With its year round great weather, pristine family-friendly beaches, vibrant nightlife, and endless local activities, the Gold Coast is often considered as one of the best cities to live in Australia for families - and for good reason. Accommodation is affordable, the job market is open and the way of life is welcoming, friendly, and relaxed. In fact, it’s these very reasons that make the Gold Coast such a holiday hotspot.

Whether you’re thinking about relocating to Queensland, setting up a business on the Gold Coast, or simply looking for an amazing place to enjoy a beautiful holiday, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re wondering which city is best to live in Australia? Here are just a few reasons why the Gold Coast ranks so highly on many people's lists.

Subtropical Gold Coast Swim Year Round

For The Subtropical Climate

With around 300 days of glorious sunshine each year (not that La Niña wants you to know about that), the Gold Coast’s sub-tropical climate is made for oceanside escapes, family holidays, and beachside breaks all year round. Whether you’re a sun seeker who loves to relax on the beach or an adventurer looking for a thrilling experience, the weather is almost always on your side. The average Gold Coast sea temperature is an inviting 23°C, while the hinterland offers slightly cooler yearly averages – perfect for days spent exploring.

In summer (December to February ) temperatures reach a high of around 29°C and a low of 20°C. Winter (June to August) is mild with an average daytime temperature between 15-20°C, perfect for outdoor adventures.

No matter what season you’re visiting Gold Coast, the warm temperatures make it an ideal destination to explore and relax. So why not come make some sun-soaked memories today?

For The Beautiful Bays & Beaches

With some of the most beautiful coastlines on the East coast of Australia, it should come as little surprise that the Gold Coast is also home to some of the country's best beaches. Whether you want to relax in the sun, swim in the sparkling waters, or enjoy the beachfront parades, Gold Coast beaches have it all. With more than 70 kilometers of pristine sweeping coastline, Gold Coast residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to beach days out.

Some of the most popular local beaches include Kurrawa beach, Currumbin beach, Rainbow Bay, Burleigh, Main Beach, and Palm beach. Kurrawa Beach is the Gold Coast’s main swimming and surfing hotspot and is located in the heart of Broadbeach. Currumbin is known for its stunning views, gentle waves, and tranquil atmosphere making it a very popular spot for families. Palm Beach boasts an array of activities including beach volleyball, surfing, and leisurely strolls - ideal for a family day out.

With more than 21 beaches to enjoy in the Gold Coast region, it's easy to see why it's such a great family destination. With year-round sunshine, our beaches are perfect for a day out with the kids, for hitting the surf - or even just to relax and unwind with a good book, an alfresco lunch, and a dip in the sea. It’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is considered as the best city to live in Australia for Families.

Stunning Calm Blue Waters of Broadbeach

For The Natural Beauty

When thinking about which city is best to live in Australia, natural beauty and access to the best that Mother Nature has to offer is a major ranking factor. Home to an impressive array of national parks, reserves and conservation areas. The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk passes through Lamington National Park, Cougal National Park, and Springbrook National Park, offering spectacular scenery along the way

Spend time in one of our many nature reserves and explore the Gold Coast's diverse range of native flora and fauna. Visit Broadwater Parklands, and Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, or take a drive to Mount Tamborine National Park. Each park is unique in its own right with beautiful landscapes, walking tracks, and wildlife sightings.

The Gold Coast's rainforest regions are teeming with wildlife and are home to a diverse number of species. Migratory birds, rare animals, and native flora are all a part of Gold Coast's natural wonders. The Gold Coast is a great place to live if you want to explore the beauty of nature while also having urban city life nearby. With stunning national parks, reserves, and conservation areas just a stone’s throw away, it has plenty to offer for those who enjoy the great outdoors

Natural Beauty of Tamborine National Park

For The Attractions & Activities

The Gold Coast offers exciting experiences for everyone - no matter their age. Dreamworld, Movieworld, and Seaworld are all popular attractions and are sure to be a hit with both adults and children alike. Dreamworld offers a range of thrill rides, shows, and interactive animal experiences that will create memories to last a lifetime.

Movieworld is home to some of the biggest blockbusters in movie history, allowing you to get up close and personal with your favourite characters. While Seaworld is perfect for marine lovers, offering exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and thrilling water slides that are sure to make a splash! But it doesn't stop there - other popular Gold Coast attractions the whole family will love include Currumbin Sanctuary, Surfers Paradise Beach, and the markets in Broadbeach.

Enjoy unbeatable views of the city from SkyPoint Observation Deck. Take a leisurely stroll along The Spit or head to Wet 'n' Wild for an adrenaline-filled day filled with water slides and other exciting rides. With so much to see and do, there's never been a better time to start planning your perfect getaway today.

For The Food & Bar Scene

With cuisines from all four corners of the world on offer, the Gold Coast is one of the best foodie destinations in Australia. The Star Gold Coast stands tall amongst the many amazing restaurants and bars, offering an unparalleled dining experience. The Star's selection of award-winning restaurants and bars features dishes from contemporary Australian cuisine to delectable Asian fusion, with something for every kind of foodie. The view isn't too bad either - boasting breathtaking views of the Gold Coast skyline and Broadwater.

Cucina Vivo is The Star's signature restaurant and is renowned for its delicious Italian-style wood-fired pizzas, handmade fresh pasta dishes, as well as a selection of antipasti. The acclaimed Kiyomi serves contemporary Japanese cuisine crafted using the finest seasonal produce with an emphasis on sustainability and respect for nature. The chic Garden Kitchen & Bar offers local and sustainable produce in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. While the Atrium Bar is perfect for drinks and light bites, with its vibrant energy and selection of craft beers, signature cocktails, wines, and spirits.

The Gold Coast is truly a melting pot of restaurants and bars - each offering innovative dishes and drinks that are sure to tantalise the senses. Upscale cocktail lounges, hidden speakeasies, and intimate bars can be found scattered around Burleigh Heads, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, and Miami. No matter the occasion, the Gold Coast has something for everyone.

Garden Kitchen and Bar Cocktail Specialties

For The Holiday Accommodation

Experience the thrill of the Gold Coast lifestyle firsthand with a relaxing holiday at Dorsett Gold Coast. Nestled in the heart of Broadbeach, Dorsett Gold Coast is the perfect destination for a vibrant tropical escape. With 313 elegantly-designed guest rooms, modern facilities, and stunning views of the city skyline, discover holiday accommodation that’s the ideal setting for an unforgettable stay.

Plus, our close proximity to the world-famous Gold Coast theme parks, beaches, and attractions make us the perfect choice for a fun and carefree holiday. With world-class facilities, spacious rooms and a prime Broadbeach location, make your next stay on the coast an unforgettable one. And to answer the question of which city is best to live in Australia - we like to think it’s ours.

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