How to Get to Gold Coast
Gold Coast is a city in Queensland, Australia, renowned being a great beach town for tourists. It is approximately 80 miles (100 km) south of Brisbane and 625 miles (1,000 km) north of Sydney. It’s a great place for beach lovers and heaven for surfers (truth be told, there is even a spot called Surfer’s Paradise). I went for three days to Gold Coast before heading up north on my 10-day Queensland Road trip. In this post, I will cover cool things to do in Gold Coast and a few opinions.
In the event that you are originating from outside of Australia, your most logical option is to get to Gold Coast is from Brisbane. Brisbane is the closest International Airport in Australia and just an hour’s drive to Gold Coast. However, Gold Coast does have a domestic airport that has flights to and from other cities within Australia. This is preferred as you are only 20 minutes drive to the beach!
How to Get Around in Gold Coast
I recommend renting a car when you are in Gold Coast. However, you can also rely on Uber in Gold Coast as they have significant operations to get you where you need to go! If you are up to public transportation you can hop on the G-interface which connects Broadbeach to Surfer’s Paradise and to Griffith University. It cost $4.20 AUD for a single direction trip which I thought was very expensive, however, this is originating from somebody who lives in Singapore and has been ruined by modest public transport. Be that as it may, in the event that you need to travel to another part of the city not served by the G-connect, you will spend time sitting tight waiting for public transportation. Transports don’t appear to come regularly. So to put it plainly, I exceedingly recommend that rent a vehicle and self-drive when you visit Gold Coast. Else, you’d be constrained to just Surfer’s Paradise and Broadbeach territory. Tip: Don’t drink and rive and make sure you have your global driver’s permit!
Where to Eat in Gold Coast
I delighted in eating at the accompanying spots, some of which I will specify again as activities underneath. Be that as it may, here there are in a rundown structure for your benefit:
Betty’s Burger at Surfer’s Paradise– Go for Betty’s Classic and one of their thick milkshakes.
Charis Seafood – You have a need to try the Tasmanian Oysters for AU$19.90 twelve!
Addiction Restaurant – A little café in Broadbeach. Try the Turmeric Latte and avo toast! I really enjoyed the unique flavors and combinations they presented with each dish.
Hurricane’s Bar & Grill – I visited the Darling Harbor branch in Sydney previously, and since I was hungry for some Australian steak. I needed to stop by the Sydney area as well! It’s somewhat touristy, however strategically placed in the event that you are strolling around Surfer’s Paradise.
Another that I didn’t get the chance to attempt is ELK Espresso since I visited on a vacation and they were shut. I was disappointed since I had a number of individuals recommend this spot to me. Talk has it that Orlando Bloom used to visit this spot when he was dating supermodel Miranda Kerr.
Where to stay in Gold Coast
The travel industry barricade had benevolently put us at The Star Gold Coast, and I altogether making the most of my stay there. The area is advantageous (inside 5 minutes stroll to a G-train station and downtown area, and 10 minutes stroll to the shoreline). I’m not by any means a card shark yet I enjoyed visiting the Casino as well!
Things to Do in Gold Coast
Climb the SkyPoint, the Tallest Structure in Gold Coast
A standout among the most incredible views on the Gold Coast can be seen from the SkyPoint Observation Deck, which gives you a grand 360 perspective on the city from above. The view from up there was really insane particularly with no tinted glass windows isolating you and the natural air outside. For security measures, we needed to wear full suits and be safety-harnessed consistently however I didn’t feel terrified by any means! Indeed, I felt safe the whole time. It’s not for the weak of heart or for anybody with a fear of heights. However, I for one had a stunning time!
Unfortunately, I was not permitted to take my camera up there, or anything free hanging because of the fact that anything that it something gets accidentally dropped from such high stature it can cause genuine harm down beneath. So I don’t have any photos from my phone, the guides however took our photos and offered them to us on a USB drive.
Get a 360 perspective on Gold Coast from the SkyPoint Observation deck
Situated on the 77th floor of the Q1 Building in Surfer’s Paradise, you essentially get an unhampered perspective on the whole Gold Coast. You can likewise appreciate a few beverages and light eats – I decided on the turmeric latte, which I continued ordering wherever in Australia.
In the event that you can’t do the trek to the top of the building, I would at present very suggest taking the elevator to the observation deck. You can book the SkyPoint Observation Deck ticket here, which gives you a direct standardized tag passage. With the SkyPoint climb, we likewise got a free section of the perception deck.
Take a Surfing Lesson!
