People often feel that they must choose between fun and excitement or laid back and peaceful when selecting a place to go on vacation. This isn’t necessary when the choice is the Gold Coast, one of Australia’s top vacation destinations. Not only is this area entertaining and exhilarating, but also relaxing and family friendly. Boasting an ideal year-round climate, a variety of natural wonders and more than 31 miles of white sandy beaches, the Gold Coast has been attracting visitors since the first European settlers. Whether you stay in Surfers Paradise, Broad Beach or Main Beach, each offers its own unique variety of Gold Coast hotels.
The abundant natural wonders are complemented by the large selection of activities available on the Gold Coast. This includes the wide selection of theme parks, golf courses, shopping centers, restaurants and the national parks and reserves. Visit the Springbrook National Park, a world heritage-listed rainforest. There you will see the Natural Arch and the waterfall that cascades inside a cave that hosts the most extensive glow worm colony in Australia. You can hike the trails in McPherson Range and be amazed by the panoramic scenery then take a relaxing swim in the clear waters of a rock pool. Here you can see unique species of crayfish and endangered and vulnerable populations of the Rufous Scrub-bird and Albert’s Lyrebird. You can also tour one of region’s boutique wineries or stop by the Tamborine Mountain Gallery Walk. Arts and crafts enthusiasts will enjoy the Gallery Walk’s eclectic paintings, fabrics, ceramics and woodwork.
The Gold Coast has some of the best surf breaks in the world. If you want to test your skills, you can surf the famous breaks of Kirra and Main Beach. For gentler swells, families can spend the day at Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach and enjoy their sheltered picnic areas and playgrounds. Vacationers seeking underwater adventure can snorkel or dive to view the hull of Scottish Prince off Main Beach or mingle with the morays off Kirra Beach.
After an exciting day you can explore shops, cafes and restaurants on trendy Cavill Avenue or enjoy a fine meal in Broadbeach. There are Gold Coast hotels with incredible amenities and locations for every taste and budget. Long after your vacation ends, you will always remember the Gold Coast’s catch-phrase famous for fun.