196. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Why

I struggled with adding Gold Coast to this list, but then I realized that its popular for Australians, but not so much for non-Australians. This is an area of Australia that is great for beach, has access to a rain forest and great mountains as well, plus a nearby theme park.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - Coolangata Beach

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – Coolangata Beach

Where

Gold Coast is located just south of Brisbane, Australia which is the capital of the state of Queensland.

How To Get Here

By Train

Check out Australian Rail Maps for all the train service into Brisbane.

By Plane

The nearest airport is the Gold Coast Airport (Coolangata) (OOL) in Bilinga, Australia.

Gold Coast Airport, Queensland, Australia - Gold Coast Airport (OOL)

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – Gold Coast Airport (OOL)

Air Asia X (D7), Air New Zealand (NZ), Hong Kong Airlines (HX), JetGo Australia (JG), Jetstar Airways (JQ), Qantas (QF), Scoot (TZ), Tiger Air Australia (TT), Tiger Airways (TR) and Virgin Australia (VA).

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - Gold Coast Airport (OOL)

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – Gold Coast Airport (OOL)

You may also fly into Brisbane International Airport (BNE) airport which is served by the following airlines:

Air Caledonie International (SB), Air Canada (AC), Air Mauritius (MK), Air New Zealand (NZ), Air Niugini (PX), Air Vanuatu (NF), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Emirates (EK), Etihad Airways (EY), EVA Airways (BR), Fiji Airways (FJ), Hawaiian Airlines (HA) , JetGo Australia (JG), Jetstar Airways (JQ), Korean Airlines (KE), Nauru Airlines (ON), Philippine Airlines (PR), Qantas (QF), Regional Express Airlines (ZL), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Solomon Airlines (IE), Thai Airways (TG), Tiger Air Australia (TT), Virgin Australia (VA).

Brisbane, Queensland Australia - Brisbane Airport (BNE)

Brisbane, Queensland Australia – Brisbane Airport (BNE)

By Bus

Greyhound Australia provides service.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - Surfers Paradise Bus Stop

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – Surfers Paradise Bus Stop

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

Where To Stay

Gold Coast has many airports including a Hilton. You also have some apartments as well as AirBnbs. Some places can be a bit expensive so be ware of that.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - Hotel

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – Hotel

Check below for a place to stay.

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

Where To Eat

Food is expensive in Australia and as Gold Coast is a vacation spot, I found that it was a bit more expensive here. You can certainly find all different types of food here as well.

What To Do

There’s the beach. The area is called Surfers Paradise, so that tells you if you’re into surfing, this is the place to be. Sometimes the surf gets really rough so watch out. You can also go running and/or walking along the beach and just listen to the waves.

There’s a Warner Brothers Theme park nearby, called Movie World. so you can check that out. Also, you can go jet boating along the river. You can rent bikes too. Oh and visit the rain forest. So there’s tons of stuff to do.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - Aerial view

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – Aerial view

 

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - Running on the beach

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – Running on the beach

==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Here is a list of Tour offered by Viator.

==>> Here is some additional information from Lonely Planet.

 

Additional Information

Language: English

Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - Highrise Building

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia – Highrise Building

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