One of the most biologically diverse regions in Australia, the Gold Coast is blessed with sub-tropical temperatures and 300 days of sunshine. A popular holiday playground since 1885, today this coastal city attracts 11 million visitors annually for romantic retreats, recreational watersports, student breaks and family holidays.
With 70 kilometers of coastline, stretching from South Stradbroke Island down to Rainbow Bay, the Gold Coast is a surfing and fishing paradise. Situated along the Pacific Ocean in southern Queensland, the water is the heart of the Gold Coast culture. Of the 21 patrolled beaches, Surfers Paradise and Kirra Beach offer the best surfing swells. Other popular water activities include scuba diving, whale watching and deep sea fishing, a tradition that dates back to the Australian aborigines more than 42,000 years ago.
The Gold Coast also has a robust sporting culture with five national teams in basketball, ice hockey, rugby and football as well as a leg of the ASP World Tour of surfing. Most recreational activities take place in the lush mountain rainforests, marshy coastal wetlands and glistening turquoise beaches. The region teems with nearly 55 golf courses, seven major theme parks and the Gold Coast 600, an October racing car event that zips through the streets of Main Beach and Surfers Paradise. In July, the multievent Gold Coast Marathon attracts 24,000 international participants. The Gold Coast will also host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Scattered among the city’s 500 restaurants is some of the most sensational shopping in the world. More than 20 diverse weekly markets offer handmade crafts, organic produce and fresh seafood. The Gold Coast also serves as a major film production center. From Warner Bros. to Bollywood films, the industry generates more than $150 million annually with big-name productions such as “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Terra Nova.”
Although there is rarely a bad time to visit the Gold Coast, the summer months of December through February attract the most tourists. Thousands of students clutter the beaches in late November for two weeks to celebrate the city-sponsored Schoolies. The city’s high-rise skyline provides the perfect backdrop for an active nightlife scene with several dance clubs that continue spinning until 5 a.m.
Because a trip to Australia may be a once in a lifetime adventure, travel insurance can prevent unforeseen circumstances from derailing a trip. Visitors can fly into the city from the Gold Coast Airport or from nearby Brisbane Airport an hour away, or they can take the light rail or direct train service. Accommodations range from five-star beachfront hotels to backpacker hostels to private rental apartments.
From the sun-drenched beaches to the adrenalin-inducing water adventures, the Australian Gold Coast offers countless wonders just waiting to be discovered.
Author’s bio: Ian Butler is a travel lover and an insurance agent who specialises in travel insurance. In his free time he loves to write about his journeys that way sharing his amazing experiences with many people.