It's just not theme parks and beaches; there are art galleries and rainforests, and a bar and dining scene to rival hipster Melbourne.
Beyond the beach, you’ll find new cafes, fashion labels and art precincts that are not within cooee of a roller-coaster or a meter maid.
And it's affordable, too.
This high-end glamping still has vestiges of good old-fashioned camping.
The Gold Coast is in the midst of a cultural revolution, led by its stomach…
It's centrally located, a great place to hang out and good value.
It does its job, with few major headaches. More importantly, it is less than an hour away from beachy paradise.
An $850 million transformation to the entire Star complex on the Gold Coast makes it one of Australia's most extensive makeovers.
Australia's own Vegas is centred around a beautiful golden stretch of sand that hugs a strip of urban skyscrapers. The beach is famed for attracting a disproportionate amount of the country's most beautiful; the surf lifesavers and meter maids of the aptly-named Surfers Paradise. Its nightlife, glitzy malls and million-dollar theme parks attract an excessive amount of visitors, too, and with good reason.