The gold coast

Few places in the world serve up cruisy coastal digs alongside hidden hinterland gems and swanky city establishments. On the Gold Coast, each neighbourhood knocks up a flavour entirely its own.

THE SOUTH Revel in the relaxing vibes akin to the retro beach culture of days gone by, sip a pale ale with surfing legends, make friends with laid-back locals at beachside burger bars (where going barefoot is encouraged), and meander along the crystalline shoreline that stretches from Palm Beach (‘Palme’) down to Coolangatta (‘Cooly’).

CENTRAL For cosmopolitan coolness cruise north along the sand from Burleigh to Main Beach to discover an urban hood turning on more swag than meets the eye. Expect night bites, hatted restaurants, hidden and not-so-secret bars, shopping destinations and perfect beaches.

NORTH Jam-packed with joie de vivre, the north is known for charming all in a matter of moments. Feast in sophisticated settings by yacht-filled marinas, settle in for a bit of deck-side wining and dining on the Broadwater, or dial up the pace and let the nostalgia kick-in at theme parks that rise from the sand.

HINTERLAND Just a stone’s throw away, the Springbrook and Lamington National Parks tucked away in the hinterland seem to be from a different world. Breathe in the infinite views that stretch across an ancient realm, wander World-Heritage listed rainforests, cool off beneath a magnificent waterfall and extend your stay with a soul-soothing sleepover.

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