Gold Coast is the third most populous city in Australia. Popular tourist and recreation areas in Gold Coast include the South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, the City Botanic Gardens, Gold Coast Forest Park and Portside Wharf. Central streets are named after members of the royal family.

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General Information about the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a coastal area located in the South East of the state of Queensland. The Gold Coast is today known as a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate, surfing, beaches, canal and waterway systems, its high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland, making tourism one of its most significant industries.

The area consists of 57 kilometres of coastline with some of the most popular surf breaks in Australia. Around 10 million tourists visit the Gold Coast area every year. Tourist attractions include surf beaches, and theme parks including, Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet 'n' Wild, Warner Bros. Tours such as Gold Coast Whale Watching. Movie World, WhiteWater World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, David Fleay Wildlife Park, Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country.

Since the opening of what was then the world's highest residential tower in 2005 (it is now the fifth highest), the Q1 building has been a destination for tourists and locals alike. It is the second highest public vantage point in the southern hemisphere.

Travelling around the Gold Coast

Transport modes in the Gold Coast include cars, taxis, buses, ferries, rail and monorail, for commuting to work, visiting attractions, and travelling to other destinations, both domestically and internationally.

The Gold Coast's main provider of public bus services is Surfside Buslines. The majority of the bus routes that Surfside operates run along the Gold Coast Highway. Queensland Rail operates rail services from Brisbane to the Gold Coast along the Gold Coast railway line. There is also a new ferry service operating.

Gold Coast Weather

Gold Coast experiences a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and warm and humid summers. The city experiences substantial summer precipitation mostly concentrated in thunderstorms and heavy showers with rain events occasionally lasting up to a few weeks at time giving residents "the Summer blues", while winter is beautifully sunny, warm, and fairly dry.

The warmest month is January and the coldest month is July.

Popular Locations

Some popular Gold Coast destinations include:

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