Top 5 Must-Dos On Your Gold Coast Beach Holiday
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Iconic, palm-lined beaches backed by glitzy high-rises, golden sunshine and crystalline waves—when you choose the Gold Coast for your next holiday, it’s impossible to miss the stunning 57 kilometre coastline the area is famous for. Make the most of it with our top 5 must-dos!
1. Learn to Surf
The obvious choice to kick off your beach holiday, and you might even end up sharing the waves with local pros Mick Fanning or Stephanie Gilmore. Expect protected waters, epic point breaks, and world-class hollow waves off South Stradbroke Island. Add to that a strong surfing history and community spirit, and you’ll soon find there’s something in the water here, and it’s worth taking the plunge for. Consistent waves, heavily patrolled beaches, and a bunch of great surfing schools cover the bases to suit all skill levels, so you’re sure to enjoy yourself whether you’re looking to go pro or dipping your toe in for the first time.
2. Go on a Beach Crawl
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fun in the sun, so why pick just one stretch of sand when you can experience them all? From popular surf breaks at southern strips like Kirra or Currumbin Alley, to the relaxing atmosphere at Main Beach or Miami, or the stunning coastal scenery at Burleigh Heads. Get in the thick of it at Surfer’s Paradise, easily the Gold Coast’s most popular beach. A tourist mecca mere steps away from cafes, restaurants, and shopping outlets, with a wide boulevard framed with palms perfect for strolling (and for that picturesque holiday snap).
3. Explore on Two Wheels
More than 1000 km of bikeways thread through city, many of them beachside. From laidback trails along wide pathways and through lush headland to the more challenging Darren Smith Memorial Route, named in honour of the local Olympic cyclist, running 48 km between Point Danger and Paradise Point. Set your own pace and pack a picnic lunch, or stop at one of the many great oceanfront eateries on the way!
4. Hit Up the Local Foodie Scene
Speaking of beachside eats, there are plenty of ways to dine with a view on the Gold Coast. Hip breakfast haunts abound, such as Elk Espresso in Broadbeach or Paddock Bakery at Miami, as do trendy restaurants and bars. Try Burleigh Brewing Company on a Friday night for their weekly Brew Jams, and soak up some local tunes while you sip on seriously good craft beer. Or kick back and relax with a barbeque at one of the oceanfront parks for sweeping sunset views and great atmosphere.
5. Experience the Local Markets
You’re going to want to take a little slice of this sunshine-filled paradise with you, and while you could shop in the air-conditioned comfort of Pacific Fair, it’s far more fun to browse with a sea breeze at one of the local markets. Surfer’s Paradise Beachfront markets set up along the esplanade every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday afternoon from 4-9pm, while buzzing art and craft markets alternate between Broadbeach, Coolangatta and Burleigh every Sunday.
Post by Alana Eising
Alana is a writer and a wanderer who almost always wishes she were somewhere else. That’s why she writes about the fabulous places she’s been, and all the destinations left on her bucket list.