Choosing the best place to stay during your holidays on Queensland's Gold Coast in Australia can be a real challenge, not because it's hard to find, but because there are so many options!
Lets break it down: The first thing to note is that the Gold Coast is made up of several suburbs, mostly located along the glorious coast and some spreading in the hinterland to what is called the hinterland region.
So, you can choose to be near the ocean and the beach, some of which are in the suburbs and others in the natural environments of rainforests. So, if you are looking for serenity or a green eco-vacation, look towards the hinterland, and if you are looking to save some money, the seats in the hinterland may be a little cheaper.
Most accommodation options are located along the coast, if you are looking for a place very close to the beach, check out the suburbs of Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Miami, Burleigh Heads, Tugun and Coolangatta. The last four of these suburbs will probably offer the cheapest accommodation near the beach.
Also consider how much you would like to be near all the night life. Surfers Paradise is the center of all action filled with clubs and bars. There is also a casino and a couple of nightclubs in Broadbeach. If you want to go out every night, then one of those suburbs would be my choice. It can be difficult to take a taxi late at night (or early in the morning!) On the Gold Coast.
If you're looking for something out of the way and a little more exclusive, have a look at Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove. They also have golf courses. There are more golf resorts located on the outskirts of Parkwood and Robina.
Once you have an approximate idea of the suburb that will best suit your vacation style, then you can try to find the best offer. Gold Coast accommodation is not known for being cheap, but if you are looking for and planning ahead, you can find great deals.
How would you expect prices to rise during peak periods like school holidays and during big events like the GC600, formerly the Indy Carnival, although housing prices during the four days of motor racing have dropped dramatically in recent years because a place near the track can be much higher than normal rack frequencies.
Budget accommodation on the Gold Coast it will start around 60AUD and mid-range places near the beach will go between 90 and 160AUD. Many discounted housing brokers like hotel clubs and roamfree can provide rates well below normal rack rates, see goldcoastinfo.net for a complete list of discounted housing brokers.
It is also worth noting that most of the accommodations on the Gold Coast are independent apartment style, which can contain kitchens and refrigerators. The buildings themselves are resort style with many pools, spas, gyms and more. In fact there are only a handful of hotels in the region located mainly around Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.
Good luck with choosing the place to stay, swim safely on the beaches and enjoy the beautiful and sunny Gold Coast.