Where better to learn to surf than the Gold Coast?
Where better to learn to surf than the Gold Coast?
Tackle the surf in groups or private lessons in Perth.
All sorts of activities on the Gold Coast including ghost tours, bike tours, walking tours, courses and more…
Melbourne SCUBA, surf and diving experiences for yourself or for gifts
Gold Coast Galleries and Museums
Gold Coast Support and Networking Groups
Performing Arts Groups on the Gold Coast, Australia
Fishing Clubs on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Hot Air Balloons Gold Coast
North of Broadbeach is the heart of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise. With its tropical climate, popular surf beaches, high class accommodation and extensive shopping district “Surfers” is known for being one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations.
Over the summer there are many events attracting tourists to Surfers beginning with Schoolies, a week long celebration for high school graduates in November. There is also an increasing amount of summer festivals during January and February such as the Big Day Out and Good Vibrations. In October some of the streets of Surfers are closed to make way for Indy 300, an annual car racing event.
Beach goers can step straight from the surf onto the mall, Cavil Avenue. With plenty of fashionable shops, late night trading, bars and nightclubs, many tourists pick accommodation in Surfers according to its proximity to Cavil.
Gold Coast Arts Centre – Live music, theatre, art gallery and more is at 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise.
Popular theme parks Movie World, Dreamworld and Wet and Wild are all situated on the Pacific Motorway, about a 45 minute drive from Surfers Paradise.
Accommodation in Surfers Paradise available through booking.com
South Stradbroke Island is on the northern part of the Gold Coast and is very close to the mainland. In 1896, a storm created the Jumpinpin Channel which divides South Stradbroke Island from North Stradbroke Island.
See accommodation on South Stradbroke Island with booking.com
Southport Gold Coast
Southport is the major business centre of the Gold Coast, has one of the Gold Coast’s largest shopping complexes, Australia Fair, trendy cafes and restaurants and nightlife. The Broadwater at Southport is a huge area of calm water, walkways and parkland. Southport’s swimming enclosure and pool complex are popular with families. To the north of Southport is Labrador and Sanctuary Cove.
Southport was once the southern-most port for the colony of Queensland. The Gold Coast Hospital is in Southport.
See Gold Coast serviced offices, executive suites and virtual offices in Surfers Paradise, Varsity Lakes, Bundall, Robina and Tweed Heads.
Education and Schools on the Gold Coast
Brisbane has a wide range of educational and training facilities for all ages.
Queensland children normally begin school in the year of their 6th birthday. Most attend state or independent schools. Others study by distance education and some families choose home-schooling. See BCL Brisbane Education for more
Map of The Gold Coast Australia
There are two main roads through the Gold Coast strip. You can turn off the Gold Coast highway from Brisbane just after Helensvale and travel across to the coast road which runs from Southport, through Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta.
The inland highway goes through Nerang and bypasses the traffic and pedestrians of the coastal roads.
Main Beach is just north of Surfers Paradise and is packed with activities such as boating, fishing, theme parks and beaches.
Labrador is just north of Southport. Fishing is popular on the special fishing platforms, with seating and shade, along the Marine Parade Esplanade.
Theme parks, Skypoint and other attractions on the Gold Coast. Some include transfers from your Gold Coast or Brisbane Accommodation
Whale watching season on the Gold Coast is from early June to late October.
See nature on the Gold Coast, Gold Coast hinterland and Moreton Bay
These tours pick up from outside hotels on the Gold Coast as well as Brisbane. Tours from the Gold Coast include:
Byron Bay is about 100K south of the Gold Coast.
There’s more to the Gold Coast than beaches. Explore the Gold Coast hinterland with these tours.
See accommodation in Lamington National Park with booking.com.
Special Dining Experiences on the Gold Coast – in a gondola, hot air balloon, cruises.
Coolangatta is in the southernmost part of the Gold Coast and on the south border of Queensland. It was one of the earliest settlements on the Gold Coast and has a lot of history. The beachfront is very popular with bathers and surfers.
During the summer months, Coolangatta in Queensland remains on Eastern Standard time and Tweed Heads in NSW puts their clocks forward to Daylight Saving time.
Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
Burleigh Heads, just north of Tallebudgera Creek and Palm Beach, is home to the David Fleay Wildlife Park and Burleigh Head National Park. Burleigh Head is a wild, natural headland, known locally as “The Point”, where you can walk along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and get magnificent views north to Surfers Paradise and beyond. You can download maps of Burleigh Head from the Dept of Environment website.
Burleigh Heads is less touristy than most areas of the Gold Coast and is popular with surfers.
Broadbeach has an active nightlife with clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants aplenty. Conrad Jupiters casino, just across the road from the Convention Centre, is open 24 hours a day and has its own bars, clubs, live shows and music.
The beaches of the Gold Coast are a big attraction with tourists and locals swimming, surfing, kite surfing and playing beach volleyball and cricket. Surf lifesavers patrol both Kurrawa and Broadbeach.
Kingscliff is a coastal town south of Tweed Heads, part of the North-Coast Region of New South Wales. Although it is part of New South Wales Far North Coast Region, it is often described as the Gold Coast’s version of Noosa.
Byron Bay Tours Byron Bay is approx 105K south of Surfers Paradise. It is included as a stopover in many coach tours of the east coast and is popular as a destination in its own right.
Manly is just 12 minutes by Jetcat or a more leisurely ferry ride from the heart of the city of Sydney. Manly has the best of both worlds with one of Australia’s finest surf beaches on one side and Sydney’s magnificent harbour on the other.
The cosmopolitan atmosphere is extremely popular to locals, daytrippers, backpackers and holidaymakers. Sidewalk cafes and restaurants along the Corso cater for every taste. Sit at any outdoor cafe and enjoy a cappuccino; buy fish and chips and sit on the beach or grab an ice cream and walk along the harbour at sunset.
Manly School & Community Links
Bondi Beach, which is to the south-east of the CBD, is surrounded by Tamarama, Bondi, Bellevue Hill, and Bondi North. The main thoroughfare is Campbell Parade. Bondi is of course most famous for its beach.
Behind the beach is a thriving strip of shops, restaurants and cafés. Local shopping destination Westfield Bondi Junction draws Sydney residents with its up-market shops. Nearby Oxford Street is a thriving cultural hub of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.
More unusual ways to explore Bondi include Harley Davidson tours, or see it from the air in a seaplane or helicopter. If your interests are more water-based you can learn to surf, go scuba diving or take a whale-watching trip.
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