski, surf and scuba dive
- Shop at the best boutiques and markets
- Graze at the top restaurants and cafés
Australia’s seasons are at opposite times to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.
Winter (June – August) on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry with comfortable temperatures of 11-21°C (52-70°F). In fact, it is this pleasant winter weather that both the city and the Sunshine Coast are internationally renowned for.
Eastern Standard Time (EST): GMT + 10 hours. There is no daylight saving in Queensland.
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, at your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate. You can also apply for certain types of visas on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD)
Currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. Australia has a goods and services tax on purchases (10%) but you may claim this and the Wine Equalisation Tax when departing our shores.