When it comes to booking Gold Coast accommodation, there are many elements to take into consideration; Do you book based on location; close to beach, shops, restaurants, attractions? Do you book based on budget; spend less on accommodation and more on travel and attractions? Or are you an international visitor and have no idea where to book Gold Coast accommodation?
It can be tough to know where to book accommodation if you’re from overseas but before we offer you some suggestions, let’s first look at what makes the Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia so loved by international visitors.
International Visitor Statistics
Australia remains to be one of the top choices of international visitors for their holiday destination. Based on figures released by Tourism Research Australia, there were 5,889,197 tourists who have visited the country from January to September last year. This number represents 4% increase when compared to figures gathered in 2012.
The same research shows that 46% of all the tourists who visited Australia last year chose to visit Queensland and with a state that has so much to offer, it’s little wonder it’s the second most visited state in Australia. Queensland offers not only some of the most amazing attractions, but some of the best destinations in Australia also. Most popular have to be The Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane and the Gold Coast – where an Australian holiday just isn’t complete without a visit to each.
International Youth Market
Tourism Queensland also conducted a study for the international youth market (between the age of 15 and 29 years old) which found Queensland to be the second most-visited state next to New South Wales with 660,000 visitors from January to June 2013.
Among Queensland regions, Gold Coast ranked third behind Brisbane and Tropical North Queensland with close to 250,000 visitors. Meanwhile, the top five international youth markets for Queensland were Continental Europe, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan, and China.
Based on the same study, the top 5 activities that youth visitors participate in when in Queensland are eating or dining at a restaurant (92%), shopping (569,000), going to the beach (85%), sightseeing (80%), and going to clubs and pubs (59%).
In terms of the Gold Coast, Tourism Queensland shows that International visitor numbers continued to grow last year. By the end of June 2013, 778,000 International tourists visited the Gold Coast of which, 597,000 were visiting for a holiday.
Although the number of holiday visitors only showed modest growth (2%), it was the business visitors that increased dramatically (19%). The number one source market was China with 184,000 tourists. This was followed by New Zealand (172,000), United Kingdom (58,000), Japan (55,000), Europe (52,000), Singapore (44,000), Korea (29,000), USA (24,000), Malaysia (23,000) and Germany (19,000).
International visitors spent 7,486 nights combined on the Gold Coast in hotels, apartments, and holiday homes. Together with domestic overnight visitors, there were 4,442,000 overnight visitors to the Gold Coast in the year ending to June 2013. This figure represents 8% increase compared to the data gathered a year before.
With these increasing figures, it’s now more important than ever to ensure you have secured your Gold Coast accommodation before you travel. To get the best rates, its recommended that you book Gold Coast accommodation 2-3 months before you travel.
Deciding where to book your Gold Coast Accommodation
If you decided to visit the Gold Coast whilst visiting Australia, then there is no doubt you’ll be just as interested in these activities. Below we identify the best activities and suggested Gold Coast accommodation suitable for each:
Eating or dining at a restaurant – Best Gold Coast Restaurants
When it comes to food, the Gold Coast knows how to cook! For the best food, you don’t always have to visit the most expensive restaurants. Our top 3 suggestions would be Black Coffee Lyrics, RockSalt Modern Dining and Bazaar. These are voted the top 3 Gold Coast restaurants by Urban Spoon.
If you want to indulge in some of the finest food when you visit the Gold Coast, then it’s probably a good idea that you make sure your Gold Coast accommodation is close to major tourist areas such as Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise, where the above 3 restaurants are located.
Our pick ideal Gold Coast accommodation close to the best restaurants is Orchid Residences, it’s ideally located on Cavill Mall, walking distance to some of the Gold Coasts best restaurants.
Shopping – Best Shopping Centres on the Gold Coast
One of the main activities that both local and international tourists enjoy when they’re on the Gold Coast is shopping for pleasure. With some of the biggest shopping centres in the Southern hemisphere, Gold Coast is definitely the retail therapy capital of Australia. Aside from large retail chains and smaller boutiques found on major centres like Pacific Fair, Robina Town Centre and Harbour Town, there are also several cool alternate stores found on the edges of the main shopping districts.
