Hip Apartments on Australia’s Gold Coast You'll Want to Call Home

Qube Broadbeach is a beachside 40-level complex with sweeping ocean views
Qube Broadbeach is a beachside 40-level complex with sweeping ocean views | Courtesy of Qube Broadbeach / Expedia
Judy Cogan

Whether you’re visiting to enjoy the sea or explore the lush, misty subtropical rainforest of the hinterland, here are the best apartments on Australia’s Gold Coast.

You’d be forgiven for wondering whether this world-famous strip of coastline, with its surf, sand and frivolous froth, will live up to the hype; but you can’t dispute its nearly year-round sunny days, spectacular sunsets or miles of pristine sand with countless epic surf breaks. From the shimmering high-rise buildings to the laid-back local vibes, there’s a booming culinary scene and astounding natural beauty to discover here.

1. ULTIQA Beach Haven at Broadbeach

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ULTIQA Beach Haven At Broadbeach
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Waking up in a holiday apartment opposite Kurrawa Beach with views of the Pacific Ocean is great, but having a pear-shaped heated swimming pool with a tiled island on the premises is on another level. There are also two further swimming pools, a full spa, a gym, two floodlit tennis courts and poolside barbecue areas. Not to mention the beach, which is just steps away.

2. Oaks Calypso Plaza Resort

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Oaks Calypso Plaza Resort
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This sprawling four-star resort offers family-friendly Coolangatta hotel accommodation on Queensland’s famous Gold Coast. Coolangatta is a coastal suburb of Queensland and offers easy access to family theme parks, ocean water sports and the natural beauty of the Tweed Valley. The one- and two-bed self-contained apartments have balconies with pool, ocean or hinterland views.

3. Avani Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences

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Avani Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences
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The Gold Coast promise is simple: sun, sea and surf. Avani Broadbeach Gold Coast delivers on this promise. Wake up to gorgeous Pacific Ocean views, join the locals in a spot of surfing, stroll along the 17km (11mi) stretch of sandy coastline and end the day enjoying a barbecue with a drink in hand. You’re only a few minutes’ walk from the G:link tram that takes you along the coast to Surfers Paradise and Southport.

4. Qube Broadbeach

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Qube Broadbeach
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Qube Broadbeach has one-, two- and three-bedroom luxe apartments with modern decor and all the mod cons and good lighting you’d expect. It’s a beachside 40-level complex with sweeping ocean views (the accommodation starts on level 5), its own retail plaza, business centre, swimming pools, restaurants and casino. Qube is also directly opposite the Broadbeach North Light Rail Station, with direct access to the Gold Coast Highway and plenty of adventure potential up and down the coast.

5. Artique Surfers Paradise

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Artique Surfers Paradise
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If you’re travelling to the Gold Coast to experience Surfers Paradise and make like a pro surf dude, you’re in the right place here. The resort is fully self-contained and has one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with views of the Pacific ocean, hinterland or Surfers Paradise; all feature en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, stylish interiors and a Foxtel TV package.

6. Sky Broadwater

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Sky Broadwater
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These brand new, luxury Southport waterfront apartments could be the perfect place to test-drive a new life on the Gold Coast. You can hang your own pictures, bring your pets and let the friendly on-site staff do the heavy lifting. There’s a pool, a gym and landscaped gardens. The floating resident lounge on level 14 offers incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of something cold when you arrive.

7. Reflections on the Sea

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Reflections on the Sea
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Holidays are the perfect time to reflect, and Reflections Coolangatta Beach will clear your mind in no time, thanks to its laid-back vibes and excellent facilities: a heated pool, a spa with sauna and steam room, lush gardens to wander around and a movie theatre. It’s a four-star resort with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, luxurious sky homes and sub-penthouses overlooking the southern end of the Gold Coast.

8. Talisman Apartments

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Talisman Apartments
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Pacific ocean views from these apartments’ wraparound balconies and huge windows are guaranteed, which is reassuring if a spectacular sea view is a make or break for your holiday. There’s a heated pool and spa, gardens, tennis courts and a barbecue area. You’ll be within walking distance of the cafes, bars and restaurants of Broadbeach, and the Kurrawa surf club is close by. Beach towels aren’t provided, but can be rented from reception.

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