Read below to discover why the Gold Coast is year after year rated as one of Australia's must see tourist destinations!
1. SURFERS PARADISE
It is no secret that Australia is world renowned for it's beaches. Surfers Paradise has to be one of the most popular Australian beaches alongside Bondi Beach in Sydney. Feel the sand between your toes, tan to your hearts content or escape the blistering heat in the blue waters. If you can drag yourself away from the beach, head to Cavill Avenue for a spot of shopping. At night Surfers Paradise turns into an adult's playground. Restaurants, bars and clubs line the streets making this an ideal nightlife spot.
2. THEME PARKS
Perhaps the greatest highlight of the Gold Coast is it’s abundance of theme parks! Dreamworld, White Water World, Wet ’n’ Wild, Seaworld and Movie World are all located on the coast. Great multi packages are always on offer to take the hassle out of having to choose between them. Whether you want to drop 120 metres from the sky at Dreamworld or swim with dolphins at Seaworld, the Gold Coast has you covered!
3. GOLD COAST HINTERLANDS
The Gold Coast Hinterlands are simply exquisite. Wineries, hiking trails, lush rain forests, boutique shops and cafes cover the hills. Mount Tamborine offers stunning hiking trails to hidden waterfalls while the ‘best of all lookout’ at Springbrook offers spectacular views. For something different, don’t miss the glow worm caves at night on Springbrook.
Common knowledge amongst Australian's, the Gold Coast is home to some of Australia’s most stunning beaches. With dozens of beaches to choose from there is something for everyone! Be sure to check out my personal favourites, Kirra and Coolangatta. Kirra is a great spot for surfing while Coolangatta offers visitors all the beach essentials, providing boutique shopping and extrodinary cuisine as well.
The Gold Coast’s tallest high-rise and hotel doubles as a popular tourist destination. The Q1 skydeck offers 360 panoramic views of the city. Sit back and relax with a wine in hand or embrace your inner thrill seeker and complete the skypoint climb! If you're after food with a view check out Sevety7 Cafe & Bar. They are a little pricey but I promise the coastline views are priceless!
6. ADVENTURE SPORTS
When it comes to adventure sports look no further then the Gold Coast. Jet skis, sky diving, parasailing, jet boat riding and hot air ballooning. You name it, the Gold Coast does it! To find an adrenaline rush to suit your budget, I highly recommend booking through Red Balloon. They offer a comprehensive guide to activities around Australia at discounted prices!
7. DRACULA'S CABARET RESTAURANT
Welcome to the strange world of Dracula's! Hilarious twisted comedy mixed with amazing stage production, sounds and costumes, all while enjoying a delicious 3 course meal. Get your night started with one of Dracula's signature fish bowl cocktails which double as a great way to calm your nerves after the ghost train. This experience is definitely a must see while at the Gold Coast! Be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment as they sell out fast.
8. CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Similar to the Koala Wildlife Sanctuary in Brisbane, Currumbin offers tourists an authentic Australian Wildlife experience. Cuddle a Koala, hand feed Kangaroos and get involved in Lorikeet feeding time. To get around the sanctuary in style consider joining a Segway Safari for as little as $69!
No matter how old I get or how many times I've been before, Infinity never gets old! The lighting and effects is truly what makes this place magical. Essentially a large maze, journey through several rooms where each is more incredible then the next. Infinity describes itself as 'a mindblowing journey through worlds of illusion' which couldn't be closer to the truth. Don't trust me? Discover Infinity for yourself!
Sometimes all you want to do is shop. Are you with me ladies? Harbour Town is Australia's largest outlet with hundreds of stores to tempt you. For all the latest fashion trends check out Pacific Fair at Broadbeach. If you're looking for a standard shopping mall Robina Town Centre is a great destination. For a more local shopping experience check out Surfers Paradise beachfront on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights for great market bargains!