10 reasons to hit up the Gold Coast this summer
Like most Aussies, I have had my fair share of Gold Coast holidays. Between a girls getaway; a week with Mr LML and our besties; a Dad and daughter trip to the Hinterland and *ahem* Schoolies… it’s fair to say the GC has been home to plenty of travel memories.
To be completely honest, it was a conference for work that had me Surfers Paradise bound again rather than a grand desire to visit but I have to say, I’m glad it did.It turns out the Gold Coast still has plenty to offer the repeat visitor. So whether you think you’ve experienced all the GC has to offer or you’ve never been, here’s why this Queensland destination should be on your summer travel radar.
10 reasons to visit the Gold Coast
1. Flights are cheap
We’ve seen flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast for as little as $48 recently. Keep your eyes peeled for cheap flights to Coolangatta and bag yourself a bargain.
2. The accommodation is great (and there’s plenty of it)
If there’s an Aussie destination built for visitors, it’s the Gold Coast. With streets and streets of GC hotels in close proximity to the beach, it’s hard to pick a bad one!
On my most recent visit I stayed at Mantra Sun City. Its Aztec theme might be a little retro, but I say why not embrace the fun of it all.
My apartment was twice the size of my Sydney home – complete with two bedrooms, full kitchen, two bathrooms, a large living and dining area and laundry.
I love that so many hotels here have water views. At Sun City, I had a perfect ocean outlook, equally enjoyed from the living room courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows or the balcony.
Typical of many GC hotels, Sun City has great facilities including a pool area, gym, onsite restaurant and best of all, extremely friendly staff.
3. That beach
Sure a dip in the ocean at Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach is great, but even if you’re not a water baby, there’s something equally great about walking along the beach. Getting among the outdoorsy culture is a great way to start your day.
4. It’s home to one of the best buffet breakfasts around
When lastminute lovely Mitzi describes the QT Gold Coast breakfast buffet as ‘gasp-worthy‘, you know it’s a must do whether you’re staying there or not.
5. It’s the theme park capital of Oz
When it comes to entertaining the kids (or young at heart), you can’t beat the Gold Coast for theme parks action. Take your pick from Movie World, Sea World or Wet and Wild, or do them all with a Super Pass that has unlimited entry for 28 days. Too easy!
Read our adult theme park lover guide here.
6. Foodies will be in heaven
Whatever your tastebuds are craving, chances are the GC has it. lastminute lovely Kirsty was onto a good thing when she hit up Luke Mangans Salt Grill at Hilton Surfers Paradise.
Slightly less fancy but also delicious, a trip to the GC isn’t complete without fish and chips at a Surf Club. Northcliffe Surf Club is my pick.
7. You can head for the hills
If chaotic Cavill Avenue isn’t your scene, don’t forget the Gold Coast is more than just Surfers Paradise. The Gold Coast Hinterland offers beautiful views, art galleries, boutique shops, charming cafes and cute accommodation.Check out lastminute lovely Kirsty’s Hinterland review here.
8. It’s got that tradition of dinner and a show sorted
Away from the beach, Jupiters Hotel & Casino is not only a great place to stay, but also home to many live-shows, giving you a good excuse to glam up and enjoy a night on the town.
9. Whatever your taste or budget, there’s a shopping option for you
When you’ve had enough pool and beach time, hit up the shops around Cavill Ave or Broadbeach, or if you’re really serious, head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. It has a mix of indoor and outdoor sections so you can still get your Vitamin D hit along with your retail hit.
10. You can’t get bored
From wine tours to ghost tours and jet pack adventures to jet boat rides, the Gold Coast is the perfect spot for getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new.
Have you been to the Gold Coast? Share your travel memories and tips in the comments below.
Nicole was a guest of Mantra Sun City.