With a population of almost 400,000, the Gold Coast is one of Australia's fastest growing urban areas. Miles of beaches, lakes and forests make this an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Of course with a relatively large population you'll also find commercial centers, restaurants and cultural activities that are bound to keep you entertained. Theme parks, golf courses, nature trails and arts and crafts markets are just a few of the highlights of the region.

Should you want to explore beyond the Gold Coast, high-speed rail will bring you from the Robina station (2 miles from Bond University) or Helensvale Station (6 miles from Griffith University) to the center of Brisbane in just over an hour. If you're interested in exploring the rest of Australia, the Gold Coast Airport is also nearby and offers nonstop service to many Australian cities as well as to New Zealand and Asia.