When you're navigating your way around a new city, a bit of local knowledge goes a long way in helping you discover those deeper hidden gems. Check out a bunch of useful travel tips put together by our team and some clued-up bloggers who know the ins and outs of travelling smarter, Coast-style.
Best time to visit
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The Gold Coast comes into its own during the summer months with glorious weather, tropical temperatures and perfect beach weather. Expect cooler temperatures in hinterland and rural areas year round, especially in winter. Plan your stay around special events and public holidays to make the most of your visit!
The trickiest part about travelling is working out what weather to expect and in turn, what to pack.
The Gold Coast averages 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year, and those rainy-day exceptions typically fall in the summer period (December - February).
During Summer the average temperature on the Gold Coast is a pleasant 20-28°C (68-83°F). It can be humid in summer but this is usually offset by cool sea breezes.
In autumn (March - May), sunny days are followed by warm nights – making it ideal for outdoor water activities such as fishing and sailing. Autumn temperatures fall between 16-26°C (61-77°F).
Winter (June - August) on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry with comfortable temperatures of 11-21°C (52-70°F). Many Australians escape the cooler weather in the southern states for a holiday in Queensland at this time of year. The humidity is lower, there is less rain, but the temperature is still nice and warm.
Spring (September - November) on the Gold Coast offers sunny days followed by mild tropical evenings. September can sometimes be windy, making it great for sports such as kite-surfing, kite-boarding, windsurfing and sailing. The temperatures fall between 15-25°C (59-77°F).
Some quick tips from the locals:
- You can get sunburnt even on cloudy days. Wear sun protection all year round, a broad brimmed hat, shirt with collar and sleeves and maximum sun screen to exposed skin.
- While casual is the Gold Coast norm, some golf courses have dress codes so check when booking.
- Gentlemen may need a jacket when fine dining, or enjoying a sophisticated evening at a club or restaurant.
- Hinterland areas may be cooler and wetter. Take a jacket and a heavier coat in winter.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes in national parks and farms.
- Pack swimwear all year round - winter offers pleasant warm weather during the day.
A - Z OF INFORMATION TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR GOLD COAST HOLIDAY
Alcohol: Legal drinking age is 18 years and older. Bring ID to prove your age. Alcohol can only be purchased in liquor outlets and hotels (not in supermarkets).
Electricity: 240/250 volts AC 50Hz Universal outlets for 110 volts (shavers only) standard in hotels, apartments, motels.
Emergency: Dial 000 for police, ambulance, fire.
Language: English. Translation and multilingual tours available. Telstra’s Foreign Language Service offers telephone assistance in nine languages.
Measures: Metric system.
Post Offices: Australia Post offices are generally open 9am to 5pm weekdays, 9am to 12pm Saturdays.
Religion: Australia is multicultural. Discrimination is an offence. Mosques, temples, Christian churches and prayer rooms are located on the Gold Coast. Specific dietary requirements are available (halal, kosher).
Road Rules: Left hand side driving. View speed limit signs. Seat belts are mandatory. Strict drink driving laws apply. Bring your current driver’s licence if you want to hire a vehicle. See QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads for more information.
Smoking: Queensland has strict tobacco laws. There is no smoking in indoor public places and no sales to children under 18 years. Visit QLD Health for more information.
Sun/Surf Safety: Australian beaches are beautiful. Never underestimate the power of the Pacific Ocean. Always swim between the red and yellow flags in a patrolled beach and heed life guards’ advice. Gold Coast beaches are patrolled by professional life guards and volunteers
Swimmers must accept responsibility for their own safety. Sun protection is vital – always wear a hat, collared shirt with sleeves, maximum sunblock and avoid the heat of the day 10am – 2pm.
Swimming: There is no nude bathing permitted in Queensland.
Telephones: Australian international code 61. Public telephones, international dial cards available.
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST): GMT + 10 hours. There is no daylight saving in Queensland.