As it comes to holiday, it is fantastic when the reality is just as good, if not better than the fantasy.

The Gold Coast was the most enjoyable vacation place I have experienced. It called to me from the pages of a glossy travel magazine with its sprawling, white sandy beaches, glitzy nightlife photos and tanned, fit bodies. I couldn’t wait to ‘put a shrimp on the barbie!’

Getting Organised for the Gold Coast Trip

There were so many great websites to help me choose a cheap flight to the Gold Coast from my departure point of Perth as well as book last minute hotel deals and discount theme park tickets. I could do everything online which made my organisation that much easier and gave me more time to enjoy the place without having to worry about booking things when I arrived. However, for an added bonus there are numerous tourist facilities in the heart of Surfers Paradise to book any kind of activity you can think of.

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Gold Coast Accommodation

I decided I needed to stay right in the heart of the action at Surfers Paradise. There were many places to choose from luxury locations like the Marriott Resort who have a lagoon style swimming pool where you can learn to dive, the Seaworld Nara Resort which gives you discount and unlimited access to Seaworld, all the way to Islander Backpackers Resort which has all the mod-cons of an up-market hotel without the large price tag, plus there are like-minded people to get about with.

Here is a list to get you started:

·Pepper’s Broadbeach

           ·Moorings on Cavil Avenue, Surfers Paradise

·Palazzo Versace, Main Beach – exquisite!

 
  ·Glades Lodge, Robina

                 ·Raffles Royal, Surfers Paradise

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Eating Out at the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is an eclectic mix of cultures, ages and lifestyles which creates a melting pot for local cuisine choices. You can grab anything from kebabs to sausage rolls, sushi to wagyu steak. There is an endless selection of top-quality restaurants as well as cheap and friendly eateries and many other options, so I found myself wishing for the next meal time.

Not-to-be missed places to eat at the Gold Coast:

 ·Black Coffee Lyrics

 ·Hellenika

 ·Bazaar

 ·Justin Lane

                 ·Anything from the street-front restaurants at Main Beach

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Be Entertained

The Gold Coast is a plethora of hype and activity suited to many personalities. I was overwhelmed with the volume of activities available. It was my goal to split my time equally between on-land and water experiences, but that was difficult. The theme parks offer some real excitement; however don’t expect the same level of detail or vastness that is on offer at places like Disneyland. Gold Coast beaches are a whole other ball game. They are the most glorious water fronts I have ever experienced. I tried my hand at surfing and to my complete surprise I managed to stand up and navigate one small breaking wave.

Must-see and do places on the Gold Coast:

Theme Parks

 ·Seaworld

 ·Wet’n Wild

 ·Movie World

 ·Dreamworld

 ·White Water World

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Beaches

 ·Surfers Paradise

 
·Main Beach

 ·Spit Beach

·Currumbin Beach

            ·Nobby Beach

Daytime Highlights

 ·Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

·Mount Tamborine Wine Tour

·Emerald Lakes Golf Course

·Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

·Get Wet Surf School

                ·Jet X Boating

Night Time Festivities

            ·Draculas Themed Restaurant

            ·Jupiters Casino

·Cavil Avenue strip for nightclubs and bars

                ·Australian Outback Spectacular

            ·Island of Sin Island boat party

            ·Slingshot

·Infinity

·Q1 Observation deck

 I was overwhelmed to say the least with what the Gold Coast has to offer travellers and locals alike.

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For those who may not be familiar with the Australian customs here is a quick cheat sheet to get you through:

- Tipping is not compulsory – but is always greatly appreciated
- Australians are sarcastic but all for a laugh
- They have a great sense of humour
- Very helpful and genuine
- Fanatical about their sport

In Gold Coast you can find any kind of fun, attraction or peaceful place to enjoy. I even read that one aircraft is named after Surfers Paradise beach that just shows how vibrant Gold Coast is for holiday location.