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Top 5 Things to do on the Gold Coast

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by Kylie Dean (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, photographer and reviewer based on the Gold Coast.
Published November 5th 2019
Reasons to fall in love with the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is the number-one holiday destination in Queensland, playing host to over ten million visitors each year. The area's charms have proven irresistible to many, and I understand the pull all too well. I'd like to share with you what makes this place such a drawcard.

Surfers Paradise, beach, seagull
Surfers Paradise Beach

1. Breathtaking Beaches
First, let's deal with the obvious, stunning white-sand beaches that stretch from Main Beach in the north down to Coolangatta. Warm aquamarine waters and beautiful vistas are the norm for this stretch of the Queensland coast. From world-famous surf breaks to sheltered inlets well suited to children, there is a beach that appeals for everyone. Do yourself a favour and go for a walk on one of the many walking tracks that line the coast.

beach, burleigh heads, gold coast
View of Surfers Paradise from Burleigh Heads

2. Shopping
The Gold Coast is home to many glitzy shopping malls, dealing in both high end and everyday wares. Whether you're looking for the latest fashions, that perfect present, or want to go more low key and search out hidden gems, there is ample opportunity. Don't forget to check out the art and craft or farmers markets that are held regularly as well.

Gold Coast, shopping, Pacific Fair
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

3. Food
The Gold Coast has a wonderful and varied selection of dining options, with over 500 restaurants and cafes. From the freshest seafood, Italian, Asian, steakhouses and just about everything in between, there is something to suit all budgets. From a quick takeaway to fine dining, with so many dishes to choose from you will never go hungry.

tacos, Robina Town Centre
Delicious food around every corner

4. Hinterland
While many tourists never stray from the coastal strip, don't forget that's not all to explore in this part of the world. The hinterland is home to many walking tracks, hidden waterfalls, wineries and quaint cafes. Make a day of it, take a picnic, and head to a park with a million-dollar view over the coast.

Curtis Falls, Mt Tamborine
Curtis Falls, Mt Taborine

5. Infrastructure
Yes I know, everyone bleats about infrastructure, but for the most part, the roads are good, and the public transport system is always improving. Yes driving through the city can be busy, however with the buses, g-rail and trains scurrying around the Gold Coast, added to taxis and Uber, there really is no need to drive yourself.

G-Rail, Surfers Paradise
G-Rail, Surfers Paradise

So that is my top 5, and I haven't even mentioned fine galleries, top sporting events, theme parks, golf courses or national parks. I could go on ...
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Why? Get out and explore this amazing part of the world.
When: Year Round
Where: Gold Coast, Australia
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