The location – like our fruit – is golden

One of Australia’s most iconic destinations, the Gold Coast is famous for beautiful beaches and breath-taking national parks.

As an added bonus, it’s also relatively easy to get to – whether you’re travelling from Far North Queensland, Northern New South Wales, Western Australia or the Northern Territory.

With so much for families, couples or solo-travellers to do, it’s the perfect location to allow you to tailor the Congress experience to your own needs.

Things to do


Voted one of the Gold Coast’s most popular tourist destinations, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to conserving our nation’s Indigenous, natural and historic heritage and culture. With Blinky Bill now present for daily shows, the amazing viewing experiences available at the Wildlife Hospital and hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the ultimate holiday adventure.

Harbour Town

Harbour Town is Australia’s largest Outlet Shopping Centre with over 240 stores including brand direct outlet and clearance stores offering up to 70 per cent off the original retail price on Outlet stock, as well as specialty retailers, alfresco dining, entertainment and services.

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is the major hub of the Gold Coast, hosting national and international music, culture and sporting events, home to the largest nightlife district and some of the most luxurious accommodation in South East Queensland.


Dreamworld is a theme park situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland. As Australia’s largest theme park with over 40 rides and attractions, the park is an exciting fun filled experience for families and groups.

Whether it’s surfing, swimming or simply walking in the sand, the Gold Coast offers 21 patrolled beaches along its 57 kilometres of stunning coastline. For nature lovers, head inland to the Hinterland brimming with walking tracks, rock pools and waterfalls. It’s also famous for fun – theme parks, restaurants and vibrant nightlife. #wearegoldcoast #thisisqueensland

Why not get active during your stay?

Paddle board hire and lessons

Surf and paddle board lessons

Looking for more inspiration, visit Destination Gold Coast

Visit the Great Barrier Reef

How to do the Great Barrier Reef in a weekend
You don’t need more than 48 hours to immerse yourself in the Great Barrier Reef, from the Gold Coast, within a two-hour scenic flight you can find yourself 80 kilometres off the coast of Bundaberg, popping champagne on a spectacular turquoise coral cay.

Marine lovers have been flocking to the eco-paradise that is Lady Elliot Island for decades but it still remains a well-kept secret to most. By noon you can be learning to scuba dive or finding Nemo in the shallow lagoon just a few steps from the buffet.

Stay overnight to get the most out of your island escape, or return home on an afternoon flight.

For further information about Lady Elliott Island visit