How to Spend a Week on the Gold Coast
December 28, 2013
Whether you are travelling with your family or by yourself, Queensland’s Gold Coast has something to offer everyone. From incredible beaches and various theme parks, to trendy shops and a sparkling nightlife, spending some quality time on the Gold Coast is Australia’s ultimate vacation.
The Gold Coast has so much to offer that it’s a good idea when planning a trip to make an itinerary before you depart, guaranteeing that you will get the most out of a week in this amazing holiday destination.
Here is a breakdown to help you get the most out of a week spent on the Gold Coast:
Day One – Theme Parks
The Gold Coast offers lots of family fun, with the choice of four energy-packed theme parks: Sea World, Wet N Wild, Movie World and Dreamworld.
For marine lovers, Seaworld offers a thrilling experience, including fascinating animal shows, adrenaline pumping roller coasters and fun-filled family entertainment.
Make friends with seals, penguins, sharks and polar bears and be sure to take in the dolphin show. Ray Reef is the perfect place for the little ones to play with stingrays, starfish and corals, and the underwater observatory is packed full of Australia’s most colourful marine creatures. You can also come face-to-face with colossal sharks.
The new Dinosaur Island allows families to step back in time more than 65 million years, a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth. The interactive attraction features a massive 18m long T.Rex and life size dinosaurs that move and roar.
The SpongeBob ParadePants will get the kids up bopping and marvelling at the incredibly colourful show and the Jet Stunt Extreme will have adrenaline junkies’ hearts pounding.
Wet N Wild
On a hot summers day, the perfect place to be is the Gold Coast’s Wet N Wild, where you’ll find water slides such as the Blackhole, Kamikaze and the Tornado. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, the new Aqualoop will see you anxiously waiting in a trap door before being plummeted down a 12m free fall drop, leading up to a full loop at insane speeds of 60 km/h.
For young children, the pirate themed Buccaneer Bay will see kids screaming for joy at the multi-level attraction complete with giant tipping bucket.
For those looking to relax, Calypso Beach is the greatest way to spend a lazy sunny afternoon.
Movie World is described as “Hollywood on the Gold Coast” and you’ll soon know why as you step through the Warner Brothers gates. Packed full of thrilling rides such as the Green Lantern and home to stunt driver entertainment and toe-tapping parades, Movie World is fun for the entire family.
Known as Australia’s largest theme park it offers countless activities for everyone, with animal presentations, the Big 8 Thrill Rides and the kid-friendly Wiggles World. For those looking to escape the heat, the adjacent WhiteWater World is definitely worth a visit.
Day Two: The beach
After all the fun and excitement provided by day one, you’ll need some time to recover and what better way to do that then to catch some rays on Surfers Paradise Beach.
The three-kilometer stretch of sand welcomes swimmers, joggers, surfers and sunbathers, looking to enjoy the warm waters the Gold Coast has to offer.
Families can rest assured that they are in safe hands, with the lifeguard tower being patrolled 365 days a year.
Day Three: Day trip to Byron Bay
If you have access to a vehicle, why not head out of town and drive south to the beautiful shores of Byron Bay, where you will find an array of boutique stores, great food and an eccentric energy. Home to hippies and backpackers, the rich and the famous, Byron Bay is a must visit.
The picturesque Cape Byron Lighthouse is situated on Australia’s most easterly point and offers magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a nature walk, sit back and watch the hundreds of surfers or take in the stunning hinterland by hot air balloon.
Byron Bay is located about one hour south of the Gold Coast.
Day Four: Head to the Mountains
The Tamborine Mountains are the adult form of a theme park, offering decadent wineries, pubs on cliffs, gallery walks and beautiful rainforests. The adventurous can take a four-wheel driving tour and try hang gliding. For those looking to unwind, there are plenty of day spas and pretty bushwalks.
The Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk is a great way to explore the rainforest canopy and offers sensational views over the Gold Coast.
Day Five: Back to the beach or a day of shopping
Chances are you have headed to the Gold Coast for a bit of R&R, so why not head back to the beach with a good book or a bucket and spade for the kids. If you find that Surfers Paradise is too crowded, check out one of the quieter nearby beaches such as Nobby Beach or Currumbin.
After a morning of dipping your toes in the ocean, why not slip your toes into a new pair of shoes from one of the many boutique shops in Main Beach or shop up a storm at Pacific Fair or Robina Town Centre – home to more than 350 retail outlets.
Day Six: Day trip to Brisbane
For those seeking a bit of culture, the Brisbane Arts sector is outstanding, home to the Queensland Art Gallery, the State Library and the Queensland Museum.
Food lovers can enjoy a meal at any one of Brisbane’s exciting restaurants and the CBD also presents you with another shopping opportunity.
South Bank sits on the Brisbane River and is a perfect spot to watch the kayaks and boats making their way up and down the city. South Bank is Brisbane’s thriving cultural heart, offering international art exhibitions and large-scale musicals. If you’ve brought the kids along for the ride, they won’t be able to wipe the smile off their faces once they discover Australia’s only man made beach located in heart of the suburb.
Day Seven: The Marina
Start your final day with a relaxing breakfast in one of the friendly cafés and then make your way over to the Gold Coast Marina, where you’ll find Marina Mirage, Queensland’s finest waterfront shopping and dining resort, as well as hundreds of luxurious yachts and boats.
Located on the Southport Spit, the Marina is a perfect place to hop on a boat, which can take you through the dazzling canals that make the Gold Coast so famous. Imagine life on the coast in one of the elaborate mansions that line the banks or marvel at the inquisitive dolphins that love to frequent the warm waters.
Those looking for a thrill can enjoy an extreme jet boat ride or for those seeking a bit of opulence you can check out the luxurious six star Palazzo Versace hotel.
Whatever you decide to do on the Gold Coast, you can be assured that a memorable holiday will be had by all.