The best places to stay.

There’s no place like the Gold Coast. Bring the kids and the stunning beaches, theme parks and natural environment and wildlife attractions will give them a break to remember – while you attend the conference. And of course, you can always join them on the days before or after.

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It’s also a beautiful place to exercise first up and/or enjoy plenty of R&R at the end of the day.

The shopping, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants are world-class, meaning your post-conference plans are always good ones.

Now, where to stay...

The Star

With its luxurious accommodation and spa, iconic bars, restaurants and entertainment precincts, alongside the thrills of a world-class casino, The Star Gold Coast is Australia’s five-star fun-parlour. Just a 4 minute walk to the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Dorsett Gold Coast Hotel

Where tranquility meets inner-city vibrancy - just 30 minutes from Gold Coast airport. Experience a new standard of sophistication, service and style, including a vibrant poolside experience and a host of restaurants and bars. Only a 7 minute walk to the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Avani Broadbeach Residences

Wake up to dazzling Pacific Ocean views. Laze in the cool pool peeking through to the bustling street life below. Long favoured by locals for its 17 km stretch of beach, epic surf, and upscale dining and entertainment options. Only a 6 minute walk to the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Mantra Broadbeach on the Park 

If you're looking for the ultimate coastal resort experience, Mantra Broadbeach on the Park offers stylish accommodation just metres from the Gold Coast's best beaches, restaurants, nightlife and shopping malls. Only a 4 minute walk to the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Mantra Sierra Grand

Mantra Sierra Grand is one of Broadbeach's best hotel accommodation choices. Within walking distance of award winning restaurants, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and The Star Gold Coast. Only a 10 minute walk or 4 minute drive to the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Peppers Broadbeach

Experience a high-tech, high-end lifestyle in one of the luxurious new breed of Gold Coast resorts. Your accommodation in Broadbeach will be in cutting edge suites. Located just 25 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport and 10 minutes’ walk from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

QT Gold Coast

QT Gold Coast is your ticket to the cultural epicentre of the city. Enjoy music, fashion, food and art done the easy way. Along their famous poolside, a sun-kissed renaissance is blooming at QT GC, paradise for more than the surfers. Only a 9 minute drive to the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.


The finest amenities, enhanced by a personal touch. Stay close to the beach and Cavill Avenue's shops, dining and nightlife. Ease into holiday mode in the luxury spa, gym and 2 pools. Dine on fresh seafood or premium steaks in gorgeous restaurants. Only a 5 minute drive to the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.


Where Parisian sophistication meets the carefree Australian coastal spirit. Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach puts you at the heart of Broadbeach and mere steps from the ocean. Just a short stroll from the hotel is the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, while luxury shopping at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre is less than ten minutes away.

Ten things to do on the Gold Coast.

Burleigh Heads

The Gold Coast’s quintessential calm water spot, where Tallebudgera Creek feeds out to the Coral Sea and the clear blue water of the creek is calm and inviting. Swim, paddleboard, kayak or picnic. For an even more private section of the creek, head over to the Burleigh Heads National Park side.

Mount Tamborine

A drive up the mountain is a great day out and will feel more country than coast, with the choice of hinterland hikes for all abilities, such as Cedar Creek Falls track or the more advanced Witches Falls and Sandy Creek Circuits. Otherwise stay in the village which is full of antiques, artworks, cafes and boutique shopping.

Beach Day

The brilliant beaches are why it’s called the Gold Coast. And there are several to choose from. Pack your towel, sunscreen, flippers (and a board if you’ve got one) and head for Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Nobby Beach or Mermaid Beach.

Bike Ride & BBQ

Hire a bike and explore the neighbourhood before cooling off at the beach. Then relax with friends or family at one the countless free BBQ areas around the Gold Coast.


This is one of the most rewarding water activities in terms of fitness and fun. It’s great to do socially and always puts your core strength and balance to the test.

Kayak & Picnic

The Gold coast is known for its beautiful beaches and bays, so hire a kayak and explore it by water. There are plenty of places to finish with a picnic and a nice cold beer.

Markets & art galleries

Grab a coffee and enjoy some culture. From unique shops to local markets to the latest exhibition at the Gold Coast City Gallery. There are over 20 local, national and international exhibitions every year.

Wine & Dine

Welcome to Food & Wine Buff’s Paradise. Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach, Nobby Beach, Currumbin Estuary, Rainbow Bay and Coolangatta have countless dining and drinking hotspots.

Currumbin Rock Pools

The beach isn’t the only place to cool off. What used to be a secret spot for locals’, is now a popular and quite stunning hinterland waterhole. Enjoy a dip, a picnic and a blissful nap in the shade.

Whale Watching

There are plenty of local whale watching groups with which you can experience the world’s most amazing passing traffic. Witnessing these gentle giants as they migrate up and down the coast, is something you’ll remember forever.


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