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Gold Coast climate
The climate is sub-tropical. Summer (December to February) temperatures average 31 degrees and winter (June to August) temperatures hover about the 25-degree mark. Winter gets some rainfall, while visitors taking flights to the Gold Coast during the summer months will experience some storms that sweep in from the west.Getting from the Airport to the City:From Gold Coast Airport (OOL), there are several options for getting to the beaches. There are several reputable car-hire companies based at the airport. There is bus and shuttle service as well as taxis and limousines operating between the airport and spots along the Gold Coast.
Getting around Gold Coast
If you're planning to venture off the beaches of the Gold Coast, hiring a car is a great idea. There are lots of taxis and limousines available. Bus services are good and inexpensive. Ferries and water taxis are a great way of getting around; the Gold Coast is said to have nine times as many waterways as Venice. There are also bike-rental companies.
Gold Coast insider information
- After Melbourne's Eureka Tower, Q1 is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. The QDeck is on Level 77, 230m above the ground, which offers panoramic views of the sea and the hinterland.
- For cheap lunches head to the back arcades of Surfers Paradise where you'll find decent Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese eateries. A large lunch will set you back about $15.
- Or, for something different, go to the Polish Place in Tamborine Mountain. Enjoy the Polish cuisine. The lunch menu boasts Sledz w Smietanie (herring) and Bigos z Kielbaska (Polish Bigos with sausage). The Fine/Folk Art Gallery features contemporary and traditional art and jewellery. You'll find amber and amber silver on sale.