Australia's Gold Coast

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From lazing on the beach and soaking up the sun to seeking out hair-raising excitement at one of the country’s best theme parks, there are plenty of fun things to see and do around the Gold Coast.

Things to do in Australia's Gold Coast

Beaches

With warm blue waters, golden sand, and an average of 300 sunny days a year, the beach is a way life on the Gold Coast. The most popular beaches are Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, and Broadbeach, where world-class surfing conditions draw in the crowds. With its 2-mile-long strip of golden sand, however, Surfers Paradise is definitely where you’ll find most of the action.

Surfers Paradise, www.surfersparadise.com
Tags: beach | family | things to do | outdoors

Head for the hills

Nestled high on the Great Dividing Range, Mount Tamborine is a haven for talented artists whose sculptures, paintings, and photographs capture the beauty of the area. Stroll along Gallery Walk and be enthralled by the eclectic range of galleries and craft shops.

Long Road; Mount Tamborine, www.tamborinemtncc.org.au
Tags: family | shopping | art | things to do | crafts

Mount Lamington National Park

Following one of more than 20 trails, you’ll discover ancient rainforests, see amazing flora and fauna (like hoop pine forests and the eastern bristlebird), and stare in awe at the incredible mountain vistas of this World Heritage-listed national park.

Gold Coast Hinterland, 011-61-7-5533-3584, www.epa.qld.gov.au
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors

Shopping

For avid shoppers, Cavil Mall, in the heart of Surfers Paradise (www.surfersparadise.com), is the place for surf clothing and street wear, Sanctuary Cove (www.sanctuarycove.com) in the Northern Gold Coast is where you’ll find designer labels and creative handicrafts, and Pacific Fair (www.pacificfair.com.au) in Broadbeach is the home of department stores and specialty shops.

Cavil Mall, Sanctuary Cove, and Pacific Fair, Gold Coast,
Tags: shopping | things to do | eclectic

Theme Parks

Australia’s theme park capital boasts the fastest, longest, highest and most exciting thrill rides in the country. This site includes information about Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, and Wet ’n’ Wild Water World.

Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, and Wet ’n’ Wild Water World, Northern Gold Coast; Coomera, www.gold-coast-theme-parks.com.au
Tags: family | things to do

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