Gold Coast Stories and Tips

About the Gold Coast

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You can fly to either Gold Coast Airport (located 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise by car) or Brisbane Airport (50 minutes from Surfers Paradise by car) and transport from there can either be via taxi, rental, bus or limousine. Pre booking airport transfers is almost a must.

Public transport is provided by buses which run on a regular time table throughout the area and a train service runs from Robina to Brisbane.

The Gold Coast is popular for its famous nightclubs located on Cavill Avenue and Orchid Avenue in Surfers Paradise where you can party to the early hours. Popular nightclubs are Melba's, Shooters and the Drink. Popular bars include O'Malleys Irish Bar, the Avenue and the Surfers Paradise Beer Garden.

There are also two world class nightclubs, the Quest and Platinum, located in Broadbeach as well as a large casino and convention centre.

Palazo Versace is Australia's only six star resort and is located at Marina Mirage nearby to Main Beach.

Other popular hotels and resorts include the Sheraton located at Main Beach, Marriot at Surfers Paradise, Crowne Plaza in between Surfers and Broadbeach and The Sofitel at Broadbeach.

A lot of backpackers choose to stay at the Islander in Surfers Paradise due to its central location in Surfers.

Inland from the Gold Coast is three magnificent National Parks - Springbrook, Lamington and Tamborine which feature beautiful rainforests, picnic areas, nature walks and spectacular lookouts. Also located through the area is a number of growing wineries.

Four theme parks provide hours and hours if not days of entertainment value with something for everyone. The four theme parks are Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild, Sea World and Dreamworld located between Southport and Coomera. Dreamworld is also the home of Big Brother in Australia.

Main Beach and Broadbeach are popular for their main streets lined with quality restaurants serving for all tastes in ambient relaxing surroundings.

Popular restaurants include Manos at Main Beach and Volare, Sapranos and George's located at Broadbeach.

Surf Clubs are also a popular destination due to their location on the beach.

Shoppers should not go past Pacific Fair which is Australia's largest shopping centre or Harbor Town for discount shopping.

Regular local arts and crafts markets are held at Surfers on the beach front every Friday night. There is also a large market held at Carrrara every Sunday.

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