Welcome to the Gold Coast. Where sun, sand, and seaside fun come together in one unique oceanside city to create an unparalleled staycation experience. Offering the perfect blend of breathtaking beaches, exciting entertainment, and awe-inspiring natural wonders — this vibrant destination is ideal for a captivating seaside staycation.

Promising you the ultimate beachside retreat without the need to venture far from home, Here are 10 reasons to plan your next staycation on the Gold Coast.

What is a Staycation?

A staycation is like a normal vacation, minus the hassle of jetting off somewhere far away. It's all about taking a break from your regular routine and treating yourself to a blissful getaway right in your own country.

You get to explore, relax, and have a fantastic time without straying too far from the comforts of home — meaning you get to enjoy much more of every moment of your time away.

Why you should plan a staycation on the Gold Coast

Whether you're craving relaxation on pristine soft sands or immersing yourself in the region's stunning hinterland, the Gold Coast has it all. Here are 10 reasons why planning a staycation on the Gold Coast is the perfect way to unwind, recharge, and create unforgettable memories right in your own backyard.

1. Sun-Kissed Bliss

The Gold Coast is a coastal paradise, blessed with a sublime sub-tropical climate that promises warm and inviting temperatures throughout the year. With an average of more than 300 sunny days each year, it’s a haven for those seeking endless outdoor adventures and relaxation.

  • Coolest Month: July — Average Max 20 °C and Min 9 °C

  • Hottest Month: January — Average Max 25 °C and Min 15 °C

  • Wettest Month: March — Average 11.4 days of intermittent rain

  • Driest Month: August — Average 4.4 days of intermittent rain

  • Warmest Sea: February — Average of 26 °C

2. Unbelievable Beaches

Home to 21 glorious golden sand beaches stretching approximately 70 km. The Gold Coast is a haven for beach lovers, surf enthusiasts, and those looking for captivating coastal escapes.

A few of the best local Gold Coast beaches that scream ‘staycation haven’ include:

Surfers Paradise Beach

Synonymous with the Gold Coast and a true Australian icon, Surfers Paradise offers a vibrant atmosphere, golden sands, and great surfing conditions. This must-visit beach is home to endless options for watersports, beach games and nearby shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Burleigh Heads Beach

Located in the renowned Burleigh Heads, this beach is beloved for its natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere. It boasts a picturesque headland, perfect for scenic walks and picnics. The beach is also a popular spot for swimming, surfing, and beachside barbecues.

Coolangatta Beach

Situated at the southernmost end of the Gold Coast, Coolangatta Beach is known for its family-friendly environment and laid-back vibes. The beach offers gentle waves, ideal for swimming, and a stunning esplanade lined with cafes and restaurants.

Main Beach

Just north of Surfers Paradise, Main Beach is a beautiful and spacious beach with pristine sands and clear waters. It's a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and beachfront dining. The beach is also adjacent to the trendy Marina Mirage shopping precinct.

Rainbow Bay

Nestled between Greenmount Beach and Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay is a picturesque and secluded beach. It's a favourite among surfers, as it provides excellent breaks, including the famous Superbank. The beach is also home to the annual Quiksilver Pro surfing competition.

3. World-Class Dining

Drinks on bar at Garden Kitchen & Bar

From award-winning restaurants and bars to charming beachside cafes, the Gold Coast serves up a range of exciting dining options. Showcasing both local and international flavours, food takes centre stage away from the beach:

  • Cucina Vivo: Rediscover your love for Italian cuisine at Cucina Vivo. Delight in simple, traditional dishes made with the finest seasonal ingredients.

  • Food Quarter: Indulge in a range of options from roasts to Eastern cuisines, pizza, burgers, and more. It's the perfect spot for any meal or snack craving.

  • Garden Kitchen & Bar: Whether for lunch, dinner, or a casual bite, enjoy the laid-back vibe, stylish spaces, and warm service on the sun-drenched deck or lush green lawn.

  • Harvest Buffet: Treat yourself to the ultimate buffet experience with succulent roasts, fresh seafood, and an irresistible dessert buffet.

  • Kiyomi: Step into the world of mouth-watering sashimi and indulgent dishes, and a menu offers a modern yet authentic taste of Tokyo

  • M&G Cafe and Bar: Relax and savour a bite to eat, fresh coffee, or an indulgent baked treat. Whether you're on the go or eating in, M&G Cafe and Bar offers options for everyone.

  • Nineteen At The Star: Enjoy a stunning à la carte menu with breathtaking views. Indulge in exquisite dishes made with the freshest seasonal produce, complemented by an extensive wine list.