One night, we concluded that we should take a stab at surfing at some point while on this Gold Coast trip. All things considered, Gold Coast is known for surfing! So we looked on the web and booked a Gold Coast Surfing Lesson. The surfing exercise? I’m not going to mislead anybody, it is hard. Toward the start of the lesson, our teacher gave us instructions on the best way to oar and remain on the board, at that point off we go to the sea. The most tiring part for me was to paddle out into the ocean. The waves here in this part of the world are exceptionally strong. Yet that is the reason Gold Coast is so popular for surfing! We completed a short 3-hour lesson and before the finish of it, I could kinda remain on the board a bit. . .however not so much. I think if you are truly going to surf, you need to go more than once.
See Koalas and Australian Wildlife
An outing to Australia isn’t finished until you see a Koala! I suggest Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a short drive from the Gold Coast. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a legacy recorded zoological greenhouse inherent 1947. The Sanctuary presently houses a portion of Australia’s local creatures, for example, Koalas, Dingos, and Saltwater Crocodiles.
On the off chance that you are searching for a more extensive scope of creatures, you may be keen on doing the Australia Zoo Day Tour, which is around two hours drive from Gold Coast (the visit incorporates transport so you don’t need to stress over that). The Australia Zoo used to be called Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park, which was claimed by the late Steve Irwin’s folks and the haven where Steve used to assist when he was youthful. The name was later changed to Australia Zoo by Steve Irwin himself. Right up ’til today the zoo is as yet possessed by his widow Teri. You can see a wide scope of fowls, warm-blooded creatures, and reptiles in this zoo.
Go Watch the Surfers at Currumbin Alley
Currumbin Alley is a well-known surf break along Gold Coast. It is where Currumbin spring meets the sea, where it shapes a limited rear way, ideal for surfers to get the wave. For the non-surfers like us, regardless we had an extraordinary time strolling along with the stones and seeing how the further developed surfers would get the wave off these stones with solid waves!
Visit Surfer’s Paradise and Eat at Betty’s Burger
I went for Betty’s Classic and the Vanilla thick shake. The burger was delightful and crisply made. The thick shake is actually similar to the name infers – it’s thick. It nearly feels like it’s a dissolved dessert! Generally speaking, I delighted in this spot and I thought it was very moderate in respect to different eateries in Australia.
I saw that they have a branch in Noosa too later on in the excursion, and the line for that Betty’s circumvents the corner. The branch here at Surfer’s Paradise was additionally packed, however at any rate we didn’t need to arrange!
Go for a short walk at the Botanical Garden
We happened to see a sign for the Botanic Gardens as we were driving back to the inn, and since it was a pleasant day, we have chosen… why not? We should look at it. It wound up being a decent walk around the recreation center. I envision this is a nearby activity – I see individuals in their running clothing and families lounging around having an excursion. It was a decent break from the city and I got the chance to have a turmeric latte here again at the bistro.
Visit Tamborine Mountain
Tamborine Mountain is a celebrated region close Gold Coast. You might need to book Tamborine Mountain Tour which incorporates get and drop off. In this visit, you’ll be doing some go 4×4 romping 4WD ride, rainforest stroll to a cascade and boomerang exercise.
Climb up Mount Warning for an incredible perspective on the dawn
Disclaimer: There are no photos going with this part since we didn’t get the opportunity to do the climb. Gold Coast was hit by a typhoon half a month preceding the visit, and Mount Warning way was shut. We had officially influenced the drive to up there at the profane hour of 4 am while the sky was as yet dim, yet I was compelled to turn back when we understood that we can’t continue. In transit back, as the sky began to illuminate, we could see the impact of the sea tempest – there were as yet fallen trees and cleaned up furnishings on the waterway!
In any case, on the off chance that the mountain is open for climbing, at that point, definitely, kindly do attempt it! I heard extraordinary things about Mount Warning, particularly for dawn. Simply be careful that it may not be a simple climb and be set up for it.
Visit the Gold Coast Night Markets for Music, Food and Drink
This was a significant important one for me since there was simply so much sustenance! I had some good times examining different imaginative kinds of dishes and the specialty brews. My preferred slows down at the market are The Notorious E.A.T., on the grounds that their dishes names are clever tributes to east drift American rap scene and the World Famous Funnel Cake, a fun corner of delightful women moving and presenting wanton channel cakes before you.
Also, I’ll state it again – Do not miss the Golden Hour
This is likely my preferred piece of visiting the Gold Coast. The dawn and dusk were constantly epic, each and every day no matter what. I’ve referenced Kirra Lookout point in Coolangatta, however, Broadbeach is likewise an incredible spot to get the nightfall from as it will, in general, be all the calmer. On a crisp morning, you can watch the shading slope in the sky changes from blue to pink and orange as the sun slowly sets on the opposite side (Gold Coast is on the east shoreline of Australia.