The Best Holiday Apartments to Rent on Australia's Gold Coast

Book a stay at Qube Broadbeach for a relaxing post-surf dinner on your private balcony
Book a stay at Qube Broadbeach for a relaxing post-surf dinner on your private balcony | Courtesy of Qube Broadbeach / Expedia
Jennifer Johnston

The Gold Coast has a rep for sun, surf and sands to suit both casual boogie boarders and world-class wave riders. But even if you’re not ready to hit Surfers Paradise beach yet, there are still amusement rides, fine dining and national parks to keep you entertained. Need a place to crash? Here are the top Gold Coast holiday rentals, all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Avani Broadbeach Residences, for a surfer pad in Broadbeach


A modern outdoor pool and sun loungers at Avani Broadbeach Residences
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OK, staying near Surfers Paradise is cool, but a stay in Avani is better; it’s in the Broadbeach suburb 10 minutes north of the Gold Coast and there’s all the white sand and patrolled beaches you need nearby at the 16km (10mi) Kurrawa Beach. All the suites have balconies, so you can enjoy Pacific Ocean views. Dine at nearby Kurrawa Surf Club, open seven days a week. The Avani is also a few minutes’ walk from the G:link tram that easily transports you up and down the coast.

2. Sky Broadwater Apartments Gold Coast, for fine views

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An outdoor lounge area at Sky Broadwater Apartments Gold Coast
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Overlooking Broadwater Parklands, Sky Broadwater Apartments has a terrific location: it’s centrally placed for easy access to all the Gold Coast attractions, theme parks, shops and restaurants. The luxurious apartments, on or above level 26, deliver ocean, city and Gold Coast Hinterland views. The facilities are impressive – work out in the gym then cool down in the outdoor infinity pool, while the kids explore the playground. And when the troops are hungry, fire up the barbecue for sausages and steaks. All apartments include free unlimited wifi and free secure parking.

3. Qube Broadbeach, for holiday heaven

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Chic outdoor pool with palm trees at Qube Resort
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The Qube is sheer holiday heaven. Whichever apartment you book, you’ll get a kitchen, flatscreen TV and a washing machine. You can even choose your view with units overlooking either the pool or the garden. Less than 500m (1,600ft) away you’ve got golden sands and rolling waves. And should you want a break from the beach, there’s the Star Gold Coast casino just a short walk beyond. Find yourself a table and dine at Kurrawa Surf Club – it’s got the best uninterrupted views of its namesake beach.

4. Boardwalk Burleigh Beach, for yoga moves


A modern and spacious living area at Boardwalk Burleigh Beach apartments
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There’s lots to do at Boardwalk once you’ve left your vehicle in the secured underground car park: take a stroll in the tropical gardens; have a splash in the heated outdoor pool; relax in the al fresco spa; or get into downward dog on the yoga terrace. For a longer walk, stroll around the headland to Burleigh Heads National Park where you may see hares, foxes or short-eared possums. The pine tree-lined Burleigh foreshore is also hugely popular, with plenty of places to sit and watch the action on the beach or nearby headland

5. Cashelmara Burleigh Beachfront Apartments, for perfect peace


Outdoor pool with pine trees behind at Cashelmara Burleigh Beachfront Apartments
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These apartments are all about tranquillity. Fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the sandy shore. Admire the views from your balcony as you tuck into a breakfast cooked in your kitchen. Want more relaxation? Visit the hot tub and sauna, lie by the pool or read a book in the garden terrace. If you’re feeling energetic, take the near 3km (2mi) hike to nearby Burleigh Head National Park.

6. Ocean Pacific Apartments Broadbeach, for cool pool action


Outdoor pool and hot tub at Ocean Pacific Apartments Broadbeach
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These modern, self-contained apartments are the business, with a private balcony overlooking either the garden or the pool. East-facing apartments on the seventh storey and above give you terrific views of the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. If you fancy a change from sea water, head to the large outdoor pool, or the hot tub and sauna. The barbecue area is the perfect place to while away time with friends and family. These prime Gold Coast holiday rentals are just a short walk from patrolled beaches, restaurants, shops and the Star Gold Coast casino.

7. Mantra Wings Surfers Paradise, for balcony lazing


Outdoor pool with sun canopy at Mantra Wings Surfers Paradise
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Centrally located between Surfers Paradise and trendy Broadbeach, Mantra Wings offers spacious, self-contained one- and two-bedroom apartments. They’re perfect for longer stays, with a full kitchen and laundry facilities. Hang out on your generous balcony, taking in coastal views as you sip a chilled beer. If sudsy relaxation is your thing, recline in a spa bath (make sure you request a two-bedroom apartment for this). In the evening, dig out a racquet and brush up on your skills on the floodlit tennis courts. Or lift weights in the gym, before a rejuvenating steam-room session.

8. Hi Surf Beachfront Resort Apartments, for tennis action


Outdoor pool with sun loungers at Hi Surf Beachfront Resort Apartments
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You won’t take long to fall into holiday mode at Hi Surf Beachfront Apartments – they’re directly opposite Surfers Paradise. In your self-contained holiday home, you’ll get ocean views from your private balcony while your flatmates watch TV in the separate living room. On the activity front, you can work out in the fitness centre; relax in the sauna or hot tub; indulge your inner Andy Murray on the tennis court; cool off in the two swimming pools; or stroll five minutes to Cavill Avenue for shops and dining.

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