Destination - Gold Coast

Famous for its surf breaks, stunning beaches, theme parks, shopping, nightlife and hinterland, the Gold Coast is one of Australia's premier holiday destinations.

The region has 70 kilometres of uninterrupted coastline and is fringed by subtropical hinterland, including world heritage-listed national parks. Beyond the beaches and rainforests, discover laid-back neighbourhoods, a booming culinary scene and the Gold Coast's famous theme parks.

Travelling to the Gold Coast

Travelling to the Gold Coast is easy, and we look forward to welcoming you when you arrive. But there are some things to consider before leaving your home port to ensure your stay with us gets off on the right foot. For all the most up-to-date and current Gold Coast travel information, you’ll find it right here. From what travel documents you need, what currency to use and some local Gold Coast information about staying safe on our beautiful sweep of beaches, what you can do in the unlikely event there is an emergency and some practical information that is always handy to know.

Passports & visas

All visitors to Australia need a valid passport and an Australian visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

Australia's immigration website offers more information on what you will need to enter Australia.

Currency & money

In Australia our currency is Australian Dollars (AUD). We also generally accept American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, JCB and their affiliates.

Currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. Australia has a goods and services tax on purchases (10%) but you may claim this and the Wine Equalisation Tax when departing our shores.

Health & safety

ARMA strongly recommends that all attendees have travel insurance. Some visa categories require you to hold insurance as a condition of your visa.

The Australian Medicare site can confirm if we have reciprocal health care agreements with your country.

Map & further info

The official Gold Coast Visitor Map showcases the breadth of experiences available in our beachside city. The compact Z-Card format gives a visual layout of where everything lies on the Gold Coast, with handy tips on transport and local attractions.


The Gold Coast averages 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year, and those rainy-day exceptions typically fall in the summer period (December - February).

Winter (June - August) on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry with comfortable temperatures of 11-21°C (52-70°F). Many Australians escape the cooler weather in the southern states for a holiday in Queensland at this time of year. The humidity is lower, there is less rain, but the temperature is still nice and warm.

Visitor information centre

Got a question? Let the friendly team of local experts assist in planning your stay. Services include reservations and recommendations, events, tours and activity information, and general enquiries.

Surfers Paradise

2 Cavill Avenue (Cavill Mall) Surfers Paradise QLD 4217


1300 309 440

Open hours

9:00am to 5:00pm  Monday - Saturday
9:00am to 4:00pm Sunday

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