A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Gold Coast vs. Whitsundays

Should you visit Gold Coast or Whitsundays?

Should I visit Gold Coast or Whitsundays? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of Australia's premier destinations. Famous for gorgeous beaches, warm weather, watersports, and plenty of activities for all ages, millions of tourists from Australia as well as everywhere in the world flock to this region every year. With beaches, national parks, theme parks, shopping and dining, nice resorts, boating, fishing, diving, theme parks and more, the Gold Coast offers something for everyone.

Whitsundays

Just off the coast of Queensland, Australia is a cluster of 74 different islands. These islands, the Whitsunday Islands, welcome over a half a million visitors every year to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Barrier Reef.

As one of the most famous destinations in the world, it's not uncommon to see expensive yachts sailing around among the private ferries. Most of the islands are designated as national parks with access to snorkeling and diving in the coral reefs, or just to lay in the sand on the famous Whitehaven Beach.

Which city is cheaper, Whitsundays or Gold Coast?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Gold Coast is $90, while the average daily cost in Whitsundays is $122. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Gold Coast and Whitsundays in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $100 in Gold Coast For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $126 in Whitsundays For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Gold Coast $50
    Whitsundays $63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Gold Coast $100
    Whitsundays $126

Food

The average traveler spends about $25 per day in Gold Coast for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

The average traveler spends about $27 per day in Whitsundays for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Gold Coast $25
    Whitsundays $27

Local Transportation

Gold Coast's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $21 per person, per day on transportation in Gold Coast.

To get around in Whitsundays, the average visitor spends $50 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Gold Coast $21
    Whitsundays $50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Gold Coast

Also for Gold Coast, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private 24 Seat Mini Bus Gold Coast CBD to Gold Coast Airport Transfer: $268
  • Private 13 Seat Mini Bus Gold Coast CBD to Gold Coast Airport Transfer: $236
  • Private Gold Coast Airport Arrival Transfer to Byron Bay: $164
  • Private Airport Transfer to Brisbane Airport (BNE) from South Gold Coast 1-6 pax: $132
  • Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Luxury Car: $128
  • Departure Private Transfers from Gold Coast City to Gold Coast Airport OOL: $124
  • Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Luxury Van: $118
  • Private Airport Transfer to Brisbane Airport (BNE) from North Gold Coast 1-6 pax: $107
  • Gold Coast Airport Transfers : Gold Coast City to Airport OOL in Business Car: $92
  • Departure Private Transfers from Gold Coast City to Gold Coast Airport OOL: $92
  • Private Gold Coast Airport Departure Transfer: $89
  • Private Airport Transfer to Gold Coast Airport (OOL) from North Gold Coast 1-6px: $67

Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Gold Coast can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $17 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

In Whitsundays, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $23 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Gold Coast $17
    Whitsundays $23

Tours and Activities in Gold Coast

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Gold Coast.

  • 4-Day Australian Outback Tour from the Gold Coast to Sydney: $905
  • Aquaduck Gold Coast Tour: $29
  • Birthday Tour: $130
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket: $29
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket & Koala Photo: $50
  • Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour of the Gold Coast Waterfalls: $161
  • Full-day Springbrook National Park Tour from the Gold Coast: $84
  • Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from the Gold Coast: $76
  • Gold Coast Local Craft Beer and Breweries Tour: $143
  • Gold Coast Sailing Cruise with sparkling wine & nibbles platter: $62
  • World Heritage Rain Forest and Wilderness Tour: $115
  • Hens Party Winery tour: $121

Tours and Activities in Whitsundays

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Whitsundays.

  • Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise cabin booking 7 days 6 night: $3,536
  • Great Barrier Reef Private Expedition Cruise (min 4 day max 8 guests): $9,727

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Gold Coast, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $4.79.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Whitsundays, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $11.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Gold Coast $4.79
    Whitsundays $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Gold Coast

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Gold Coast:

  • Mt Tamborine Winery & Distillery Tour + 2 Course Lunch: $117


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Gold Coast and Whitsundays, we can see that Whitsundays is more expensive. And not only is Gold Coast much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Gold Coast would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Gold Coast and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Whitsundays would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Whitsundays than you might in Gold Coast.

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Gold Coast vs. Whitsundays Travel Comparison

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