"Anything goes land" Gold Coast by iandsmith

Gold Coast Travel Guide: 849 reviews and 1,804 photos

Welcome to the land of cleavage

Okay, so I'm a male, but I'm willing to wager that even the female of the species couldn't help but notice the abundance of bouncing breast tissue that floats by the eye with monontonous (no, ignore that) regularity day and night.
It's a plastic show-off world where people seek to be seen and immerse themselves in the debauched lifestyle that Surfers Paradise caters for.
By day it's a world of sand, sea and surfers, whether top name performers or Japanese having their first lessons on the sand. There's not a lot of glitz unless you're at the casino and, even then, laid-back totally casual Aussie fashion predominates.
The restaurant scene is excellent, with top class chefs flaunting their wares and an atmosphere in most that makes you happy just to be there. Competition is fierce, which is why the standard is high.
Accommodation caters for all classes, from the basic caravan park and backpackers to the world's highest apartment block. The thing that amazes me is how many are booked out in non-holiday periods.
Just up the road are some of the other "worlds". Like Seaworld, Dreamworld, Movieworld etc.
If you're not frightened to get out and about among other people, there's an awful lot to do here.

A Swell time to be had

Every year in September there's a sculpture symposium at Currumbin whereby selected pieces are set at various intervals along the beach front. I think it's a wonderful innovation and, since it was only commenced in the 21st century, may it continue forever.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Sun, surf, beaches, nightlife, restaurants
  • Cons:Can get steamy in summer, traffic
  • In a nutshell:One of the world's great holiday destinations
  • Last visit to Gold Coast: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Sep 9, 2007 at 11:08 PM

    great tips and photos ian! we're staying at The Polish Place for our anniversary...we can't wait!!!

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    Nov 2, 2006 at 9:40 PM

    Yikes... where's the tallest residential building now?

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    May 26, 2006 at 6:44 AM

    Love the photos. That's a great opening shot.

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2006 at 3:50 AM

    I was hoping to see some more of the intro page featured in the tips ;-) Isn't GPS in the golf cart cheating!!!

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