A Quick Guide to the Gold Coast

Guide to the Gold Coast Australia
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G’day from sunny Australia!

Sorry, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to throw a friendly Aussie welcome in there! I recently returned home after a month of travels in Europe and have headed immediately to the sunshine: the Gold Coast of Australia. This is an area I have long loved to holiday, having visited a handful of times when I was younger as it was my parent’s holiday destination of choice and continues to be a top choice for families to this day.

But because so much has changed and my memory is forever failing me, I jumped at the opportunity to come back up the coast this month and share my holiday with readers to inspire their own visit to the Gold Coast. So without any further rambling, here is my overall guide to help you plan and book a trip to one of my favourite holiday spots in Australia!

Guide to the Gold Coast

Introducing The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a city located in the state of Queensland and one of the most popular coastal holiday spots in all of Australia. The city is so popular for its oodles of beaches that stretch along the coastline, all the way down to the border with New South Wales.

It has long been a popular choice for families visiting Australia as the city features a handful of theme parks, each with their own personality and offerings (more on that later). It is also a popular choice for students and young people who seek the coastal lifestyle with great year-round weather and a lively nightlife + cultural scene.

Wet n Wild Gold Coast Things to See & Do

Being that tourism is the main industry on the Gold Coast and has been thriving for decades, there are oodles of fun things to see and do.

Theme Parks – My all time favourite theme park is a Wet n Wild, a water adventure park full of slippery slides, a wave pool and endless ice cream options to cool down in the summer. Other theme parks include Movie World, Sea World, and Dream World – or, you can see a full list here. If you have time, they’re all worth a visit!

Beaches – As is to be expected of a coastal city, the Gold Coast is full of great beaches to enjoy at leisure. My favourites are Broadbeach, Miami, Nobby’s and Kirra beaches.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – Although I haven’t been since I was a kid, I still remember the first time I saw koalas, kangaroos and wombats up close.

Q1 View – You won’t find a view more impressive than that on offer on top of the Q1 building. Admission is fairly expensive at $25 but I promise you it is well worth it!

Where to eat on the Gold Coast Australia

Where to Eat & Indulge

As always, sharing with you my favourite eateries brings me great pleasure (except for when I’m hungry, in which case it just makes me hungrier).

Commune Cafe – My favourite cafe in the Gold Coast is located in Burleigh Heads and serves a mean acai bowl. I also love their smoothies (banana is a winner) and breakfasts. The “my fav” breakfast is my go-to.

Cardamom Pod – Hands down my favourite vegetarian eatery on the Gold Coast at present. Its also inexpensive and centrally located at Broadbeach.

Elk Espresso – Serving a mean thick shake menu, you really can’t miss out on a visit to Elk! I loved their entire menu. They’re also located at Broadbeach with parking available right out front.

The Bazaar Buffet – If you can arrive hungry and make the most of it, I promise you that you won’t find a better buffet in town.

Gelato Messina – I was so happy to learn that the Gold Coast has their very own Messina (believe by most to be the best gelateria in all of Australia). You’ll find them in Coolangatta.

Gold Coast Australia Where to Eat Vegetarian & Vegan in Gold Coast Australia Neighbourhoods in the Gold Coast

With thanks to Visit Gold Coast for arranging my visit and putting together such a fantastic itinerary for me to enjoy the Gold Coast!

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    May 29, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    It looks beautiful! I would love to visit Gold Coast, but I don’t think I’ll visit it any time soon:-(

    Julia (at
    May 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Great post! I agree that the first time you see koalas, kangaroos and wombats up close is special!
    I’ve just published a post on Queensland, which includes the Gold Coast, but also some tips on Brisbane, Hervey Bay and of course, the Great Barrier Reef!

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    May 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I’m supposed to go there soon, will be happy to use your tips 🙂

    Bethany Sara Kaye
    May 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    We literally just did a post on our trip to the Gold Coast! Glad to see a lot of the things you have written about we managed to do as we did not want to miss anything! And glad that Bazaar featured in here for the best buffet food! Great post

    the adventurer
    May 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about the gold coast! I’ve only been to Sydney and Melbourne but want to make my way across more of Australia soon =o)

    May 25, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Looks like such a great place to visit! What a fun summer trip.

    May 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    For some reason I didn’t really like Gold Coast (I went to Surfers Paradise). I think if I went back to Australia I would have to give it another go!

    May 24, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Wow! The view is stunning , can totally imagine how great it would feel if you can wake up to this view in the morning .

    May 24, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Looks beautiful! I haven’t been to the Gold Coast since I was a kid, but am a sucker for theme parks and rollercoasters so may have to organise a trip…