Located in subtropical Queensland, Gold Coast is about an hour’s drive from Brisbane – Australia’s capital. With a population of about 500,000 people, Gold Coast is drawn by miles of sun-drenched lifestyle and perfect coastline. As well as the natural spirit found in the deep forest of the inland, the oceans shifting mood, and the incredible oceans, there is also a human spirit dedicated to having the time of your life. In the 1850s, Gold Coast got its start as a vacation retreat near the northern end. Today, this Gulf Coast still shines the brightest from here. Thanks to a recent visit by friends of mine who run a DJ company in Edmonton (https://www.happylifeent.ca/), we’ve put together a list of the top must-see attractions in Gold Coast, Australia.
This is a complete destination on its own as it a glittering entertainment, shopping, and resort strip. See Gold Coast’s beaches unfold from the sky point observation deck in a 39-mile ribbon of sand studded with waterways, parks, and headlands.
This beach is situated south of the Surfers Paradise and here the pace starts to slow. The vibe gets more relaxed as you move down the coast. This place is also home to one of the legendary surf breaks in Australia and a stunning National Park. When you are here, you will get to know why this beach has been for thousands of years an aboriginal gathering place.
Currumbin is a little further south, and it is the place where the beach meets the bush. You can go for a float in the sparkling estuary serenity or hit the waves between Currumbin and elephant rocks.
This is the most southern beachside neighborhood of the Gold Coast and it is about 5 minutes’ drive from the airport. Coolangatta also serves as the gateway for most interstate and international visitors. This is a popular choice for many families, thanks to its river, sheltered beaches, and shady parks. One of the most spectacular surf in Australia is produced here if the conditions are right.
Besides its fabulous coastline, Gold Coast offers visitors plenty of thrills and it is Australia’s theme park capital. One of those theme parks where you can spend the day riding the water slides and waves is at Wet n Wild. Just up this road, you can take one of the rides at dream world to cool off. There are up to 40 rides for all ages as well as themed lands such as the Tiger Island. At the Warner Brothers Movie World, you can experience Hollywood. You will get to see some of the best rollercoasters as well as the Hollywood stunt driver show. Celebrate the spirit of the ocean with some endearing creatures and the less friendly ones too at Sea World.
Head for the hills if you want to settle your nerves. Mount Tamborine is about a 30 minute’s drive inland. Before sampling the local wines and produce at Tamborine village, make sure you explore the rainforest skywalks and trails.