4. Thriving Nightlife

Ladies at rooftop bar taking a photo

The Gold Coast is a buzzing hive of nightlife, bars, and shows, making it an ideal staycation destination. From vibrant clubs and rooftop bars to world-class shows and live music venues, there's something for everyone:

With its lively atmosphere, diverse entertainment options, and an array of dining experiences, the city offers the perfect blend of excitement and relaxation for an unforgettable staycation.

5. Epic Outdoor Adventures

Discover hidden waterfalls, spot native wildlife, or simply relax on the golden sands. The Gold Coast offers a wide range of outdoor adventures that will leave you exhilarated and in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds you.

A few of the most popular outdoor activities perfect for a staycation include:

6. Shopping & Markets

Women on courtesy taxi at Pacific Fair

The Gold Coast is a shopper's paradise, offering a diverse range of retail experiences. Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina Town Centre are two premier destinations with a plethora of high-end fashion, luxury brands, and specialty stores. Meanwhile, Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise is bustling with boutique shops, surf stores, and souvenir shops.

If you prefer a more eclectic and vibrant atmosphere, the Gold Coast's outdoor markets, such as the Beachfront Markets, offer a treasure trove of unique crafts, local produce, fashion, and art. From upscale shopping centres to charming markets, the Gold Coast has something to delight every shopaholic.

7. Amazing Animal Encounters

Couple petting kangaroos

Animal encounters on the Gold Coast offer thrilling opportunities to get up close and personal with incredible wildlife.

Explore the rainforests to spot native birds and wildlife, or take a whale-watching cruise to witness majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat. Whether it's feeding kangaroos, interacting with tropical fish at the aquarium, hand-feeding lorikeets, or cuddling koalas at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the Gold Coast offers a variety of encounters that allow you to connect with the fascinating animals that call this region home.

8. Cultural Experiences

Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene at HOTA (Home of the Arts), a cultural precinct that hosts a variety of performances, exhibitions, and festivals.

For a tranquil and botanical experience, visit the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens. This oasis of nature provides a peaceful escape and the opportunity to learn about the region's diverse flora.

For a taste of local creativity, head to The Village Markets in Burleigh. This popular market showcases a curated selection of emerging designers, artisans, and local vendors, offering unique fashion, handmade crafts, and gourmet delights. Open on the first and third Sundays from 8:30am until 1pm, it promises an interesting morning of stall browsing, conversation, and insights into the creative side of the Gold Coast.

Learn about the ancient customs, traditions, and Dreamtime stories of the local Yugambeh people at the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Immerse yourself in interactive displays, guided tours, and cultural performances.

9. Live Entertainment

The Gold Coast is famed for its live entertainment and shows. Catch theatre performances, live music, or a vibrant cultural event on this bustling coastal strip.

  • The Theatre at The Star Gold Coast: From captivating musicals and Broadway hits to international music acts and comedy shows, The Theater promises unforgettable evenings of entertainment. Immerse yourself in the magic of the stage and be enthralled by the talent that graces its spotlight.

  • Surfers Paradise Beergarden:This open-air venue boasts a vibrant atmosphere and hosts regular live music events featuring talented local and touring bands. Enjoy a cold drink, mingle with fellow music lovers, and let the energetic performances create an unforgettable night.

  • Miami Marketta: This creative hub combines live music, food stalls, and a lively atmosphere in a converted warehouse space. With a focus on local talent, you can groove to live music performances while sampling a variety of delectable international cuisines from the food stalls.

10. Spas & Relaxation

Women in robes at Spa

Indulge in absolute relaxation and pampering on the Gold Coast with a variety of luxurious day spa experiences. Azure Spa & Fitness at The Star Gold Coast offers a serene oasis where you can rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

Unwind and destress with a range of therapeutic treatments, including massages, facials, and body wraps, tailored to your wants and needs.

And for a unique and rejuvenating experience, visit Soak Bath House Gold Coast in Mermaid Beach. This tranquil haven offers an array of therapeutic baths and spa rituals to relax and revive your senses — including warm mineral waters that soothe and restore those aching muscles.

Gold Coast Hotel Made For a Staycation

Couple in Dorsett Gold Coast Executive Lounge

Dorsett Gold Coast is the ultimate destination for your staycation, offering a seamless and unforgettable experience. With its direct connectivity to The Star Gold Coast, you have access to a world of entertainment, leisure activities, and dining options. The Star Gold Coast boasts 18 world-class bars and restaurants, ensuring that every culinary desire is satisfied.

Whether you're looking for live shows, entertainment, or simply a relaxing day by the pool, the convenience of having The Star Gold Coast within reach elevates staycation experiences to brand new heights. Embrace the comfort of Dorsett Gold Coast and immerse yourself in a world of indulgent escapism, all in one extraordinary location.

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