There are plenty of New Zealanders taking advantage of cheap flights to Australia’s Gold Coast at the moment. Whether you’re a Kiwi coming to settle on the glittering GC for just a week or for good, check out our helpful tips for New Zealanders who are new to the sunshine state!
Some advice on the lingo
While both New Zealanders and Aussies love their lingo, you will find that Queensland and the Gold Coast have their own particular brand of English. Here, our chilly bins are called ‘eskies’, Queenslanders are known as ‘banana benders’ and if someone has ‘a kangaroo loose in the top paddock’, it means they’re a little bit crazy. In addition, requesting a ‘schooner’ will get you a big beer while asking for a ‘pot’ will get you a smaller beverage. Just keep in mind that these terms often change throughout the different Australian states!
Tips for the beach
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches on the Gold Coast. The best Gold Coast beach for you will depend on whether you’re looking to swim, surf or fish, although most of the beaches here are generally good for a spot of everything. There’s a multitude of fishing charters that depart from Main Beach, or you can find yourself a rod and relax on the beach. Broadbeach offers a great swimming spot and often isn’t too crowded if you’re heading out on the board. If in doubt, just ask a friendly local.
A word about the sun
When you’re moving from the land of the long white cloud to the home of perpetual sun, getting used to the Australian rays can take some adjusting. In March the sun is still beaming down with temperatures up to around 26°C which is ideal for swimming at the beach or your apartment pool. Just be sure to stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm, and don’t forget your sun protection. While we’re talking about beach safety, rips kill more people than sharks – so make sure you know how to swim out and away from a dangerous current.
Hunting down colourful local events
If you’re in town between 31 March and 16 April this year, make your way to the Bleach Festival events that are dotted across the Gold Coast. This vibrant festival offers something for everyone, whether you’re into circus, music, art, theatre, cabaret or a combination of all. We couldn’t think of a better way to immerse yourself in the sun-soaked and salty atmosphere of this thriving coastal city.
Finding a place to rest your head
You might be in town for a week or two, or looking for your forever home on the Gold Coast. If you’re seeking Broadbeach accommodation on the beach offering space, comfort and a close location to the area’s best beaches, restaurants and nightlife, then book into our Broadbeach or Southport serviced apartments.