We, [my wife and teenage daughter and I] have just spent a week on the Gold Coast. i am sick of hearing Aussies and others bleat about the cost of holidaying in Australia and that Asia-Bali, Phukette etal are cheaper. FACTS 5 star Marriott Surfers for $250 per night including breakfast for 2 which has superb rooms amazing pool and water playground, fantastic food offerings and buffets that put Bali's 'best' to shame- averaging $35 per head per meal excluding drinks- a lunch special full service buffet salad bar @ $20per head. Hire car brand new Subara for $60 a day. Great shopping, great walks and waterways everywhere. Theme parks at similar entry to any where in Asia. with sheap budget airfares form everywhere its great. No customs checks, not pestering street merchants, clean beaches and streets. All this for less than $1,000 per head for a week accommodation, hire car food theme parks. Australia [media especially] STOP perpetuating the myth that Bali etal are better value- go to the Gold Coast!!