It may come as a surprise that the gold coast refers to a city on the Queensland coast, located between Brisbane in the north while to the south lies the state border with New South Wales. It has been a Mecca for domestic and international tourists alike for decades, where people are drawn to its buzzing nightlife scene, quality restaurants , beaches and world-famous surfing spots.
The Gold Coast has a growing population of 550,000 and is part of the Greater Brisbane conurbation which encompasses some 3 million people or more. Sharing its infrastructure and services with Brisbane has given it a punctual public transit system and railway. Thankfully, the Gold Coast can be done on any budget, with Gold Coast accommodation ranging from cheap hostels ideal for younger crowds (often on working-holiday visas), to mid-range en suite hotels and all the way up to luxury hotels with all the mod-cons, pools, air con and so on.
Nightlife And Things To Do
Surfers Paradise is the most popular district in the city, with perfect surf throughout the year, a lovely beach and a legendary night-life scene in the dozens of nightclubs behind the beach that wind through the back streets. Surfers Paradise is a real “rite-of-passage” with younger New Zealanders and Australians due to the nightlife and many come here before university starts or indeed in the break in the mid-terms. In many ways it’s like the equivalent that the Greek Islands such as Kavos and Zante are to Europeans.
But aside from surfing and nightlife, fishing and watersports are widely available, and it is fairly easy to go on day trips to Brisbane as well as ‘Point Danger’ which is a spectacular headland where the New South Wales and Queensland border meets the ocean. It’s possible to see Whales migrating here in the winter months and dolphins pretty much year round. There is ample space for camping and barbecue areas with the impressive lighthouse as a backdrop. For history aficionados, just to the south of ‘Point Danger’ is ‘Fingal Head’ which is where Captain Cook first caught a glimpse of Australia.
In Tweed Shire, a short drive away from the city, there are numerous hiking trails, but be warned as some of them can be quite challenging and require good navigation skills in the thick rainforest and take the correct equipment depending on what of the year it is. But for well maintained walking paths and easier walks Mount Warning is recommended, as it has plenty of signs along the way too.
As you can see, the Gold Coast area has a little bit of everything for all ages and budgets, from surfing and partying late into the night, to exploring the surrounding countryside and its many trails and spotting whales migrating at the lighthouse at ‘Danger Point’.It’s easy to see why it draws more and more visitors each year.