If any area of Australia could lay claim to the title of the premier
holiday destination in the country, it would have to be the Gold Coast
in South-East Queensland.
For all its over commercialisation, the golden surf beaches along
its 52 km length are among Australia's best, the choice of beachfront
accommodation, shopping and dining options is almost limitless, and it
is home to Australia's best theme parks all of which are within a short
driving distance of each other.
The subtropical climate is ideal for taking advantage of the myriad leisure activities all year round.
The Gold Coast boasts great shopping and many leisure activities
such as the observation deck of its tallest building, Q1, in Surfers
Paradise, which offers sweeping views up and down the coast. The Gold
Coast is a well known haven for surfers, welcoming the Quiksilver Pro
For visitors who want a break from the commercialisation, there's
always the beautiful backdrop of the hinterland - which is only a short
drive away. Here there are some of Queensland's most picturesque
mountains with arts and crafts boutiques, subtropical rainforest walks,
picture-post card waterfalls, wine tasting and sleepy mountain villages.