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Surfers Paradise - Burleigh Heads or Coolangatta?

by LynneNewbury

I am travelling to the Gold Coast next February and want to visit Surfers Paradise, but don't necessarily want to stay there cause from what I have seen on the news it can be quite dangerous. I have read that Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta is nice - is it easy to get to see Surfers Paradise from either of these locations? Are there local buses or trains?

Re: Surfers Paradise - Burleigh Heads or Coolangatta?

by balhannah

hi there, Love your home town of Vancouver.
Surfers Paradise is quite all right in the day time, I just wouldn't walk around at night on my own. Buses run the whole length of the gold coast, and there are free shuttles to the theme parks. Have a look at my Tweed heads & gold coast pages, by clicking on my name. The coolangatta/tweed heads area is very pretty. QDeck (high tower) is worth going up to see the fantastic views. have a look at this website for more info.
www.goldcoast.com.au
February should be very hot.
Have a great time in Australia. Email me if you need more help.
Dee

Re: Surfers Paradise - Burleigh Heads or Coolangatta?

by balhannah

Sorry, the shuttles are not free. For buses, see www.surfside.com.au

Re: Surfers Paradise - Burleigh Heads or Coolangatta?

by tropicrd

I agree with the above reply---Burleigh Heads is quite nice too.
The bus service is pretty good--it runs all along the Gold Coast Highway.

Travel Tips for Gold Coast

Visit : ...

by timtrina

Visit : http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/t_std2.asp?PID=612

This is the official Gold Coast Tourism Bureau website for visitors - links to webcams (x 4), fact sheets, information / brochure requests, transport, shopping, etc. Everything you'll ever need to know about the coast! The people - it's a very 'laid back' atmosphere to be in. As the Gold Coast is probably at least 1/4 tourists at any given time, and another 1/4 of the population is involved in the hospitality industry, you meet many different and wonderful people.

Sun protectant is essential

by ssquah

I would have thought that coming from a South-East Asian country, I would be rather immune from the sun's rays but no. Despite the overcast skies during the first two days of my stay at Surfer's Paradise and being out in the open only in the morning of a glorious third day, I came home to Malaysia sun-burnt. Yes, Asians can be equally affected by Australia's sun. Don't be fooled by the overcast sky. A sun protectant is necessary for all if you don't want to finish your holiday all itchy and skin peeling from the sun-burnt.

Sunshine State - and proud of it!

by Gwynneth

Know that the Gold Coast can boast an average of 245 days of fine weather each year and daytime temperatures above 22 degrees for 279 days a year.

Yes! This is truly the Sunshine State and we're very proud of it. The Gold Coast is located on the Eastern seaboard of Australia just 80km south of the City of Brisbane.Beautiful one day... perfect the next... that's the Gold Coast which attracts over 3 million visitors a year. Famed for it's 42 kilometres of golden beaches and its ideal climate which boasts an average winter warmth of 22c.

Whether you want full-on action or a relaxing retreat you'll find it on the Gold Coast . The world class beaches are famous, surrounded by Hinterlands National Parks and Rain Forests just a short distance away from the busy cosmopolitan Down Town area.

Most international airlines...

by loobear

Most international airlines lands at the city of Brisbane and making your way to the Gold Coast would entails taking a coach or driving down on your own. Journey by road would roughly take about 40 minutes to an hour, depending on the traffic conditions. Most major car rental companies can be found at Brisbane Int'l airport. I'd the distinction of taking a car with the licence plate...718COW.
The best way of getting around the Gold Coast is to drive. The roads there are well maintained and traffic signs are prominently display and locals are easy to get along.
Note of advice: vehicles in Australia have the steering wheel on the right.

HIT the beach, what else?!?

by xuessium

The idea of going to the Gold Coast and not hit the beach is like you saying you want to climb a mountain and yet refusing to lift one foot to do so. Of course, hit the beach! Everyone's have an opinion on which part of the Gold Coast has the best beaches (there are 21 patrolled beaches along the 60km stretch; now try walking that from end to end!), but since I was at Surfer's Paradise, my opinion is thus limited to that stretch.

Once known as Elston, Surfers Paradise had a name change in the 1920's. Even though Surfers Paradise is a busy beach, the crowd doesn't really take away any of its amazing natural beauty.

The beach was fantastic. Soft and comfortable to touch; my only complaint was that the sand wasn't white enough! (Basic human flaw, folks) With the name, yes, the stretch is popular with surfers. The sea is never devoid of them! Come here to be seen: you'll see plenty of well tanned surfer dudes and gals with washboard abs, flaunting their assets!

And never fear, cafes and shopping areas are just a short walk away if you are ever done with the beach!

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