Famous for its white sand beaches and superb surf, Gold Coast also boasts buzzing nightlife and a burgeoning culinary scene
With unspoilt beaches on one side and lush rainforest on the other, the Gold Coast represents Australia at its most beautiful. Surfing is a way of life when you live here, so grab your board and sign up for lessons with the Surf Academy at Kurrawa Beach, or head out to Snapper Rocks to watch the championship surfers compete in the Quiksilver Pro World Surf League. When you need a change of scenery, hike for miles along the World Heritage rainforest trails of Springbrook National Park, keeping an eye out for wild koalas as you go.
The cities and towns of the Gold Coast also boast an incredible number of gourmet restaurants and buzzing bars. Enjoy a lazy weekend brunch overlooking the ocean at the iconic Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club, stock up on artisan sourdough at The Paddock Bakery, or combine organic health food with a pre-dinner yoga session at Bskt Café. After dark, Black Coffee Lyrics is your go-to spot for craft beer and cocktails, while the bar at the SkyPoint Observation Deck boasts incredible 360-degree ocean views.
Shopping is another favourite pastime for Gold Coast locals. Head to the Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre to pick up labels like Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren at bargain prices, or browse the big name chain stores in Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. If you prefer to search for unique, one-off pieces, work your way around the boutique stalls of the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, where you’ll find a great choice of clothing, jewellery and accessories.