17th May, 2013

The Most Informative Gold Coast Travel Guides

Go online to learn about Gold Coast attractions and you’ll find a lot of sites claiming to be travel guides. But dig a little deeper and you’ll soon discover that some are more informative than others. The following is a list of some of the most informative and comprehensive Gold Coast travel guides online.

Lonely Planet

As with every destination they cover, Lonely Planet provides an in-depth insight into the Gold Coast. Pages include how to get there (including bus and train times and prices), places to go, where to eat, where to stay, plus practical information, tips and some interesting articles. Well worth a look.

Gold Coast Tourism

As you’d expect, Gold Coast Tourism’s guide is a mine of information on everything GC. It includes pages on places to see, things to do, tours to take, upcoming events, where to stay, how to get around, business events and even videos to watch. Very comprehensive.

Hello Gold Coast

Hello Gold Coast is another great guide, covering everything from accommodation, attractions, car rentals and fishing charters to things for the kids to do, nightlife, surf clubs, theme parks, restaurants and whale watching tours. Whatever you don’t find elsewhere, you’ll probably find here.


If you want the facts about the Gold Coast, Wikitravel’s got ‘em. They tell you about the Gold Coast’s geography and climate and how to see the best of it by plane, train, car, bus, taxi or bike. They tell you where the best beaches are, all about the Hinterland, plus all the usual stuff like where to eat and stay. An encylopaedic effort.

Virtual Tourist

This is a great guide for overseas visitors as well as Aussies, It gives you an insight into local customs such as beach volleyball, how to stay safe in the surf, tourist traps and how to avoid them and what there is to see off the beaten track. There are even lots of reviews by fellow travellers. Very interesting and useful.


This is News Limited’s Gold Coast guide and it’s packed with great info on all the tours and attractions on offer. Find out about whale watching, ATV adventures, hot air balloon rides, kayaking, snorkelling, Harley tours and zorbing (that’s rolling down the hill inside a giant clear plastic ball). A wealth of info if you’re looking for fun.

Hotel Travel

This is a great Gold Coast accommodation guide that covers where to stay anywhere on the Gold Coast, from Biggera Waters to Broadbeach, Coolangatta to Currumbin, Mermaid Beach to Miami, plus all the events, festivals attractions and activities. A good way to work out where to stay and play.

Total Travel

This guide offers a very comprehensive look at the places to visit on the Gold Coast and surrounds. If you’ve got a car, then you should put this site on your mobile, because there are a lot of good destinations. They include Tamborine National Park, the Purling Brook Falls circuit, O’Reilly’s botanic gardens and tree top walk and much more. If you want to see the natural Gold Coast, then this guide’s for you.

To find any of these great travel guides online, just google the titles listed above.