The Gold Coast has got good reason for attracting alot of tourists. A sweeping coastline offers a spectacular stretch of patrolled surf beaches that are amongst the best in the world. The coastal strip also has a wide choice of accommodation, shopping, dining and live entertainment.
The Gold Coast is also Australia's theme park capital with fun awaiting you at Dreamworld, Warner Bros Movie World, Sea World and Wet 'n' Wild Water Park. When you tire of the thrills and spills, go face to face with Aussie wildlife (koalas, kangaroos, emus, wallabies and wombats) at a host of local nature parks such as Currumbin Sanctuary, Fleay's Wildlife Park and Pioneer Plantation.
Along the busiest stretch of the Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise, a great spot for families with its perfect swimming beach. The beach can get very crowded though, so if you are willing to go a bit further north or south you will find some less populated beaches all along the coast. Every Friday night a craft market is set up along the beach esplanade where you can find quality handicrafts and gifts. Just a 20-minute drive from the beachfront, the Hinterland offers a wide range of activities (bushwalking, swimming, hang gliding, abseiling, 4WD tours etc.) in the many national parks and nature reserves.
All attractions around the Gold Coast are accessible by car, and there are large parking lots at the theme parks and other attractions. Surfside Buslines, provide the main form of public transport around the Gold Coast and stops are located on most main roads. Buses run 24 hours a day and serve all the main tourist attractions.