The Gold Coast, also known as Queensland’s “sunshine state”, is the sixth largest city in Australia, with plenty of superb attractions to keep you entertained. From the region’s most beautiful beaches and shopping malls, to thrilling theme parks and ancient rainforests, there’s plenty to do in the Gold Coast! Here are 6 ways to make the most out of your Gold Coast getaway:
Experience A Never-Ending Thrill At Surfer’s Paradise
One of the most popular spots in the Gold Coast is Surfer’s Paradise. Also known to locals as “Surfer’s”, this lively seaside resort town stretches on for miles along Australia’s shoreline. It will almost feel like you’re in South Beach, Florida. Take a stroll along the lively Cavill Avenue on the buzzing outdoor pedestrian promenade, shop for everything from surf wear to designer dresses, hit up a local nightclub and enjoy the Gold Coast’s buzzing atmosphere.
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Cruise Along The Coast On A Bike
Rent a bike in Surfer’s and cruise along 35 miles of stunning coastline and laid-back neighbourhoods. Soak in the beautiful stretch of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waves and world-class surfing spots. You can even stop by to take a dip in the ocean to catch a tan! If you continue biking, you’ll reach the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can feed kangaroos, get dangerously close to crocodiles and even snuggle a koala!
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Get Your Adrenaline Fix At A Theme Park
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then you’ll know what the Gold Coast is famous for – its world-class theme parks. Dreamworld is the Aussie equivalent of Disney World and it’s perfect for the adventure-seeker. This park offers 9 colossal and thrilling rides, including some tamer ones for the lighter-hearted.
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Go Hiking In One Of Australia’s Oldest Rainforests
Lamington National Park is a magical spot that you simply can’t miss out on. Lose yourself amongst pre-historic rainforests and stunning waterfalls, head to the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and hike through the rainforest canopy, 49 feet above ground at the O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walkway. You can also book a 4WD Rainforest Eco Safari to marvel at the sights and sounds of Australia’s fantastic wildlife.
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Discover Local Culinary Delights
Discover Gold Coast’s booming culinary scene and indulge like a local at some of the hippest coffee shops, microbreweries and upscale restaurants. Breakfast joints Elks Espresso, No Name Lane and Burleigh Barista at Palm Beach take very coffee seriously and will serve you a great meal to start your day. If you head to Mermaid Beach, you can grab a delicious pastry and a fancy latte at the Bam Bam Bakehouse. The Fish House in Burleigh Heads is also a great lunch and dinner option! Make sure you try out their calamari, oven-baked ocean trout and Moreton Bay Bugs – nothing tastes better than Australian seafood!
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Learn A New Skill And Get Active
Gather your courage and go skydiving! The Gold Coast Sky Dive takes off from the Gold Coast International airport, flies over the hinterland and boasts panoramic views of white sandy beaches. If skydiving is not your cup of tea, take up surf lessons at the Get Wet Surf School in Surfer’s Paradise, or go scuba diving with the Queensland Sub Diving Tours just to admire at Australia’s vast and wondrous marine life.
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Brush up on your Australian slang, pack your bags (and plenty of sunscreens) and jet away to Gold Coast for a once in a lifetime action-packed adventure! Just make sure to explore the ENTERTAINER getaways hotel offers on your ENTERTAINER app to get up to 60% off your hotel bookings! Simply click on the ‘Travel’ tab of your ENTERTAINER app to view our hotel offers!