The Gold Coast has a number of theme parks, as well as many other attractions, Beaches, Bushland, Sanctuary Cove..
It is also in the vicinity of several other towns/cities, that can easily be visited on a day trip. Brisbane and Tweed Heads are definitely worth a visit.
Fondest memory: Everything about the Gold Coast region is beautiful, especially the climate.
Favorite thing: Just sticking another pix up of Hastings Point for emphasis haha. This is the best local tip you'll get of the Gold Coast. Hastings Point is south of the border along the coast road past Kingscliff and Cabaritta. Don't blink or you might miss it is small. But you probably will not miss the lovely sight of Hastings Point lagoon as you pass over a bridge. Anyway, here's a pic from one of the houses up on the hill overlooking the ocean.
It's a fair bet that one of the things you'll do is go to the beach while you're on the Gold Coast. That is, after all, the reason the whole place started.
Fondest memory: When I first came up here from Newcastle it was basically Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise. My first trip also co-incided with the commencement of the never-ceasing boom and the sprawl of development that seeks to swallow up every last bit of land in the area, sometimes with little thought of the environment.
I can recall a time when there was a warning sign about koalas crossing near Currumbin. Of course, they never had a chance. They only ones you'll see here now are in a zoo. Once you rip the habitat out it's bye, bye animals.
The lasting thing is the beaches, but even that has changed. What used to be three breaks at Snapper Rocks, Coolongatta and Kirra is now just one when the big swells roll in as tonnes of sand and some flawed development have seen the beach change shape forever.......................until man decides to change it again.
This particular photo is of North Burleigh or Miami, take your pick, they're so close they overlap. It just happens to be my grandaughter in the snap on a day when I had my first surf of the year and had my first day at the beach with her.
When you think of the Gold Coast, you should be thinking about beautiful beaches.
Surfers Paradise is known as the Gold Coast’s beach capital. Nearby, you can hire Surfboards and Body Boards and there are plenty of outdoor cafes.
You may even think it will be very crowded in this popular area, but this isn't the case, WELL not like I have seen elsewhere in the world.
There is plenty of paid parking, public toilets, lounging chairs on the esplanade overlooking the beach and easy access to the Beach. Plenty of shops are nearby. The Beach is kept clean and is patrolled by Life Savers. If you get into trouble in the water, put your hand up, and they will come to your rescue.
YOU MUST SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS. This is for your own safety, as there are rips in the ocean that will take you out to sea. Don't get caught by swimming somewhere calm, this is usually where the rip is located.
Beach conditions can and do vary on a daily basis making even the most popular beaches prone to rips, gutters and currents.
There are signs on the walls and fencing that explain what all the flags mean, so have a read and take note. IN very rough weather, the Beaches are closed for your safety.
So, come for swim, remember to "slip, slop, slap" ....remember to put the sunscreen and a hat on, and bring some water for a drink.
I am not one for busy crowded beaches, I prefer ones with less people, but still with the Life Savers on patrol for my safety, OR still water ones.
Some of the quiet Beaches are The Spit, Main Beach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach ,Main Beach ,Tallebudgera and Bilinga.
I love the water without the waves, especially at Tallebudgera Creek, Tallebudgera. There's a patrolled area on the southern side of the estuary while the opposite side has a sandy beach and shallow swimming space where you see learner surfers. It's fun sitting and watching people boating, water-skiing, windsurfing and canoeing.
The Gold Coast Broadwater stretches from Southport to Hope Island, has lots of beaut spots. You can even fish and catch a Whiting or Flathead!
There are plenty of spots, so just go for a drive and you will find plenty.
I recommend to walk around beach. In Octorber to swim in the sea was a little bit cold. But in this season tourist number is relatively not so many, you can sea beautiful calm beach. There ware whitecaps on the sea.
Fondest memory: The breeze was blowing pleasantly in this beach. Very comfortable. Always.
The beach, the atmosphere, to total relaxation of it all.
Some useful websites for the Gold Coast are:
Fondest memory: White sand beaches, clear water, rolling surf, rocky hinterlands, swimming, snorkelling, beach barbecues....a typical Queensland summer....
The beaches are great, even in mid-winter people are still swimming and surfing.The climate is fantastic, the water was so clear that I could see through the waves.
Fondest memory: Coolangatta, where we spent a couple of days. It is about 15 minutes drive from Surfers but has a totally different feel to it.It seems more laid back and relaxed (if that is possible) and not as 'touristy'.
Visit the beaches and many malls. SeaWorld is an absolute must.
Fondest memory: I was impressed with the amount of couples, young and old, that show displays of affection in public. Everything seems to be family oriented. Visits to the beaches even prove this family unity.
'Sun, surf and sand'. Gold Coast is one of the top ten beaches in the world and also the top tourist destination in Australia. Famous for its stunning beaches, subtropical rainforest and great entertainment options.
Fondest memory: The excellent atmosphere here keeps the city lively and spirited all the time. Just enjoy yourself!
My favourite part of the Gold Coast is actually the very bottom of it - Coolangatta Beach. Being just a stones throw from the New South Wales border it is about 20 minutes south of Surfers Paradise (the Gold Coast's 'heart'). Coolie shares its beauty with Greenmount Beach. Both are safe swimming in and you actually have your own breathing space on the beach near the flags.
Fondest memory: Given I've spent my life on these beaches I can't say one such moment, though when I close my eyes (not so easy to type that way!!) I can see the normal sight - a beautiful sandy beach that seems to stretch on forever. The Surfers Paradise area ('Surfers'...notice how we shorten everything - lazy mob huh?) has a beach thats about 42 klms long (don't quote me on that) so for those people who like to run till they reach the end and then turn around...prepare yourself. I walk, stop and stare at the beauty of the wave just rolling in, one after the other. Bizarre concept that. So the best moment is every moment. I don't think I've had a bad one yet. Even when I've run there brimming with tears and a nervous system that could launch a rocket I've walked away serene. Water - my calmer. Screw yoga - go sit on the beach and veg out!!!
This iconic spot on the Gold Coast is often pictured with crisp waves and subtle offshore breezes and a top surfer cranking down the line. Of course, fans of mine will know that you don't always get the obvious in my pages.
Fondest memory: Thus it was that I went down to get a snap of Burleigh on my way back to Newcastle and found exactly what you see here - onshore winds, no swell and some sort of renovation playing havoc with the beach. As always with life, expect the unexpected, that way you'll never be disappointed.
Burleigh does have many good days but, on summer afternoons, you can count them on one hand. This is what you're more likely to get.
Having said all that, it's still a nice beach and is backed by plenty of cafes and shops with accommodation as far as the eye can see along the coast.
Favorite thing: The beautiful beach at the Gold Coast...ahhh... We got to this beach too early in the morning to go swimming so instead we just went for a long walk...there were many other joggers and walkers out also. It's a great way to spend the early morning hours...
Favorite thing: Here's the beach at Surfers Paradise early one morning... You'll find lots of joggers and surfers at this time but not so many swimmers... :)
visit all beaches at gold coast is along 42 km, its from coolangatta to southport.
Fondest memory: oh i really miss surfer paradise....and i miss everything there....