From natural indulgence to adrenaline-packed fun, the contrasts of the Gold Coast unite to deliver every holiday experience you could desire in one friendly place. Get into the Gold Coast’s easy living lifestyle with 56 kilometres of coastline at your doorstep, the largest concentration of theme parks in the Southern Hemisphere and on top of that, it’s Australia’s most biologically diverse city.
If you are unsure what else do during your Eurovision – Australia Decides – Gold Coast 2020 weekend escape, check out our guide below to discover the city like a local.
So assemble the squad, we’re about to show you a good time!
Plan your weekend away
So you have your tickets to the show, now what else do you need… a place to sleep, some delicious food, a spot of nightlife, a few adventures and a space to relax and rejuvenate for another day of Queensland sunshine!
There’s no denying that glitz and glam take centre stage at Broadbeach. While its luxury brand hotels and world-class casino and shopping centre are a key drawcard for this hotspot, ‘Broadie’ still manages to exude coastal cool with its perfect beaches and lazy parklands home to yoga classes and weekend markets.
Why not stay longer? The Gold Coast was born for hosting and has (a vast array of) accommodation for all guests to kick off their dancing shoes and rest their weary heads. From no fuss hotels, luxe apartments, 70’s style motels, canal front homes, family resorts and much more.
The cosmopolitan coolness of Broadbeach is the main hub for Eurovision - Australia Decides. Choose your piece of paradise from Broadie’s vast selection of accommodation and you will be within dancing distance to the Entertainment Centre!
Come for the entertainment, stay for the city! The Gold Coast carves out its own cultural wave by embracing the City’s iconic beach lifestyle and its playful past. Visit the casino, relax at a surf club, take a brewery tour or check out the culturally cool HOTA.
Run wild with the family at one of the world-class theme parks or build skyscrapers in the sand. Hit the boutique stores, shopping centres and lively markets dotting the coastline with your bestie. Or simply kick back by the pool or soak in some warm sunshine at one of the Coast’s famous beaches.
Before, after and in between the Australia Decides shows, check out what else there is to do on the Gold Coast.
Dine like a local
The more the merrier, and there’s plenty to go around! The Gold Coast loves its farm-fresh produce on display at the local markets and awarded baristas pouring coffee just the way you like it. From acai bowls and fresh green juice to a mimosa brunch and artful Japanese dishes equally delicate and delicious. It is a coastline of passionate foodies who like nothing better than tasty and fresh.
The Gold Coast local’s love to share their favourite eateries, take your pick and treat yourself and the family to a fresh new taste of the Gold Coast.
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- A local’s guide to the best beaches on the Gold Coast
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Gold Coast was just one endless stretch of sand, broken up by a few forested headlands, blue-water estuaries, and plenty of bronzed lifeguards. This much is true, though it also comprises a whole string of “smaller” Gold Coast beaches and adjacent neighbourhoods, each with their own character and quirks.
- The biggest playground: what to do on your Gold Coast family holiday
The Gold Coast is the perfect place to create special family memories. It’s no wonder why, with world-class beaches, ancient rainforests, delicious treats and plenty of thrills to boot. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first Gold Coast family holiday or visit number 20 – we’ve rounded up both quintessential and brand-new experiences for the kids and the kids-at-heart.
- 8 of the best breakfasts on the Gold Coast
Waking up to the Gold Coast for a full day of beach action or theme parks requires some serious energy. Given you can’t tackle the day on an empty stomach, we’re dishing up a list of eight of the top breakfasts on the Gold Coast.
- 11 Gold Coast restaurants with epic water views
Some restaurants and cafes rely on good looks, celebrity chefs or Heston Blumenthal-esque theatrics to pull in the crowds, but on the Gold Coast, real estate trumps all.
The best restaurants here also come with a side serve of million-dollar views, especially when the sun’s shining and the surf is pumping.
- All that glitters: the best things to do at night on the Gold Coast
With its non-stop surf and pedestrians in Surfers Paradise to the gentle Tallebudgera Creek in Burleigh Heads and the luxury of Marina Mirage on Main Beach, there’s plenty to do on the Gold Coast during the day. But after the sun goes down and the flags are removed for the day, there’s an energy that fills the air.