The Gold Coast is most famous for beautiful beaches, sunny skies and exciting theme parks – but what about in winter? The Gold Coast caters to the chilly months too, with enough special attractions and events to make anyone happy. Here are some of our picks:
Hervey Bay is arguably the best place in Australia for some up close and personal whale watching between late July and early November. You can spot humpback whales slapping their tails and jumping out of the water on a variety of tours. Other good spots include Mooloolaba or Port Douglas. Who knows, you may even spot Migaloo, the famous white whale!
Museums, galleries and collections
If the weather is rainy or too cold to stay outside then take a stroll through some of the Gold Coast’s fabulous buildings that are open to the public. The kid’s will enjoy the creepy Wax Museum with over 110 famous effigies, or the Ripleys Believe it Or Not! Odditorium for fabulous mysteries, magic, illusions and odd facts. Hidden up in the Gold Coast hinterlands is one for the adults – the Tamborine Mountain Distillery. Take a look at (or a taste of) the distillery’s fine liqueurs, vodka, schnapps and liqueur chocolates.
July is marathon month on the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is one of the country’s biggest, running from 5-6 July. You can choose from a full marathon, half marathon, youth dash, 5.7km challenge or leisurely 10km walks so even the kids can get involved.
You may associate theme parks with summer but they have a lot to offer in winter too. There are less crowds and the temperatures are much more bearable with a pleasant average high of 20 degrees. Even Wet n Wild and White Water World can still be enjoyed because the water is heated!