I might be able to give you a “5 reasons to visit” post for just about any location in Australia, but doing so for the Gold Coast is exceptionally easy.
Being blessed with 300 days of sunshine every year, the Gold Coast is known for it’s beach town vibe and it’s golden sand beaches.
I had the pleasure of returning a couple of weeks ago as a guest of Gold Coast Tourism and was blown away at how much there is to explore and discover even on my third visit!
Recommending it as a tourist destination isn’t even a matter of the trip itself, but more about the basic features that make up the destination.
The Gold Coast has a brilliant mix of sunshine and water. The beaches on every beach town connect to form one endless golden sand strip on the edge of crashing waves. As stated before, there are 300 days of sunshine in the Gold Coast, and when you combine that with water, you get a tourist destination for any type of traveler. Relax, read or sleep on the beach, or be more active and try your hand at surfing and jet skiing.
The Gold Coast is riddled with theme parks. Yes, you can choose from Movie World, Whitewater World, Dreamworld and Seaworld while in this destination. Whether you are a family traveler or just a group of friends, theme parks are always heaps of fun and worthy of getting lost in for a day or more. For added value, the multi-day passes provide discounted ticket rates at a few of Australia’s best theme parks.
The Gold Coast has excellent dining and shopping. Feeling hungry? Don’t worry — the Gold Coast is lined with delicious, delightful dining experiences. Choose from world class culinary tours or simple beach inspired grub like fresh fish and chips. And, shopping is endless. Choose from options like outlet malls (Harbour Town) or high-end (Marina Mirage).
The Gold Coast has a very vibrant nightlife. Besides excellent dining, the nightlife is a feature of the Gold Coast that people travel far and wide to experience. “Schoolies”, a congregation of teenagers happening after high school, often takes place in the infamous Gold Coast around December, but there is generally always a party or a club to attend no matter the age or time of year. Just head to Surfers Paradise and see where the night takes you, or stop in for a drink in the 77 story tall Skypoint Observation Deck.
The Gold Coast Hinterland is just a short drive away. When partying, shopping and surfing has just been too much, the Gold Coast Hinterland, otherwise known as the “green behind the gold”, is just a short 30 minute drive away. You can relax, get some fresh air, hike to waterfalls, view glow worms, dine, explore the Gallery Walk at Tamborine Mountain and then some in the hinterland.
Interested in visiting the Gold Coast? Have a search for some cheap flights to Australia and start planning now!
CC Flickr photo credit: Jack Parkinson