Gold Coast - Fact Sheet on the GC2018 Host City

15 December, 2016

Gold Coast

Overview

There's a range of things to do in what has been christened Australia's capital of fun. Away from the bush and the beach, spend action-packed days at the world's best theme parks, each with their own distinct personalities, stroll through tourist shops or high-end stores, enjoy the vibrant nightlife and indulge in a variety of entertainment. Attracting world-class chefs, you'll find incredible dining in this destination.

Population

555,608
 
Climate

The Gold Coast averages 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year, and those rainy-day exceptions typically fall in the summer period (December – February). 

Gold Coast Season Averages
Dec – Feb (Summer) 20°C-28°C
Mar – May (Autumn) 16°C-26°C
Jun – Aug (Winter) 11°C-21°C
Sep – Nov (Spring) 15°C-25°C

Top things to see and do

  • Learn to surf or stand-up paddleboard like a champion 
  • Scream with joy at one of the many theme parks 
  • Head to the Hinterland and indulge in nature 
  • Try your gambling hand at Jupiters Hotel and Casino 
  • Indulge in a spot of shopping at one of the many centres, malls or markets 
  • Eat some fresh seafood straight from the trawlers 
  • Transition from land to sea on an Aquaduck Safari 
  • Hang glide off a mountain or jump out of a plane 
  • Watch world-class surfing off the points at the southern beaches 
  • Indulge in a luxurious day spa and fine dining 
  • Cuddle a koala or feed a kangaroo at one of the many wildlife sanctuaries

Top places to eat and drink

Focusing on fresh produce, Gold Coast restaurants have taken advantage of the region's local flavours and strong multicultural heritage to build an unpretentious but diverse dining scene. Families, foodies and holidaymakers can indulge in tropical fruits, the freshest seafood and local produce from Australian beef to creamy cheeses and enticing wines.

  • Enjoy breakfast at one of the beachside cafes near iconic Elephant Rock at Currumbin Beach  Pop a cork at a boutique vineyard and sample local produce including chocolate, cheese and macadamia nuts in Mount Tamborine 
  • Experience Luke Mangan's hatted Salt Grill in the Hilton Surfers Paradise 
  • If you like your margaritas spicy and your empanadas stuffed, slip into Bonita Bonita for blow-your-mind Mexican 
  • Dine with million dollar views at one of Gold Coast's iconic restaurants such as Rick Shores, Burleigh Heads 
  • Also check out Miami Marketta for a smorgasbord of food trucks eats and live music every Friday and Saturday night under the fairy light


 Getting here

Gold Coast is serviced by two international airports including Brisbane International Airport (BNE) and Gold Coast Airport (OOL).

Brisbane Airport

From Brisbane Airport we suggest the following modes of transport to the Gold Coast: 

  •  Catch the AirTrain – from both International and Domestic terminals to the Gold Coast 
  • Book a door-to-door shuttle service to your hotel or residence 
  • Rent a car from the many companies servicing Brisbane Airport

Gold Coast Airport

The Gold Coast International Airport (OOL) is located 30kms from Surfers Paradise. Located on the Southern end of the Gold Coast there are number of transport options to get you where you need to go.  
 
From Gold Coast Airport we suggest the following modes of transport:

  • Use the dedicated limited stop Surfside Bus services connecting with the light rail network in Broadbeach 
  • Book a door-to-door shuttle service to your hotel or residence (pre booking required for residential addresses) 
  • Rent a car from the many companies servicing Gold Coast Airport 
  • Catch a Taxi or other shared ride service

Where to stay 

Gold Coast offers a variety of accommodation whatever the taste or budget.  Hotels, Apartments, Ocean-side accommodation properties with breathtaking views, secluded mountain villas, gorgeous swimming pools (some shared with tropical fish), award-winning restaurants and spas are just few of the options available.

Getting around 

The Gold Coast has a comprehensive 24 hour public bus service operated by Translink. Translink operates between Coomera in Queensland to Pottsville in northern New South Wales. 
 
The Gold Coast light rail connects the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith University to the fast growing commercial, retail and recreational centres of Southport, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.