The Gold Coast
The cosmopolitan coastal region of the Gold Coast has a real holiday vibe, long golden beaches and sub-tropical weather. The array of leisure pursuits includes world-class golf, fishing, tennis, yachting, surfing, designer shopping, theme parks, a vibrant restaurant scene and nightlife including a casino.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is a must-see for anyone visiting the east coast of Australia. It’s the world’s largest coral reef and has over one-thousand islands boasting pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear, blue water revealing an incredible underwater world teeming with colour and life, including tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, whales and sharks. With fabulous diving and snorkelling opportunities, as well as scenic flights to experience, exploration may be enjoyed from above and below the water.
Forming part of the Great Barrier Reef, the stunning Whitsunday Islands – that include Hayman Island – offer exclusive luxury retreats for discerning visitors. The pristine beaches and glistening waters make the perfect backdrop for a spot of sailing, beach picnics and leisurely walks.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
There are three types of Tourist Visa for Australia. For further information (and to apply), please go to www.border.gov.au
Gold Coast experiences a sub-tropical climate
During the summer months of December to February is when the Gold Coast experiences most of its annual rainfall. The average temperatures range between 20°C and 28°C. The hot days are often followed by tropical storms at night. This is an ideal time of year to visit the rainforests and mountain creeks that surround the Gold Coast.
Winter on the Gold Coast sees whales visiting the coast line, the cooler days are great days to get out on the water to whale watch. The cooler temperatures mean that there is also less humidity and less rain so it is the perfect time to spend at the beach and surfing.
The autumn days, March to May, are generally sunny and warm followed by equally warm nights and drier than the summer days. The humidity is lower as well. Autumn on the Gold Coast is the perfect time to enjoy sailing and other water sports due to the winds still being strong and tropical storms being less frequent.
Spring is similar to autumn on the Gold Coast; with a rising humidity as September to November roll by with increasing rainfall and temperatures. This is also the windiest part of the year for the Gold Coast so sports such as sailing, wind surfing, kite surfing and kite boarding are perfect to enjoy.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Queensland.
The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast Hinterland provides a wonderful contrast to the bustling city. Trek in the rainforest and paddle in the cool rock pools, or visit quaint villages and vineyards.
At SeaWorld you will discover a host of water-loving animals and birds including, penguins, seals, Polar Bears, sharks and dolphins, as well as rides and shows such as the jet-ski stunt display.
Visit Dreamworld Themepark which is split into thirteen themed areas and offers a host of rides dedicated to those looking for white-knuckle thrills, families and little children, so there is something for everyone. There are also animal attractions including opportunities to stroke a koala and attractions including a cinema, V8 Supercars RedLine Experience and the 'DreamWorks Animation Madagascar Live'.
If you like water parks, Wet 'n' Wild Water Park offers a range of different water rides including slides, rapids and surfing, as well as zip-lines and the 'SkyCoaster' human catapult!
Great Barrier Reef
Take a boat trip around Hamilton Island and enjoy a secluded day of snorkelling and relaxation or go sea-kayaking and see if you can spot some of the dolphins that regularly swim in the area.
Water sports including windsurfing, paddle-skiing and catamaran sailing are also available.
Enjoy seaplane and helicopter tours over the islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
Immerse yourself in the waters and enjoy diving or snorkelling or charter a boat for a sailing excursion through the stunning Whitsunday Islands, perhaps for a private beach picnic or a sunset cruise with Champagne.
Game-fishing is available from September to February for fish including Black Marlin, Bluefin Tuna and Mahi Mahi, while March to August is the best time to catch species such as Narrow Barred Mackerel, Black Kingfish, Giant Trevally and Queenfish.
Emirates from Dubai to Brisbane.
Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane.
Via Sydney or Brisbane with Etihad Airways to Cairns.
Via Melbourne or Sydney with Emirates and Qantas to Cairns.
From Dubai to Brisbane: 14 hours, 15 minutes From Dubai to Cairns: 18 hours 35 minutes.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.