A $35 million refurbishment has elevated this 28-year-old hotel to a luxury resort.
There's much more to the Gold Coast than beaches, but they aren't bad either...
The Gold Coast hopes to emulate the success of Hobart's MONA with its new Home of the Arts.
Dig deeper and you'll find the best meals on the Gold Coast don't all come with chips and salad.
It's been completely rehabilitated, emerging as one of the most venerable and appealing five-star hotels along the nation's most hedonistic coastline.
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.
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.