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Gold Coast Information
The Gold Coast is a city in the southeast corner of Queensland, Australia. It is the second most populous city in the state and the sixth most populous city in the country. It is also the most populous non-capital city in the country. Gold Coast City is known for its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches, waterways and canal systems, a skyline dominated by high-rise apartment buildings, a rainforest hinterland in the west of the city, nightlife and its tourist attractions.
The city consists of 57 kilometres of coastline with some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia and the world including, South Stradbroke Island, The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami, Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Heads, Tallebudgera Beach, Palm Beach, Currumbin Beach, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra, Coolangatta, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay, Snapper Rocks and Froggies Beach. Duranbah beach is one of the world's best known surfing beaches and is often thought of as being part of Gold Coast City, but is actually just across the New South Wales state border in Tweed Shire.
There are also beaches along many of the Gold Coast's 860 km of navigable tidal waterways. Popular inland beaches include Southport, Budds Beach, Marine Stadium, Currumbin Alley, Tallebudgera Estuary, Jacobs Well, Jabiru Island, Paradise Point, Harley Park Labrador, Santa Barbara, Boykambil and Evandale Lake.
Gold Coast Car Hire Tip
It may actually be cheaper to rent your car at the airport! Compare our airport rates to the city centre rates as you may be better off picking up from the airport location.
Driving in Gold Coast
All attractions around the Gold Coast are accessible by car, and there are large parking lots at the theme parks and other attractions. Parking meters are found in the busiest streets of Surfers Paradise, Southport and Burleigh Heads, but free parking can be found a few street blocks away. There are paid parking areas in Surfers Paradise and Southport operated by shopping centres and the city council that charge about $1 per hour, the largest is the Bruce Bishop Car Park adjacent to the transit centre.
The Gold Coast doesnt suffer from the same congestion as Brisbane, largely because it has several business centres. The morning peak hour is 7 am to 8.30 am, while the afternoon peak is 3.30 pm to 5 pm. Roads to avoid at these times include Bundall Road, Southport-Nerang Road, The Gold Coast Hwy at Surfers Paradise and the Pacific Motorway between Nerang and Palm Beach.
Most car rental dealers are located in the main business district of the suburb, between the Gold Coast Highway and Surfers Paradise Boulevard. The following major car rental companies are available in the Gold Coast(Surfers Paradise): Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, Hertz. There are also local car rental companies such as Costless Car Rental, Brian's Auto Centre & East Coast Car Rentals which may also offer competitive pricing.
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Situated in the east of Australia, the Gold Coast is one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Encompassing the main city centre and surrounding urban areas, it is renowned in particular for its nightlife and surfing beaches but it has a lot more to boast about.
Whether travellers are solo, groups of friends, couples or families, many attractions and things to do will keep them entertained. Including theme parks, music, arts, and sports, some activities are free while others charge a fee. Let’s take a look at the top four!
Attractions in the Gold Coast of Australia
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
This is the most popular activity and it is easy to understand why. Viewing the eco system of the Tamborine Rainforest is a marvellous way to get in touch with nature. Flora and fauna exist in peace while bird-watching tours, set off daily. Open every day from 9.30am to 4pm, walking without a guide will take roughly an hour but there is also a café and souvenir gift shop to explore.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Still on the subject of being at peace with nature, this is the next most popular activity and it would be quite easy to spend all day here. From the introduction about Aboriginal history and their connection with nature, to the bird shows, it is a fun day out.
Visitors can sign up for a self-guided tour or walk around with a guide. Don’t forget to cuddle the koala bear and also watch the Australian sheep shearing demonstrations. With an emphasis on advanced ecotourism, this park pulls out all the stops to educate visitors in a fun and interesting way.
Surfers Paradise Market
Situated on the beach with the same name, this event happens every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights. Many stalls are set up with independent traders including artists, jewellery makers, musicians and craft exhibits. This is an ideal place to pick up your souvenirs.
Skypoint Observation Deck
For an unrivalled 360 degree view of the region, head to the observation deck. The panoramic view never fails to impress and there are facilities within including a café, photographic service and access for the disabled. Open from 07.30 to 20.00 from Sunday to Thursday, while extending their closing hours to midnight on a Friday and Saturday. Imagine the gorgeous sunset view!
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