One of the "things to do" options listed is "Artheron tablelands" which, I have to say, amazes me. Firstly, it's Atherton Tablelands and secondly, it's about 2,000 kilometres away. The reef is also listed as an option and it's over 1,000 kilometres away. I should have thought there was a lot more of interest around the Gold Coast without having to go that far.
Things like surfing for instance, which is what an awful lot of people come here for.
The photo here is of the Annual Australian Surf Life Saving Carnival where they gather from all round the country to compete in many and varied events.
This happens to be the 2006 version at Kurrawa Beach where thousands of competitors and even more spectators flocked to view the carnival.
It's good to know that all these people, who are mainly volunteers, are prepared to give up their time in order to save lives and keep the beaches safe.
You can't get better beaches than in Australia, and the Gold Coast/Surfer's Paradise is no exception. If you go to the Gold Coast you've got no choice but to visit the beach. It runs the whole way along!
The beaches are pristine, stunningly beautiful and are a great way to spend a day. Think sparkling white sands stretching on and on, turquoise/blue water that meets the horizon. Sun, surf and sand - ahhh, Australia!
With fantastic weather all year-round, you can almost always enjoy a Gold Coast beach. There you will also see the famous Aussie lifeguards on duty. Make sure you swim between the flags! And don't forget your sunscreen.
We lived here for 7 years. Hastings Point is south of the border past Kingscliff and Cabaritta. It has the best beaches on the coast and a pretty lagoon inlet. If you are going for the day to Byron Bay, take the coast road turn off at Kingscliff and you will see Hastings Point on the way. There's a shop to buy hot chips for a snack :o)
Ok.... I'm a true beach lover... All my holidays got to have some fun at the beach.. But I don't go to those beaches in Singapore.. Our beaches are Ssooooo boring.......
Anyway, the beaches in Goldcoast are fantastic... Huge waves, white fine sands, hot sun and it's not humid... Though the sun is scorching, I didn't managed to get a tan... huh!!
Gold Coast has a great stretch of beaches starting from Coolangatta to South Straddie. Our beaches are world renowned for their beauty, cleanliness and fine surfing conditions and are probably the Gold Coast's biggest attraction.
Surfing is a popular sport on the Gold Coast, attracting some of the world's best. Duranbah, Burleigh Point, Kirra and South Stradbroke are just four of the many great surfing spots.
Cabaritta Beach is south of the border past Kingscliff. Here is where some great surfing contests are held. There is a nice pub right on the beach that does a nice lunch menu and of course the beach is lovely.
Surfers Paradise has some of the lovliest beaches in Queensland.
Probably the Gold Coast's biggest attraction.
Surfing is a major sport on the Gold Coast, attracting some of the world's best competitors.
The beaches are very clean, and kept that way with a daily grooming.
The Beaches are well known not only with Australians but being associated with the idea of Australia. They are probably the most important thing on the Gold Coast with sun worshipers and surfers.
There are 57kms of sand stretching from Rainbow Bay to South Stradbroke Island with 25 full-time lifeguards patrolling 14 beaches all year round. Surfing is a major sport on the Gold Coast, and attracts some of the world's best competitors.
The Gold Coast and Tweed Coast have some good surfing beaches for those of you who have a board. The picture was taken at Burleigh Heads point, one of the popular surfing beaches on the coast. Duranbah and Cabarita further down the Tweed Coast are also pretty good, and the drive down is good too.
Gold Coast excellent surfing beaches and headlands are famous to boardriders all over the world.
I've always thot of learning surfing but unfortunately none of my friends were interested. We ended up with swimming, taking photos and strolling the beach. Although I've yet to surf for the first time, I enjoy watching how people surf while imagine myself as one of the greatest.
The Gold Coast has 35 kilometres of beaches starting from the Queensland border. The beaches are world renowned for their beauty, cleanliness and fine surfing conditions, and are probably the Gold Coast's biggest attraction.
Surfing is a major sport on the Gold Coast, attracting some of the world's best competitors. Duranbah, Burleigh Point, Kirra and South Stradbroke are just four of the many great surfing spots, providing pumping surf and great barrels. The Gold Coast has played host to international championships such as the Billabong Pro. The Gold Coast also hosts the national surf lifesaving titles every year, attracting more than 5000 competitors and providing some fierce competition at Kurrawa beach. With more than 20 surf lifesaving clubs on the Gold Coast and many of the country's top ironmen and women living and training here, there is always plenty of action at weekend carnivals.
Rainbow Bay is a beautiful area on the border between QLD and NSW. There is a huge beach with white sand, clear water, a park with picnic tables, play equiment, and a beautiful walk around the headland. In summer the area is a messa for families and holiday makers looking for a more shelterted beach. There a re a growning number of restaurants and cafe's (the surf club has great food!) and lots of places to stay. But be warned, this place is still beautiful, so if you go there, please respect it so it's there for thers to enjoy.
For more information see my travelogues
Visiting Snapper Rocks and Point Danger
Snapper rocks (pictured) are at the end of Rainbow Bay, heading towards Duranbah and Point Danger. The increased sand in the area has covered a lot of the rocks up, but it's a cool place to explore. When the sand washes away there's a big pool which the ocean flows into. It can be a lot of fun at low tide (especially for the young at heart). There's some good surfing off the rocks too. The area used to be a dolphin pool years ago, and the remnants of that are still visible. The little cove below point danger has been used for weddings, and I have to say it looks pretty impressive.
Point Danger is just over the border into NSW, and has a great lookout. The views during the day are spectacular, and at night it's a great place to go for a walk. Take a picnic lunch or pick up some food at the local store and eat overlooking Duranbah beach.
If you are a surfer or body boarder, then believe it or not, surfers can really be a surfers paradise. D'bah, Kirra, are close. And if you take the boat to South straddie you will get excellent waves aswell. And the new Artificila reef in Surfers actually produces nice waves.
truly first class waves
Take a walk on the beach in the moonlight.
The beach is really beautiful. It is a scary, but amazing feeling to think about how big the ocean is when you are walking in the sand hearing the waves and watching the stars.