When is the best time to fly?
High season is generally between October and March and flights tend to be more expensive during this time. Late November to early December is Schoolies time in Surfers Paradise. It's a fortnight of parties and general merriment for school leavers. Christmas until the third week in January is busy due to school holidays, as are the weeks on either side of Easter. The first three weeks of July are also very busy and Indy race week (the third week of October) is another time when accommodation and flight prices will be at their highest.
February, March, May, June, late July to mid-September, and November are low season times on the Gold Coast. There are usually more cheap flights during this season.
The Wintersun Festival takes place in Coolangatta and Tweed Heads every June. It's a two-week nostalgia fest that will spin you back into the 1950s and 60s. Hot Rods, custom and classic cars cruise the streets, there are more than 100 bands and performers, old movies are shown and there are fun competitions.
The Gold Coast Marathon, Australia's largest marathon event, is held in July, attracting 24,000 runners from around Australia and 42 different countries.
Every year the Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast is home to one of the most prestigious surfing events on the planet, The Quicksilver and Roxy Pro. Both competitions are events comprising the ASP’s Men’s world tour, and the Roxy Prop is one of the seven events of the ASP women’s World Tour. Thousands of spectators and media outlets flock to the famous Snapper rocks to watch world-class athletes take on some of the very best waves on the ASP world tour.
A land of theme parks, fabulous beaches, endless sun and excellent nightlife, restaurants and shopping, it's little wonder that millions of tourists take flights to the Gold Coast each year.
The city rocks in October during Indy Week and in November/December when the “Schoolies” arrive to kick up their heels. While Surfers Paradise might be synonymous with the celebrations of the high-school graduates, the bars of Main Beach and Broadbeach can be fun too. Families will head for the Gold Coast's many theme parks, which include Dreamworld, Australia's largest theme park, Sea World, the GC's oldest theme park, Warner Brothers Movie World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country.
To experience the green behind the gold head off into the hinterland. The hinterland contrasts beautifully with the coast, swapping the sand and sparkling sea with vineyards, farms and rural plantations, not to mention National Parks and reserves that stretch for 100,000 hectares. 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.