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A Trip to the Gold Coast is a Plethora of Fun!

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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.

 

Explore Luxury on a Gold Coast Holiday

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Pick up a  car hire on the Gold Coast in Australia and explore this fabulous area as you discover numerous luxurious ways to spend your holiday.

Spoil yourselves by staying at the five-star opulent Palazzo Versace Gold Coast in Queensland, which is a unique experience. At this most luxurious hotel in Australia, you are surrounded with Versace from the huge chandelier in the reception area to the high-end-spa smell throughout the hotel to the Versace name on drinking glasses, toiletries, slippers and even the shower door. Guests are able to purchase certain items to take a piece of Versace home. The suites and views are majestic, the spa is luxuriant and the service staff is prompt to fill requests including room service with an extensive menu. The plush mattresses are enhanced by a choice of five different pillows. The breakfast buffet and the evening seafood and other buffets give plenty of tasty choices, and there are free drinks for guests next to the pool.

Marina Mirage Gold Coast is the ultimate dining and shopping and destination in Queensland and is situated on the gorgeous Broadwater at Main Beach next to the Palazzo Versace hotel. Under the rooftop sails there are award-winning restaurants such as Glass and Fellini and many designer boutiques featuring top fashion labels, elegant gifts and exceptional jewelery.

Surfers Paradise is only a short five minute drive away. There you can take a party boat or cruise the canals in a gondola, enjoy fabulous restaurants and pubs and take part in the glitzy night life. The main nightclub and bar strip at runs along Orchid Avenue with most of the action taking place from Wednesday to Saturday nights. The dress code at the nightclubs is smart-casual, and some of the more popular places include Fever Niteclub and Cocktails and Dreams as well as live bands atThe Shack and The Party.

During the day, Cavill Avenue is the heart of the Surfers Paradise shopping and entertainment district. A pedestrian mall at its beach end prohibits automobile traffic. Various shops, arts and crafts markets, and many eateries make this one of the “retail heavens” on the Gold Coast.

Explore the Gold Coast Food and Wine Trails The Hinterland Food and Wine Trail is a scenic inland route, and the Pacific Food and Wine Trail goes from Yatala to Murwillumbah and then across the border into New South Wales. On each trail, specialty wines and gourmet delicacies that are unique to the Gold Coast are enjoyed at boutique wineries in a distinctive learning and tasting experience.

Remember to pick up a  car hire on the Gold Coast in Australia so that you can easily reach these luxurious locations.