Dreaming of living on the Gold Coast? It’s just a stone’s throw from Byron Bay (91 km) and Brisbane (77 km), and offers a unique lifestyle to rival any big city.

The Gold Coast is a safe, welcoming, family-friendly city offering a great lifestyle for all who call it home. If you’re planning to move, choose the expert team at Noosa Van Lines. We offer two routes between the Gold Coast and Sydney and between the Gold Coast and Melbourne, ensuring your household goods arrive safely and on time!

Its star attractions are its beaches, nightlife, booming foodie scene, theme parks, and laid-back neighbourhoods. You’re never far away from one of its glorious beaches or lush hinterland, no matter where you live. But it’s not all beaches and nature, with an ever-evolving and well-connected culture there’s no shortage of career-boosting opportunities.

There’s a neighbourhood to cater for all types of activities and here we break it down into five top areas to help you maximise your ‘Gold Coast Lifestyle’:

Central Gold Coast

Gold Coast Beach View and SkylineStretching from Surfers Paradise to Mermaid Beach, Central Gold Cost is smack dab in the centre of it all. It is home to iconic beaches, high-rise living and a booming nightlife and entertainment scene.

Surfers Paradise is an iconic neighbourhood where something is always happening. Visit for a walk, cycle or surf before visiting one of the many great restaurants or for an alfresco meal where you can take advantage of the beautiful views.

Fun things to do in Surfers Paradise: Surf! Solve clues at Trixity Trails. Enjoy indoor skydiving at iFly. Visit the Gold Coast Wax Museum. And so much more.

Balancing sophistication and relaxation, Broadbeach is home to a thriving dining and events scene. The scenic beachfront and parklands pay host to many live music events, weekly markets and food festivals.

Fun things to do in Broadbeach: Take surf lessons, try your luck at Star Gold Coast Casino, shop at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, or take the kids to Kurrawa Park, a unique playground that caters to children with all abilities.

Northern Gold Coast

Between Southport and Sanctuary Cove, discover uncrowded beaches, hidden hangouts and delicious restaurants.

From the glitteringly luxurious Main Beach neighbourhood, the cool and trendy Southport, to the family-friendly Coomera, everyone in the family will be catered for. With thrilling theme parks, such as Movie World, Dreamworld, and WhiteWater World, the Northern Gold Coast is known as Australia’s theme park capital.

If it is glamour you want, then head to Main Beach, just a few minutes from Surfers Paradise, where you can marvel at this luxurious neighbourhood and explore boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars.

Fun things to do in Main Beach: Take to the water and rent a jet ski, go sailing or a charter a fishing boat. Take to the skies on a helicopter trip. Delve below the water with a visit to the fun and adventurous Sea World!

Southport, the oldest Gold Coast suburb, is one of the major business hubs of the city and is home to family-friendly theme parks guaranteed to keep everyone entertained for hours!

Fun things to do in Southport: Get your scuba gear on and explore the Seaway or Scottish Prince dive sites. Visit one of the many theme parks from Broadwater Parklands, the Big Wedgie, or the Gold Cost Aqua Park.

Gold Coast Theme Parks

Burleigh Area

Ensconce yourself in laid-back seaside living in the Burleigh Area, which is home to Burleigh Heads, Miami and Palm Beach neighbourhoods.

Exuding trendy vibes, Miami boasts a burgeoning café culture and breweries. It is known for its beautiful beach, the suburb is close enough to the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast, but not too close that it gets caught up in it.

Fun things to do in Miami: Indulge in the tastes of the world at Miami Marketta, learn to surf, visit a gallery or visit the picturesque Mick Schamburg Park.

Burleigh Heads is home to the Gold Coast’s best beaches with many family friendly areas which include barbecue and picnic areas, local markets and a beautiful national park with walking trails.

Fun things to do in Burleigh Heads: Visit the market for fresh produces, immerse yourself in nature at the Burleigh Heads National park, or join in on an early morning paddle on the ocean.

The hip and happening suburb of Palm Beach combines natural beauty with urban cool. It is also becoming a dining destination where you will find local farmers markets, restaurants and cafes scattered throughout the neighbourhood.

Fun things to do in Palm Beach: Enjoy a family day out at the picnic facilities down by the beach, or surf. Visit the Palm Beach Parklands for a pirate-themed playground and beautiful walking tracks.

Southern Beaches

Coolangatta is the Gold Coast’s most southern city, sharing the Queensland and New South Wales border with Tweed Heads. It is home to the best surfing break in the city and hosts the biggest surfing event on the ASP World Tour calendar. This neighbourhood has grown from a small beachside town into a thriving location with businesses, shopping, and outdoor activities.

Fun things to do in Coolangatta: Get the heart pumping with a skydiving experience. Play a round of golf or head to the beach where you can swim in rock pools, surf or take a leisurely walk along the coastal trails.

Currumbin stretches from the beach to the lush hinterland where adventure, relaxation, fine dining and coastal activity meet. It is famous for its water sports and hiking trails.

Fun things to do in Currumbin: Visit the Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy a diverse range of Australian wildlife. Surf at Currumbin Alley, particularly favoured by longboarders. Cool off at the Currumbin Rock Pools. Spend the day out with family at one of the many picnic areas or barbecue facilities.

Gold Coast Hinterland

The Gold Coast Hinterland is a 100,000 hectare UNESCO World Heritage site and is the ideal destination for those looking to get outside and start exploring.

Tamborine Mountain, commonly known as Mount Tamborine, is a peaceful haven with breathtaking scenery, ancient rainforest, boutique wineries, interesting shops, galleries, eateries and adventure.

Fun things to do in Tamborine Mountain: Visit the Tamborine Mountain Distillery and sample liqueurs and spirits, shop at boutique fashion stores or enjoy a beer at the brewery. Explore the rainforest canopy with a rainforest skywalk, or enjoy a leisurely walk at Lamington National Park.

Lamington National Park is of exceptional ecological importance and is an Australian world Heritage Area.

Fun things to do in Lamington National Park: Barbecue or enjoy a picnic while you enjoy the outdoors. Go off the grid by camping in the park. Talk a hike or gently walk and enjoy the lush rainforest, ancient trees and awe-inspiring views.

Tallebudgera Valley is lush with natural forests leading to green farmland and is the perfect getaway for eco-retreats and health resorts.

Fun things to do in Tallebudgera Valley: Play a round of golf at one of the three courses or driving range. Enjoy the surrounding nature on horseback.

Springbrook National Park boasts spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforests, ancient trees and beautiful views.

Fun things to do in Springbrook National Park: Camper trailer or tent, both are accommodated here! Enjoy horse riding, hiking, or walking in the wilderness. Enjoy a meal in nature with its great barbecue and picnic facilities.

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