Destination – Gold Coast

Welcome to the heart of Queensland’s Gold Coast. Experience the best of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Visit us for the best in sporting events, concerts, shopping, dancing and dining. Ask your hostel staff for information on local tours and activities.

The saying ‘So much to do, so little time’ sums up The Gold Coast perfectly – the sheer diversity of experience offered means you can cram in as much or as little as you like.

featured-hinterlandThe hinterland has it all; abseil, tree-top walk, or hike one of 260 km of graded walking tracks and savour the sound of silence, explore unique village markets or just soak in a tranquil rainforest pool with a friend – a huge range of companies operate tours, farmstays, and guesthouses in the area.

Feel the rush as you learn to surf on some of the cleanest, most beautiful waves on the planet, then just let all those cares drift away as you relax in the sun on a perfect white sand beach, getting beautiful – it’s not called Surfers Paradise for nothing…

If you’ve chilled out enough, the Coast thrives after dark, so hit the clubs, pubs and restaurants for world-class action – think Ibiza meets Las Vegas and you’re halfway there. Breathtakingly beautiful, incredibly diverse, and jam-packed with adventure …the Gold Coast is a sparkling jewel that truly offers something for everyone.

Australia’s Gold Coast is a very unique city, and one of the world’s best holiday destinations.

featured-sunset-surferIt has everything that is great about Australia, all in one easy to reach location.

  • a spectacular coastline
  • world Heritage listed rainforest
  • exciting city centre
  • theme parks
  • shopping
  • restaurants and
  • year round events.

Gold Coast is a genuinely interesting city with friendly people and excellent weather; this means travellers freely enjoy all the city sights and experiences. Many shops, restaurants and attractions are open late into the night, so there is always something to do.

Backpackes all have a great time on the Gold Coast, with attractions including

  • some of the world’s tallest and fastest thrill rides
  • encounters with koalas, kangaroos and wildlife
  • tours to the rainforest or reef and
  • exciting events.

Everyone is kept busy doing things they enjoy at Gold Coast theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, cruises, stage shows, events and shopping centres.


Accommodation on the Gold Coast is more than just a place to stay; it will be a memorable feature of your holiday. Venues in the heart of the city overlook the beach and offer unique accommodation experiences.

The city is celebrated as one of Australia’s best shopping destinations, with everything from late night shopping, new retail precincts, major shopping centres and boutiques. Fashion is a big part of life on the Gold Coast, and international names such as Cartier, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Salvatore Ferragamo are popular stores in the beautiful shopping avenues.

Australia’s Gold Coast is one of the most interesting, multicultural and friendly places in the world. At night the countless city lights make for a spectacular setting and entice holiday makers onto the streets in search of fun after dark. Hundreds of restaurants, cafes and bars are open late into the night when everyone enjoys a mix of local and international food, fun and music.


The multicultural nature of Gold Coast means all flavours of the world are served in the restaurants, cafes and stores around the city. Some of Australia’s best restaurants and international chefs are on the Gold Coast. Famous for fresh seafood, tropical fruits and the best locally grown vegetables; the region has been blessed with great ingredients for world class cuisine.

It is more than simply the man made experiences which excite travellers to the Gold Coast, there are natural attractions such as the 70 kilometres of Australia’s best beaches, World Heritage listed rainforest, unique Australian wildlife and Hinterland region.

featured-creekNatural Attractions

Natural attractions are central with legendary beaches and waterways a major feature, providing an idyllic backdrop for boating excursions, scenic flights and surf-based activities. Less than 30 minutes from the beach is Australia’s largest expanse of sub-tropical rainforest, bordered by rural farmland and bush where travellers can encounter Australia’s unique native wildlife and experience a taste of country life.

Above all, the Gold Coast presents a safe and secure holiday destination where families can freely explore and experience the very best that Australia has to offer.

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About The Author

Gold Coast Backpackers Association is a collective of licenced and council approved backpacker hostels. Together we work for the backpacker to provide the first dedicated ‘lounge’ and central meeting point for backpackers in Australia; The famous Backpackers Big Night Out every Wednesday and Saturday and of course quality backpacker hostels, each independently run and offering its own unique style.