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5 AWESOME THINGS TO DO
ON THE GOLDCOAST, QUEENSLAND
Do you need a holiday, desperately? Then get away to Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia, the quintessential beach vacation you will love. It’s warm and sunny all year round, has miles of golden beaches, crystal clear water and sunny blue skies, making it an awesome holiday destination. Only problem is, you won’t want to leave.
Queensland’s Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast has been a primary holiday destination for decades, not only for local Aussies, but for many overseas tourists too, since the mid 1900’s. It has continued to grow in popularity through the years and is now the most visited coastal resort location in Australia, offering everything for the perfect stay for a few days or much longer.
Here are some of the awesome things to do during your get away to Surfers Paradise.
Definitely one of the best reasons for a get away to Surfers Paradise is for the long stretch of wide, golden, sandy beaches looking out to the Pacific Ocean. There is so much space on the beach here, you don’t have to worry about bumping into people or fighting over a place to put your towel. There’s no need to get on the sand early so that you don’t miss out on a spot, as there is literally miles of beach. In fact there is 3 kilometres of soft sand to enjoy, for as long as you want, for free.
When swimming, it is best to remain within the designated areas of the yellow and red flags which are patrolled by lifeguards. The water is clean, clear and invigorating.
Surfing is of course the iconic Australian activity here at Surfers Paradise, hence the name, duh! You can hire boards and have surfing lessons, either private or in a group. This is one of the best places to give it a go.
But don’t surf between the flags, as this is dedicated patrolled swimming area.
For more competent surfers you can find other locations all along the Gold Coast, such as Currumbin and Burleigh Heads.
Snazzy Tip: The best months for swell are usually February to July.
River & Canals Cruise
I always love taking a cruise to explore a city from a different perspective. So I took an afternoon ride on the gorgeous Nerang River here in Surfers Paradise to see the other side of paradise. Because, not only does this location offer spectacular seaside attractions, but it also has a beautiful river and many canals that flow into the ocean. In fact, the whole of Queensland has more canals than the Venice Lagoon. Isn’t that remarkable?
The river is spectacular and the canals are delightful, offering waterfront living for many of the residents, who have boats and jet skis. It’s a popular lifestyle for many Australians.
The waterways are also the location of some of the rich and famous, as you can see from the abundance of luxury waterfront mansions and private yachts. We cruised past the marina where dozens are displayed in spectacular fashion.
The cruise also takes you past the grandiose Palazzo Versace Hotel Gold Coast. This was the first fashion-branded hotel in the world, and is just 5km from the centre of Surfers Paradise. I popped in for afternoon tea recently. Just delightful. Now, there is another Versace hotel in the UAE, Dubai of course.
It makes perfect sense that Versace would have a presence on the ‘Gold’ Coast – a match made in heaven, or Paradise! Ha. I’m too funny.
This is the only 6 star hotel in Australia. You can stay here for about A$400 per night. Ahh, a girl can dream, right?
The cruise also has snacks and a fully stocked bar to purchase drinks on board. Just saying.
There are several different cruise companies in operation here. You can book one of the many cruises on line, or at the various kiosks located around Cavill Avenue.
Restaurants & Bars
The entertainment precinct centres around Cavill Avenue Mall. Day and night this area is full of life with a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and bars. You are spoiled for choice on places to dine and socialise.
On the beach, I can’t recommend highly enough the BMD Northcliffe Surf Club, open all day, everyday, you can drink and eat whilst enjoying views of the coast. You don’t have to be a member. Best of all, proceeds go to lifesaving, which is such a good cause.
Shopping has become a major part of vacations and here is no exception, with an array of large stores and smaller boutiques to shop til you drop.
The night market is another major part of life on the beachfront here. More than a hundred stalls are set up 3 times a week in the evenings from 5pm, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, all year round, where you can stroll and shop for an array of goods.
The most iconic landmark of Queensland is Q1, located right here in Surfers Paradise. You can’t miss this ultra modern skyscraper. Q1 is the tallest building in Australia at 322 metres high and was built in 2005. The spire on top of the tower is one of the world’s longest.
You should visit Skypoint observation deck on level 77 & 78 for the best panoramic views of the Gold Coast, open everyday. But please check opening times, as these vary throughout the year.
There is a bar & bistro for casual dining up at Skypoint also, for you to enjoy a meal and/or drinks with unparalleled views.
Most days the weather is fine and sunny, but make sure you don’t pick a day that is cloudy to go to the top of Q1.
And there’s more …
There are heaps of other fun things to do, with numerous family attractions, such as the Wax Museum, Infinity, and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum.
For those theme park enthusiasts, you will be in heaven! Just a short distance from Surfers Paradise you can visit all the major theme parks here on the Gold coast – Dreamworld, Sea World, Movie World, Wet’n’Wild, and Whitewater World.
There are plenty of deals to choose from to suit every budget. Check out these offers below.
Getting to Surfers is easiest by flying domestic to Coolangatta Airport from any major Australian airport. I flew from Melbourne with Virgin Australia, which takes about 2 hours. Then a 40 minute drive to Surfers Paradise. Easy.
Snazzy Tip: I strongly advise you avoid going to Surfers Paradise during the last week of November and first week of December. Each year at this time it’s ‘Schoolies’, when many school leavers, 17 and 18 year olds, from all over the country descend on the area to let their hair down after final exams. It’s mayhem during this period and you don’t want to get caught up in the revelry and be labelled ‘toolies’!
Other Tours of Surfers Paradise
There you have it. The perfect get away to Surfers Paradise, Queensland.
Have you been already, or planning to go? Any comments appreciated below.