Clean air, clear water....
I think the most impressive feature of the Gold Coast is the fact that you notice the difference in the air and water. Going down to Surfers Paradise Beach on a nice clear morning you will see nothing nicer than the clean clear barrel waves as they roll onto the clean white sands of the beach.
At night you can hear the surf breaking on the beach for up to 500 metres away. Its a nice sound to go to sleep to. Swimming in the summer is my favorite thing to do. At the peak of summer you can stay in the water until 6pm as the surf patrols stay until nearly this hour in peak times.
Peak times for the Gold Coast are the summer from December 26 until end of January.
Easter week is also busy as it is still warm.
Best months to visit...April and May ! Weather is perfect!!
Keep an ear out for it but.
Queenslanders in general have a very odd habit in speech. Rather than place the word but at the beginning of a sentence, they put it at the end which often makes people think they still have something to say. For example:
"Shall we go swimming today?"
"It's raining but."
This leads the uninformed to think that the speaker is still going to say something like:
"It's raining but we are going to get wet anyway," when really they are saying "But it's raining."
Apparently this drives most people crazy, especially Victorians. That's their own fault for liking AFL but. ;-)
Springbrook National Park
Plunging waterfalls, cool rainforests, rugged gorges beckon you to Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Springbrook lies on a chain of mountains stretching across the Queensland-New South Wales border. Many walking tracks ranging from easy to challenging take you to scenic lookouts, spectacular waterfalls and ancient rainforests.
At about 900m above sea level it can be cool here even during the summer. Rainfall averages 3000mm a year mostly between December and March. The drier months from May to October are probably the best time to visit.
Please feel free to drop by and check out my more comprehensive tips for the simply stunning Springbrook National Park.
Train to the Coast
Back in the old days when I was a kid, we took many family holidays at the Coast. Travel in those days was by the train hauled, usually, by two elderly PB15 steam engines. At a little bush siding the line split, one track heading to Southport and the other to Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. There was a lengthy break while the engines rearranged themselves, one to each line, with the appropriate carriages. It was all rather relaxed, so the passengers would get out to stretch their legs and it was common practice to take the billy to the engine for water to make tea. Bygone days indeed!
In later years, ‘progressive’ politicians closed the railway and sold the land, which occupied one side of the main street of Coolangatta: shops replaced the station. Of course, eventually there was a realisation that a railway to the Gold Coast had been a good idea, so a new one was built, with trains running from Brisbane Airport via Brisbane to the Coast. Except that they don’t run all the way to the Coast, they now stop at a place called Robina, a sort of western suburb somewhere behind Southport. If you travel by train, I guess there are buses or taxis from there to your destination. Since beginning to prepare this page, I have read that the highway between the Gold Coast and Brisbane is projected to become Australia’s busiest road within a few years: not surprising, given the inadequate public transport.
This was one of the very nice restaurants in the hotel. You can try some local delicacies like Moreton Bay Bugs (a shellfish) which are thicker than the meat of a lobster and have their own delightful taste.
Barramundi which can either be a salt or freshwater fish and considered by many as the best-tasting fish in Australia. Mud Crabs which are very sweet and succulent. Or try some Kangaroo or Emu meat. I had the Emu and was pleasantly surprised by the flavour and texture. Not what I imagined.