A family favourite for more than 50 years, searches for flights to Gold Coast jump sky high around school holidays and Christmas.
Its fabulous climate and glorious beaches, rip roaring theme parks and lush, rainforest hinterland draw Australian holidaymakers and, in recent years, visitors from the Middle East and Asia.
How to spend those 300 sunny days each year? On the beaches of Gold Coast of course. Surfers Paradise is the main tourist beach, slap bang in the middle of the entertainment hub. Nobby Beach, Kurrawa and Tugun are wide, open spaces, just made for family fun. And for surfers? Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads are world-famous and world-class.
The big three theme parks are Movie World, Dreamworld and Sea World and wildlife parks such as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or David Fleay's give the littles a chance to get close to native cuties such as koalas and kangaroos.
Up in the Hinterland, away from the glitzy beaches, there's a multitude of gentle pursuits such as following winery trails and nibbling on the delicious local produce. Beautifully named Tamborine Mountain takes in about 20 sections of national park, through dense rainforest and past gushing waterfalls.
The first National Park was created on Tamborine Mountain. There are now about 17 sections of national park on the mountain, providing refreshing sub-tropical rainforest walks with numerous accessible waterfalls.
Cheap flights to Gold Coast land at Gold Coast Airport (Coolangatta Airport) just 25km south of Surfers Paradise.