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Gold Coast Holiday Guide

     Welcome to the N.0 1 website for renting luxury villas on the Gold Coast, Australia. For a fun beach getaway for all the family, Australia's Gold Coast offers a divine beach setting with good surf, warm weather and plenty of attractions. With everything from theme parks to ancient wildlife and adventure activities available, there's plenty to keep you busy.

      Here's all you need to know about the Gold Coast and the best things to do whilst you're there.

      Boasting 300 days of sunshine, the Gold Coast is a world-famous destination where people of all ages come to play. As famous for its surf as its theme parks and bronzed bodies, the Gold Coast is one of Australia's top 5 destinations, a popular choice for both Australians and tourists.

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Why choose the Gold Coast?

     This is a place that doesn't take itself seriously, family-friendly attractions and beautiful coastline make it Australia's sixth biggest city. Think Las Vegas, Dubai or Miami and you'll get the feel of the place.

      A magnificent 70km stretch of sand is edged with sky-high sky scrapers. The traditional home of the Yugambeh people is a city where you'll find glorious surf, rousing sunsets, major night clubs, bars and theme parks. It's the perfect place to party, yet behind the concrete towers lie the resplendent ancient wildlife of the hinterland – a majestic subtropical rainforest waiting to be explored.

     From the strip you'll enjoy watersports, marine wildlife, parasailing, shopping, world-class theme parks, galleries, museums and more. Head into the hinterland and you'll find ancient rainforest, waterfalls, gorges, unique wildlife, wine tours, spa retreats, hot air ballooning and historic sites. It's a fascinating blend of contrasting terrains which means there's always a variety of options to keep everyone happy.

     With great gastronomy, serene oceanside restaurants and a sublime array of luxury villas, always with breathtaking views, the Gold Coast is the perfect family break, everyone in the family will enjoy.

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Best things to do on the Gold Coast

     Though surfing, watersports and relaxing on the beach may be the first things that come to mind, there's a huge variety of things to do when you're visiting the Gold Coast.

     Here's our top picks of the best things to do and see on the Gold Coast.

Best local attractions:


      It's the Gold Coast so of course you'll have the Big Four at the top of your list, Dreamworld and its sister park, WhiteWater World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild.

     Dreamworld is a feast of 40 rides and attractions, live shows plus an animal conservation park. As well as some of the world's biggest, fastest rides, you'll meet characters from all your favorite Dreamworks movies and see live performances featuring your Dreamworks faves.

WhiteWater World

     WhiteWater World is said to be the most technologically advanced water park in the world with exhilarating slides, one of the world's two LIM-powered rocket coasters and the globe's only 8-lane Octopus Racer.

     For more similar theme park fun, head to Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild.

Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

     Uncover the area's rich cultural heritage at the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Trekking along the coast, under the gaze of Mount Jellurgal, you'll learn the history and traditional way of life of the local Yugambeh people. You'll even be treated to an oral retelling of an ancient Dreamtime story about the origins of the Jellurgal mountain.

Lamington National Park

     Take one of the many treks through Lamington National Park in the hinterland. Once a volcanic landscape, today the rainforest is more than 225 million years old. You'll relish walking amongst the ancient trees and fauna with the park's breathtaking vistas its biggest draw.

Gondwana Rainforests

     Amongst rare and unique rainforest wildlife, you'll find gushing waterfalls on the waterfall circuit, including Morans Falls with Morans Creek Gorge close by. Part of the Gondwana Rainforests, Lamington National Park falls under the protection of Australia World Heritage and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can even spend a night glamping under the stars if you wish.

Whale-watching tour

     Hop on a boat to enjoy a whale-watching tour in the waters of the Gold Coast. The chance to see majestic humpback whales in their natural environment is a sight not to be missed.

     Take the treetop challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary before getting up close and personal with the animals. Wonder in amazement at being able to be so close to koalas, kangaroos and other rainforest animals in their natural environment.

Currumbin rainforest

      Traversing the 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, you'll pass through open animal enclosures, cuddle koalas, feed kangaroos, see free-flight bird shows, marvel as you observe the wild lorikeet feeding, see capybaras, lemurs and more.


Best restaurants

     Drawing a wide range of diners to its shores, the Gold Coast has an equally varied variety of eateries which, though unique, together share a passion for good food. From cafes serving quality fresh and vegetarian goodies you can eat at any time of the day, to artisan bakeries and award-winning fine dining, there's something for everyone.

Cedar Creek Falls

     Alternatively, mix kayaking and camping, take sailing lessons or head to Cedar Creek Falls where you can swim in the rushing waters as they fall. For snorkelling, Daydream Island is legendary, with a Living Reef which makes it possible to swim with over 100 species of fish and coral in its underwater observatory.

     Here's some of the Gold Coast's best restaurants you won't want to miss.

Rick Shores

     For actual dining on the beach, Rick Shores is situated on the sand, by the waters edge. With the enormous floor to ceiling windows thrown open, you'll enjoy your South East Asian dishes to the sounds of the sea.

The Tropic

      Another divine, right on the ocean eaterie is The Tropic which almost feels as if you're in the water.

The Fish House

     For sumptuous seafood, The Fish House is legendary whilst the most memorable interior can be found at celebrity chef Chase Kojima's delicious Japanese restaurant Kiyomi.

Social Eating House

     For exquisite fine dining and modern Australian dishes that impress, Social Eating House is the place to go. Can't decide what to eat? The Collective's 5 cuisines, each cooked in their own kitchen, are the perfect solution to ensure everyone gets to eat what they want.

Best places to stay on the Gold Coast, Australia

      From glorious coastal accommodation with breathtaking ocean views to serene retreats in the hills, discover a superb choice of stunning luxury villas, for groups of all sizes plus couples and families.

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The Gold Coast, Australia Holidays: Why go?

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Best airport for travel to the Gold Coast:

      The best airport for the Gold Cost is Gold Coast Airport.

When is the best time to visit the Gold Coast?

     With year round sun and warm temperatures all year, you can visit the Gold Coast at any time of the year. Yet as a major holiday destination, there are some times when the Gold Coast is busier than others.

     For the best time to visit when it's not so busy, April and May are the quietest months when you'll avoid clashing with any school holidays and the chance of rain is extremely low. For the best whale watching, visit between July and September. From mid November to March, the Gold Coast is at its busiest with Schoolies Week then Christmas and school holidays.

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