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Gold Coast Tourism Statistics For 2021

The Gold Coast is one of the world’s best holiday destinations. Think sun, sand, food, fun and stunning luxury holiday homes. Whether you stop by, or stay a little longer, there’s a relaxing and vibrant lifestyle to experience. Explore the surf, restaurants, nightlife, shopping and natural wonders.

The entire Gold Coast region is around 5,000 square kilometres (1930 square miles). Beaches run almost the entire length of the coastline here and they are sandy, clean and safe. Unsurprisingly, the Gold Coast region is the most popular holiday destination in Queensland.

Are you curious to know more? Learn about the latest Gold Coast tourism statistics for 2021 here. As an iconic Queensland city, let’s take a deeper dive into what makes the Gold Coast so special.


Gold Coast Tourism Statistics

#1 When you think of the Gold Coast, think beaches.

The Gold Coast boasts 52 kilometres (32 miles) of it in fact. Originally, beachgoers in this area were wealthy and influential, but today you’ll find holiday accommodation on the Gold Coast to suit budgets of all kinds dotted along the immaculate surf beaches.

#2 Speaking of the ocean, there are dedicated crews of lifesavers that have your back when you swim on patrolled Gold Coast beaches.

There are 26 beaches patrolled all-year round and 42 that are patrolled in peak periods. In between the red & yellow flags, you’re in safe hands with Australia’s largest professional lifeguard service. 

#3 Second only to the ocean allure, the Gold Coast’s other natural wonders are unique and majestic.

50.22% of the city’s land area is covered with native vegetation and is home to 1737 species of native plants. So while beaches are a must-see, don’t forget the stunning hinterland ranges, forests and waterways.

#4 The Gold Coast is a major holiday destination and has the tourism profile to back it up.

Despite the impacts of COVID-19, in total there were 11.1 million visitors to the region in the year ending Jun 2020. Not bad when you consider the entire population of Australia is 25 million.

#5 The average stay in 2019 for international tourists on the Gold Coast was 5 nights.

But where are the tourists coming from you ask? The top international markets are China, and New Zealand and Japan. While there are loads of hotels or motels, those in the know will rent a holiday home with room to move, endless activities for kids and absolute privacy.

#6 The Gold Coast is home to oodles of world heritage listed wonders.

including 100,000 listed rainforests! With a canvas like this, eco-tourism is big business. From glow worm tours, eco safaris and nature walks, several companies offer a range of environmentally sustainable tourism services. Think zero carbon footprint, use of renewables and low-impact operations that preserve and enhance the environment.

#7 Did you know that the Gold Coast receives 10 hours of sunshine for 300 days of the year?

Expect golden summers and clear sky winters. This enjoyable sub-tropical climate offers superb weather all year round. Summer temperature averages 19-29 degrees Celsius, while winter ranges from 9-21 degrees Celsius.

#8 Who goes to the Gold Coast?

In short, everyone! Families, solo travellers and groups are all catered to. You can travel here on a budget, go mid-range or opt for ultra-luxe if you’re the most discerning of holidaymakers. Age is no barrier either, in fact, those aged 50+ holiday more frequently and spend more. When coming to the Gold Coast, you can bring everyone together in a large luxury holiday home.

#9 Why do people go to the Gold Coast?

In the year ending Jun 2020, the most common reason to visit the Gold Coast was for a holiday (1.493 million people), visiting friends and relatives (1.111 million people) and for business (359,000 people).

#10 The Gold Coast is also known for major events and conferences.

In 2018, they hosted the Commonwealth Games which the biggest event held in that decade across Australia. 1.2 million tickets were sold for events held over 17 sporting venues. It made an overall contribution to the Queensland economy of $300 million.

#11 Let’s talk money. How much does it cost to stay at the Gold Coast?

On average, expect to spend USD $220 (AUD $284) per night on hotel accommodation. Let’s break this down to see what you get for the price. 4-star accommodation is around USD $275 (AUD $350) per night and 5-star averages US$625 (AUD $800) per night. Better yet, you can book a Gold Coast luxury holiday home for as little at $240 per night. That’s an entire 5 bedroom waterfront home in Broadbeach Waters with it’s own private pool and jetty.

#12 Can I travel to the Gold Coast on a budget?

Of course! There are affordable options to be found for longer stays and if you avoid the peak season: mid December to late January. If you book for 5 nights, you can score budget stays for a total of $490 and even luxury options from $1250.  Hunt around, the best value for money tends to be for holiday homes rather than hotels.

#13 The average spend per day on the Gold Coast is USD $180 (AUD $236) per visitor.

This will depend on what you get up to and how upscale your dining is. Theme parks, shopping, drinks and activities such as water sports add up. However, the beach, unguided walks and good old fashioned sight-seeing is free!

#14 How do I get to the Gold Coast?

Good news! You can drive, bus, train and plane to the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Airport (OOL) has an international terminal or there is a direct train from Brisbane, which is the capital of Queensland. Car hire is plentiful and starts from around $70 a day and better rates for longer term hire.  

#15 Speaking of transit, you may want to know how far the Gold Coast airport is from the city centre.

The airport is about 27 kilometres (17 miles) from the main Gold Coast centre, Surfer’s Paradise. It’s an easy 30 mins by car. 

#16 Is the Gold Coast a smart city?

Of course! It is home to Australia’s largest Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) which spans over more than 1300 square kilometres. This means that the city and its businesses can provide better parking, water and other automated services.

#17 Don’t forget the animals!

Koala breeding season is from July to January and they are more active during this time. While you would not want to cuddle a wild one, you can see koalas in the Gold Coast at Lone Pine or Currumbin sanctuaries, the Daisy Hill Centre or Paradise Country. If you come to the Gold Coast during the months of September – October you can view the whales from the beach as they migrate along the coastline.

#18 The Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia.

There are five major ones to explore and many smaller amusement sites. The major ones are Dreamworld, Whitewater World, Wet’N’Wild, Movie World and Sea World. 47% of tourists visit Gold Coast theme or wildlife parks.

#19 The Gold Coast is a truly global city.

Besides being known as a world-renowned tourist destination, it is well connected and with international relationships across the globe. The Gold Coast has 10 sister city connections around the world from Japan, China, United Arab Emirates, America, Israel and Taiwan.

#20 Remember to have fun! 

So, put the Gold Coast on your bucket list. Its natural beauty, stunning weather and vibrant community will be waiting to welcome you when you come back and play.

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