Gold Coast Holidays – Unwind, Relax, And Have Fun!

The Gold Coast, situated in south east Queensland, is one of Australia’s leading holiday playgrounds. With 70 kilometres of sun-drenched beaches, World Heritage listed rainforests, theme parks, shopping and nightlife – it is a world class, stylish holiday destination. In fact, the Gold Coast has been identified as one of the most desirable places in the world to live based on political, social, health, personal safety, economic and environmental factors.

The Gold Coast is located in the sub-tropical region of the Southern Hemisphere and enjoys warmth and sunshine the whole year round. Australian seasons are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere – the average summer temperature is 25 degrees Celsius and in winter, it is around 15 degrees Celsius. You can expect over 300 days of sunshine each year, with the wet season being December to March, when the northwest monsoons move south from Asia bringing heavy rain.

Your flight will most probably land at Brisbane International Airport – which is a 45 minute drive north from the heart of the Gold Coast. Alternatively, if your Australian holiday began in say Sydney or Melbourne, you can opt to fly into the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta which is approximately 35 minutes south of Surfers Paradise, considered by any as the epicentre of the Gold Coast. Both airports have tourist information booths and car rental firms represented in their terminals.

All foreigners – except New Zealanders – require visas for all visits to Australia. The citizens of some countries can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), which is a tourist or business visa valid for up to three month stays. These ETAs are available online and through travel agents at the time of booking your flight to Australia. If you apply for your ETA through your agent, the fee for applying directly is usually waived.

That said, the Gold Coast of Australia is one of the prime holiday destinations for vacationers everywhere, not just those in Australia. This may be because of the many different activities you can enjoy here while on holiday. Gold Coast holidays can mean a lot of many different things, with the water and beach-bound activities topping the list of things you can do here. You can enjoy the sun and the surf on one of the 40 beaches that dot the Gold Coast, and with 70 kilometers of sandy beaches to choose from, you can be sure that swimming, sunbathing and other beach-bound activities will definitely be part of your itinerary here. Going to and from your Gold Coast accommodation can be pretty easy since most of the Gold Coast apartments that can be rented in the area are often found near or on these lovely stretches of golden sand.

 

Gambling, Dining, and Other Nighttime Activities

Another type of activity you can indulge in when on Gold Coast holidays is to try your luck in one of the casinos here. With the huge number of gambling tables and gambling machines in these casinos, you can indeed have a blast trying to win something. Of course, you will need to take care not to exceed your budget when you do hit the tables. Dining is also another enjoyable experience here on the Gold Coast of Australia. There is a plethora of cuisine to be enjoyed here. From Mediterranean to Chinese to Local food, your palates will definitely enjoy the many tasty treats you can find in the many different restaurants there are in Queensland. Other nighttime activities you can enjoy on the Gold Coast include hitting the nightclubs and bars that abound in the area. Dance the night away or listen to jazz while you sip your favorite cocktails or drink your favorite beer.

 

Take the Family Out

Who says the Gold Coast is a place for adults only? Children and those who are young at heart can have the times of their lives here with the many daytime adventures they can have. There are theme parks for the kids to explore, these Gold Coast Theme Parks all adopt their own concepts and provide days of entertainment popular and safe surrounds. Below you will find a brief description of each of the five major theme parks on the Gold Coast.

 

Movie World

Warner Brothers Movie World gives everyone the opportunity to be a star and experience the magic and excitement of being in the Movies. There are daring rides such as the Superman Escape rollercoaster where those that dare travel 100km per hour in just two seconds! And when you thought Warner Bros. Movie World them park on the Gold Coast  couldn’t offer you any more action – out of the darkness comes an unprecedented thrill ride experience ‘Batwing Spaceshot’ – Get ready for a rapid 4G vertical launch followed by a drop into a breathtaking negative descent – beyond freefall!

