Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a modern city located approximately 80km south of Queensland’s capital city Brisbane, and is situated on a 57km stretch of stunning coast line.  Surfers Paradise is the central entertainment, shopping and nightlife precinct and is renowned for its glittering high rise buildings and beautiful golden sand beaches. 

The Gold Coast has variety of attractions and activities for all visitors including international theme parks, water sports such as surfing and scuba diving, World Heritage listed National Parks, international golf courses, shopping, and gourmet dining.  

Gold Coast Climate

Australiais located in the Southern Hemisphere and the seasons on the Gold Coast occur in the opposite order to those countries located in the Northern hemisphere.  Summer is from December to February, autumn from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November.

The Gold Coast has a sub tropical climate and enjoys warm tropical weather for most of the year.   The summer months of December to February are hot with sunny days, and nights that are warm and tropical.  The winter months of June to August are mild with pleasant temperatures during the day and cool temperatures at night.  It is recommended to bring a jacket to wear during the winter months.

December to February

Summers on the Gold Coast are hot and humid with daily temperatures averaging 28, however it can exceed 30 on especially hot days.  Nights are warm with temperatures averaging approximately 22.  As the Gold Coast has a tropical climate heavy rain periods and afternoon storms often occur during summer.

March to May

Autumn begins in March, but temperatures are often still very warm until   April and average 28-26 during the day.  In May the temperature is cooler and the days are clear and sunny with day time temperatures averaging 23, while nights average 18.

June to August

Winter on the Gold Coast is mild with clear sunny days and an average day time temperature reaching 21, while nights are cool and average 12-13.

September to November

During spring the days are warm and sunny with an average day time temperature ranging between 24-26, while nights are mild with temperatures ranging between 15-19.

Average annual temperatures comparison














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Casual clothes are the best option when visiting the Gold Coast.  It is also recommended to bring a light jacket to wear as temperatures can become cool in the evenings and early mornings, especially in the rainforest areas, and air conditioning on buses and in hotel rooms can be cold.  During the summer heavy rain periods and tropical storms occur, so it also recommended packing rain gear if you are planning to travel to the Gold Coast during summer.  

As the Australian sun has very high UV (ultra violet) light levels, travellers should bring sun protection for all seasons.  This includes SPF 30+ sunscreen, a broad brimmed hat, collared long sleeved shirt, and sunglasses.     

For restaurants and bars it is recommended to wear smart casual attire as customers may be refused entry when wearing singlets, shorts, and sandals.  If you are planning to dine at a hotel or fine dining restaurant then smart evening attire is recommended.  

Time Difference

Gold Coast is in the Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) zone, which is Coordinated Universal Time plus 10 hours (UMT+10).  Daylight savings is not observed on the Gold Coast 

Capital city time difference


Daylight Savings




Cairns,Brisbane, Gold Coast


















Australian Currency

The currency used inAustraliais the Australian Dollar (AUD).  Coins have values of 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1.00, and $2.00 AUD, while note values are $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 AUD.  Currency exchange is available at banks, foreign exchange bureaus, and international airports.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Australiahas a 10% goods and services tax (GST) charged on the supply of most goods and services. 

Payment options in Australia

Credit cards are widely accepted inAustraliaand it is recommended to use an international credit card combined with cash in Australian Dollars (AUD), rather than carrying large amounts of cash only.  The most commonly accepted credit cards are Visa and MasterCard.  Some service providers, such as restaurants and hotels, may charge a credit card surcharge or have a minimum spend amount on purchases that are paid for by credit card, or they may accept cash payments only.

Traveller with a credit card

Traveller without credit card

SKYhub and OPT will accept customer payments for optional tours by travellers cheques.  However please be aware that most service providers and shops do not accept payment by traveller’s cheques, and customers will need to exchange their traveller’s cheques to cash at a bank or foreign currency exchange bureau (fees may apply).


Australian electrical voltage is 220~240V, AC50Hz.   It is recommended to bring a power adapter with the below flat pin plugs for use during your stay, and to also check if your electrical items can be used with a 240V power supply or if they require a voltage converter to operate or charge.

Electrical items should be charged before being packed with your luggage.  Most hotels in Australiahave hairdryers in guest rooms.


When packing for your trip it is important not to exceed the checked baggage allowances set by the airline and to leave spare room in your suitcase for shopping and souvenirs.  All airlines have strict baggage allowances, and if the weight or dimensions of your luggage is greater than the allowance set by the airline then excess baggage charges are usually incurred at check in, or the airline may refuse to carry the excess baggage.

Baggage Limits

For other airlines, please refer to the baggage allowance information on their website or ask your travel agent for details.

Liquids, Aerosols, and Gel restrictions on Flights

For international flights arriving and departing fromAustralia, including the domestic leg of an international flight, there are restrictions that apply to the amount of liquids, aerosols, and gels (including duty free) that passengers can take in their carry on luggage.

If items are greater than 100ml they will need to be packed as checked baggage as they will not be allowed through the security screening point.  These restrictions are subject to change and for further information please refer to your airlines website or ask your travel agent for details.

Duty Free

Travellers who are visiting from overseas or returning home are permitted duty free limits on Alcohol, general goods, and tobacco products.  These limits apply to goods that are brought into Australia in a travelers carry on or checked baggage, that have been purchased overseas or at an arrival duty free store before clearing Australian customs, previously been exported and purchased tax or duty free in Australia, or have had a claim made through the Travellers Refund Scheme. 

Alcohol – each inbound traveler aged 18 years and over is permitted to enterAustralia with 2.25 liters of alcoholic beverages (champagne, wine, and liquor).  

General Goods – each inbound traveller aged 18 years and over is allowed to enterAustralia with A$900 worth of goods, while inbound travellers who are under 18 years of age are permitted a limit of A$450.  Items that are classed as general goods include cameras, electronic equipment, souvenirs, leather goods, perfume concentrates, sporting equipment, jewellery, and watches.  

Tobacco products – Until 31 August 2012 inbound travellers aged 18 years and over are each permitted to bring 250 cigarettes or 250 grams of cigars or tobacco products intoAustralia duty free.  After 01 September 2012 the permitted duty free allowance limit will be reduced to 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products per inbound traveller aged 18 years and over. 

If a traveller exceeds the duty free limits they will be charged duty and tax on all items of that type (alcohol, general goods, tobacco products) and not just on the item that exceeds the limit.  Please note the above duty free limits are subject to change.

Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) allows departing travellers to claim a refund for the GST (goods and services tax) and WET (wine equalisation tax) that has been paid on goods which were purchased inAustralia.

To be able to claim a refund the goods must total A$300 or more (GST inclusive), have been purchased at the same store, be listed on a single tax invoice, and have been purchased no more than 30 days before departure.  Refunds only apply to goods that are worn or taken as carry on luggage onto the aircraft or ship (liquid, aerosol, and gel security restrictions still apply).

Claims can be made at a TRS facility after clearing customs and immigration, and the goods along with the original tax invoice, your passport, and international boarding pass are to be presented to the customs officer at the TRS facility.  Claims can be made up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight.

Gold Coast Public Holidays

2012 - 2013

New Years Day

01 January 2013

Australia Day

28 January 2013

Good Friday

29 March 2013

Easter Saturday

30 March 2013

Easter Monday

01 April 2013


25 April 2013

Labour Day 

06 May 2013

Gold Coast Show Day

31 August 2012


1st Weekend in October

Christmas Day

25 December 2012 & 2013