If you’re visiting the Gold Coast then there are a few things you should say at the best person to ask is local…
Now, of course, it depends what you’re visiting from but if you’re coming from cold weather such as Melbourne during the winter time or even overseas then you going to want to take advantage of the warmer weather and the especially mild winter on the Gold Coast.
One of the most iconic things to do is to visit the beach is here on the GC. We are home to some of the most pristine white Sandy Beaches that you’ll find anywhere around the world. Some key pics from a local at Burleigh beach, Currumbin alley, Duranbah, and Rainbow Bay.
these beaches are a little off the tourist path and not usually seen by visitors which is great if you’re looking for something a little out of the way and more along the lines of what locals would see. A big tip is to avoid Surfers Paradise Beach. Even though it is just as beautiful as the other beaches it is more prone to be very busy more likely to be a little dirty and gives you less of the authentic Goldcoast experience than the other beaches will.
If you’re the adventurous type then I strongly suggest hiring a surfboard and possibly even taking a learn to surf class. This will give you the full Gold Coast experience and even if you have two left feet you’ll still have so much fun.
Secondly, the Gold Coast is very well known for its theme parks. There are four major theme parks including Dreamworld, Movie World, Seaworld, and wet and wild. All these theme parks a world-class and will take a full day to visit each one. I’d recommend avoiding Wet’n’Wild during the winter simply because the water is a little cold and swimming during winter time isn’t super Pleasant. If you don’t have kids then ID recommend Sea World because it’s got a lot of sea life and it’s very interesting for kids as well as adults.
You should also consider visiting Mount Tamborine. This is right in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast and it’s extremely picturesque and beautiful surrounded by Greenery and rolling hills. In the main strip of Tamborine Mountain, there are quaint little cafes, art galleries, beautiful restaurants comma and the classic fudge shop which you must visit if you’re going up the mountain.
The Gold Coast is also home to some of Australia’s best shopping centres such as Robina Town Centre and Pacific Fair which offer hundreds of popular stores as well as many speciality stores. They’ve both been recently renovated and had new wings added which has made them more attractive than ever and definitely worth a visit.
You obviously have to visit Surfers Paradise. It’s certainly the most touristy thing you can do on the Gold Coast but it’s still become iconic as the heart of the coast when people come to visit because it’s where all the high rises and hotels and a majority of the restaurants are located.