Looking for great resorts on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia? With more than 50 km of beaches and enough theme parks and attractions to keep you entertained for months it's not any surprise that the Gold Coast is Australia's most popular holiday destination.
Sure the Gold Coast has a reputation for over-development, but you can't fault the warm weather, glorious beaches and intriguing rainforest mountain backdrop. We have com up with some activities and adventures that are sure to keep the whole family entertained.
Here we will list the top Gold Coast resorts, apartments, lodges, or retreats and help you plan you Gold Coast holiday.
Flights arrive on the Gold Coast Airport (located at the southern end of the coast) from around Australia as well as internationally. You could also fly into Brisbane airport and catch a airport bus or train to Narang from there.
There are more than 20 trips made each day by coach and you don't need to book, but simply rock up to the Coachtrans outlet at the airport. This will usually set you back about $30 per adult and take about 90 minutes.
Gold Coast travel is sometimes a little daunting with all the options that are available to you. Although the theme parks are not at the same standard as Florida as a holiday destination the Gold Coast leaves Florida in the dust and there is an endless list of things to do.
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Surfers Paradise is as good a place as any to begin our search for the great Gold Coast resort. The Towers that house the great views, nightlife and shopping give way to golden beaches.
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Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise is unlike some of the other spectacular high rise complexes actually gets big ratings in terms of satisfaction recommendations from guests.
Standing on the beach at Surfers Paradise this resort looks as modern and shiny as they come, and a step above the other resorts nearby. Entering the resort the treat continues right down to the attentive service.
Standing at an impressive 77 levels above the shoreline your luxury 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment is sure to provide good views and beach access.
They really are large enough for a family holiday and some of the Penthouses have full kitchens.
Downstairs find a spa, gym, pools and the award winning Seaduction Restaurant and Bar.
Facilities are geared to help out families and couples alike with full kitchens, a great spa, gym, swimming podium and a two-hatted restaurant on site. (Hats are Australia's answer to Michelin stars).
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Right in the heart of Surfers Paradise is the 500 room Q1 Gold Coast Holiday Resort.
The apartments here have modern clean lines and make the most of the spectacular views but are independently owned and are variable in style and quality. Around the complex enjoy a 360 degree observation platform, international restaurants, pools, hot tubs and the spa.
When Q1 opened as the tallest building in Queensland not long ago, not many expected they would have the opportunity to stay there.
In our books, this impressive looking building, is yet to fully deliver it's potential.
Q1 Resort & Spa offers different sized apartments. There are great amenities to help you enjoy your vacation with three swimming pools, a serviced spa and a complimentary car park (don't discount this on the Gold Coast).
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa has attempted to make an ideal atmosphere within the resort, which makes sense if you are a bit of a walk from the beach.
They have created their own beach and waterfalls.
You will find a good selection restaurants, attractions and a spa.
Resort has it's own aquarium. And although it is not right on the beach
like some of the other resorts it does get good reviews.
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The Hilton at Surfers is only a few minutes walk to the Esplanade and all the action of Cavill Avenue. Although quite a large upscale resort with 420 rooms, attention to detail exists.
Enjoy the Salt Grill restaurant, poolside bars, a spa, and plenty of facilities.
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Can you imagine that only a few decades ago the Gold Coast was nothing more than a beach haven at the end of a dirt track from Brisbane? Hard to imagine given the amount of development (or over-development) and glitz on the coast today. Opportunities for family fun continue to grow each year.
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The obvious attraction of staying out at Sea World on the spit at Main Beach is the easy early access into Sea World and the Dolphin Discovery on longer stays. For family vacations where you intend to visit the parks anyway it's a good option to stay at the 400 room resort.
While some of the rooms have kitchenettes and all are modern and comfortable. Around the resort you can catch the Nickelodeon characters. The SpongeBob Water Park has shows and is especially popular. Enjoy the lagoon pool, games rooms, and good restaurants.
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This is our top choice for Families on a budget
looking for a
little luxury on the Gold Coast.
