Surfers Horizons

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7 nights in Gold Coast to hire coach or not

by AppleGrace

We are in a group of 15 (9 adults + 5 teenagers + 1 kids, age 12), will be staying at Plaza Apartment, Surfers Paradise in early March for 7 nights. Our arriving time will be at 9pm. We are not so much on theme parks. Our draft plan is as follows:

1) Stanthorpe (purpose to see lavender, fruit farms)
2) Moreton Island
3) Brisbane
4) Movie World + Paradise country farm (purpose is to see sheep shedding).
5) Mud-crab tour
6) Mt Tambourine
7) Tropical Fruit World
8) Carrara Market, Harbour Town

I need help here:
1) Should we stay 2 nights in Brisbane since Stanthorpe and Moreton are nearer to Brisbane. I need to confirm my accommodation at Surfer Paradise soon.
2) Do you think we should hire a coach or travel by Public Transport? Which way is more economical?
3) Should we join a tour company for the entire visitation? We will join tour for Stanthorpe, Moreton Island, Mud-crab tour. I can get a train down to Brisbane and getting around at Brisbane by City Cat, bus to Carrara Market, Casino and Harbour Town but not sure of Mt Tambourine and Tropical Fruit World.
Warm Regards,

Re: 7 nights in Gold Coast to hire coach or not

by Mikebb

Hi First decide whether you wish to stay a few days in Brisbane and go their direct on arrival. There is an Airport train and shuttle service, I have taken the shuttle to Surfers Paradise/ Gold Coast, excellent service to hotel door. With your numbers this will be expensive, maybe contact the Shuttle coy and negotiate a price.

Good public bus service on Gold Coast which will get you to Theme parks and beaches along coast. Check mini bus rental per day and work out whether cheaper to rent.

Definetaly rent mini bus for day trips into hinterland.

Brisbane has a difficult one way inner city road system which gave me trouble at night when hiring a car from the airport. I have travelled to Brisbane many times on business, but always took a taxi. If arriving during day time driving to the city would be much easier. I do not think you need a vehicle in Brisbane. Hire the mini van the day you travel to the Gold Coast and use it to see the Brisbane sights located outside the city centre, then head to Gold Coast.

Some Web pages which may assist:

Use Virtual Tourist travel pages for research.

Good Luck,

Travel Tips for Gold Coast

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Ten Pin Bowling!!

by grantravel

There are 3 bowling alley's on the Gold Coast, there use to be more but they have been closed down.

Ashmore Bowl is the biggest and the best of the bowling alleys on offer. They have a disco lights night every Saturday. The Surfers Paradise Tenpin has neon (glow in the dark) bowling all the time.

Book ahead to avoid having to wait around for a lane.

Ashmore Bowl:
20 Lanes
Fully licensed bar/Restaurant
137 Currumburra Rd Ashmore
Phone: 5539 6433

Surfers Paradise Tenpin:
16 Lanes
L1 Paradise Centre Cavil Ave
Phone: 5538 5222

Coolangatta/ Tweed Bowl:
16 Lanes
58 Wharf St, Tweed Heads
Phone: 5536 1606


by AussieKitten

After a day on the beach, visiting the theme parks or exploring the Hinterland, there's a plethora of night time activities to satisfy everyone - whether you're in the mood to party or just want a romantic evening out.

Surfers Paradise is the Coast's after-dark entertainment hotspot, with a huge selection of nightclubs, bars and restaurants for younger and older patrons.

Popular Surfers nightspots include Cocktails and Dreams, Shooters Saloon Bar, Hard Rock Cafe, Melba's, and Billy's Beach House, while Orchid Avenue and the beach end of Cavill Avenue offer alfresco cafes, restaurants and snack bars. The Pub, Crawl and Cruise tour is a MUST for those that enjoy party games, meeting new people, dancing and drinking! Nightclubs are also located at Coolangatta and Broadbeach

If you're in the mood for a great live show, gambling, dine casually or formally or just enjoy a relaxing drink with friends, Conrad Jupiters is open 24 hours.

A quick monorail ride across the highway from the Casino is the Broadbeach Mall, which boasts some of the Gold Coast's best restaurants covering a wide range of international cuisines.

The Tweed contains some of Australia's leading licensed clubs, such as Twin Towns and Seagulls, offering poker machines, dining and major entertainment.

For serious theatre buffs, the Gold Coast Arts Centre has regular top-line productions, classical music concerts, ballets and recitals. The clubs tend to be smart casual to club-wear.

Million Dollar view

by jamiesamui about Northcliffe Surf Club

Northcliffe Surf Club is an above average licenced club bistro.

The menu has a very wide choice of meals to suit most at a reasonable price.

The restaurant is very spacious but it is advisable to book as it gets quite busy especially weekends.

Copy & paste this link for the bistro menu I really liked the Deane Parmagiana & my wife liked the Seafood Marinara.

On one side of this tower is...

by Jimmytravel

On one side of this tower is the Giant Drop. You sit in a chair,being lifted nearly 120 meters,sait a couple of seconds on the top....then dropped!!! Free fall for almost 5 seconds! You're to shocked to scream. On the other side of the tower is the Tower of Terror,a 'car' that takes you from 0 to 160 kph in seven seconds! 400 meters straight forward,then 120 meters straight upwards!!! Cool.


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