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    EMERGENCIES & IMPORTANT NUMBERS

    by balhannah Updated Oct 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: In the case of an emergency, where you may need
    POLICE, FIRE OR AMBULANCE, dial 000.
    The operator will ask relevant questions, and arrange an appropriate response from the local Police, Ambulance or Fire Service.

    Calls from Mobile phones to 000 are FREE

    For non emergencies call 131 233.

    Gold Coast Police
    Crime is not a serious problem, but if you do need the Police here are some local numbers......

    There are four main police stations on the Gold Coast at Southport (07 5571 4222); Surfers Paradise (07 5570 7888); Coolangatta (07 5536 2444); Broadbeach (07 5581 2800).

    For emergencies dial 000.
    This is an important number to remember!

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    The canal developments and marinas

    by tiabunna Written Mar 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Actually, it’s interesting that there is a section of the Gold Coast which is largely free of the high-rise blight. It’s at the northern end, beyond Southport and off to the side of Moreton Bay and the Coomera River. Here the style is decidedly upmarket, with expensive houses and units of no more than two floors clustered around various canal developments and marinas (though there now seem to be extensive canal developments inland from the main tourist areas for much of the Coast) . The wedding we attended was alongside a marina in exactly one of these areas.

    The development of these marina areas was initiated by some of the most ‘colourful’, shall we say, land developers back in the 1980s, when they gained the name The white shoe brigade because their favoured footwear was a pair of white boating shoes. Any environmental impact of their activities was quite irrelevant! In any case, this part of the Coast is now quiet, non-touristy and upmarket. It’s interesting though, that in a boat dealers’ office there were a considerable number of boats on the market – a sign of the new financial times we face globally?

    So to the bottom line. Should you have the time to divert yourself from the theme parks the entertainment industry would like you to visit, or from the National Parks I have suggested you visit, a detour to the canal developments will give you a different perspective of the Coast.

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    Wandering around Surfers Paradise

    by tiabunna Updated Mar 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Strange that VT expects whatever I add here is a "Favourite Thing"! Surfers is a great place for people-watching as I have mentioned, but it’s also interesting just to look at the high-rise developments which have taken over. Most of these are apartment blocks, either for rental by tourists or for permanent accommodation. There are hotels to backpacker hostels, catering for all levels of financial status.

    I do have to wonder though, at the need for all these high-rise buildings, which I find totally incompatible with my idea of what beaches are about. Most of all, apart from the need to say “ours is the biggest” whatever justification is there for buildings such as the Q1 tower, Australia’s highest building at 77 floors and (as it is claimed) the highest residential tower in the world?

    During your walk around Surfers, you also will no doubt see the sign just above the entry to the famous beach. It may not quite rank in terms of global recognition or scale with the big sign saying “Hollywood” on the hills, but it is well known in this part of the world. That’s it in the top photo for this tip.

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    Southport

    by aberacadabra Updated Nov 15, 2007

    Favorite thing: Top-One Restaurant, Mount Tamborine,
    Stumbling upon a Thai Buddhist temple with a monastic community in Nerang.

    Fondest memory: Southport is the de-facto capital of the Gold Coast and so, it's where you go to get administrative and government related work done. The first thing you'll notice about the Southport-set is they're very different from the other denizens of the Gold Coast.
    There was a memorable occasion when I was walking from the Southport Hospital to Australia Fair to meet my partner for lunch, and whilst on my way past a café, there were two young men who made my day with rude taunts for no apparent reason. It wasn't nice, but there wasn't any point at all in engaging these two rednecks. After all, it IS Southport.

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  • The best and worst of Gold Coast

    by ssquah Written Nov 15, 2007

    Favorite thing: Three things that impressed me most:
    1. An efficient transport system
    2. Clean public toilets
    3. Strangers can be nice and polite to one another

    Three things that impressed me least:
    1. Tourists who are angels during the day can turn into devils at night (I've seen how the people behaved at night)
    2. Over-priced souvenirs, especially at Surfer's Paradise (far cheaper elsewhere)
    3. A modern city that lacks a cultural soul (the place is all about the beaches and the pubs/night-life)

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    Gold Coast Mixed Culture

    by RoseAmano Written Oct 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: I saw many people come here. Japanese, Chinese, Korean and of course Australians. When I stay here, I saw many Chinese people, mandarin sound. So here is mixed culture. For example one of the Korean food, "Vivinba"mixed with tomato ketchup and red pepper. It was first time for me to eat such Korean food. But maybe this is one of mixed culture.

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    Schoolies week/s in November!

    by Aquacraig Written Jun 24, 2007

    Favorite thing: As another fellow local has suggested to me, a good time to stay away from central Surfers Paradise is the end of year during 'Schoolies weeks' . This usually occurs in November. So if you dont mind sharing your hotel, beaches, restaurants and streets with thousands upon thousands of 17 year olds who are celebrating the end of high school then by all means do visit !
    But if you do require sleep at any stage during your holiday at this time then you really should stay at the north end of the Gold Coast or in the hinterland ( mountain areas).
    The island resorts are also ideal.

