The Gold Coast sounds interesting on the one hand and commercial on the other. We have spent over a week on the Gold Coast and our impressions are also different, but mostly on the positive side. Today I invite you to a text about a very “long” city located near Brisbane in Australia.
The Gold Coast is about 1,000 kilometres from Sydney, and the journey took us about ten hours. Going to the Gold Coast, we took a halfway break with an overnight stay, and on our way back we took the route at once. We stayed in a hotel in the part of the Gold Coast called Surfers Paradise right next to the tallest building in the city.
About Gold Coast
The Gold Coast was not a city from the beginning. It was created from the merger of many smaller towns. It is currently Australia’s sixth city and has a population of over half a million. Officially, it exists since 1958, but the history of settlement in this region dates back to 1823 (then it was discovered by John Oxley).
What to do in Gold Coast?
Gold Coast is a party place. You will find a lot of surfers and a party atmosphere there. The city is very large and crisscrossed by canals. We often see objects at a distance of 100-200 meters through the mentioned canals are located 3-4 kilometres away from us. There are many bridges, but often not where we want them to. There are many fairs organized on Gold Coast. There is also the largest market in Australia – Carrara Market. In addition to strange stands, you will find wooden sculptures, a mini-golf course or face painting stations. The trade fair aspects did not turn out very well. There was a lot of Chinese food and trash. It was possible to find a hall with local vegetables and fruit or a pastry shop.
Depending on what we like, the Gold Coast has a lot of attractions to offer. From typically commercial ones, such as a dolphin cruise, a floating duck ride and others, to the more interesting ones. There is a tram in the city which is a very good means of transport. We went to China Town, for example. You can walk along the beach or between skyscrapers. You can go up to the top of the tallest building and watch the views for a fee.
There are many small beaches in Sydney, and unfortunately, there is only one on the Gold Coast … It stretches all the way along the coast :). It is wide and sandy. There you will find a lot of space and waves perfect for learning to surf. You will meet people on the beach both during the day and at night. It is lit in some sections (Surfers Paradise promenade).
Food in Gold Coast
As in Sydney, the Gold Coast abounds in a variety of venues from all over the world. We ate nice Indian cuisine, very tasty ramen, burgers and many other things. It’s worth going for a walk and taking the risk!
I certainly wouldn’t last 7 days sitting in one place. Despite the swimming pool and 100 meters to the ocean, we also decided to explore the area a bit. We visited two interesting places. The first was Springbrook National Park. A beautiful place is full of surprises. Fantastic views of the mountains and the city visible in the distance. Waterfalls, lizards, rainforest created a nice atmosphere. The second place was Tamborine National Park. Fantastic views and walks among palm trees and fig trees did a good job too. There was a cave with glow worms at Springbrook, but it was closed for renovation of the pathway. We found a subway in Tamborine, and although it was man-made, the worms made a very good impression.