The Gold Coast is the top holiday destination for Australians, great for vacations all year round and it’s well deserved as the Gold Coast has it all. It’s a modern city built around superb beaches including the world famous Surfers Paradise.
One of the attractions of the Gold Coast is its temperate climate. Here you can enjoy on average 245 days of fine and sunny weather with average daytime temperatures in the mid 20 degree temperature range.
Discover Australia’s Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is not just great for surfing. There’s plenty to do here whether you want a relaxing break or a sporty holiday, in fact the range of activities on offer is what makes it so incredible. From whale watching to rainforest tours to theme parks and golden beaches, there is truly something for everyone here, no matter what your taste in holiday entertainment.
The range of accommodation on offer here is mind boggling, catering for everybody from backpackers to those wanting 5 star luxury. Whether you’re happy with a motel-style room or in search of an apartment building 50 storeys high, everyone is catered for.
Narrowing down a choice of top tens is too big a task for this part of the world as there really is so much diversity, so for now I’ll just give a few of the highlights that you might like to explore.
What better place to start than at Q1. This incredible skyscraper was until 29 April 2011 the world’s tallest residential tower, until it is lost its title to The Marina Torch in Dubai which stands at an astounding 337 metres high. It is however the tallest building in Australia and indeed the southern hemisphere and also the only beach side observation deck in Australia. The best time to visit the tower is during the day so you can really take advantage of the stunning 360 degree views. Price for admission is from $24 (australian), which is about £12, which may seem a bit pricey but this is an incredible experience and I’d say it’s definitely worth the money. Moreover there’s a restaurant and bar on the same floor as the observation deck which means you can linger up here for a good hour or more and take in the incredible views from the 77th floor. The observation deck is reached by an elevator which takes just 43 seconds!! Don’t forget to take your camera if you are planning a visit here because you’ll want to capture those views to keep forever.
If you happen to be visiting this region between May and November then why not take the chance to go whale watching? The Gold Coast is one of the top spots in Australia for whale watching as during this period the annual humpback migration passes the coast travelling from Antarctica to the great barrier reef where the pregnant whales give birth. Around 13,000 whales make this journey and if you’re lucky they can be quite playful, making the sights even more incredible. Boat tours enable you to get up close to the majestic humpback whales and watch them in their natural habitat.
Gold Coast Points of Interest
Away from the coast, why not take the chance to discover the amazing hinterland. One of the best kept secrets of this area is the incredibly beautiful mountain rainforest region. The hinterland boasts national parks, vineyards, farmland, rainforests and little villages. Lamington National Park offers plenty of well maintained bushwalking trails. It has over 320 km of walking tracks which will take you to incredible lookouts and waterfalls. Given that its nearly 1000 metres above sea level, the weather can be changeable so it’s wise to pack something warm and waterproof. This park covers 20,200 hectares of varying forest types and was awarded world heritage status in 1994, due in part to its biodiversity. One of the best attractions here has to be the tree top walk. It is 180 metres long and in most parts is about 15 metres above ground level. Here you can walk through a canopy of trees whilst viewing the animals and birds that inhabit the tree tops in this spectacular location.
Meanwhile Cedar Creek Winery and Vineyard estate at the top of the beautiful Tamborine Mountain offers a lot more than just wine tasting. Not only does it boast the largest selection of wine in the hinterland, it also offers tours of the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves. These spectacular man-made caves are filled with thousands of glow worms and it really is an experience you have to see to believe.
Discover Australia’s Gold Coast – Final Words
No trip to the Gold Coast would be complete without enjoying some time on the fabulous beaches. I don’t think there could be any water sport on earth that you couldn’t take part in here. The beaches are simply amazing. Surfers Paradise is the most famous, the most popular and definitely the most crowded of the Gold Coast’s beaches due to the fact that it’s so close to all the main attractions and the theme parks. Be aware that Main Beach can also be very busy. If you are looking for something a bit quieter then Mermaid beach might be worth a visit. It’s not as busy and is popular with families, particularly as it has sheltered picnic tables and a children’s playground. The nearby Nobby beach is also quiet and offers decent surfing.
For those that like to take part in indoor activities the Gold Coast also has some impressive art galleries. The Gold Coast City Art Gallery is home to the famous city collection of contemporary and historical art works. The Wax Museum in Surfers Paradise is the largest museum of its kind in Australia with more than 110 life-size wax figures. The World in Wax exhibition takes you on an entertaining journey through time where you can see many famous faces past and present from presidents to movie stars.