In the first part of our Australia series, we covered Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city (seven years in a row in 2017, according to Economist Intelligence Unit), you can read all about it here. And if you thought Melbourne was chill, wait till you get to Australia’s version of Hollywood—fondly dubbed the “Glitter Strip”—the Gold Coast.

As soon as you land in this beach town, you can already sense its very laid back culture. Its subtropical weather is so much better and more stable compared to Melbourne—being closer to the equator—making it one of Australia’s top holiday destinations. Book an Airbnb in Surfer’s Paradise for first timers to get access to everything essential.

Surfer’s Paradise

Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s East Coast. It’s famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World, and Wet‘n’Wild. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest.

Day 1

All-day brunch at Knox Dining/Breakfast at Surfers Paradise

A gastronomic creation of the Turvey Brothers, who have been in the Gold Coast’s F&B scene for quite some time now. Slowly making its name, this all-day diner is perfect for that beach body you wanna show off while getting your grub at the beach. Great food without the guilt.

Surf and tan all day at Burleigh Beach

Literally, people just hang out here tan and surf the whole day. Just by the beach is an amazing hipster dining area with a good selection of really healthy food (and not so healthy ones).

Drink and dine at Broadbeach

If you wanna eat and drink like a local, this is where you should be. With an extensive list of Gold Coast’s top restaurants, locals come here to sample the best they have to offer.

Day 2

Hinterland

Photo courtesy of trailhiking.com.au

Day 1 was all about the beach, for our second day, we explore the magic of the Great Hinterland Walk. A scenic nature tour, a balloon ride and even a delicious champagne breakfast (at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard) are some of the action-packed pursuits you can enjoy at Gold Coast Hinterland.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Photo courtesy of @billo88 on Instagram

And if you’re looking for the ultimate wildlife adventure in the Gold Coast—hang out with some of the most loved Australian animals, such as kangaroos and koalas—you can experience all of that at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Theme parks marathon

Photo courtesy of Arrival Guides

Photo courtesy of NickALive!

Relive your childhood days and enjoy an afternoon of theme park activities—Gold Coast has it all. Experience the Justice League 3D ride and meet the characters on Main Street at Warner Bros. Movie World. If you like water parks, check out Wet‘n’Wild or Sea World, or if rollercoasters are your thing, visit Dreamworld and experience its Big Eight thrill rides.

Afternoon drinks at the Casino Garden, The Star Gold Coast

Expect to see Gold Coast’s who’s who in this champagne afternoon-to-night party at the veranda.

Nightlife

Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Bulletin

The Gold Coast nightlife can be a little bit of a hit and miss due to Australia’s strict alcohol laws. It’s not shocking to see empty venues on a weekend.  However when it is good, it is definitely good. Surfer’s Paradise is where tourists would be going around to party. It’s a bit more hip (and can get skanky), but can be fun if you’re keen to drink lots and party. Broadbeach is where most of the locals opt to go for a more fancy night out. Everyone ends up in the Casino after the 3AM lockout as this is the only place that still serves alcohol. Of course, it’s bright as hell and is in the middle of people gambling (which is probably the point) but beggars can’t be choosers when left with no option.

This is a three-part Australia series. Revisit Melbourne (1 of 3) and Sydney (3 of 3) here and here.

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