Surfboard - check! Bathing suit - check! Huge amount of sunscreen - check! We're set to go to Australia's most celebrated holiday destination! Befitting its name, Gold Coast is blessed with miles of golden beaches and high quantity of sunshine in a year. A well-developed tourist hub, you can be sure that there are going to be exciting events all year long and activities in every corner.
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Rent a surfboard or a body board, the beach capital of Gold Coast is perfect for novice surfers with its friendly wave. Riding the wave is not your cup of tea? No problem! It's fun for the whole family with picnic spots, shopping areas and all the amenities you need. You can even just go people-watching what's with all the beautiful sun-kissed bodies going around the beach.
Backpackers flock to Byron Bay for that quick getaway on a shoestring. Artists seek inspiration from the various communities found in the vicinity. Nature lovers come for the unique flora and fauna, including the seasonal whale sightings. But most come to Byron Bay to enjoy a fun vacation of sun, sea and sand in a relaxing Bohemian atmosphere just an hour away from Gold Coast.
Springbrook National Park
Trek through the lush forests which lead to mighty waterfalls, ancient trees and a camaraderie of colourful birds. The night sky is filled with magical stars viewed from the park’s observatory, or even a chance encounter with a colony of glow worms in the darkness at Natural Bridge. The park includes the most extensive areas of subtropical forests in the world and it’s only 45 minutes away from Gold Coast.
Gold Coast is the fun capital of Australia, with a huge number of theme parks to cater to every walk of life. Relive the glamour of the silver screens in Movie World or brave the thrilling rides at Dreamworld. You can also watch remarkable sea creatures do their nifty tricks at Sea World or have a splashing good time at Wet & Wild Water World. Choices are aplenty when it comes to theme parks in Gold Coast!
Shopaholics will feel right at home here in Gold Coast. From multi-level shopping centres such as Centro Shopping Centre, Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre, to quaint souvenir stores right along Surfers Paradise where you can find aboriginal artefacts, Australian opals and wool products, shopping is a favourite past time for many tourists visiting. Signature fashion item with factory price can be found in Harbour Town, while stylish and rare items are waiting to be found in beachfront night markets at Surfers Paradise every Wednesday and Friday.
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|Transportation ||To ||Journey ||Fare |
|Bus No. 702 ||Burleigh, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Southport ||40 minutes ||Around AUD 7, depending on destination |
|Taxi ||Surfers Paradise ||30 minutes ||Around AUD 55, depending on destination |
|Gold Coast Holiday Tours ||Surfers Paradise/ Broadbeach/ Mainbeach/ Mermaid/ Burleigh ||40 minutes ||AUD 21 |
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| ||Weather |
|DEC - FEB |
Summer - warm, humid and rainy
19°C - 28°C
Multiple application of sunscreen is a must.
|MAR - MAY |
Autumn - cooler and less humid
13°C - 27°C
Bring an umbrella just in case, especially in the evening.
|JUN - AUG |
Winter - dry and windy
9°C - 20°C
Bring your jacket.
|SEP - NOV |
Spring - sunny and clear
13°C - 26°C
Perfect time to go out and play, even for the humpback whales!