Gold Coast


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About Gold Coast

If you don't mind your beaches backed by glittering high rises with a touch of Vegas sparkle, then the Gold Coast is for you. The best places to stay in the Gold Coast range in style in a similar way to the beach towns themselves. The glitziest are closest to the fun mecca of Surfers Paradise and here you can expect five-star luxury and all the trimmings that come with it. For something more stylish, boutique options radiate south into the lush green hills behind the coast.

There are 35 long, flat, golden beaches along this stretch of sunny coast, offering some of the best surfing in Australia for both beginners and experts alike. Some of the beaches, like those around Surfers Paradise, are backed by bars, clubs, cafes, hotels and theme parks, while those towards the southern end have more of a laid-back charm and significantly fewer parking maids in gold bikinis. Several big surf competitions are held here annually, so you might even catch the pros at work.

Behind the Gold Coast's perfect stretches of sand is a subtropical band of national parks, dotted with waterfalls, mountains and viewpoints with spectacular panoramas of the surrounding countryside. So, while most people are here for the beaches, there's actually a lot more to explore. Lamington National Park is famous for rainforests huddling in deep valleys, ripe for exploring, while the Springbrook National Park covers an ancient volcano.

Our pick of the best places to stay in the Gold Coast range from the great value to the truly OTT and we recommend booking well in advance, as hotels do get booked up fast.

For a chic beach break

  • What could be chicer than a hotel designed by Italian fashion house Versace? The Palazzo Versace offers just that in the Main Beach area. This luxurious hotel has decor from the Versace home collection, a private marina, huge rooms and Australia's only water salon.
  • QT Gold Coast is a jazzy hotel in Surfers Paradise where the decor is vibrant and retro. The sea-facing rooms have great ocean views - you're just a stone's throw from the beach - and the rooms on the other side of the hotel face the mountains. 

For a relaxing retreat

  • The Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast is, surprisingly, the Gold Coast's only five star hotel. A spacious, stylish retreat right on the beach with sea views and a great seafood buffet.
  • Back from the beach, surrounded by greenery, you'll find Peppers Ruffles Lodge and Spa, a luxurious collection of suites and villas offering magnificent views over the ocean and Tambourine Mountain. There's an infinity pool, luxurious spa and several acres of garden to relax in.
  • The Star is another good option for a relaxing break. This glamorous property is set on tiny Broadbeach Island, and it boasts smart contemporary rooms and suites plus an indulgent spa, outdoor pool and good range of bars and restaurants.

For golfers

  • Book the Royal Pines Resort if you prefer golf to surfing. Here you'll find a golf course and driving range, plus a range of other facilities including gym, spa and tennis courts.
  • Another good pick for golfers is the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove. Again there's a course on site, plus lagoon style pool, four restaurants and spa.

For an Apartment or Villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The Gold Coast has an airport, the Gold Coast Airport, at the southern end of the about 25kms outside Surfers Paradise. However, Brisbane Airport is larger and connected to a greater number of international destinations.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying on the Gold Coast and you want to see more of Queensland - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • People love to visit the Gold Coast during the summer, but it’s really, really hot and humid, and it can be quite rainy. If you prefer warm, sunny weather over sky-rocketing temperatures then the best time to visit is between April and May, which is also outside of the school holidays so relatively inexpensive.

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Best Hotels in Gold Coast

  • QT Gold Coast Gold Coast 297 rooms from £102

    Restaurant  -  Two on site restaurants, one serving Sushi and Teppanyaki
    Tennis  -  2 tennis courts
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors, Mr & Mrs Smith

    This jazzy hotel has gone in for vibrant and retro decor, matching its lively central location in the heart of Surfers Paradise. With the beach a stone's throw away, sea-facing rooms have spectacular ocean views, whilst others face the mountains. Fantastic spa on the lower level. See More

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  • InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Gold Coast (Hope Island) 243 rooms from £102

    Sights nearby  -  Gold coast theme parks such as Dreamworld and Warner Bros Movieworld
    Views  -  Coomera River marina
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    Luxury hotel on the banks of the Coomera River marina in a 1940s building. Rooms are large and light, with timber sleigh beds and wooden floors overlooking the marina and lush tropical gardens. With an acclaimed golf course and one acre lagoon beach. See More

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  • Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast (Benowa) 331 rooms from £124

    Swimming Pool  -  Kids areas and slides
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Close to Surfers Paradise Beach is this resort with spacious double rooms, a spa, gym and tennis courts. Family friendly with adjoining rooms available and separate pool areas and slides for kids. Perfect for golf lovers as 27 hole course on site. See More

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  • Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast Gold Coast (Main Beach) 295 rooms from £137

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor lap pool, outdoor heated pool and separate children's pool
    Restaurant  -  Terraces restaurant features a superb seafood buffet
    On the beach  -  Direct beach access
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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    Direct access to the beach, numerous swimming pools, and a spa and fitness centre are just some of the top facilities available at Gold Coast's only 5* hotel. Spacious & stylish rooms and suites many with sea views and great seafood buffet at Terraces Restaurant. See More

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  • The Star, Gold Coast Gold Coast (Broadbeach QLD 4218) 596 rooms from £147

    Local exploring  -  The Star is conveniently close to the terminus of the Gold Coast tram service which runs north to Surfers Paradise and beyond
    Beach Life  -  Set on the small Broadbeach Island, with a patrolled surf beach just under a mile (1 km) away
    Spa breaks  -  With a luxurious fully-serviced spa, massage and beauty treatments
    Opulent  -  Reception is hung with giant silver chandeliers over a dramatic black-and-white carpet, with potted orchids adding opulence
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    Glamourous luxury hotel set on the tiny Broadbeach Island. Funky rooms are decorated with boldly patterned carpets, crisp white linen and plush headboards. Offering impeccable service, an indulgent spa and an outdoor pool. Find a choice of bars and restaurants and many beaches to explore nearby. See More

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  • Palazzo Versace Gold Coast (Main Beach) 200 rooms from £212

    Restaurant  -  Several restaurant options including fine dining and brasserie overlooking the marina.
    Sailing  -  The hotel has a private marina
    Spa  -  Top notch Aurora Spa
    Designer  -  Versace furnishings
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors

    If you're not au fait with Italian fashion house Versace, you will be after a stay in this luxe hotel where all the furnishings come from their home collection. With huge rooms and top amenities including Australia's only water salon, the result is a purely indulgent hotel experience. See More

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  • Peppers Ruffles Lodge and Spa Gold Coast (Willow Vale) 12 rooms from £232

    Views  -  Stunning views out to sea from its perch in the Gold Coast Hinterland
    Great walks  -  There is a one km walking track around the lodge plus longer trails in the Eucalyptus forest.
    Spa  -  Ruffles Day Spa offering a wide range of treatments.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor infinity pool with poolside bar
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    Set high in the Gold Coast Hinterland, this luxury hotel offers a range of suites and villas with magnificent views out to sea or over Tambourine Mountain. An infinity pool, deluxe spa and three acre garden ensure a peaceful and intimate experience. See More

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