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13th Annual AusCERT Information Security Conference: 12th - 16th May 2014

Gold Coast

"Thank-you, Australia for having the AusCERT conference on the Gold Coast!" -Eugene Kaspersky, November 7, 2013 at the National Press Club of Australia. 

The Gold Coast is located on the east coast of Australia, just one hour's drive south of Queensland's capital, Brisbane. It is a region of contrasts offering a 70km (44 mile) stretch of unpolluted golden surf beaches, with a hinterland of lush green subtropical rainforests. The Coast boasts over 35 patrolled beaches and year round safe swimming, and the hinterland is Australia's largest area of subtropical rainforest with 29 national parks and nature reserves.

Apart from its natural beauty, the Gold Coast is Australia's entertainment capital, offering an enormous range of sights and attractions to delight visitors of all ages. From theme parks and wildlife sanctuaries to adventure sports, day tours and cruises, to shopping, wining and dining.

The climate is subtropical and the area enjoys an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year.

The average temperature ranges are:

Season Months Temp C Temp F
Spring September to November 15-25 C 59-77 F
Summer December to February 20-28 C 68-83 F
Autumn March to May 20-28 C 59-77 F
Winter June to August 11-21 C 52-70 F

South-east Queensland Map

South-east Qld Map


The Gold Coast stretches from Cabarita Beach in New South Wales north to Beenleigh and South Stradbroke Island. Its main attractions include beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, national parks, quaint villages, craft shops and spectacular views. For further information on attractions, visit these sites: