The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s top tourist spots. Just under an hour’s drive from Brisbane, this fantastic coastal city has something for everyone with its surf culture, thrilling theme parks, restaurants, bars and night life.
The Gold Coast has numerous beautiful beaches, so finding somewhere to cool off shouldn’t be a problem.Surfers Paradise is the most famous beach, as well as being the most populated, but there are plenty of quieter alternatives, such as Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads and Currumbin. As the name suggests, Surfers is the place to ride the waves. If you’ve never surfed before then this is the perfect time to give it a go with a lesson, or perhaps indulge in a spot of jet-boating or jet-skiing.
If you prefer to get your thrills on dry land, then adults and kids alike will love the array of theme parks the Gold Coast offers. From wildlife sanctuaries to amusement parks, the choice is yours but if you’re pressed for time then Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild, WhiteWater World, Dreamworld and Sea World are the five most popular theme parks.
For something different why not visit the Hinterland, an area of natural beauty just a thirty minute drive from downtown consisting of rolling farmland and rainforest reserves. Relax with a glass of wine at a shady vineyard, explore local art and craft stores or try activities such as horseriding, hiking, 4WD tours and abseiling.
The Hinterland is also a popular place for pampering with several day spas to choose from, or check out some of the spas in the top hotels in the city such as the Sheraton Mirage in Main Beach or the Watermarkin Surfers. The tallest residential building in Australia, the Q1, is famous for the stunning coastal views from its Skypoint Observation deck, and it’s also an award-winning spa resort.
When the sun goes down, Surfers Paradise comes alive with a myriad of clubs, restaurants and bars all within walking distance of each other. Do as the locals do and start the evening at a surf club, perfect chilling out with a wine or beer and a plate of tapas. If you’re after something more upmarket for drinks then head to Broadbeach for swanky lounge bars and stylish pubs.
The Gold Coast spoils for choice when it comes to eating out. From five star restaurants to fish and chips on the beach, you won’t go hungry that’s for certain. Dining al fresco at a café is a popular option for families and there’s plenty of international cuisine on offer if you want to pick up a quick bite on the go. If you’re staying in Surfers then head to the nearest surf club for breakfast, there’s no better way to wake up than with a coffee and that famous Gold Coast beach view!
Check out this vibrant, coastal city with a virtual tour of the Gold Coast.