The Gold Coast

Explore the stunning sensory playground of the Gold Coast.

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.

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.

AREC 2021 at the Gold Coast is where you can pack in more good things than you’ll ever have time for. Come and make progress in the most playful place imaginable.

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The Star

The Gold Coast’s premier entertainment destination includes luxurious accommodation, a host of fabulous dining options, sophisticated bars and, of course, The Star Casino.

Avani Broadbeach

Live large on the beautiful Gold Coast, taking in the promise of sun, sand and surf. Whether in town for business or play, at the brand new Avani Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences, you’re only a skip and a hop from all the action. Wake up to dazzling Pacific Ocean views.

Peppers Broadbeach

Rising 77 storeys high, Peppers Broadbeach redefines luxury beachfront accommodation, complete with a hatted restaurant, an indulgent spa and an 
awe-inspiring ocean panorama.

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.

Paddleboarding

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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