The city consists of 70 kilometres of coastline and some of the most popular tourist spots in Australia. Popular beaches and Gold Coast accommodation spots include South Stradbroke Island, The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami, Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Heads, Tallebudgera Beach, Palm Beach, Currumbin Beach, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra, Coolangatta, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay, Snapper Rocks and Froggies Beach.
Gold Coast experiences a humid subtropical climate with warm winters and hot, humid summers. In summer temperatures range from and average high of 28.5 degrees down to an average low of around 21 degrees. In winter the average high is around 21 degrees with a low of around 12 degrees.
Around 10 million tourists visit Gold Coast hotels every year. Tourism is the region's biggest industry, directly contributing more than $4.4 billion into the city economy every year and directly accounting for one in four jobs in the city.
There are approximately 65,000 beds, 60 kilometres of beach, 600 kilometres of canal, 100,000 hectares of nature reserve, 500 restaurants, 40 golf courses and 5 major theme parks in the city.
Gold Coast Airport provides connection across Australia with airlines including Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways. International services from Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia also land at Gold Coast Airport. Brisbane Airport is less than one hour from the centre of Gold Coast, and direct trains operate.
The Gold Coast has a number of popular tourist attractions including surf beaches, and theme parks including Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild Water World, Warner Bros. Movie World, WhiteWater World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, David Fleay Wildlife Park, Australian Outback Spectacular, and Paradise Country.
The Gold Coast 600 car race is held annually, usually in October with the course running through the streets of Surfers Paradise and Main Beach. It was formerly an Indy car event but now V8 Supercars are the headline attraction. The Magic Millions racing carnival is held in January. In June, Coolangatta hosts the Wintersun Festival renamed as Cooly Rocks On for 2011, a two-week 1950s and 1960s nostalgia festival with free entertainment and attractions. The Gold Coast marathon is held in July with more than 25,000 people participating. There is also a triathlon in Currumbin in August. During late November school leavers gather on the Gold Coast to celebrate Schoolies, a two week period of celebration and parties. Early each year the Quicksilver Pro surfing event is held at Coolangatta with some of the worlds best surfers competing in the ASP World Tour event.