The Gold Coast is generally considered to be the section of South Eastern Queensland from the southern side of Brisbane to the New South Wales border. This is one of the fastest growing areas in Australian and can now be considered to be the fifth biggest city in Australia.
It has long been a holiday destination for Australians, with people flocking to Surfers Paradise and the many locations between here and Coolangatta on the border. Even the movie Mad Max II (The Roadwarrior in USA) had Surfers Paradise as the goal of the people stuck out in the desert in the post-nuclear nightmare.
Nowadays people go to the Gold Coast not just to see the beaches, but to go to the many tourist attractions. Places like Warner Brothers and Sea World attract people from all over Australia and overseas.
One thing that many people do not realise is that there is excellent diving located within a few kilometres of the centre of Surfers Paradise.
You can fly into Brisbane from most capitals in Australia and many overseas locations. You can fly into Coolangatta (Gold Coast) from Sydney and Melbourne and some other Australian capitals as well as some New Zealand cities. Within Australia, you can use Virgin Blue, Qantas or JetStar. I would not use JetStar if you are taking your dive gear as you WILL have to pay baggage excess.
Of course, you could drive from locations within Australia. It is about 12 hours from Sydney, one hour from Brisbane and two days from Melbourne.
If you fly you will need a hire car to get around. Cars can be hired from the airports.
There is no shortage of accommodation in the Gold Coast area. There are thousands of hotels, motels etc.
There are not that many dive operations.
The following are just some of the dives available in the Gold Coast area.