Gold Coast dazzles

Queensland’s Gold Coast is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, and rightfully so.

With 70 kilometres of beaches spanning a long stretch from Cooloongatta in the south to Southport in the north, there is plenty of opportunity to find a place which suits your individual needs.

Perhaps the best known part of the Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise, which is located about an hour south of Queensland’s capital Brisbane.

Surfers Paradise is high-rise heaven, with its landmark 77-storey Q1 building, which towers over its neighbouring apartment buildings. The buildings are well-spaced, allowing for much public space, parks and gardens to separate the buildings, all of which is very visitor-friendly.

Seaworld attraction

Just north of Surfers is Main Beach, which has a reputation for being a little more upmarket: the hotels are higher star-rated, and the shops a little more exclusive.  South of Surfers is Broadbeach, which is more laid back than Surfers, but is equally popular with beachgoers.  Broadbeach has several attractions, including Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Jupiter’s Casino and Dracula’s Theatre Restaurant.

Other popular beaches include Mermaid Beach, Miami, Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads, Tallebudgera, Currumbin, Tugun, Kirra Cooloongatta and Greenmount, so there is plenty of choice.

The Gold Coast also has what must be on of the biggest canal developments on the planet.  These canals and inland waterways meander for many kilometers, allowing fortunate home owners to enjoy an absolute water frontage, which also means that many people own boats, adding to their leisure activities.

The Gold Coast is sub-tropical, and this is expressed in the greenery that is prominent wherever you go.  Even in Surfers, where there is a lot of high rise, the impact is softened by the tropical greenery, which makes it all quite livable and very pleasant. Then, of course, there is the beachfront atmosphere.  The Gold Coast has a much laid back, casual atmosphere.

As far as attractions go, there are many of them.  The Gold Coast is theme-park heaven, with the major theme parks being Seaworld, Movieworld and Dreamworld.  There are major shows, such as the Outback Spectacular, zoos and wildlife parks.  The Gold Coast is close to mountain towns such as Mount Tambourine, where there are wineries, restaurants, antique and craft shops, treetop walks and zipline rides.

The Gold Coast has its own airport at Cooloongatta, and Brisbane Airport is easily accessible by coach and train.

There is plenty to do on the Gold Coast; accommodation and meals are reasonably priced, and it is just the perfect place to give yourself the type of break you enjoy.

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