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A city seemingly built entirely from a tourism perspective, Gold Coast is one of Australia's most popular destinations, with a plethora of fun activities and experiences under the sun (pun intended). Home to some of the country's best beaches, surfing and water sports are highly popular here, with several themed parks also adding to the fun for adrenaline enthusiasts. For those who shy away from adventure sports, the shopping centres, fine dining restaurants, and art galleries are some of the best experiences in the city.
From its long spread of beaches to the crazy famous theme and amusement parks, and not to forget the near pristine rainforests, Gold Coast is a truly spectacular getaway city. Experience the vibrant treetop walkways through the forests, explore the elaborate aquariums, or have a fun surf lesson because you'll find yourself doing a variety of things all day. And not just that, for the adrenaline junkie, there are many challenging activities in the forests and bushlands of the Gold Coast hinterland!
Located south of Brisbane, Gold Coast for long served as a vacation spot for people looking to get out of the big city. Over time, it has grown spectacularly and expensively (hence the name). It is a vast city with endless sources for a great time! However, it has retained its holiday spirit and has a wide range of attractions and activities that keep people coming.
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Head to Main Beach in the morning. It is a great place for a light swim and you can even try your hand at some surfing. Relax under the sun until the afternoon kicks in. Then head to nearby Burleigh's Beach and indulge in some shopping. Once your shopping is done, head to a restaurant for a fantastic meal to wind up your day.
Head to one of the theme parks in the city. Choose from Movie World, Sea World or Dream World. For those into thrilling amusement rides, head to Dream World. Likewise, Sea World is the place to be to enjoy fantastic water rides and splash about. In the evening head to surfer's paradise to enjoy the fantastic nightlife. Bars, clubs and restaurants are aplenty to choose from.
Head to O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards in the morning to indulge in some wine tasting and delectable food. Picnics and barbeques can also be had by the calm waters of Canungra creek. Close by is the Rainforest Retreat, which offers some thrilling activities such as treetop walks, bird watching and feeding and even guided history tours. In the evening head back to the city for a nice dinner near your hotel.
1. Surfer's Paradise
The most well-known neighbourhood in the city, surfer's paradise is known for its nightlife and is jam-packed with activities, restaurants, and shopping options. For those who love to mingle in large crowds, this is the ideal place to be in the city.
Southport is an easygoing neighbourhood in the city. There are some great shopping centres here, and the shores are home to calmer waters offering a great opportunity for kids and casual swimmers. For those who wish to head out into the ocean, yachts can be hired, which are quite affordable compared to the rest of the city.
Located close to the airport and away from the city centre, Coolangatta is another peaceful neighbourhood suited for families with kids. There are several secluded beaches nearby to enjoy a relaxing day. For the adventurous, we recommend taking tours to explore Australian wildlife.
Broadbeach is a great place to stay in the city for food lovers. This neighbourhood has plenty of restaurants, cafes, food trucks and hole-in-the-wall joints to satiate any palette and all kinds of hunger pangs. Accessibility is another great reason to stay in Broadbeach, as all the trams begin and start here, making it easy to travel to other parts of the city.
5. Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Heads is mainly suited for couples and honeymooners. A beach paradise, this neighbourhood has plenty to offer in terms of romantic restaurants and several fantastic shopping options.
1. Save On Travel Costs
Some accommodations provide transport to and from the airport for free. Be sure to check with your hosts or hotel staff.
2. Food Can Be Both Expensive and Cheap
Food options in the city are diverse but costly as well. To save costs, buy sandwiches, or Asian and Indian food, which are generally cheaper than dining at restaurants and large cafes.
3. Book Tours Wisely
It is recommended to book tours or activities through the hotels, your package operators or in larger groups, as the costs can come down significantly depending on the activity or destination.
4. Hostels & AirBnbs Offer Better Deals
It is no surprise that staying in hostels and AirBnbs are a lot more cost-effective than staying in hotels or resorts. Private room hostels and AirBnbs can start from AUD 75-80 and allow guests to cook their own meals.
5. Use Public Transport and Rentals Often
Buses, rails and rentals are your best friends in descending order. Taxis can generally be very expensive even when shared, so it is recommended to try and use the public transport options as much as possible. If heading far out of the city, there are many affordable car rental options available.
1. Tipping for good service is a common practice in the city, and the amount of the tip, or even tipping at all, is totally at your discretion.
2. Tap water is safe to drink in the city. Be sure to carry your own water bottle which can also be filled at public drinking taps.
3. Do not carry valuables when heading to the beach.
4. In case of any emergency dial 000 immediately.
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