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Gold Coast

The Gold Coast situated in the Southeast of Queensland is a major tourist destination, which has a sunny subtropical climate offering loads of surfing, beaches, canals and some great lively nightlife. Visit Mount Barney National Park and take part in the Eco adventure activities. Ride the world-class waves of Broadbeach, Kirra and Main beach. Have fun at Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park, enjoy the thrilling rides at Dreamworld or swim with the dolphins at Sea World. Don’t forget about The Surfers Paradise Festival, which lasts for four weeks from May-June and has an array of art, food and entertainment.

*Queensland's Gold Coast was severely damaged by Cyclone Yasi in early 2011, and though much of the area has been restored, some resorts have yet to re-open. Check with your travel agent or tour operator before travelling to the Gold Coast.

Information & Facts


The Gold Coast generally enjoys a warm, subtropical climate all year round with temperatures seldom dropping below 68F (20C). During the summer months between November and May the area experiences daily temperatures exceeding 86F (30C) with afternoon showers. Cyclones and flooding also occur during this period. The rain abates from June to October and the days are still warm, although a pullover might be required on some evenings. The Gold Coast enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year, with two distinct seasons. The wet season occurs in the summer months, the rainfall being an upshot of the high temperatures and tropical humidity and the dry season occurs from June to October, providing the Gold Coast with consistent weather and pleasant temperatures.


English is the official language of Australia.


The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and is World Heritage listed.  It was formed as sand deposited over what was once a low, hilly terrain formed millions of years ago by volcanic activity. It has more than 100 freshwater lakes of which 40 are located on top of sand dunes. There are 23 recorded shipwrecks on the island, The Maheno being the most is the most famous.

The only way to get around the island is in a 4WD. There are plenty of tour operators who offer self-drive 4WD tours. You will need a permit and this can be obtained from River Head Barge landing, at Kingfisher Bay Resort reception and at Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service offices including Brisbane, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg and Rainbow Beach. There are plenty of animals to keep an eye out for such as Dingo’s, Bats and Birds. Tours can range from 1 to 5 days and if you want to can also organise a guide to assist you.

There are 8 picturesque camping areas on Fraser Island with basic amenities including showers, toilets, drinking water and BBQ’s, or you could choose your own spot on one of Fraser Island’s beautiful beaches. Alternatively for the not so adventurous hotel and self catering accommodation can be arranged.


Tamborine Mountain is inland from the Gold Coast, about 21 miles (34km) northwest of Nerang and about 40 miles (62km) from Brisbane. It is a popular scenic drive destination, as the area includes seven national parks featuring a variety of sub-tropical rainforest. Mount Tamborine itself rises 1,837ft (560m) above sea level. The main Tamborine National Park covers a large section of the mountain offering walking trails through abundant rainforest and past waterfalls, with excellent picnic facilities. There are numerous art and craft galleries in the area, several restaurants and two wineries.

This premier water theme park was recently voted Brisbane's best tourist attraction. Sited at Oxenford on the Pacific Highway in 20 acres of tropical parkland it incorporates a wave pool, children's pool, speed slide, toboggan ride and a variety of twisting slides - all supervised by fully qualified lifeguards and with the water heated year round. There are also barbecue and picnic facilities in the park, as well as a cafe and souvenir shop.

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