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On the Gold-Coast you can have it all,

On the Gold-Coast you can be greedy and have it all… What makes Australia’s Gold-Coast really stand out as a holiday destination is the array of tours, activities, attractions and events that can be experienced in the region. National attractions, famous beaches and a multitude of waterways provide an idyllic backdrop for sailing and cruising, water sports, scenic flights and surf-based activities. The Gold Coast’s man-made attractions are just as diverse and impressive as its natural wonders.

On the Gold Coast you really can be greedy and have it all: Depending on your mood you can: Play golf at some of Australia’s best courses. Don’t be held back by convention – take a helicopter between courses. Try Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove; spend the morning at Royal Pines and in the afternoon tee-off at Emerald Lakes. You’ll never run out of options as long as you don’t run out of balls You can: get excited and drive the Pacific Motorway from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. How exciting can this be? Start north at Sirromet Winery (but don’t drink and drive).

Visit the cellar door and find out why the company has won 150 awards in three years then, on your way down, visit the Carlton and United brewery and take a tour of Queensland’s largest brewery. For some this pretty exciting stuff ..

  • You can: experience exciting thrill rides, stunt shows and outback spectaculars.
  • You can: get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos, Bengal tigers, polar bears, dolphins, sharks and whales.
  • You can: rub shoulders with celebrities like High 5 or the Wiggles.

Warner Brothers Movie World, Dreamworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Sea World and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary theme parks operate year round and make the Gold-Coast Australia’s undisputed theme park capital. You can: be very indulgent. Lie back, relax and remind yourself you deserve it. A little pampering never goes astray and there are plenty of places able to oblige, whether it’s with a luxurious massage beside a beach lagoon pool or a unique mango moment elsewhere. You can: be very entertained.

Turn a sun soaked day into a full night with cocktails, a nightclub or spectacular stage show. Perhaps the theatre followed by casino thrills, or maybe intergalactic adventures into hyperspace with Spacewalker or Infinity are more your speed. You can: be very natural mixing with the creatures of the night; glow-worms, nocturnal eco-tours and behind-the-scenes wildlife tours that get you up close and personal with the natives.

  • You can: create memories that can’t be erased:

Swimming with dolphins or sharks, being clothed in colourful lorikeets, flying to a deserted island for a picnic or seeing below the surface diving through wrecks at Cook Island or near the Spit. Expand your horizons by abseiling down a sheer rock wall or forge new heights hang-gliding. Learn new sports skills from world champions or update culinary skills with a cooking class.

  • You can: be Very exhilarated. You can: go motoring to suit your mood.

Self drive tours or luxury hire, fast performance driving experiences, go-karts and bicycles, two-wheel action with exhilarating motorbike tours on the back (or front ?) of a Harley Davidson. You can: be very cultural. Go to the movies at Surfers Paradise by sitting on the beach with your toes in sand. See the Metre Maid Museum, visit Gold Coast City Art Gallery or a museum tracing Australian icon Holden cars. And while you’re on the Gold-Coast you must visit Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Surfers Paradise is vibrant and alive offering some of the world’s best accommodation complemented by stunning coastlines and a multitude of activities.

Energetic people walk the Oceanway, connecting the Gold-Coast’s 36 kilometres of bike and walking pathways. Families picnic at nearby McIntosh Island, taking advantage of calm water swimming while the lively peruse the restaurants, bars and nightclubs that fill the district with a 24 hour excitement that bursts into vivacious color and animation at nightfall. Events run all year round in this dynamic city center, with activities ranging from beachfront markets every Wednesday and Friday evenings, to beach cinema, art and musical events.

International sport takes center stage with the annual Lexmark Indy 300 in October and the International Cycling Grand Prix in December around the Surfers Paradise street circuit Broadbeach is at the forefront of Gold-Coast style, cuisine and entertainment. It is home to fabulous fashion boutiques and the world renowned Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Year round the region radiates with music and food festivals, sunset markets and Christmas and New Year activities. International touring shows and events are showcased at the Gold-Coast Convention Centre, Exhibition Centre and Conrad Jupiters Casino.

Beyond Broadbeach lies a coastal gateway from Mermaid Waters to Kings cliff, brimming with surfing beaches and oceanfront accommodation. Use Mermaid as a base to explore neighbouring golf courses at Robina and Carrara, go shopping at Surfers Paradise or head to Burleigh. Burleigh barrels aren’t wine casks – they’re the fabulous south-easterly swell, which rolls around the headland claiming the beach’s position as the leading site for national surf events including the Quicksilver Pro.

Further south is Coolangatta, a great introduction to Queensland. North-facing beaches Greenmount and Rainbow Bay are popular swimming and surfing beaches. South of the border lies the beachside community of Kingscliff, with an abundance of cafes and local eateries. North of Surfers lies the smart and exclusive region of Sanctuary Cove to Main Beach, which boasts the finest holiday accommodation on the Gold Coast. The area is plump with restaurants, marine facilities, specialty shops, luxury resorts and some of the Gold-Coast’s premier golf courses.

Main Beach is famous for its one-off local boutiques, with nearby Marina Mirage featuring top Australian and international designer clothing. Tedder Avenue offers many of the Gold-Coast’s most luxurious apartments and hotels, located just a short stroll to the golden sands of Main Beach. Subtle elegance is the catchword in this region, where multi-million dollar vessels ply the Broadwater and the waterways take centre stage. As I said, on the Gold-Coast you really can be greedy and have it all……..enjoy. PS The Gold Coast is much more fun with two so if you don’t want to go alone call me, I’ll come with you….. Click here to return from Gold-Coast to our home page.