The Gold Coast, located in the sunny country of Australia east of Brisbane is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole area for die-hard beach lovers and fun seekers. Famous for its “always sunny” subtropical climate, lush rainforest hinterland, and crazy nightlife, it is no wonder why the Gold Coast finds itself on the top best places to visit in the whole world. However, there is a bunch more to see and do in the Gold Coast than just rent out a surfboard and go to tackle the waves- this place is perfect for people who want to try out new things and take tons of pictures. If you are considering visiting the Gold Coast for the very first time, here is a guide to the top things to do there.
1. Head for the Burleigh Hill
Hands down the best way to explore a new destination are by packing a backpack and taking a walk. Whether it is walking to one of the cafes around the block or going up the top of a hill, by walking you have the opportunity to experience new things. Luckily, there are heaps of Gold Coast walks anyone can choose from. Many experienced travelers recommend venturing into the gorgeous and insanely popular Burleigh Heads National Park. Of course, it is best to get up early before taking the walk because tourists have the opportunity to witness the stunning sunrise at the notorious point breaks. After this, take a walk around the headland and gaze at the picturesque views of the ocean. There are a lot of stops along the way, so take a coffee with you and enjoy some quality time in nature. In total, the coastal walk and the rainforest circuit are not longer than 2,5 kilometers.
2. Go Whale Watching
Believe it or not; you do not need to break the bank to go whale and dolphin watching on the Gold Coast. Luckily, there are a lot of spots such as The Spit and Tweed Heads where it is possible to witness these beautiful marine creatures. The best time to take part in this activity is between the months of June and October, due to the fact that this is the period when the humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic to warmer climates. Of course, besides humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins, tourists have the chance to see loggerhead turtles and striking orcas.
3. Have the Party of Your Life
From amazing beaches to extreme activities fit for adrenaline junkies; it seems as the Gold Coast or “Goldie” has tons of interesting things to offer. However, after taking part in all these fun activities and meeting new people, one will definitely need a good drink to relax and recover. Luckily, the nightlife on the Gold Coast is rumored to be one of the best in the whole country of Australia. From inexpensive bars, high-end nightclubs to local pubs, tourists will definitely always have a place to order a drink with friends. For example, head to Surfers Paradise or Coolangatta for a cheaper option. Also, do not miss the performances by Velvet Rope Entertainment. They feature skilled dancers and unique acts you will certainly want to witness.
4. Shop Around at the Miami Marketta
Passionate foodies, this one is for you. Located in the Miami suburb are the interesting food stalls of the Miami Marketta, perfect for sampling and of course purchasing some of the most delicious types of food in the area. Only a hop away from Nobby’s Beach, tourists have the opportunity to find a wide array of market stalls all in one place. Also, there are two bars that have locally brewed beer and wine on their drink’s menu, so it can be said that the Miami Marketta has something for everyone. Of course, there is more to the Miami Marketta than delicious food and alcohol. In fact, there are a couple of stalls next to the cocktail bar which sells authentic artwork and interesting clothing. Also, the Marketta has just recently begun to host live concerts as well, so it is the perfect way to find local artists who play not only on the weekends but also on Wednesdays.
5. Explore Cultural Diversity
Researchers have long shown that the oldest population of humans living outside of the African continent is the aboriginal Australians. Also known as Australia’s very first inhabitants, the Aboriginal Australians have resided on the continent for years and years. When visiting the Land Down Under, it is mandatory to find out more about the culture and intricate tradition of the Aboriginals. One way to do this is to head to the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and hire an Indigenous guide to take you around Burleigh Head National Park. Here, tourists will have the chance to hear more about the history of the Yugambeh people.
In summary, the Gold Coast has everything tourists need, from bars to markets and relaxing walks. Remember to take your camera with you and have plenty of fun.
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