Don’t forget all the fun of Looney Tunes Village, and be sure to take adventure to the next dimension with DreamWorks® Shrek 4D Adventure”! – the attraction that puts you in the action with hair-raising, eye-popping, and butt-busting effects so real all your senses will be on ogre-time. Warner Bros. Movie World is an exciting adventure just waiting for you! Address: Pacific Highway, Oxenford (Exit is clearly signed).

Location: 20 minutes north of Surfers Paradise, 45 Minutes south of Brisbane.

Opening Hours: 10am – 5.00pm all year round. Closed Christmas Day, 25 December. Restricted trading hours apply on ANZAC Day, Australia’s National Day of Remembrance on 25 April, with the park opening at 1:30pm.

 

Sea World

Sea World is undoubtedly one of the long term favourite Gold Coast theme parks and leads you on a journey to discover amazing marine life including dolphins, seals, sharks and polar bears. Enjoy a visit to the Sea World’s Shark Bay, the world’s largest man-made lagoon system, where you come face-to-face with the most feared species of sharks in the world! Visit Polar Bear Shores, watch the 1960’s themed ‘Waterski Wipeout’ show, visit Cartoon Network Cartoon Beach, enjoy the rides and attractions at Sesame Street Beach, where you can watch Bert & Ernie’s live stage show, featuring a full cast of characters singing and dancing up a storm. It’s all happening at Sea World theme Park on the Queensland Gold Coast and a must visit for all the family.

Location: Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. 3 kilometres north of Surfers Paradise

Opening Hours: 10am – 5.00pm all year round. Closed Christmas Day, 25 December. Restricted trading hours apply on ANZAC Day, Australia’s National Day of Remembrance on 25 April, with the park opening at 1:30pm.

 

Wet’n’Wild Water World

Australia’s premier water theme park is Wet’n’Wild Water World on the Queensland Gold Coast. Enjoy the fun of be spun out by Whirlpool that sends guests whirling amidst swirling rapids. Dare to experience the  world’s first wet roller coaster as you plunge 30 metres through wild water sprays while spinning on a giant surfboard! Then, take on Australia’s biggest water attraction – Mammoth Falls. Then lay back at Giant Wave Pool or relax at Calypso Beach. Children (under 10 years of age) can also enjoy your visit to Wet’n’Wild World with a paddle or swim in Buccaneer Bay – a playground full of fun and fantasy. The park is patrolled by fully qualified lifeguards and all slides and pools are heated during the cooler months. Dive-in Movies are screened every Saturday night from November to January and every night during December to January school holidays.

Location: Pacific Highway, Oxenford (Exit is clearly signed). 20 minutes north of Surfers Paradise, 45 Minutes south of Brisbane.

Opening Hours: The park opens at 10.00am every day, closing times vary throughout the year – as follows:

27 December – 25 January: 9.00pm

26 January – 30 April: 5.00pm*

01 May – 31 August: 4.00pm

01 September – 26 December: 5.00pm*

Closed Christmas Day, 25 December. Restricted trading hours apply on ANZAC Day, Australia’s National Day of Remembrance on 25 April, with the park opening at 1:30pm.

 

Whitewater World

WhiteWater World is another popular Gold Coast Theme Park and is operated by Dream world. More than just another water park, White Water World is the most advanced water ride park on earth. They offer a number of  family friendly attractions through to the more extreme and daring waterslides for the brave.

WhiteWater World offers four of the “world’s best” water slides plus family fun and entertainment at the Nickelodeon’s Pipeline Plunge and the aptly name toddler playground, Wiggle Bay. White Water World is all about the Australian surf, sand and sea, and of course a BIG FUN factor!

Location: Adjacent to Dream world on the Pacific Highway, Oxenford. 25 minutes north of Surfers Paradise and 40 minutes south of Brisbane.

Opening Hours: 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (10.30am-4.30pm in Winter), every day of the year, except Christmas Day and Anzac morning (25 April). Extended trading hours during peak holiday seasons.

