The Gold Coast’s northern areas are all about fun, entertainment, nightlife and shopping. There are world-famous attractions and the lively entertainment precincts of Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and Broadbeach – plus the ever active Broadwater and Southport Seaway. You can easily fill your day with thrill rides, water slides, jet boats, shopping havens, surf breaks or just lounging around. It’s just as active by night with bright lights, dining and dance venues, bustling bars and casino spread throughout this city by the sea.
To the south you can take a deep breath and unwind among the complementing green of the Gold Coast. The southern reaches of the region are a mix of coastal and hinterland surrounds boasting renowned ecofriendly hotspots. Organic local produce is available for sale at weekly markets; this is used by many of the southern Gold Coast’s top restaurants. The general feel of the area is an environmental purist’s ideal. You’re guaranteed a leisurely paced getaway among the golden white sands of Currumbin, Kirra and Greenmount, which are extensively cradled by valleys and creeks. This panoramic setting of unbelievable landscapes, tropical views and listed national parks is highly recommended for all adventure seekers, whether in the water or hiking along nature trails.
THINGS TO DO IN GOLD COAST
The Gold Coast boasts 30 different beaches each with their own personality and providing a welcoming village feel. Wide expanses of sand are ideal for walking, while the more secluded enclaves feature an exclusively intimate, private feel. World-famous surf breaks to the south include Snapper Rocks, Duranbah, Coolangatta, Kirra and Currumbin Alley, while South Stradbroke, Narrowneck and the Seaway are the picks to the north. For family fun, you can’t go past the popular swimming spots of Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Northcliffe, Broadbeach, plus Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks. Burleigh Heads provides the complete package with barreling waves, a scenic headland and a cozy coastal setting.
A vast range of complementing waterways makes the city a haven of fun-filled pursuits with good times assured among the numerous aquatic attractions. The Broadwater caters to every on-water activity imaginable, where thrill seekers can choose from jet boating, parasailing, kite surfing, diving, jet-ski safaris, snorkeling, tall-ship cruising and yachting. A learn-to-surf class guided by world champions is a must-do, as are paddling and kayaking explorations. Board a catamaran and enjoy deep-sea fishing, marvel during a whale-watching tour, take in a guided cruise of the waterways or simply swim among the surf at some of the best beaches in the world.
Just 40 minutes’ drive from Gold Coast beaches is a hinterland of subtropical rainforest, interspersed with mountain villages, bushwalks, waterfalls and swimming holes, plus valleys of working produce farms and cattle stations. The World Heritage-listed Springbrook and Lamington National Parks offer access to unmatched landscapes with some of the best campgrounds available. If you’re feeling active try hang gliding, horse riding, 4WD tours, hot air ballooning, ATV adventures or canopy walks. Bed-and-breakfast outlets, wineries, boutique distilleries and breweries, restaurants, rustic homesteads, plus local produce, arts and crafts and jewelry stores are scattered throughout this rural setting.