The Gold Coast Queensland
The Gold Coast has a myriad of stunning beaches, exciting theme parks, great shopping, simulating nightlife, luxurious high rise 5 star accommodation and sophisticated restaurants.
But is a place where you can let loose and feel free, all with a smile on your lips and the sun on your cheeks. And the Gold Coast truly offers something for everyone: if beaches and an exciting nightlife aren't your thing, you can always explore the Hinterland or go on safari.
If you are travelling to or visiting the Gold Coast, our Summerland NSW website provides you with information on:
- where to stay in or near-by The Gold Coast
- where you can eat and dine in The Gold Coast and
- what to do whilst staying in The Gold Coast.
About The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is actually a large city with suburbs and is situated in the south eastern corner of the Queensland coast adjacent to Summerland destinations in Northern NSW. This landmark Australian city is famous for a myriad of stunning, golden sand beaches with top surfing locations. A relaxed lifestyle abounds with exciting theme parks, major shopping centres, a stimulating nightlife in a warm to humid subtropical climate.
The original indigenous people of The Gold Coast region included the Kombumerri, Minjungbal and Yugambeh tribes who referred to this area as ‘Kurrungal’ for its endless supply of timber, abundant wildlife and fresh water sources.
The coastal suburbs of the Gold Coast include Surfers Paradise, Southport, and Burleigh Heads. Starting at the Pacific Motorway at Tweed Heads, The Gold Coast runs parallel to the coast until it reaches Labrador then turns inland to meet the Pacific Motorway again at Helensvale.
No wonder the Commonwealth Games of 2018 are planned for hosting at The Gold Coast as it has so much to offer the tourist. With places to let loose and feel free with a smile on your lips and sunshine on your cheeks there is something for everyone.
How to get to The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is a major tourist destination with The Gold Coast Airport just 15 minutes drive from the airport to the centre of the city. The airport services both interstate capital cities as well as major cities in New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.
The closest major city to The Gold Coast is Brisbane which is about one and a half hours drive north of Coolangatta. You can catch the Air Train from one of the five Gold Coast stations or direct from the Airport. The majority of bus routes run along the Gold Coast Highway. Services are frequent during the day, with intervals of only 5 minutes between Southport and Burleigh Heads.
Whether on holidays, visiting attractions, commuting to work or travelling between Gold Coast and other destinations; available transport modes include hire cars, taxis, buses, ferries, rail and a monorail. A number of major roads connect the Gold Coast with Brisbane, New South Wales, and the surrounding areas.
The Pacific Motorway (M1) is the main motorway in the area. Commencing at the Logan Motorway (M6) in Brisbane, it travels through the inland Gold Coast region and links with the Pacific Highway at the New South Wales/Queensland border near the town of Tweed Heads.
Where to stay in and near The Gold Coast
Whether you are after a luxurious resort style accommodation, a motel, a private guesthouse, B&B, a caravan park or campsite, The Gold Coast has an array of accommodation to suit your budget.
Search through our Gold Coast accommodation pages to find your perfect place to stay.
Where to eat and dine in The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast offers a range of restaurants, cafes and take-aways to choose from. Check out our where to eat in Gold Coast page for inspiration.
What to do in The Gold Coast
Besides the range of beautiful beaches The Gold Coast boasts an exciting nightlife, top shopping locations and a World Heritage Listed Hinterland that borders the city to the west. The Gold Coast city is also surrounded by a complex of waterways and canal systems that are nine times larger than Venice, Italy. The artificial islands and upmarket homes make for an interesting exploration by boat.
The Great Dividing Range contains 206 kms of hinterland protected by Lamington National Park and is a World Heritage region with a shield of extinct volcanic craters. Only 30 minutes drive inland from the bustling coastal strip of The Gold Coast, the city alludes to rich farmland, vineyards, charming villages and rainforest reserves. There are rare and threatened animal species in the area as well as beautiful fauna that grows in the rich volcanic earth.
Browse through our what to do whilst staying in The Gold Coast pages on Summerland NSW.
Don't forget to come back to the Summerland NSW website and write reviews on your Gold Coast experiences to share with locals and other travellers.