The Gold Coast
Gold Coast, Australia
The Gold Coast Reviews
Aussie Gold Coast Apr 17, 2017
We stopped for a five night break over Easter in April 2017.
This was my first visit since backpacking in 2001.
We got lucky with the weather-glorious sunshine pretty much all the time.
We stayed in an Airbnb just a minutes walk from Nobby Beach, where we could hear the waves crash as we slept.
We hired a car and headed out and here's what we done:
-Nobbys beach is a decent beach with big surf and not busy at all
-Surfers Paradise, just 15min up the road is this brash resort with malls, bars and restaurants and of course the beach
-Springbrook National Park-just 45min away this place is pretty good for a day trip or half day. There are various lookouts of stunning views of th coast, canyons and hinterland and one of a lovey waterfall called Purling Brook
-Brisbane-a sunny relaxed city with some great spots. The botanical gardens are nice to walk around right on the rivers edge. South bank markets are cool. There's even a public swimming pool on south bank overlooking the city and river.
-Carrara markets-massive market just ten min from Nobby beach. Pretty cheap and nasty stuff but a good place to browse and some unusual stuff
- Byron Bay- an hour away and chocka block with traffic and people is this small town full of hippies backpackers and surfers. Plenty to see and do mainly around the beach but good shops and a good vibe in general.
-Miami Marketta markets- this night market is awesome, just a 3min drive from the Nobby beach Airbnb.
Plenty of world wide foods available and about for bars it's probably a good night out. I had Siem awesome Brazilian moqueca and some divine chocolate mud cake.
-Coolangatta and Kirra-further down the coast by the end airport the beaches here are stunning and very laid back with big grassy area and plenty of eateries and a shopping mall
We tried these places to eat:
-Romanos pizza in Nobby beach. Not our first choice but the Greek place was booked so ended up here for pizza which was decent enough for a large at $23.
-Next Door cafe in Brisbane-reasonable omelette on toast but nothing to shout home about
-Collangatta hotel- awful steaks
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Things to do May 12, 2008
The Gold Coast is located in the sunny state of Queensland, Australia. In recent years the Gold Coast has boomed and is now THE place to live/visit in South East Queensland.
If you are looking for tourist attractions such as theme parks then you are in luck as the Gold Coast is home to quite a few of them. The theme park chain consists of Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World and Wet n' Wild. The four theme parks offer a varied option of things to do at these theme parks. Although they are all unique and special in thier own way, Dreamworld or Wet n Wild in my opinion wins hands down. With many thrill rides at dreamworld and countless water rides at Wet n Wild. They are pretty much a couple of km down the highway from each other and around 15-30 minutes away from Surfers Paradise.
If you are knockturnal and are into the nightlife that the Gold Coast has to offer than it would be a good idea to be based in Surfers Paradise. In Cavill Avenue and adjoining streets you will find a selection of nightclubs, bars and pubs. Most nights of the week the streets are alive with both young/middle aged men/women. A few nightclubs/bars to note are - The Bedroom, Melbas, The Drink, Titanium Bar, Clock Hotel. Just a short cab ride away in Southport is Fishermans Warf Tavern where it is a watering hole for locals wanting to have a great Sunday Afternoon sesh'.
With all of the events and attractions at the Gold Coast, believe it or not people still do come to the Coast to relax and chill out for a few days. If you are a person wanting to find your special haven then there could be a few places to help you kick back and unwind.
- Mount Tamborine is a good 30-40 minute drive from Surfers Paradise, it is part of the Gold Coast's hinterland and offers beautiful views over the Gold Coast. You can spend a whole day up there at wineries, small cafe's and little boutique shops selling unusual things. Definately a place to do where people up on this mountain live the simple life.
- The Seaway (Know as 'The Spit') is located in Southport and is a short drive from Surfers Paradise. Many people come here to fish, have picnics and watch the many boats cruise out to sea or coming back from sea. You can either watch all of this from the massive rock wall that is facing out to see or be nestled away from everyone on a small patch of beach that offers you beautiful views of the broadwater.
- Q1 is the worlds tallest residential building. It is located 400m from Cavill Avenue in surfers paradise and is approximately 88 stories high. Here you can pay a small fee to go up onto the observation deck to view the BEAUTIFUL panoramic view of the WHOLE Gold Coast, North or South. There is even a cafe to munch on a snack or have a beverage while taking in these unique views that only this building can offer.
I hope whoever reads this has taken some thought from this if they are considering travelling to the Gold Coast in the future. May your trip be safe and memorable.
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