A Tourist’s Quick Guide to the Gold Coast
There is almost nothing that a tourist cannot do when getting a package tour on the Gold Coast.
Canal cruises, kayaking, jetboats, snorkelling, wakeboarding and fishing will get you out on the water. And it’s important to not forget the many iconic beaches, including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads to name a few.
When on land, choose from winery and brewery tours, a skywalk and a ropes adventure park in the rainforest canopy, and there’s even a glow worm cave.
Then there are the theme parks. A great place to spot Australian wildlife is the David Fleay Wildlife Park, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, or at Dreamworld, which also offers a tiger island and some chilling rides!
Right next door is Whitewater World, open year round in the Gold Coast’s easy climate. Get a gentle taste of Aussie farming life at Paradise Country, or take in an action-packed horse-back cattle muster at the Australian Outback Spectacular.
Shoppers will find many big brands and a huge array of chains and one-off stores in numerous malls and smaller shopping centres across the region.
An array of Indian, Thai, Japanese and Chinese restaurants are among the 600 cafes and restaurants available. A fair amount of them offer alfresco dining, and, not surprisingly, the seafood is generally superb.
Bring light warm clothes in winter to the sub-tropical Gold Coast, but for the rest of the year expect a comfortable average maximum below 30 degrees, which will please almost every visitor.