07th October, 2012

Planning a Gold Coast Surf Trip

If you ever wanted to go on a surfing trip, there is no better place to go than the gorgeous Gold Coast, and the better you plan your trip, the more chance you have of it being everything you hoped for. The following is a look at some of the big things to keep in mind when planning a Gold Coast surf trip.

Getting there

Depending on where you are coming from, there are a variety of ways you can get to the Gold Coast, ranging from bus and train to arriving by plane or boat. As with any tourist travel, book early if you plan on coming during peak season.


One of the best things about this part of Australia is that whether you want to stay in a five-star resort or at the cheapest apartments on the Gold Coast, it is pretty much all within metres of the beach, so no matter where you choose to stay it is bound to be close to some good surfing. However, if you are planning on coming during the busier months, you will need to book your Gold Coast accommodation well in advance to ensure you are able to secure a spot.

Bringing your board

If you are a serious surfer with your own board, along with a decent case for it, you should definitely bring it with you, because there is nothing like being on your own board surfing some of the world’s best breaks. If you don’t own your own board or just want to travel light, you have more than a couple of options for renting once you arrive on the Gold Coast, but it is wise to book ahead to ensure there will be a board there for you, especially if you are fussy.

Book a lesson

If you are still learning the art of surfing it can be worthwhile planning to have a lesson while you are here, as often all it takes is a simple tip or two to help make staying up on your board a whole lot easier. It is a smart move to book your lessons for early on in your trip so that you can then have the most time to practise what you learn, so book those lessons as soon as you have your travel dates confirmed.

See something else too

While you will most definitely want to take advantage of having access to some of the best waves in the world, you should try to see at least one non-surfing highlight while you are here as well. The Gold Coast has some of Australia’s best theme parks, fantastic offshore fishing and the hottest clubs on the continent, so make sure you see some of it while you have such easy access to it all.

Your Gold Coast surf trip will be one you will remember for the rest of your life, so take the time to plan it carefully and ensure it is memorable for all the right reasons.