Gold Coast Basic Information

While the decision to dress young women in tiaras and gold lamé  bikinis to fill parking meters to offset negative press was a controversial move in 1965, the Surfers Paradise Meter Maids (now clad in gold Lycra and Aussie Akubras) have been an iconic sight on the Glitter Strip for almost 50 years. For more insider info on the Gold Coast, here are our tips.

Visa Requirements

Australian residents can explore the Gold Coast and the rest country with no limitations! For most international travellers, a normal holiday visa (eVisitor) permits 3 months’ travel within Australia over a 12-month period. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local Australian Embassy or Consulate.

Currency

The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and other currencies fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For overseas visitors, consider using a credit or debit card or a travel money card for safe spending while you are in Australia. 

Food

With such great weather and beautiful scenery, dining alfresco is the way to go on the Gold Coast. From upscale restaurants with views of million-dollar yachts at Marina Mirage to a cold beer and chips on the deck of a local surf lifesaving club, there’s a vista to suit every budget. The majority of well-reviewed restaurants are clustered around the Broadbeach eat streets of Victoria and Albert Avenues. Due to the GC’s proximity to the ocean and Asia, both seafood and sushi are popular meal choices. International cuisines from around the world are also readily available here, as well as sourcing your own local produce from farmers markets and organic shops. There’s also plenty of niche cafes where you can get great coffee and satisfying meals in relaxed, eclectic surrounds.

Nightlife

The after-hours scene on the GC is concentrated around Surfers Paradise where revellers descend on over 20 pubs, clubs and bars across three precincts, while Broadbeach offers a more upmarket scene. On Orchid Avenue in Surfers, Sin City and Shooters Superclub attract a party-hard crowd, while local fave Melba’s and Elsewhere Bar on Cavill Avenue are the places for cheesy classics and Indie beats respectively. Going strong for almost a decade, Platinum Nightclub on Broadbeach Mall is regularly graced by big-name national and international DJs. For something different, try Swingin’ Safari – a multi-venue site with a ‘70s vibe within a retro beach house on Surfers Paradise Boulevard, or venture down to Currumbin for live music at The SoundLounge.