"Australia’s GOLD COAST" Top 5 Page for this destination Gold Coast by tiabunna

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Something for everyone

Those of you who know the Coast and who have delved through my pages enough to know my preferences, may well be surprised that I’ve done this page. Come to a point, I even have surprised myself! But a recent flying trip there, in more ways than one, allowed more time than was required to attend the family wedding which occasioned the trip.

You will find the Gold Coast about mid-way up the east coast of Australia, more or less at the most easterly point. Actually, the most easterly point is at Cape Byron, some few km south in New South Wales, but let’s not quibble about detail here. Besides, the area southwards from the state border to Cape Byron has recently been developing in much the same way as what I describe here.

The “Coast” runs north of the Queensland/New South Wales border for about 40km, a series of long white sand beaches broken occasionally by rocky headlands and backed by what were little beachside villages which have merged to become suburbs of the City of the Gold Coast, where increasingly they are being overtaken by high-rise apartment developments, theme parks, resorts, canal developments, etc. They may claim to have created 'Surfers Paradise' here, but there is no question that this is land developers' paradise! The City of the Gold Coast is now Australia’s sixth largest and fastest growing city, partly as a result of an influx of retirees from southern states and partly because of mass tourism.

Thankfully, if you look further inland you will see the ranges behind, mostly preserved in National Parks and home to some lovely rainforests. As I have said in my heading though, the Gold Coast has something for everyone. Care to look further in my page to find out a little more? Spoiler warning – highly biassed opinions may sometimes appear from hiding!.

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  • In a nutshell:If you look around, you probably can find a corner to suit you.
  • Last visit to Gold Coast: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    It would be nice to find gold there, but the nature views are close to the payoff. Goof description of the sites

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2009 at 6:32 AM

    Ugh! MickyD's has arrived in Paradise!! Lovely beaches...wishing for the old beach cottages... ahh, progress. You did a masterful job on that pic of the seagull, George.

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2009 at 6:23 AM

    Great tips George - I would love to visit the Gold Coast as we LOVE beach holidays.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    I understand that the gold of Gold coast is not for everybody . In French we would say that developers "se font des couilles en or". I by far prefer the hintherland and the National Parks to the Themes Parks!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2009 at 6:36 AM

    George, the Gold Coast is really something with the surfers, canal development, National Parks [especially Springbrook], and beaches! Outstanding hotel tip; loved your local customs tips, & even the transportation tips!

  • adelaidean's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    Have to agree George..Surfers is by far very overrated! Great pages as usual xxxx

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2009 at 4:50 AM

    Excellent page, George! Surfing is among kind of sports which is impossible in Russia. But I see a lot of boards for serfing in our shops - that means somebody buys them… I wonder who does? May be those ones who can manage a voyage to the Gold Coast haha?

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 2:33 AM

    George, every single one of your Off the Beaten Path tips were right up my alley. I specifically liked your tip on Purlingbrook Falls. Are these locations popular with all the tourists?

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2009 at 3:43 AM

    We had a similar phenomenon while I was growing up in the USA. The legal drinking age was 21 in Illinois, 18 in Wisconsin, so young people from Illinois would drive north, get drunk and have horrible accidents on the way home.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Hey George, I just love that dragon fly pic matey!! ...showed it to my work mates :o) ...and Nobby found his beach hey ;o) Great page matey!! Hugs xx


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