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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).

Hotels in Gold Coast

Finding that ideal Gold Coast hotel will be easy. There are 165 accommodations listed on lastminute.com.au, so you won't be short of choices.

There's no need to pay top dollar to get some decent shut-eye in Gold Coast. The Old Chicago Inn, located at 3222 N Sheffield Ave, and the Urban Holiday Lofts, found at 2014 W Wabansia, are both comfortable and cheap as chips. But that said — you are on holiday. If you'd rather live the high life while you're here, we certainly don't blame you! The friendly staff at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago and The Peninsula Chicago are specialists in luxury.

There's also the option to hit the hay within a short distance of the Art Institute of Chicago, one of Gold Coast's star attractions. Have a look at either The Langham, Chicago (1 kilometre away) or the JW Marriott Chicago (0.7 kilometres away).


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Hotel Indigo Chicago Downtown Gold Coast

Hotel Indigo Chicago Downtown Gold Coast

1244 N Dearborn Parkway, Chicago
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Gold Coast, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Newberry Library, International Museum of Surgical Science, and Water Tower Place. Navy Pier ...

    Hotel Indigo Chicago Downtown Gold CoastAU$208

    Hotel Indigo Chicago Downtown Gold CoastAU$208
    Thompson Chicago

    Thompson Chicago

    21 East Bellevue, Chicago
      4.5 out of 5.0
       
       

      This chic, 22-story Chicago hotel is 2 blocks from Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile; numerous shops, bars, and nightclubs are within a 3-block radius.

      Thompson ChicagoAU$308

      Thompson ChicagoAU$308
      Ambassador Chicago

      Ambassador Chicago

      1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Ambassador Chicago's Gold Coast location is within a short walk or cab ride to the finest shopping and dining as well as the majority of downtown Chicago businesses, ...

        Ambassador ChicagoAU$175

        Ambassador ChicagoAU$175
        Celeste Celebrity Suites

        Celeste Celebrity Suites

        68 E Cedar St, Chicago
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Gold Coast, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of John Hancock Center and Chicago Water Tower. Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building ...

          Airy Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

          Airy Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

          East Bellevue Place and Rush St, Chicago
            3.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Gold Coast, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of John Hancock Center and Chicago Water Tower. Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building ...

            Classic Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

            Classic Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

            East Bellevue Place and N Rush St, Chicago
              3.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Gold Coast, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of John Hancock Center and Chicago Water Tower. Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building ...

              Vibrant Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

              Vibrant Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

              East Bellevue Place and N Rush St, Chicago
                3.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Gold Coast, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of John Hancock Center and Chicago Water Tower. Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building ...

                Intimate Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

                Intimate Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

                East Bellevue Place and N Rush St, Chicago
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Gold Coast, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of John Hancock Center and Chicago Water Tower. Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building ...

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