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Explore the Gold Coast from holiday homes to rent

Less than an hour's drive from Brisbane, Queensland's capital city, the Gold Coast is a bustling metropolitan region that's known for its scenic beaches, epic surfing, and a bounty of preserved wilderness, as well as modern waterfront resorts and several amusement parks. Set amid an intricate system of waterways and canals, the city's a serious summer vacation destination and a major hub for Australia's entertainment industry. You can find a number of centrally located Gold Coast vacation rentals, offering easy access to major sights like Lamington National Park, Sea World Gold Coast and the Dreamworld amusement park.

Things to do

Attractions near Gold Coast holiday rentals

Looking to make a splash in the Gold Coast? Then look no further than Sea World Gold Coast. Here, visitors of all ages can find marine life exhibits, live animal shows and roller coasters in a sprawling, waterfront space. For even more thrills, head to the nearby Dreamworld amusement park, where you can take your pick from over 40 different rides in a number of themed environments. For a more naturalistic experience, pull on your hiking boots and head to Lamington National Park, more than 20,000 hectares of scenic wilderness in the McPherson mountain range.


Things to do near Gold Coast holiday homes

First up: lather on the suntan lotion and hit the beach. The Gold Coast's home to more than 40 km of sandy beachfront along the Coral Sea, and you won't have any trouble finding the perfect spot for swimming, snorkelling, boating or whatever else your heart desires. If you're looking to make a more intense kind of splash, you can join the surfers hanging 10 at Duranbah Beach, a major international surfing destination just a short drive away. There are a number of national parks nearby, and outdoorsy types can find plenty of hiking, camping and mountain biking in the area.


Best time to travel to Gold Coast holiday homes

Like most of the region, the Gold Coast has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and warm, pleasant winters. Summer highs peak in the high 20s between December and February, and seasonal storms are common. Temperatures during the drier, cooler winter months range from 3 to 21 between June and August. With its pleasant climate and wealth of activities, the Gold Coast is a happening region all year round, but you'll generally have better luck snagging less costly Gold Coast vacation rentals during the quieter winter months.

Natural highlights

Water, water everywhere – Gold Coast geography

Along the Coral Sea in southeastern Queensland, the Gold Coast is densely urban, with high-rise buildings and modern skyscrapers dotting the skyline, interspersed amid an expansive system of waterways. You can find more than 40 km of beachfront in the area, as well as waterfront bluffs and more mountainous terrain further inland. The region is home to some seriously diverse ecosystems, and the nearby Lamington National Park boasts everything from rainforests and waterfalls to wooded mountainsides and steep, rocky peaks. You'll find a number of Gold Coast vacation rentals that put the area's natural bounty right outside your door.

Family friendly

Family-friendly activities near Gold Coast holiday homes

Gold Coast boasts numerous kid-friendly attractions to explore. Holiday homes are available near places like Warner Bros. Movie World, a large park with a number of thrill rides with movie themes, and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a native wildlife park with shows, encounters and a hospital for local animals. Kids will also like Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast, an expansive water park with thrill rides, a wave pool and a surf shop.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday rentals in Gold Coast

Couples looking for a romantic experience can find plenty of fun activities in Gold Coast. Holiday rentals are available near places like the Springbrook National Park, a huge park with walking tracks through the rainforest with a natural bridge and waterfalls, and Snapper Rocks, a natural formation with unique rock pools and scenic views of the beach. You’ll also like Cavill Avenue, a street and mall in Surfers Paradise with high-end shops and restaurants.

Where to stay near Gold Coast?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,714 holiday rentals near Gold Coast. From 839 Houses to 1,620 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Gold Coast is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Gold Coast?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Gold Coast:

  • Kirra: 142 holiday homes
  • Sanctuary Cove: 60 holiday homes
  • Brisbane Central Business District: 181 holiday homes
  • Raby Bay: 81 holiday homes
  • Chinatown: 23 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Gold Coast?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Gold Coast. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Chevron Renaissance: 2,405 holiday rentals
  • Kirra Beach: 2,559 holiday rentals
  • Varsity Lakes Station: 2,697 holiday rentals
  • Cavill Avenue: 2,411 holiday rentals
  • Metricon Stadium: 2,384 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gold Coast listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Gold Coast?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 839 Houses in Gold Coast. Our other popular types of Gold Coast holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,620 holiday houses
  • Villas: 54 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 42 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Gold Coast?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 1,800 holiday homes with pool available in Gold Coast. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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