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The Gold Coast Tourism industry – Sun, Rainforest, Sand and Surf

From some of Australia's best beaches, rainforests and waterways to world class theme parks, sporting venues, convention services, diverse events, cultural activities, hotels and resorts, our tourism assets provide an enviable lifestyle and a platform for growth.

Our sub-tropical climate, almost 300 days of sunshine annually and average water temperature of 22°C (71°F) offers year round comfort. Winters are mild and comfortable and summer maximum temperatures average around 29°C (83°F).

Tourism is a key driver in the local economy contributing almost one dollar in every five generated within the city. Our city offers the ideal location for your tourism venture. The diverse business and leisure tourism products attract domestic and international visitors year round, offsetting the seasonal peaks and troughs traditionally experienced by seaside destinations.

With 300 days of sunshine each year, warm blue water, and an average temperature of 25 degrees, the beaches of the Gold Coast are still its most famous attraction. The Gold Coast’s central beaches are all about action, in the lively quarters of Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, Broadbeach, and Burleigh. Locals and visitors are attracted by these popular ‘see and be seen’ beaches. The further south you go on the Gold Coast, the more space you find. Southern precincts such as Currumbin, Kirra and Coolangatta are idyllic coastal communities defined by their own individual stretches of sub-tropical coastline. From one of the most popular beachfronts to some of the laziest secluded coves, nowhere is the variety of Australia’s iconic beach culture celebrated like it is on the Gold Coast.



  • Largest concentration of themed attractions in the southern hemisphere
  • First convention centre in the world to achieve the Earth Check Gold Certification
  • Home to Surf World Gold Coast Museum
  • More than 12 million visitors annually
  • 22.4 million annual visitor nights
  • $4 billion in total visitor expenditure
  • $1.5 billion in value add to the local economy
  • 27,000 people employed
  • 151 hotels, motels and serviced apartments (13,500 rooms)
  • Key markets: Australia, China, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South East Asia, Europe, North America and Gulf countries

Gold Coast accommodation and attractions:

The Gold Coast is also home to various Surf Schools who provide experiences for beginners through to advanced on the beaches of the Gold Coast. These include:

  • Walkin on Water
  • Go Ride A Wave
  • Broadbeach Surf School
  • Godfathers of the Ocean Surf School
  • Surfing Services Australia
  • Gold Coast Surf Academy
  • 1st Wave Surfschool
  • Sunshine State Surfing School
  • Cheyne Horan School Of Surf
  • Get Wet Surf School 

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