Imagine 300 days of sunshine, glamorous resorts, fun-filled theme parks, beautiful sandy beaches stretching to infinity & beyond with shimmering deep-blue waters meshing with it and you have the extraordinary Gold Coast. Due to these incredible features, it is not a surprise that this coastal metropolis from South-East Queensland is a well-rounded tourist destination.
Kick-start the trip by straight hitting into Surfer's Paradise. It is an iconic 3km stretch where one can marvel at the stunning skyscrapers piercing high into the sky that are magnificently perched behind the beach. Children can have a gala time as they playfully build sandcastles or splash about in the shadows. If you're a shop-a-holic, be sure to visit the Surfers Paradise Beach-front Markets where over hundred stalls are displayed ranging from fashion, photographs, art, souvenirs and jewellery.
Looking for a quieter alternative to the bustling and tourist-packed Surfer's Paradise? Then spend some time at the serene and tranquil Coolangatta. Both kids and adults enjoy having fun along its beautiful and shimmering shores. Some of the highlights are the Snapper Rocks - a popular point break and the magnificent Kirra Beach. Head over to SkyPoint, a contemporary and uber-modern Q1 hotel for it is Australia's tallest residential tower. Drop by at the SkyPoint Observation Deck on level 77 that offers 360-degree panoramas of the Gold Coast, the sea as well as the green outback glimpsed in the distance. Those who are a little more adventurous at heart can choose the SkyPoint Climb, where visitors can climb upon a 270m platform and look over to the city gleaming below.
This one is an absolute 'must' for families, particularly with children. Spend a day at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for it is a renowned wild-life park owned by the non-profit National Trust of Queensland. Bird lovers are in for a real treat for one can view hundreds of brightly coloured rainbow lorikeets eat from visitor's hands and even sit on their heads. Folks will also be given an opportunity to interact with kangaroos and cuddle koalas. Those who enjoy the aquatic universe ought to visit the Sea World, the biggest marine park in Australia. Catering to both the young and the old, delight yourselves with an array of shows including performing dolphins, sea lions and water-ski ballet. Some of the animals species housed in this park comprises of polar bears, penguins, tropical fishes and small sharks.
Those who are interested in theme parks can spend some time at Dreamworld which features an excellent line-up of roller coasters, live shows, movie characters as well as over 500 native Australian animals that includes kangaroo feeding and koala cuddling. One can also visit its neighbour WhiteWater World that comprises of several waterslides and splash pools. Film buffs - don't forget to visit the Warner Bros Movie World. Have fun coming face-to-face with superheroes, ride roller coasters, view stunt shows as well as enjoy 3D interactive rides.
Stop over at the World Heritage-Listed Lamington National Park for it is famous for its stunning rainforest scenery, incredible rainfalls and magnificent wild-life. One can hope to spot many species of birds that ranges from the brilliantly coloured parrots to the elusive Bowerbird. Some of the other creatures that can be seen are red-necked pademelons and long-nosed bandicoots. Another incredible place to visit is the World Heritage-Listed Springbrook National Park that is an incredible location for a quiet picnic amidst the wilderness.
Be sure to head over to Cavill Avenue for it is the shopping and entertainment heart of Surfer's Paradise. The locale is brimming with alfresco eateries, restaurants, boutiques and a plethora of entertainment venues. Don't forget to visit the Centro Surfers Paradise for it is a huge shopping complex with more eateries and fashion outlets.
The stay options in Gold Coast are abundant with the best luxury hotels, swanky apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt depending on their budget and tastes.
Gold Coast experiences humid sub-tropical climate. There is no 'best time' to visit is as the city experiences 300 days of sunshine and the overall weather is pleasant and balmy.