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    Clean air, clear water....

    by Aquacraig Updated Jun 10, 2007

    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: 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!!

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    Slip Slop Slap

    by robertgaz Written Oct 30, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The sun down under can be fiercely hot and unrellenting causing one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. The Slip Slop Slap campaign started way back in the 80's encouraging Aussies to protect their skin by Slipping on a shirt, Slopping on some sunscreen and Slapping on a hat.

    "I love this sunburnt country,
    But not a sunburnt face.
    So even on a cloudy day,
    Slop on sunscreen just in case."

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    The culture of the new

    by iandsmith Written Apr 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: It's rare to see any old buildings in Surfers Paradise. The post WWII boom, particularly in the 70's and 80's saw prices and buildings rocket, both in an upward direction. I liked this shot because of the photographic opportunity it offered but noticed it had the contrast of the original rowing club building superimposed on the background of a bank building. Reflected in the middle is the highest high rise apartment block in the world.

    Fondest memory: The amount of glass used in Gold Coast architecture must leave the glass manufacturers wringing their hands in glee. What it does do, for those who have the time to notice, is throw up some wonderful distortions and reflections. I like to think this is one.

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    So much to do on the Gold Coast!!!

    by aussirose Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Visit the theme parks.
    Walk up Mt Warning.
    Stroll along a beach at sunrise.
    Picnic on a beach at sunset.
    Go see Currumbin Bird Santuary for the day.
    Shop at Pacific Fair.
    Shop at Marina Mirage.
    Visit lovely hinterland with quaint gift shops.
    See O'Reilys in the hinterland.
    Just do the tourist thing in Surfers.
    Go to Draculas theme restaurant for dinner.
    Take a dinner cruise up the canels of Surfers.
    Go south to Cabaritta, Hastings Point.
    Venture further to Byron Bay.
    Have a cultural experience in Nimbin.
    Or a secluded beach picnic to Black Rock.

    Fondest memory: Shell collecting with the kids on Hastings Point Beach sth of Tweed Heads then making shell chimes with a nice glass of wine on our mobile home verandah.
    Also catching some sun at the crystal clear lagoon.

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    Say "hi" to high rise

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I'm not sure it's my favourite thing but it is certainly an unavoidable thing. I can remember back in the 60's and 70's when this was the crane capital of Australia. Today you can see the results.

    Fondest memory: Heck, we even have the world's highest residential block right on the Gold Coast. It's the tall one in the background.
    The area shown here encompasses the hub of Surfers Paradise. This is where most of the nightlife is but it is certainly not the only place for entertainment on the Gold Coast.

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    Lovely view of the beach in the evening

    by bkarjee Updated Mar 13, 2006

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    Favorite thing: One day, we were taking a stroll along the Surfers Paradise beach, when suddenly black clouds built up. It seemed as if it was going to rain. I took out my camers and took a few shots of the dark overcast sky, with the lighted up building in the background. It was looking lovely. But it didnt rain.

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    Lovely views of the beach from our hotel room

    by bkarjee Written Mar 13, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The hotel (Surfers Pacific Tower) where we were staying in Surfers Paradise had lovely views of the beach from every room including the kitchen. I would sit in the balcony of the hotel for hours togather, sipping beer and munching ground nuts.
    The manager of the Hotel was very happy when we told them that we live in Singapore. Her elder son was also staying in Singapore for last 3 years and she was planning to visit Singapore in couple of months for her daughter-in-law's delivery. We would talk at length about the various tourist places on the eastern coast of Australia. She had visited almost all popular places in East coast and was urging us to visit some additional places which were better then gold coast but not as popular among International tourists.
    The sun would be up at 05:30 hrs and in the early morning hours, a lot of people would go for long walks along the beach and the beach petrol were up in action since early morning hours. Most of the time, I would see the red yellow flags on the beach, indicating that one needs to swim between these flag posts. They were monitored by the coast guards. And they were very helpful guys.

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    Lovely views of the beach from our hotel room

    by bkarjee Written Mar 13, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The hotel (Surfers Pacific Tower) where we were staying in Surfers Paradise had lovely views of the beach from every room including the kitchen. I would sit in the balcony of the hotel for hours togather, sipping beer and munching ground nuts.
    The manager of the Hotel was very happy when we told them that we live in Singapore. Her elder son was also staying in Singapore for last 3 years and she was planning to visit Singapore in couple of months for her daughter-in-law's delivery. We would talk at length about the various tourist places on the eastern coast of Australia. She had visited almost all popular places in East coast and was urging us to visit some additional places which were better then gold coast but not as popular among International tourists.
    The sun would be up at 05:30 hrs and in the early morning hours, a lot of people would go for long walks along the beach and the beach petrol were up in action since early morning hours. Most of the time, I would see the red yellow flags on the beach, indicating that one needs to swim between these flag posts. They were monitored by the coast guards. And they were very helpful guys.

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