15th August, 2011

6 Reasons to Take a Gold Coast Holiday

The Gold Coast consistently tops ‘most favourite’ lists for travellers to and from Australia. The warm weather, year round sunshine, world famous beaches and dynamic nightlife brings millions of people to the Gold Coast every year. Whether it’s a mini-weekend break or a well-deserved holiday, there’s nothing compared with staying at one of the Surfers Paradise apartments and enjoying life a stone’s throw away from the beach.

1. Weather

The subtropical climate is one of the many things that draw holiday makers to the sparking Gold Coast. Mild winters, warm summers, and balmy springs and autumns make the city a pleasant place to visit all year round. The fantastic weather allows visitors to engage in a number of activities, from water sports to making the most of the outdoors.

2. Sunshine

The Gold Coast has year round sunshine, another reason for its popularity with travellers. Great weather, sunshine, and wonderful beaches make this city a top favourite for winter escapes.

3. Beaches

There are more than 30 beaches in the city, with an estimated 54 km of coastline. Most of the Gold Coast’s beaches are patrolled by volunteer and paid lifesavers. Surfer’s Paradise beach is a large stretch of beach and has been voted one of the cleanest beaches in Australia. Booking your Surfers Paradise accommodation right on the beach is one of best ways for travellers to get the most out of their travel experience.

Three kilometres to the south is Broadbeach, a 10 minute drive or a long walk from Surfers Paradise. Broadbeach has similar wave conditions to Surfers Paradise beach and is a nice alternative. Nearby are plenty of cafes, restaurants and the Jupiters Casino.

Further to the south, still within walking distance is North Burleigh. Further down from North Burleigh is Burleigh Heads, a beach with a large park attached. The park is often filled with picnickers.

For those driving, Tallebudgeera Creek is good place for families. The lagoon provides calmer waters for less confident swimmers and makes a great location to pass the day. Currumbin, too is an attractive and safe beach for those getting started out in surfing. Other popular beaches include Greenmount Beach, which is further away in Coolangatta, Snapper Rocks, and Rainbow Bay.

4. Nightlife

There’s an atmosphere to the Gold Coast that is most evdient in its vibrant nightlife. Great clubs, bars, and restaurants line the city area. Tedder Avenue and the Broadbeach area are some good places for cafes and restaurants.

5. The Outdoors

The Gold Coast is filled with theme parks as well as opportunities for experiencing the outdoors. Whether it’s a swim in the sea, surfing, jet boat riding, or abseiling, there are no shortage of options. Further inland visitors can make use of the great hiking trails and take in some of the amazing rainforest scenery.

6. Experience the Rural Lifestyle

Known as the green behind the gold, the Gold Coast hinterland is often forgotten but travellers can pass a laid back afternoon in the national parks, rainforests, wineries and smaller towns. Plenty of cafes offer tasty local produce and the wineries are open for tours and cellar sales.