It's famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to theme parks such as Dream world, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rain forest.

The Gold coast is a long stretch of perfect beaches, and ideal surfing conditions. There are pockets of the coast where you can spend your days relaxing.

Head inland and you will get to Hinterland, a more peaceful seeing in the rain forests with wineries sprawled across the hills.

Gold Coast

 

How to get to the Gold Coast

 

The gold coast has an airport that services both international and domestic flights.

 

But the best way to see the Gold coast is to drive in from Brisbane or Sydney.

 

  • Uber – There is a very good uber network here. Uber allows you to pay via your Uber account so you don’t have to worry about getting your money out. Uber also gives you an estimate on the fare and it’s pretty accurate.

  • Car Rental – There a rental car companies in the arrivals terminal. Be sure to check if you can drive here prior to booking. You can also reserve a car online via Rentalcars

 

  • Tourist shuttle – You can book a tourist shuttle from the airport and is a door to door service. 

 

  • Bus - Routes 777 and 760 leaves from the airport and go to CBD

 

  • Taxi - There is a taxi stand outside of the arrivals. These are metered taxis.

 

Where to stay in the Gold Coast

 

  • Central Gold Coast & Surfers Paradise – This is in the heart of the city meaning it’s easy for public transport. It’s close to the theme parks, water parks. Tis makes it a more expensive area to stay. Choices from hotels to motels, Airbnb.

 

  • Main Beach & Northern Gold Coast – Perfect area to stay if you are using this area as a base, easy to get to other beaches on the coast. Motels are best choice here.

 

  • Southern Gold Coast - This area is where the surfers all go, it’s got a lot of cafes and bars. Good area to stay for a relaxing holiday.

 

  • The Hinterland – Move from the beaches to the jungle, it’s a green oasis full of rainforest, glow-worm caves, hiking trails and wineries. Accommodation here is more expensive.

 

Things to do in the Gold Coast with children

 

  • Beaches - There are lots of beaches to choose from along the coast

  • Main beach

  • Surfer paradise

  • Kurrawa beach

  • Mermaid beach

  • Miami Beach

  • Burliegh Heads

 

  • Sea World - This is a theme park as well as a sea life centre. Watch live shows with the sea mammals and also feeding experiences.

 

 

  • Wet n Wild – Water theme park, with slides and wave pools. Enjoy this place an on hot days.

 

  • Dream world – Amusement park with themed areas, wild life park, and rides. Also contains another water park called white water world.

  • Tamborine National Park – Drive about 80km away from gold coast and into Hinterland, you can drive up to Tamborine Mountain. There are a lot of hiking trails, glow worm caves, wineries.

 

  • Skywalk Tamborine mountain – Nestled in the tambourine mountain, is an area that has been turned into a cool attraction, you can walk above the canopy of the rain forest, look at the different species of insect that live there.

 

  • Byron Bay - Byron bay is a hipster part of Australia, it’s the perfect place to stop when driving from Coffs harbour to the gold coast.

The laid back feel makes you feel like you have all the time in the world to just walk around with the locals and fellow back packers.

 

Top things to do in Byron Bay

  • Byron Bay Light house

  • Surfing

  • Surf school

  • Kayak trips

  • Diving

  • Snorkelling

  • Party.

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