Australia is one of the world’s must-see destinations, however many people going Down Under only get to see the sights of Sydney or Melbourne. There is so much more to explore and discover in this amazing land of contrasts, and Queensland’s Gold Coast has it all, with stunning beaches, thrilling theme parks, exotic rainforests and chilled-out neighbourhoods.
Gold Sands On The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast may not have been given its name because of its beautiful beaches, but they certainly add an extra golden touch to this beautiful region. Boasting no less than 35 miles of white sands, the Gold Coast has a beach to suit everyone, from the high surf at Burleigh Heads to the sheltered waters of Coolangatta. If diving or snorkelling is your thing, head to Wave Break Island, where you can swim alongside over fifty species of fish.
Get Your Thrills At A Theme Park
The Gold Coast is a hot spot for thrill seekers with its many exhilarating theme parks that promise excitement and entertainment for all the family. Invest in a Mega Pass and you can experience four different parks – Wet ‘n’ Wild, which is great for water lovers with its extreme chutes like the Tornado as well as gentler slides for the little ones; Movie World, with its Warner Bros themed rides and parades; Sea World, where you can get close to marine life; and Paradise Country – an authentic wildlife and Aussie farm experience.
For those who love white knuckle rides, Dreamworld is a must-visit with no less than 5 adrenaline pumping coasters.
Get Closer To Nature
The Gold Coast isn’t all about beaches and rides, it is also home to some spectacular natural attractions. The Gondwana Rainforest is a World Heritage listed site and can be explored on the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, which winds through some of the region’s most stunning landscapes over three days.
Alternatively, if you’re not feeling quite so energetic, a four wheel drive Rainforest Eco Safari can take you to Springbrook’s breathtaking waterfalls.
Tee Off For A Round Of Golf
Australia’s Gold Coast is home to some of the world’s most challenging and picturesque golf courses. Play a round at the home of the Australian PGA Championships, the RACV Royal Pines Resort, or at the Parkland International, where its 18 holes are beautifully set around gorgeous ponds and lakes.
See The World From A Different Perspective
If you have always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon, the Gold Coast is the place to do it. A sunrise flight over the Surfer’s Paradise skyline is the perfect way to start the day and will give you an experience that you’ll never forget.
Shop Till You Drop
When you’re longing for a spot of retail therapy, the Gold Coast can certainly oblige. From the brand direct outlets at Harbour Town to the exotic Chinatown Street Markets in Southport, there is sure to be a bargain to suit everyone.
The Gold Coast is ideally situated for exploring Queensland and the rest of Australia. The Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta offers both international and domestic flights, including short hops to nearby cities like Brisbane, which can be reached in just 30 minutes.
With the Gold Coast Airport’s off-site parking lot, it couldn’t be easier to leave your rental vehicle safely while you jet off to discover the many attractions in the local area for the day.