Gold Coast Flights:
Flights to Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is an area of coastline in Queensland, Australia which consists of several cities when combined make up the 6th largest city in the country. It’s a very popular destination with both Australians and international visitors.
The Gold Coast has its own international airport, often referred to as Coolangatta Airport. It’s possible to get a flight to here from South Africa though would involve 2 changes. Emirates have flights from Johannesburg to Dubai, where you change planes to Sydney, then board a Qantas flight for the Sydney to Gold Coast leg. Alternatively fly with Qantas all the way from Johannesburg to Perth, to Sydney, to the Gold Coast. Other airlines include South African Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
Another option is to fly to Brisbane with South African Airways or Qantas, involving one change in Perth. You could then spend some time in Brisbane before taking the direct train to the Gold Coast – a 90 minute journey.
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The Tourist Attractions of Gold Coast:
The main attraction for all visitors to the Gold Coast is the weather and the beaches! The northern end is the more built up and commercialized section, whereas the southern end is a little quieter and perhaps more suitable for families. Away from the coast are mountain ranges, a lot of which is national park land.
There are 40 kilometres of beaches here, and they do differ in some respects! The most picturesque is said to be at Coolangatta, called Greenmount. Here you can see for miles along the coast. The most popular with backpackers and many of the tourists is called Surfer’s Paradise as this, along with Burleigh Heads and Kirra have some great surfing waves. If you want to get involved in some action other than surfing, join in with one of the beach volleyball matches being played all along the beach.
Away from the beach, the Gold Coast is a great place for theme park lovers too. Not surprisingly, many of these are water themed parks. Sea World is the oldest theme park in Australia and is definitely worth visiting. There are of course many marine attractions, including Shark Bay, Penguin Point, Polar Bear Shores, the Sea World Aquarium and the Dolphin Nursery Pool. In addition to these Sea World Gold Coast also has a variety of thrilling rides including roller coasters, log flumes, pirate ships and kids rides too.
Wet ‘n’ Wild is a water park and hence all of the attractions here are water based and include lots of slides and chutes as well as giant wave pool and a beach. There’s also Warner Bros Movie World which is a movie themed park and includes rides, shows and other attractions.
Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and Warner Bros Movie World offer a combined entrance ticket so if you’re planning on visiting all three this should be the most economical way of doing so.
Dream World combines a theme park with tiger zoo and is said to be the largest theme park in Australia. It offers large thrill rides, family rides and kids rides as well as a variety of other attractions including Tiger Island and other Australian wildlife.
For a different experience, the Australian Outback Spectacular is a fun dinner show which includes a show, stampeding cattle, wild horses and an Australian dinner.
When Should You Visit?:
Australia’s Gold Coast experiences pleasant temperatures all year round, which are not too hot, and not too cold.
The coolest month is July with an average high of 20.6C, whilst the hottest month is January with an average high of 28.5C. Rainfall is lowest in the winter and highest in the summer, with the wettest month being March.