The high rises can make it look like a concrete jungle, but this is far outstripped by a booming youthful spirit and startling physical beauty: some 52km of pristine sand and countless epic surf breaks, heartbreakingly hazy sunsets, blissful water temperatures and plenty of sunny days.
No denying that Surfers frenetic few blocks and its glorious strip of sand attracts a phenomenal number of visitors Families like the ready availability of loads of kid-friendly eating options and the adventurous fun filled days at the Gold Coast theme parks and activities including Sea World, Dreamworld, Movie world, Wet and Wild, White Water World, Australian Outback, and Sky Point Observation Deck at the Q1 building with breath taking panoramic ocean and city views.
Just 20 minutes south of Surfer’s Paradise, the blissful Burleigh Heads is home to the gorgeous white sand beaches, turquoise water and world-class surf the Gold Coast is famous for, but offers a unique village vibe away from the bustle of the tourist magnets further north. This relaxed beachside spot is home to a host of boutique- style independent restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, with gorgeous rivers and rainforest waiting to be explored inland.
Further south, Currumbin is a sleepy family-focused town, with a beautiful surf beach, safe swimming in Currumbin Creek and some evocative, mid-century architecture worth clocking. It’s also home to the iconic Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. So immerse yourself into the wonder and natural beauty of 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding Kangaroos and cuddling Koalas along the way. Experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free-flight bird show and Aboriginal performances.
Further south again is a down-to-earth beach town on Queensland’s far south border, ‘Coolie’ has quality surf beaches, including the legendary Superbank.
45kms inland from the Gold Coast beaches, it has cornered the arts-and-craft, Germanic-Kitsch, package-tour, chocolate-fudge-liqueur market in a big way, sweeping coastal views and that delicious mix of old and new.
About 40- minute drive west of the Burleigh Heads is Springbrook National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The park’s Natural Bridge features a picturesque rock formation, which is formed by the force of the waterfall over the basalt cave. Accessible from the Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd car park.