The Gold Coast is known for its beautiful white beaches, hot summers and towering skyscrapers.
If your planning a trip for the summer holidays, make sure you don’t miss out on all the great things to see and do!
Looking for some quiet time? Find Places to relax
Pick up your favorite book and rewind. Looking to head to the beach? One of my family favorite spots it’s at Burleigh Heads.
There is something about the atmosphere there than other parts of the Gold Coast.
With a surf club with a diner there, you won’t have to go far to get a quick bite to eat and yet see the real surfy life in Australia. Even though you are not looking to try out surfing, enjoy the beaches and food and you will feel blissed while spectating on the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Burleigh Heads is one of the finest surfing beaches in the state. The bottom is all sand, and the southeasterly breezes along.
A short climb up the cliff at the Burleigh Heads National Park offers a stunning view of the beach and coastline that extends to the north. A backdrop of Norfolk Island Pines makes an ideal place to hide from the sun and enjoy lunch with the cool breeze sweeping along the beach – grab a surfboard and give it a go!
Surf Lifesavers patrol the beach every day of the year, from 8:00 AM to 5:00PM.
Burleigh Heads is between Surfers Paradise to the north and Coolangatta to the south. If you fancy a long stroll, why not take a walk from burleigh along the beach and absorb the sea view and surfing activities.
On a day when it might be a little choppy everywhere else along the Coast, there is always a protected area you can go to swim. Burleigh National Park offers views of the ocean on the left and a number of walking trails and wildlife to experience.
The Burleigh foreshore is home to towering fragrant pine trees and in this parkland there are plenty of places in which to picnic or barbecue. This is also an ideal spot for regular art and craft markets, where you can haggle along the foreshore with the ocean in the background to finish off the day with a long beach stroll. Oceanfront dining exists here where you’ll be guaranteed it’s definitely fresh straight from the water and there’s a funky café culture in these parts.
Head inland to West Burleigh in which a large industrial park contains some great shopping and a delicious dining scene.
Looking for something on the wild side?
Be sure there is something for everyone here at the Gold Coast.
Why not try a trip out on the Aquaduck? A fun trip out which I found rather amusing – A bus that transforms into a boat! So no walking from a bus to a boat, just sit back and enjoy it all!
Your journey will begin in the heart of Surfers Paradise, taking in views of the famous, golden Gold Coast beaches while waddling along the beachfront. The tour then heads past the 5 star resorts of Palazzo Versace and the Sheraton Mirage before ducking straight into the magnificent Broadwater at the Spit where the water-borne portion of the tour begins.
The vehicle then “transforms” into a boat as the Aquaduck goes harbour cruising, taking in the sights of Seaworld, Marina Mirage, Australia Fair, Mariners Cove, The Yacht Club, fabulous millionaires homes, canals and more from the water!
Tours depart daily at 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 3pm, 4.15pm and 5.30pm from the duck desk at 36 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
9am tour is also available during the peak season
Call for booking +1300 935 532
Not choppy enough? you can always find a ride on jet boats and many others!
Feeling Brave? Not scared of heights?
The sky’s the limit with Skypoint – Climb the Q1- the tallest building on the Gold Coast and take in the amazing views.
For more information on prices and times to climb, check out their website direct https://www.skypoint.com.au/skypoint-climb
Fun For The Kids!
Bringing children on holiday? They will love that there is no shortage of things for them to do here either!
Useful links for places all the family can enjoy:
SEAWORLD- Amaze them with marine life, theme park and a place to stay https://seaworld.com.au/attractions
WARNER BROS MOVIE WORLD-
For thrill seeking kids and adults who are as game as they are
Become lost in a world of fantasy and fun, meet your favorite stars and super-heroes and experience the exhilaration of world-class adventure rides and movie attractions at Warner Bros. Movie World.
Dreamworld is Australia’s BIGGEST Theme Park, home to the BIG 9 Thrill Rides, Tiger Island, Dreamworld Corroboree, The DreamWorks Experience and Wiggles World.
Conveniently located next to Dreamworld, WhiteWater World is a water paradise with some of the hottest waterslides on the planet. WhiteWater World is an aquatic feast of fun, jam-packed with water-powered wow.
WET N’WILD WATERPARK-
Enjoy a whole water slide experience for a thrilling day out with this water slide theme park.
Its Party Time! Bars & Nightclubs You Must Visit
So you spent the day relaxing or on a thrilling ride, you wonder what is the nightlife is like?
Take it from us – its lively just like you would expect on your holidays! Plenty of nightlife on the Gold Coast where many head down to Surfers Paradise for a lively atmosphere.
There is no better way to start off with a tour of bars and nightclubs than the guided WICKED CLUB CRAWL . It’s so much fun- you won’t want the night to end.
Your Not The Only Tourist- Enjoy A Night To Remember With Other Travelers, Party Goers, Hen nights and Birthdays!
People visit WICKED CLUB CRAWL from all over the world out to enjoy a night on the Gold Coast. We started off one or two cocktail bar, taken bowling and escalated into a crazy nightclub or two where we could jump around to great music and have even more fun ! If your feeling sociable, with Wicked Club Crawl you will meet lively fun people with a great tour guide- I highly recommend them! By the end of the night you might end up with a new group of friends like we did! It is definitely a night to remember and makes the Gold Coast worthwhile to visit!
Nightclubs and what to expect with Wicked Club Crawl tour:
THE BEER GARDEN
Live bands every weekend
Student and backpacker’s night every week
Pool tables- challenge a few locals with a pool match
Great views from their balcony of Cavil Ave
The biggest dance floor in Surfers Paradise!
Dance your socks off in one of the largest venue’s right in Surfers Paradise!
Seperate levels 3 rooms and a pool room
Cocktails and Dreams will be a night you won’t forget with its great music and lively atmosphere.
3 different types of entertainment
9 VIP Booths above the dance floor, this is the place to be
Cool designed nightclub with an elegant feel will surely make your night feel complete
For more information on Wicked Club Crawl or to book an event, click here
Shopping at the Gold Coast
Everyone likes to grab a souvenir or two before heading back home. You will find lots of shops to choose from. You can find my favorite crystal shops to original sweet shops on Cavill, you won’t go short of places to buy from. There are lots of stalls along the coast with surfy T-shirts to unusual gifts. Have fun shopping and take some of your memories back with you.
Before you head home……
Wind down towards the end of the holiday exploring the Gold Coasts National Parks.
For the last few days, you might want to see what else the Gold Coast offers. Escape the hustle and bustle of shopping, nightclubs, theme parks and enjoy the fresh air out in nature where you might want to enjoy more of the peaceful side.
4 OF THE BEST NATIONAL PARKS ON THE GOLD COAST
Burleigh Heads https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/burleigh-head/
HOW TO GET TO THE GOLD COAST
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Depending on your destination and airline, you can travel straight to Gold Coast airport. If you are not able to find a flight that will go direct, you can travel from Brisbane airport which takes about over an hours drive straight. If you want to avoid the traffic altogether, you can take a train which may cut out the prices of taxis and distance times.
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