Blue, sky, white sand and lots of sun!
The beach, the atmosphere, to total relaxation of it all.
Some useful websites for the Gold Coast are:
http://www.wotson.com.au/ White sand beaches, clear water, rolling surf, rocky hinterlands, swimming, snorkelling, beach barbecues....a typical Queensland summer....
The climate is subtropical and the region enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.
Spring: Sept-Nov 15-25C (57-77F)
Summer: Dec-Feb 20-28C (67-83F)
Autumn: Mar-May 15-25C (57-77F)
Winter: Jun-Aug 11-21C (52-70F)
The Dam is located about 15kms from Nerang on the Gold Coast. It has lovely picnic areas, and you can freshwater fish here, but you need a permit, which costs $5 for a week. The website will tell you where you can buy these from. The great thing about Hinze Dam is when it overflows over the wall, you can walk through a tunnel underneath, and view the water from the inside out, the noise of the water is deafening. It is quite an experience, one not to be missed. You can walk through the tunnel anytime, but when the dam is full and overflowing is the best.
From Mudgeeraba, take road to Tallai, Gilston, follow signs to Dam,
from Nerang, take road to Advancetown, follow signs to Dam.
As of January 2011, Hinze Dam is closed until further notice.
Rail- Gold Coast to Brisbane
Trains run at regular intervals from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. Bus connections to Surfers Paradise are available from the Helensvale and Robina stations.
Phone the Trans Info Hotline on 13 1230 for up to date information on train and bus services. Bus connections are also available from Nerang Railway Station to Surfers Paradise. Visit the Queensland Rail website for a current train timetable.
The estimated travelling time from Robina to Brisbane is 60 minutes. Trains run from approximately 5am till midnight.
Q1: World's tallest residential building
You can't miss the Q1 building along the skyline of Surfers Paradise. This is the world's tallest residential tower. There's an observation desk, open to the public, offering 360degree views of Surfers Paradise, and beyond.