If your travelling Australia and haven’t got a visit to the Gold Coast scribbled into your plans then I wanna know, why not?
You might be thinking that Australia is full of beaches so what does it matter if I miss out a few on the Gold Coast? Hopefully I can show you a little snippet of how much fun you can have on the Gold Coast. More specifically..
At Surfers Paradise
As we boarded the train at Fortitude Valley we were finally on our way to the coast, a whole month after touching down in Australia!
Here’s the thing anywhere you visit in the world there’s always a stereotype you expect to see right? Like in Amsterdam your going to see naked ladies in a window? In Paris everyone enjoys morning breakfast down a cobbled street eating croissants and drinking coffee? In England everyone knows the queen? These stereotypes are often a long way from the truth but here in Australia there’s one notion that seems to live up to everyone’s expectations.
Spending most of our time in Brisbane until now, we were yet to see the famous sights of locals crushing the waves. So, as we hopped on the train towards the ocean it sent excitable shivers through me when I looked to my left to see four surf boards stacked one top of one another. This is it. We are finally going to get a slice of the beach life here in Australia.
With over 57 kilometres of coastline and over 17 different beaches its hard to decide where on the Gold Coast to head to! So, in true tourist style for our first visit to the Gold Coast we beelined for Surfer’s Paradise! The ease of the journey via train and tram left us with a smile plastered across our face from the moment we left the carriage (Don’t you just love an easy commute?!)
‘’Surfers Paradise is okay, I mean its pretty much the same as Benidorm’’ It seemed this tagline was owned by Surfers Paradise we heard it that much! So if you’ve done your research you’ll know it comes alive at the weekend and is party central. As I said, If you’ve read any lonely planet guides then this shouldn’t be news to you!
So, if you’re after a quiet beach break with peaceful surroundings perhaps hop to up to one of the northern beaches like Burleigh Heads.
But If your carefree, up for a drink and hoping to kick back, enjoy the rays and the waves then stick with us! Here’s how we spent 48 hours in Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast.
Okay so let’s start with the main attraction which of course is the beach! With 3,050 metres of golden beaches you’re without a doubt going to find a glorious spot somewhere! Spend the majority of your first day at the beach because why else would you go to the Gold Coast? One of the best things you can do is claim your epic spot on the sand and relax the shit out of your day!
Truly living up to its name you can of course watch a surfer or two as well! And the views down the beach are stunning. The beach itself is lined with cafes, bars, restaurants so you won’t be short on finding somewhere great to feed those cravings!
I would love to be able to hit you up with a great recommendation for lunch, but the truth is our lunch was a huge ice cream cone from the Ben and Jerrys Counter! (Sorry, not sorry!)
We may have bypassed lunch at Surfers Paradise, but we did get stuck into breakfast at Elston which is literally on the beach front with amazing views of the ocean! The food was lovely with a great price too! The atmosphere was buzzing even at 9am, after all the Aussies do enjoy their early starts!
If sunbathing isn’t for you, as it isn’t for everyone there’s so much more you can at Surfer’s Paradise including learning how to surf! There’re tonnes of surf schools located on the beach front, here’s a few from the pick!
Group lessons start with just $50! Pretty cheap is you ask me!
Of course, the ocean doesn’t end with surfing! You can go paddle boarding, body boarding, jet skiing or even take a boat tour out into the ocean, there are seriously so many opportunities! Or if you’re like us and happy with the natural beauty of the ocean, just get into the water and enjoy some of the HUGE waves! (Just make sure you swim between the flags!)
Late Afternoon – Sky Point Observation Deck
‘What a view’ was all we could manage as we look out from the 77th floor of the Q1 building on the main strip. After seeing so many photographs of the epic views looking down onto Surfers Paradise I wanted to enjoy the experience myself. & We were left speechless (which doesn’t happen often!)
The Q1 building is one of the tallest buildings in the world and even tops the Chrysler building in New York City reaching 322.5 metres high! Its also Australia’s only beach side observation deck so it’s not to be missed!
The experience is open all day every day and tickets cost $25 per person and its totally worth it!
The best time of day to go is just before sunset! If you arrive about 30 minutes before sunset you can enjoy the views of the beach in the daylight, at sunset and when the city is lit up after dark! There’s no time limit on your ticket so it’s great!
There’s a bar with some great priced drinks to enjoy too!
Into The Night
After we’d experienced the magnificent views the observation deck had to offer we hit the strip on a quest for food!
At Legends Chinese and Seafood Restaurant, we were spoilt for choice! From Chinese to lobsters that are picked fresh out of the water tanks right in front of your eyes! We opted for Chinese, but I think we’ll have to go back to taste the seafood, it looked immense!
The evening in Surfer’s Paradise is all yours to explore! The shops are all open until late night and there are tonnes of late bars and nightclubs! If clubbing is your scene, make sure you chat to one of the promoters as they’ll give you all the advice you need on where exactly the party is at!
Day 2 = Round 2!
Brunch and Beach … again!
The whole reason we went to the Gold Coast was to enjoy the beach so on our second day that’s exactly what we did! We had to check out of our hotel at 10am! So we enjoyed a lie in and then headed to Pancakes in Paradise for breakfast, it really did taste like paradise!
For the rest of the day we enjoyed walking along the beach front and relaxing in front of the waves before heading back into the city! On the train home as we watch the coast fade away in the distance we cheers our coffee cups to 48 hours well spent!
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So now we’ve explored Surfers Paradise we can’t wait explore the rest of the Gold Coast! If you’ve been before hit us up with us your recommendations below! Or you can drop us an email at [email protected]