The Gold Coast officially starts at Southport (confusingly at the Goldy’s northern end) and winds its way down Queensland’s coast to the New South Wales border near Tweed Heads.
Many of the locals have moved here from other parts of Australia, attracted to the coast by the weather and lifestyle on offer. Heaps of Kiwis have flocked there too and it boasts the greatest population of Kiwis outside of New Zealand.
Things you must see & do
The ‘Goldy’ has something for everyone. Surfers are spoilt for choice and the best waves can be found at Burleigh Heads, Currumbin and Coolangatta. If the swell’s small it’ll probably be worth a trip over to Stradbroke Island, which has some of the best beach break barrels in the world.
If you don’t surf you can still get an adrenalin rush at Dream World, Movie World, Sea World, Wet ‘N’ Wild or Jupiters’ Casino.
Keen shoppers might want to head to Pacific Fair or Harbour Town to catch a bargain and nature lovers should check out the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
A number of current and previous world champion surfers call the Gold Coast home. If the surf’s up you’ll probably find a few of them at the point break out the front of the Snapper Rocks Boardriders Club - it’s a local fave.
When you’re swimming make sure you stay inside the flags where there are lifesavers on patrol – there are large waves, rips and sharks to be wary of, so best to be safe than sorry. Surfers stay outside the flags.
Be wary of street vendors trying to give away free theme park tickets in return for attending lengthy presentations about timeshares.
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