Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia. Picture: Alamy

The good, bad and ugly sides to a holiday on Australia’s Gold Coast

Sandy beaches, theme parks, shopping malls, golf courses – the city has it all. No wonder more than 3.6 mil­lion Chinese rate it their favourite Western tourist destination. Downsides include horrendous traffic and drug-related crime

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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia. Picture: Alamy
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