17th March, 2011

Top Tips for a Gold Coast Holiday

The Gold Coast is one of the most rapidly growing cities in Australia and it is easy to see why. Great weather, exciting nightlife and beautiful beaches are just a few of the reasons why it is such a popular place to live. Not all of us are in a position to relocate permanently however, but fortunately the same reasons make the Gold Coast a great place for a visit too. But before you book your Surfers Paradise accommodation, check out our top tips for a Gold Coast holiday.

Check out the theme parks

With Dream World, Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World, Sea World and White Water World all waiting to thrill and entertain you, the Gold Coast really is the home of the theme park in Australia. Theme parks are a great way to entertain the kids and to ensure that they have a holiday to remember. Even if you don’t have any children they are still worth a visit; you will soon find yourself regressing back to your childhood and having the time of your life. It is a good idea to plan to visit your chosen theme park early in your stay on the Gold Coast. Once you have spent the day there you will probably be desperate to check out the rest and it would be a shame if you haven’t left enough time.

Go whale watching

The Gold Coast has one of the longest whale watching seasons anywhere in Australia. Between early May and November the region is home to whales on their annual migration. Seeing a mighty humpback breaching out of the water is an experience that will stay with you forever. If you have never witnessed it before, a whale watching trip is a ‘must do’ activity for your holiday. If you have, then no doubt you have already firmly written it into your itinerary.

Stay central

There is plenty to see and do throughout the Gold Coast, but there is nothing like being at the heart of the action. Booking accommodation in one of the many Surfers Paradise apartments or hotels will ensure that the best of the Gold Coast is within easy reach. On your doorstop you will have great restaurants, nightlife and of course the famous Surfers Paradise beach. And when it comes to exploring the rest of the region, you will find that everything is easily accessible from your central location.

Explore the hinterland

It is easy to think that the Gold Coast equals the beach, and no doubt if you spent all your time in Surfers Paradise, or one of the other beach suburbs, you would have a great holiday. But it is worth checking out the hinterland as well. On a clear day the view from the top of Mount Tambourine is spectacular and the Springbrook and Lamington National Parks are great places for bushwalking and nature encounters. You will even find a small but thriving wine region in the Gold Coast hinterland where you can tour the vineyards and taste wine at cellar doors.