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Holiday In Gold Coast

Unlike Paris Hilton and the Kardashians, Australia’s Gold Coast, just south of Brisbane, is famous for a reason. It’s got beaches and rainforest, pool parties and pub crawls.
It’s super laid-back, but filled with glitz and glamour. Most of all, it’s up for anything. A Gold Coast holiday may be all high rises and disco balls on the surface, but you’ll find this city really has a heart of gold (we can’t speak for the Kardashians, though).

Things to Do in the Gold Coast

If you’re looking to catch a party more so than a wave, Surfers Paradise in the north is definitely the place to be. Scope out the best breaks from 230 m in the air at the observation deck on top of the Q1 skyscraper, then hit the day clubs and beaches. Just want to find your zen on the board? Take one of lastminute.com.au’s sweet Gold Coast car hire deals to the south, where Snapper Rocks and Greenmount Beach near the village of Coolangatta are all about world-famous breaks, without the hype.

If your paradise is a stretch of sand with only crashing waves and sips of a frosty adult beverage as your soundtrack, ditch the crowds with Gold Coast package deals in Broadbeach. “Broadie” may often be called the little sister to Surfers Paradise, but it takes the lead when it comes to lazy days of beach yoga, market browsing and alfresco dining.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

On Gold Coast holidays, pulling yourself away from the beach for a while is totally worth it. After your Sunday morning sun salutations, head to Pratten Park for the Broadbeach Art and Craft Market. On Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are the place to see and be seen—oh, and shop. Everything that glitters in the Gold Coast may not be gold, but it’s probably still a gorgeous piece of handmade jewellery or stained glass.

After a day of shopping and wallaby sightings (hopefully!), it’s definitely time to sink into your chair of choice and chow down. In the Gold Coast, that chair can be just about anywhere, but let’s be real—it’s probably on the beach. From the food truck festivals of Miami in the south to five-star dining on the Esplanade of Surfers Paradise, ocean views are always steps away. Also never far: buckets of king prawns, grilled catch of the day and the freshest fish and chips to ever touch your taste buds.

When it comes to nightlife, forget Sydney and Melbourne. You can even forget Brisbane, though it’s not far. If you’re looking for an epic party, all you need are Gold Coast packages in Surfers Paradise. Sydney’s days as “Sin City” are over; Gold Coast takes the crown these days. Make an evening (and morning) of popping into the sleek bars and clubs along the Esplanade, and you’ll see why.

What’s Next?

Whether your ideal holiday is in the waves, in the club or in the markets, lastminute.com.au definitely has a Gold Coast package for you. Check us out and make your next trip one for the books (Facebook, that is).


Guide to Exploring Gold Coast


Top Hotel Deals in Gold Coast

The Whitehall Hotel
The Whitehall Hotel
4.0 out of 5.0 105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL
AU$105
4.0/5 (3 reviews)

Hotel in excellent location. Walking distance to great stores.

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2018
A stay at The Whitehall Hotel places you in the heart of Chicago, steps from Michigan Avenue and State Street.
Thompson Chicago
Thompson Chicago
4.5 out of 5.0 21 East Bellevue, Chicago, IL
Free Cancellation
AU$244
With a stay at Thompson Chicago in Chicago (Near North Side), you'll be steps from State Street and 7 minutes by foot from John Hancock Center.
Ambassador Chicago
Ambassador Chicago
4.0 out of 5.0 1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL
Free Cancellation
AU$156
You'll be centrally located in Chicago with a stay at The Ambassador Chicago, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, within a 15-minute walk of Chicago History Museum and 900 ...
Claridge House
Claridge House
4.0 out of 5.0 1244 N Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL
Free Cancellation
AU$122
With a stay at Claridge House, you'll be centrally located in Chicago, a 9-minute walk from Newberry Library and 10 minutes by foot from International Museum ...
River Hotel
River Hotel
4.0 out of 5.0 75 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Free Cancellation
AU$119
A stay at River Hotel places you in the heart of Chicago, steps from Chicago Riverwalk and Michigan Avenue.
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
4.5 out of 5.0 20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL
Free Cancellation
AU$192
With a stay at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, you'll be centrally located in Chicago, steps from State Street and 4 minutes by foot from John Hancock ...

Top Deals on Flights to Gold Coast

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