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Superb weather, stunning landscapes and a vibrant stylish lifestyle. In a city that delivers all of life's little luxuries, here are a few essentials you might need to help your plan your trip.

Visitor information

Gold Coast Tourism manages visitor information centres at Surfers Paradise and Gold Coast Airport.

Trained staff are available to assist with accommodation sales, tours, event information and general enquiries.

For visitor information centre locations and contact details, see


Gold Coast, Australia, enjoys a sub-tropical climate. The region receives an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day for approximately 300 days per year; with an average summer temperature measuring 19–29 degrees Celsius and an average winter temperature measuring 9–21 degrees Celsius.

To help you plan the best time to visit to suit your taste in weather, find the latest weather report at the Bureau of Meteorology's website and details of historical temperatures and rainfall on their climate statistics page.

Getting here

  • Road - The Gold Coast is a one-hour journey from Brisbane in the north or from Byron Bay (New South Wales) in the south, along the Pacific Motorway/M1.
  • Air - The domestic and international terminals of the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta are only a 30-minute drive from Surfers Paradise. Brisbane Airport is one hour north of the city by road or Airtrain.
  • Rail - Trains run at regular intervals between Brisbane and the Gold Coast areas of Beenleigh, Ormeau, Coomera, Helensvale, Nerang and Robina. There are regular bus connections from these stations to many Gold Coast destinations.
  • Bus - The coastal strip from Southport to Kingscliff is well serviced by local buses that can take you to restaurant and café precincts, major shopping centres, theme parks, railway stations and many other destinations.
  • Light rail - Ride the G:link light rail to and around the coast from Helensvale train station to Broadbeach South. Timetables, fares and station locations can be found on the G:link website.

Use TransLink's journey planner to plan your trip using public transport.

Getting around

Visit our traffic and transport pages to find out about public transport and parking on the Gold Coast, along with other transport options such as cycling and pedestrian networks.

Use TransLink's journey planner to plan your trip using public transport.

What's on

A global event city, the Gold Coast’s calendar is full of major events and local community activities year round. From international sporting meets and large-scale festivals to local celebrations and village-style markets, there’s something for everyone. Check out our events calendar for more details.

There's plenty of things to do around the Gold Coast, whether you prefer to relax on the beach, get active in our parks, shop until you drop, or just get back to nature. Find out about the many attractions the Gold Coast has to offer.

Tourist parks

Gold Coast Tourist Parks are an ideal holiday getaway. We have seven parks located near some of the best beaches on the Gold Coast. Visit the Gold Coast Tourist Parks website for locations, rates, special offers and bookings.

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