It’s tempting to stick to a well-trodden path, but when it comes to the Gold Coast, you need not stray far to discover there’s more to Australia’s Favourite Playground than meets the eye.
You hear the words ‘Gold Coast’ – more often than not scenes of young families at theme parks and white sandy beaches spring to mind. But these shimmering shores have so much more to offer those seeking a luxurious and refined beach getaway.
Stray slightly from the classic Queensland itinerary and you’ll discover an abundance of sophisticated adventures – from the Hinterland to the sparkling sea, delectable dining experiences, opulent resorts and all-encompassing hotels set along one of Australia’s favourite stretches of coast. It’s time to look beyond the Gold Coast you know and love, and explore the region’s lesser-known yet highly cultured offerings – trust us.
Ready to explore these shining shores anew? Discover our collection of Gold Coast offers here.
The hinterland is blissfully peaceful
Venture to the rolling hills of the region’s lush Hinterland. It’s just a short journey from sparkling Surfers Paradise but feels a million miles away. Embark on tranquil walks through the expansive Gondwana Rainforests’ National Parks – spot magnificent, rare birds and native flora in Lamington or stroll past the glittering basalt caves of Springbrook. Literally elevate your forest adventure by stealing a bird’s eye view of the region’s sheer valleys, historic tree clusters and fresh vegetation with a thrilling helicopter or hot air ballooning adventure across the best of these wilds.
The dining is revelatory
Crack a cold craft beer, slurp the freshest mother of pearls, and unwind in the invigorating shorefront breeze – now, you’re dining on the Gold Coast. With hip bars, soulful wineries and breathtaking dining experiences dotting the incredible coastline, it’s a foodie’s paradise. Simultaneously feel and taste the sea spray with a fresh seafood spread from a coast front spot at Burleigh Heads’ The Tropic, sample something new and enticing at Social Eating House, take in a moreish meal at Chef Ray Choi’s Mamasan Kitchen + Bar, or spend long afternoons grazing like you’re in the Greek Isles at La Luna.
The oceanfront is an adult playground
Well known for its glittering waves, sugar-white sands, and glamorous beachfront clubs, this region offers plenty of surf, sea, and fun beyond sunbathing. From Rainbow Bay and Burleigh Beach to the aptly named Surfers Paradise, wade through sparkling shallows, dive deep into beauty under the water’s surface on a snorkelling or diving expedition, or even try balancing on a stand-up paddle board. Venture further into the ocean in style aboard a sailboat and spot whales, dolphins and more marine creatures, or make lasting memories on a romantic cruise as you watch the sun dip below the glimmering horizon.
There’s luxury in abundance
Take your escape to greater heights – elevate a family-friendly high-rise stay by booking a chic and spacious suite in one of the region’s finest hotels. Immerse yourself in wellness treatments and moments of refinement, like a charming afternoon of high tea at The Langham, Gold Coast and Jewel Residences – an impressive seafront institution of pure coastal grandeur. From the glittering pool oasis of Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast to the simple sophistication of The Star Grand Gold Coast or QT Gold Coast’s congenial eccentricity – you’ve plenty of options to holiday in absolute indulgence.
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