Australia’s Gold Coast is made up of 70 km of beaches in Queensland and draws millions of visitors every year. The Gold Coast is such a hotspot for visitors for its surf, sand and many other cool activities available along its many beaches. Some of the more famous beaches of the Gold Coast are South Stradbroke Island, Miami, Surfers Paradise, Burleigh, Palm Beach, Mermaid Beach, Broad beach and Rainbow Bay. All the beaches offer their own, unique blend of activities and attractions that keep people flocking to the Coast every year.
Surfers Paradise is known more for its surfing and party scene than any other beach. The water is great, the sun bathing is better, and once you are done with the waves there are plenty of sights inland. The QDeck offers 360° panoramic views that stretch all the way to Brisbane on one hand and Byron bay on the other on a clear day. Then there is Infinity, the cunningly designed audio- visual maze guaranteed to lose your kids for a good hour or so while you take that well- deserved break. For a spot of culture, there is also the Gold Coast weekend doctor City gallery with various temporary art installations and exhibitions.
Much more laid back than its noisy neighbour Broadbeach, this is the ideal spot for a family trying to chill away from the hectic crowd, or for a young couple on a quiet weekend getaway. This beach suburb boasts excellent facilities, including a Mermaid beach doctor stationed at the Eastbrooke after- hours’ medical centre, various dining locations offering options from modern Australian to fusion cuisine to Asian, and a golf course for those less inclined to recline at the beach. The Mermaid beach doctors offer every possible medical care from pathology to sports medicine and dietetics, while the restaurants at Mermaid beach offer health- conscious organic fare that will keep you healthy and happy throughout your stay.
Home to the golden wallaby, Stradbroke Island and its surroundings is the perfect location for a diving tour. Go snorkelling and kayaking in the morning and look out for the multi- coloured tropical fish in the water, the pelicans, eagles and other marine birds in the air. The kayak tour will take you around two small islands, breakfast on the beach and provide a snorkelling swim underwater near Wavebreak Island. At the end of the half- day tour, you can be dropped off at your preferred beach along the Gold Coast, where other sights and attractions await the rest of your vacation along the golden sands of the Gold Coast.