 

Dreamworld

Dreamworld on the Queensland Gold Coast is home to 13 different themed entertainment worlds and even after 25years of operating remains Australia’s favourite theme park. The Gold Coasts Dreamworld them park is located at Coomera adjacent the Pacific Motorway (M1) that links Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Drive time from the Brisbane CBD is approximately 45 minutes and it’s a drive of approximately 20 minutes from the central Gold Coast.

Dreamworld covers a total 30 hectares full of rides, shows and attractions. The 13 different themed worlds at Dreamworld include wild  Tiger Island where magnificent tigers interact with dedicated tiger handlers. There’s also an entertaining Riverboat Cruise, Gold Rush Country, koala and kangaroo sanctuary, water slides and rides like Wipeout, Thunderbolt and the Tower of Terror – the world’s tallest and fastest thrill ride with speeds of up to 160 km per hour. Book your tickets to Dreamworld below and avoid the queues when you arrive.

Location: Pacific Highway, Oxenford (Exit is clearly signed). 25 minutes north of Surfers Paradise, 40 Minutes south of Brisbane.

Opening Hours: 10am – 5.00pm all year round. Closed Christmas Day, 25 December. Extended trading hours during peak holiday seasons.

 

Beaches To Explore On Your Gold Coast Holidays

Gold Coast beaches are renowned for their golden hues and clean waters. A variety of activities can be enjoyed in these beaches including picnics, swimming, scuba diving, and surfing. Tranquil beaches also offer fishing for enthusiasts of this sport. Because of the natural beauty of the Gold Coast beach, tourists and locals flock the coasts every so often. In fact, this place is a hub of activity and fun.

Some beaches are understandably more popular than the others; this may be due to their names or the activities that they offer. Either way, these beaches are all sunny and golden and beautiful like any other Gold Coast beach.

But which of these beaches is the most popular? There are more than 50 beaches all over the Gold Coast area. Choosing one may prove to be difficult, but finding the best one for your chosen activity will be worth the effort.

 

Surfing Beaches

Because of its geographical formation, Gold Coast beach is suitable for surfing. However, some of the beaches are more suitable for beginners who want to try their luck at learning how to surf. These beaches include Mermaid Beach, Coolangatta Beach, and Greenmount Beach. The experts usually converge at Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, and Broadbeach where the surf is usually up, and experienced surfers can ride the most challenging waves. Kirra Beach is considered by many surfers as the best surfers’ beach in Gold Coast because good waves are always available throughout the year. Also, the beach is suitable to both novice and expert surfers. A lot of Gold Coast apartments are located near the popular surfing beaches to allow the surfers, and other tourists, to maximize their time at the beach.

 

Picnic Beaches

Other than surfing, a lot of tourists opt for Gold Coast holidays to relax and unwind. The most popular activity they do is either relax in the sauna or take a picnic. The latter is somehow more appealing to families who go to the nearest beach to have fun. Miami Beach has barbeque areas for picnic gatherings. Burleigh Heads is another popular spot. Tourists seeking a quieter spot away from the surfing beaches can relax in Currumbin Beach and Tugun Beach, which are both located at the south end of Gold Coast.

 

Fishing Beaches

Some tourists find quiet fishing and boating more preferable to the noise of the surfers and swimming crowd. Tweed Heads allow families to go on fishing trips on chartered boats or just navigate the peaceful waters. Another great beach in this category is Kingscliff Beach with its laidback Gold Coast accommodation and family-oriented activities.

Gold Coast Accommodation

If you want to be nearest the beach, then the best Gold Coast accommodation for you is the one in resorts and beaches. This will ensure you that the beach is easily accessible for that early-morning beach combing to that late-night swim. Gold Coast accommodation is characterized as tourist friendly and relatively inexpensive. Finding one is also quite easy as hundreds of hotels and Gold Coast apartments open its doors to travelers 24 hours a day. Gold Coast apartments are also much cheaper than hotel accommodations, but still, they offer amenities that a basic hotel can give to its clientele.

There can be no place like home, but Gold Coast holidays will certainly keep home sickness away for a while.

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