Your guide to

Gold Coast Accommodation

The Gold Coast is Queensland’s glittering gem and is packed with excitement of all kinds. From theme parks to luxury dining experiences, quirky cafes to long stretches of surf beaches, this Mecca of fun all but guarantees a good time. From the high end luxury of the Marina and the Star Casino to the family-friendly resorts complete with playgrounds, the Gold Coast caters to everyone.

Where to Stay on the Gold Coast

Apartment living is standard on the Gold Coast, with everyone seeking the coveted ocean views. The beaches, from The Spit at the northern tip, all the way down to Burleigh Heads at the southern end, contain a plethora of options for travellers.

 

Broadbeach

Home to Pacific Fair shopping mall and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach has become an international attraction of its own but it stays true to its low key roots when you venture out to its parks and beaches. Stroll through the markets on the weekends and enjoy the handmade arts and crafts and the delightful fresh food produced by locals. Sign up for some surfing lessons; the Surf School operates every weekend.

 

Right opposite Kurawa Park and playground you’ll find Elk cafe, a delightful place for coffee and brunch. If it’s fine dining you’re after, you can’t go past the delicacies of Yellowfin Seafood Restaurant.

 

Main Beach

While Main Beach is home to the thriving Seaworld theme park and the very upmarket Palazzo Versace hotel, there are peaceful experiences to be had at this northern tip of the Gold Coast beaches. Head out boating for the day on a whale spotting tour with Spirit of Gold Coast. An encounter with these amazing creatures will add a new dimension to your life. If lunching is more your style, enjoy a bottle of wine and a delicious meal at the Main Beach Pavilion Cafe.

 

For the active, the Gold Coast Oceanway, is a purpose built pathway which winds its way down the coast all the way to Point Danger in Coolangatta.

 

Surfer’s Paradise

Bright lights, crowds of happy people and music in the streets. This is what you’ll find in the heart of the Gold Coast, Surfers’ Paradise. The famous Cavill Avenue is a hive of activity, right alongside one of Queensland’s most well known beaches. Not only does the area contain a selection of nightclubs and party venues, it also hosts local and international sporting events such as The Gold Coast Marathon and the Supercars 600. The foreshore has excellent bike and footpaths that run from one end of the beach to the other, offering shade, rest points and ice cream shops along the way.

Types of accommodation Gold Coast

The Gold Coast really does have something for everyone. Visitors can stay at Sea World and immerse themselves in the excitement of the theme parks or escape to the Hinterland just beyond the city to experience the forest. However, the most popular areas to stay on the Gold Coast are within sight of the magnificent stretch of golden beaches. Budget backpacker accommodation nestles up close to family resorts and exclusive, award winning hotels.

 

Luxury Hotels

The QT Gold Coast is an effortless mix of laid back surfing style mixed with elegance. The Stingray Lounge is pumping on a weekend evening with exceptional cocktails and a sophisticated vibe. Recover in the hamman at SpaQ the following day, then treat yourself to a Japanese degustation meal at Yamagen. The breakfast buffet is one of the finest in town. Go hungry!

 

The Palazzo Versace is a truly special luxury experience. The very name is synonymous with class and elegance and the glamour of this stylish hotel is unrivaled. After a day at the beach, out on the water or at the theme parks that the Gold Coast is so famous for, you will find a retreat at this opulent, fashion-inspired hotel.

 

Cheap Hotels

Visiting Queensland’s biggest playground can get expensive so it’s good to know that there are some budget accommodation options available. For service and style, it’s hard to go past a Big 4 Holiday Park and the Gold Coast Big 4 is no exception. With comfortable self contained cabins, motel rooms and camping sites, as well as swimming pool, tennis courts and communal cooking spaces, all surrounded by tropical gardens, this one is a winner.

 

The Komune Resort and Beach Club has an outdoor pool and terrace bar, where guests gather to share stories and enjoy the drinks at sunset. With one and two bedroom apartments available, some with ocean views, this hotel is a real winner for the budget conscious.

 

Family Accommodation

Paradise Resort is a fabulous choice for families with young children. With a kids’ club onsite and a swimming pool and playground in the center of the resort, kids will be entertained for hours, without even setting foot in a theme park.

 

Breakfree Moroccan is an excellent family oriented accommodation option. Self contained apartments with ocean views (from most rooms) and indoor pool means that kids can enjoy a swim any time, even when the outdoor pool is in the shade.

 

A brand new addition to the Gold Coast is the Ruby Collection. With a built in water play area and specialised activities like Build a Bear and Cupcake Making classes for the kids, this is a holiday apartment complex designed to delight the whole family. Parents will enjoy the selection of cocktails bars and live entertainment, as well as the boutique shopping on site.