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Gold Coast

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From theme parks to shopping, surfing to ancient rainforest, here’s how to make the most of the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast's star attraction is its beaches, including the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise. Beyond the beaches, discover laid-back neighbourhoods, a booming culinary scene and the Gold Coast's famous theme parks. And be sure to leave enough time for a trip into the subtropical hinterland for rainforest walks and waterfalls.

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is the premier Gold Coast venue where large-scale national and international conferences and exhibitions roll out seamlessly from beginning to end; a concert and sporting event destination where every seat is the best seat in the house; a place where the standard and presentation of every dish showcases the creativity and passion of its experienced team of award-winning chefs.

Located in the heart of Broadbeach, just 500 metres to the beach and walking distance to thousands of accommodation options, GCCEC is Australia’s largest regional convention centre.

Top things to do

Enjoy the famous beaches and surfing. They don’t call it the Gold Coast for nothing. Here you’ll find more than 70 kilometres (44 miles) of golden sand with waves to catch, sun to soak up and seaside pubs to enjoy.

Get your adrenaline fix at the theme parks. The Gold Coast is a playground for all ages. Find your thrill atop rollercoasters and waterslides, and watch the kids squeal with delight as they meet their favourite movie hero. 

Climb to the top of SkyPoint. There’s more than one way to get sky-high in the Gold Coast. With a SkyPoint Climb, you’ll catch unmissable views as you scale the outside of one of the Coast’s most iconic buildings. Explore different climbs and book a thrilling experience. 

Celebrate the region’s Aboriginal culture. Take a guided walk to culturally significant sites, watch a dance performance that tells a story or go whale watching on an Indigenous-operated cruise. See all the ways the Traditional Custodians of this region share their stories.

Explore the lush Gold Coast hinterland. Within the forested hinterland lies a whole new side to the Gold Coast. You’ll find charming mountain villages, epic treks and small-batch wineries and breweries waiting to be discovered. 

Shop ‘til you drop. From markets to mega malls, the Gold Coast is a shoppers’ dream. You’ll find unique brands, bustling food stalls and handmade goods crafted by local artisans. 

Play a round of golf at top courses. A golfer’s paradise, choose from over 35 courses boasting panoramic ocean views, brilliant design and curious kangaroos.