Pacific Fair is located very near to Jupiters Casino and is home to more than 300 retail stores and services, which include the best local and international brands. It has also just been approved for a $670 million redevelopment to commence in January 2014. The centre is well-maintained and offer great amenities for the whole family.
Robina Town Centre is Gold Coast’s largest shopping and premier retail and leisure destination that features more than 350 specialty stores and lakeside dining. Here, one can easily find wealth of shopping choices, which include Australia’s most iconic brands. It boasts 900-seat food atrium, Australia’s first fully digital cinema complex, and various restaurants by the lake. It is definitely the place to go to if you want to shop, dine, and relax in style.
So if Shopping is your priority when you visit the Gold Coast, then you need to ensure your Gold Coast accommodation is close to the major shopping centres such as Cavill Mall and Pacific Fair. Our pick for the best Gold Coast accommodation for shopping is Artique Resort because it’s in the ideal location at the southern end of Surfers Paradise and is walking distance to Cavill Mall, Oasis Shopping Centre and Pacific Fair, Bonus!
Going to the beach – Best Gold Coast Beaches
Gold Coast’s pristine white beaches are some of the reasons why Gold Coast consistently makes it to the top 10 most visited regions not just in Queensland but also in all of Australia. Stretching over 57km of coastline, the beaches here features some of the most popular beach locations and surf breaks in the world.
Although there are many beaches on the Gold Coast; Main Beach, Broadbeach, Miami, Burleigh, Palm Beach, undoubtable the most popular beach on the Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise and all year round, it is crowded by both local and international tourists not just because of its white sand beaches and sparkling waters but also because of its close proximity to the main theme parks, attractions, the best Gold Coast accommodation, entertainment, and nightlife. Situated near many resorts and offering huge range of shopping outlets and restaurants, visitors find it one of the best places on the Gold Coast when they’re looking forward to lazing on the beach or enjoying the weather and great swimming conditions.
When it comes to booking Gold Coast accommodation in close proximity to the beach, you can pretty much book any hotel, apartment or resort along the coast. But for the best accommodation, you’ll want to book in Surfers Paradise along the esplanade. For affordable beachside accommodation, Chateau Beachside Resort is your best bet! For a little more pricy, but a lot more fancy, Apartment 4204 is a great option and is practically across the road from the beach!
Sightseeing – Best things to see on the Gold Coast
Aside from wide variety of stunning beaches (which is by the way, one of the top reasons why international tourists visit Australia), the Gold Coast offers a wide range of attractions and various things to do. There are top-notch amusement and theme parks, various scenic attractions, and great events all year round.
Wet ‘n’ Wild water park is perfect for a hot summer’s day with thrill rides including the adrenalin-pumping Aqualoop and Tornado. SeaWorld is one of the best theme parks in the region and is an oceanarium, marine mammal park, and theme park all rolled into one. And then of course there is Dreamworld.. the ultimate theme park – if you have time for only one theme park, make sure it’s this!
When it comes to booking Gold Coast accommodation for theme parks, there really is no one hotel, resort or apartment better than another. Movieworld, Dreamworld and Wet ‘n’ Wild are all about 25mins drive from central Gold Coast, whereas Sea World is located in Main Beach approx. 10mins drive from Surfers Paradise. So we suggest you don’t book your accommodation based on a theme park, as it means long transport commutes for each other day you stay on the Gold Coast.
Clubs and pubs – Best clubs and pubs on the Gold Coast
As far as Clubs and Pubs are concerned, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach are the place to be. I once read that Surfers Paradise had more nightclubs per capita than anywhere else in the world! And you’ve probably heard it be said that “Australians can handle their liquor” am I right? There is defiantly no shortage of ‘drinking holes’ on the Gold Coast, in terms of booking accommodation we suggest you stay at Orchid Residences which is 100mts from Surfers Paradise best nightclubs and bars… just long enough to stumble back to your hotel and grab some McDonald’s on the way 😉
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