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Things You Should Know About the Gold Coast

gold coastThe Gold Coast is one of the top vacation destinations in Australia for Australians and tourists alike. This probably has something to do with the Gold Coast’s sun and fun attitude. There are activities galore to partake in during your stay from bungee jumping to surfing. If you are thinking about making this a stop on your Australia itinerary, it might be helpful to get a bit of insight that may make or break your holiday.

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The Gold Coast is known as an outdoors destination.

The sunshine, nice weather, miles of beaches, theme parks and gentle surf mean the real draw of the Gold Coast is just being outside. Here, you can go jet boating, kayaking, ATV trekking and zorbing. A trip to Dreamworld and Whitewater world will keep you busy for another day or two, and there’s always the Aquaduck for an interesting and more relaxing excursion. The moral of the story is that if you don’t like the outdoors and sunshine, the Gold Coast might not be for you.

The Gold Coast is a collection of cities along the coast, so there are several areas you can choose to stay in.

Surfers Paradise is the most popular destination, but it is also the one with the most extreme nightlife. Coolangatta is a quieter option, located next to the airport, but some would say it is too far from all of the action. Broadbeach and Southport are other popular options, and it is up to your own travel preferences which one to choose. If you’re looking for a good hostel, have a read of my top hostel picks in the Gold Coast for assistance.

It is quite possible to use public transport in the Gold Coast, but I would recommend a car rental to most.

Getting around the Gold Coast via the bus system, especially if you are looking to get to the theme parks and the Gold Coast Hinterland, can be time consuming and expensive. If you are traveling with others, renting a vehicle can be worth it and then some. However, plans for lounging on the beach, shopping and hitting clubs can easily be managed without any public transport whatsoever.

There are times when it is best to avoid visiting the Gold Coast.

Schoolies happens for about 2 weeks every year near December in the Gold Coast. This is basically a time when fresh high school grads congregate for something that resembles Spring Break. If you’re not in the age range of schoolies, I wouldn’t recommend going during this time. I’ve also been informed that there is a period of time in late September and October when men on footy trips take over.

Be prepared to spend a bit of money if you’re wanting to take advantage of the activities on offer.

theme parkGold Coast theme parks, surf lessons and entry fees to some attractions don’t come cheap, so if you’re looking to have a thrilling time on the Gold Coast then have the funds to back it up. You might want to have a read of my article on how to get the most for your money in the Gold Coast. However, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have a great time. Beaches are free, and there are plenty of those around!

You should always make sure to wear sun protection.

The Gold Coast is in the southern area of Queensland, and Queensland is definitely a state known for its intense sunshine. Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen cannot be stressed enough; you don’t want to look like a lobster after your first day!