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This resort is situated along a 30 km coastline and showcases Italian architecture and craftsmanship.
hotel features fine
detailed marbles and mosaics that they say is
Here you'll find world-class golf and tennis, private yacht cruises, deep-sea fishing, surf schools, 4-wheel drive trekking and outback adventures all within easy reach.
are elegant and comfortable. They have warm timber tones and
rich fabric colours. There are many dining options from casual elegant
to classic gourmet.
Reviewers generally give this resort a great review. Some say it exceeded their high expectations and they had a great time. Others did not feel the same saying it was overpriced and overrated. The Gold Coast is a glitzy place and if that's not your style, this resort (and area) may not suit you.
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Great choice for families willing to splash out on luxury accommodation
on the Gold Coast. The resort offers 5 Star luxury accommodation in Broadbeach in a top beach location.
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The Mirage is all about the style but it also does occupy a good site
on the beach close to Sea World.
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The nature of development on the Gold Coast has meant there are a huge number of holiday home and apartment rentals in prime beachfront locations in Surfers Paradise and along the beaches. Check out the Gold Coast holiday vacation rentals here.
Gold Coast Theme Parks
Let's start by getting the ever popular and well promoted theme parks dealt with and then move onto some more unusual and intriguing options. Love them or hate them Gold Coast theme parks are sure to make the agenda of most families visiting the Gold Coast at some stage. Many will in fact will center their entire vacation around these attractions which bring obvious comparisons with Orlando Florida.
While you can get individual and family theme park tickets Multi Day and Multi Pass tickets usually offer the best value for most families. The major parks of Movie World, Sea World, and Wet and Wild in the first major alliance. You can usually get an adult 3 days consecutive visiting to each of these parks for about $90. Dreamworld combines tickets with White Water world. If you are on the gold Coast a little longer you may also like to check out offers like the 30 day open passes which offer greater savings further.
There are also more than 20 other theme park and amusement activities on the Gold Coast some of which sometimes are included on multi pass tickets.
These water fueled kids playgrounds are on the Southport Broadwater and offer a number of pools and squirting pop jets for children to play in. The pools simulate a coastal creek with in and out flows. The opening hours can change from the following:
The Southport Broadwater is also home to a jumping castle, barbecues, strolling, and swimming, and midday sports on the Great Lawn.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Apart from providing a great day out for the family, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a not for profit organisation which filters it's profits back into the environment and animal welfare. The 27 hectares of natural bushland and rainforest offers great displays including a bird show, a high ropes course for a little extra koalas. Segway safaris are an interesting alternative for exploring the park.
Gold Coast Family Accommodation
Treasure Island Resort & Family Holiday Park
This family friendly resort is great for camping, cabins or more luxury options. You will always find things to do with three resort pools, tennis, challenge, mini golf, family restaurants, go karts, acres of jumping pillow and kids activities running all year. This is our top option despite that it is about 10 minutes from Surfers Paradise beach. There are also great connections to all the popular attractions from here. Not hard to see why this was named on the top TripAdvisor accommodations for families.
Main Beach Beachfront Tourist Park
If you would like a family tourist park to stay at close to the beach than try the Main Beach park. Surrounded by high rise buildings it's hard to believe you could find a quality camping place right by the main strip.
People often ask, what is the best Gold Coast beach for a family vacation. This is a little difficult to answer because some families prefer a quiet pool of water for their toddler to play near
Currumbin or Southport Broadwater, others will like good walking trails and parks of Burleigh Heads. Others prefer to get close to the action central at Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach with good access to the theme parks and high octane environment. I also think Main Beach a little north or Surfers and close to Sea World on the spit offers a little of the best of both worlds and has good family accommodation options.
This video playlist below provides guidance on some of the best options. Included is an aboriginal perspective of Burleigh taking in some of the traditional natural features and their traditional perspective. Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a great way to go beyond the surface and really get to know and interact with the local beach environment.
Currumbin Rock Pool
One of the highlights of any Gold Coast vacation for us is to experience the hinterland. Natural Arch and the Glow worms, fantastic views over looking the coast and cooler temperatures make for an amazing and easily accessible day trip. If you have even more time then head to Lamington National Park. Really, you will appreciate this amazing part of the world. Here is a video of a little family entertainment at the Currumbin Rock Pool.
Gold coast is more
than the developed areas and their remains miles of unspoiled beaches.
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