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Published May 27th 2014
Nature's Best - All in One Place
The Gold Coast is jam packed full of goodies for the outdoor lover. Laden with rainforests, sparkling surf beaches, crystal clear creeks and marine life, it offers close proximity to so much variety. Here are just ten reasons why people love the Gold Coast in no particular order:
1. Marine Life and Water Sports Dolphins, whales, stingrays, dugongs and fish galore. What's not to like? Whale watching season goes from June to November and draws people from all over the country. Watching whales go breezing and breaching by is a joy to everyone who sees them.
Plenty of whale watching boats and tours are available during the season for close whale viewing. But people love that they can see whales from their unit balcony or from the beach.
I have slid along the Broadwater in my kayak and seen dolphins, stingrays and even a dugong. People love they can organise a day trip to see the marine life whether it's in the sea or at Sea World.
On the weekend, the Broadwater is filled with people and their water toys. Gold Coasters indulge in their water sports like no-one else. The region offers so many places for fishing, water-skiing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, jet-skiing, boating, and surfing, it is hard to match.
2. Sparkling Surf Beaches
From Burleigh to Kirra, and with Byron less than an hour away, surfers and swimmers are spoilt for choice close to home. Those who don't surf, like myself, enjoy cooling off and having some fun crashing about in bubbling white waves and lazing around on soft sand beaches.
3. Beautiful Creeks and Estuaries Currumbin Creek and Tallebudgera Creek are popular spots for good reason. They are stunning areas with white sandy shores and clear waters perfect for a relaxing swim, picnic or other water sports. Gold Coasters love to paddle board, kayak, ski and swim those luscious shores.
4. Great Weather and Laid Back Outdoor Lifestyle Wonderful sunny weather and warm waters all year round mean people are outdoors most of the time and enjoying barbeques, pools, beaches, creeks, mountains and water sports.
More people go to work wearing casual clothes on the Gold Coast than many other places. There is a relaxed atmosphere and more colour. Thongs are more commonly worn than shoes, and t-shirts and shorts are standard daily wear.
The weather and beach proximity encourage a more laid back approach to life.
From Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta, the Gold Coast makes sure its party animals are taken care of. The coast is the number one destination for Schoolies to kick up their heels every year. But you don't have to be a schoolie to get your dancing and drinking shoes on. Clubs and cocktail bars cater for every age group and every budget.
For those who have grown out of clubbing and cocktails, thriving café communities across the coast including Broadbeach, Nobbies and Main Beach give out a relaxed vibe, good food and somewhere pleasurable to while away the evening.
6. Rainforests and Mountains
People love the Gold Coast hinterland because of its variety and proximity to town. Being able to go from the beach to heritage listed national parks within forty minutes is just so convenient.
With a variety of regions to choose from such as Mt Tamborine, Springbrook, Binna Burra and the Green Mountains, the opportunities for unforgettable mountain hikes, camping under the stars, and marvelling at amazon-like rainforests are irresistible.
Mountain markets with delicious food, live music and practical unique hand crafted products are regularly frequented by locals. The cooler hinterland temperatures allow those who want to experience winter to enjoy self-contained cottages with spas and fireplaces to provide a romantic weekend away.
Mountain cafes with spectacular views such as The Polish Place offer a little culture, drinks, lunch and even accommodation with unforgettable views.
7. Theme Parks
Gold Coasters love that they can buy yearly passes to theme parks like Dream World, Movie World, Sea World and Wet'N'Wild. It provides endless entertainment for the kids and adds to the variety of things to do on the weekend. Visitors come here specifically to let their kids experience the excitement of a theme park. After all, it's a lot cheaper than flying to Disneyland.
8. Gold Coast Suns
People are loving their footy team the Suns and superstar Gary Ablett. Growing numbers are attending their matches at Metricon Stadium and locals and interstate visitors are finding it's a great afternoon or evening out. An exciting AFL team on the rise, the Gold Coast Suns are providing first class entertainment for sports lovers and families.
People love that they can rent or buy right near beautiful beaches for a fraction of the price of Sydney properties. The outdoor beach and café lifestyle is affordable on the Gold Coast.
First home owners love that they can purchase a two bedroom unit a block from the beach for under $250,000 (at the time of writing). Try finding a two bedroom unit along the beach in Sydney for that.
The bottom line is that regardless of your finances, living along the beach and having the lifestyle that comes with it is more affordable on the Gold Coast than most other cities.
10. Waterfalls and Rock Pools
Pounding waterfalls and swirling rock pools are among the locals favourites for a scenic treat or cooling off in the summer heat.
From the serene green Currumbin Rock Pool to the spa-like Cedar Creek Rock Pools, the Gold Coast offers scenery, picnic areas and swimming holes to be proud of. The dramatic falls of Purling Brook Falls, Cameron Falls and many others delight visitors and locals alike.
Currumbin Rock Pools
With the Gold Coast being a mere fifty minutes from Brisbane, access to exceptional Day Trips from Byron Bay to the Sunshine Coast and Monteville are within easy reach. The Gold Coast may be small, but it's reach is far.
Gold Coasters love their lifestyles and their city, while visitors keep coming back, and it is easy to understand why. Tell us what you love about the Gold Coast.