Endless wide beaches and a vibrant night life are phrases used often in describing Australia’s Gold Coast.
It is without a doubt one of the country’s most sought after holiday destinations. The near perfect weather all year round and the wide spectrum of activities in this vibrant corner of the world make it an excellent holiday getaway for the whole family and party-goers alike.
The Gold Coast also has one of the largest diverse selections of accommodation to suit the wide range of visitors to the area. Visitors can choose from luxurious beachfront apartments to smaller self-contained units for families and individuals. Many of the hotels, hostels and apartments are located near the coastline to give visitors easy access to various activities including water sports, theme parks and cruises on the open sea.
There are activities for everyone.
You don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy the Gold Coast. You can escape the beach and take a guided tour of the Hinterland where you can have a picnic by the rock pools and waterfalls. You can also learn how to ride a horse, visit glow worm caves, vineyards or take a trek through the wild bush.
If you prefer to stay by the water, you can engage in many marine and aquatic activities throughout the coastline that stretches approximately 57kms. There are opportunities to fish scuba dive and jet boating for water lovers. With all that it has to offer, it is no surprise that the Gold Coast is top holiday destination in Australia.
Things to Do
There is so much to see and do at the Gold Coast that many holidaymakers end up missing out on some of the attractions the region has to offer. If you want to ensure that you really enjoy your trip and get a true feel of the Gold Coast, ensure the following items are on your to-do-list.
1. Theme parks
The Gold Coast is not only famous for its endless stretch coastline, but also for its theme parks. Each theme park has a quality and attraction of its own. You may therefore have to determine which theme parks offers what you enjoy the most and visit those first. For instance, Movie World offers rides and games based on famous movies and their characters. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting try the thrilling rides at Dreamworld. If you don’t mind a splash, visit Wet n Wild or Sea World.
2. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest and longest-running attractions on the Gold Coast. It was previously known as Currumbin Bird Sanctuary before it expanded to host a wide variety of exotic and native wildlife. There are interactive displays as well as open enclosures where visitors can learn more about different habitats and the wildlife that call them home.
3. Sun and Sand
There is nothing else that draws greater crowds to the Gold Coast than the promise of sun and sand. The coastline features a 57km stretch of sandy beaches. This is a haven for surfers and those who just want to enjoy sunshine and the ocean. There are cafes, restaurants as well as barbecue and picnic areas all along the coastline and it is perfectly safe thanks to the lifeguards and life savers patrolling the beaches all through the day.
4. The Hinterland
The Gold Coast is not all sand and sea. A 45 minute drive away lays the Hinterland. It is a green gem lying untouched in the midst of Australia’s top holiday destinations. This green oasis features cascading waterfalls, glow worm caves and breathtaking mountain views.
5. SkyPoint Deck
Like any other major world city, the Gold Coast features its own iconic tower, the Q1 building. Visitors to the building can get a stunning 360-degree view of the Gold Coast’s green Hinterland, its vibrant Blue Ocean and skyline from the 77th floor also known as the SkyPoint Observation Deck.