Australia’s Gold Coast, when taken as a whole, includes a staggering 530 miles of waterways, forests, beaches and coves. With stunning scenery and an absolutely incredible coastline, this is one of the most popular areas to visit on the east coast of Australia, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. It’s also very popular with the locals too, with many Aussies flocking to the area for their holidays.
If you’re looking for somewhere to settle down under, Lend Lease has houses for sale in Gold Coast, which could make a really beautiful place to live – but even if you’re just visiting, this is a wonderful place to spend some time. Everybody knows about the beautiful beaches and choice surf, but there’s a whole lot more on offer in this part of Australia…
The famous Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast may be the best known beach attraction in the area, but just South is the much quieter suburb of Broadbeach. An excellent place to spend a few days, Broadbeach is pretty cosmopolitan and is something of a cultural hub, with a fab range of shops, bars, restaurants and cafés.
With a strong fashion scene and loads of cultural activities, including the Gold Coast Film Festival and Renaissance Fair, this beach suburb blends the best of the coast with the best of the city, and makes a fabulous stop on any tour of Australia’s Gold Coast.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
This iconic Gold Coast attraction first opened way back in 1947 as a bird sanctuary, and is now a huge zoo and wildlife park nestled within 27 hectares of lush rain forest. Boasting the largest aviary in the southern hemisphere, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is still very big on birds – don’t miss the beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets – but it’s also home to a whole host of other animals, particularly those specific to Australia, with dingos, koalas and Tasmanian Devils.
Interaction is a big part of the experience here, with croc feedings, segway tours amongst packs of kangaroos, wildlife shows, and even koala cuddles. Plus with 80 huge treetop challenges including eleven insane ziplines – some spanning more than 120 metres – you can really get your adrenaline pumping!
Best of All Lookout
Springbrook National Park, on the border between Queensland and New South Wales, is a 6197 hectare protected national park that’s home to some simply amazing natural scenery. One of the best (and surprisingly little known) parts of the park, is the aptly named Best of All Lookout. A name like that holds some pretty high expectations, but it won’t let you down.
The walk from Springbrook Plateua to the lookout is only around 300 metres, but the view is truly spectacular. Looking out across northern New South Wales, the stunning view is dominated by Mount Warning, a lava plug left behind by the extinct Tweed volcano. It’s recommended to visit just before sunrise on a cloudy day for an extra-special experience.
The Gold Coast may be best known for its choice surfing and sunny climate, but it’s also one of the most interesting and diverse locations on the planet, with nature, culture, and a host of diverse flora and fauna. No wonder it’s such a popular spot with visitors.
NB – This post was brought to you in collaboration with Lend Lease, but all words are my own.