It’s pretty common to see Australia’s Queensland region noted on lists of favourite travel destinations. However, the mentions are often pretty brief, vaguely mentioning the beauty of the area and then moving on to the next place on the list. In this post, we’ll look at a few more specific reasons to visit Queensland and the Gold Coast along with what there is to see and do there. Let’s get straight to it!
The first thing to put on your list is a trip the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. For those who have never been to Australia before, this will touch on a lot of the things you see on postcards and in friends’ photos. It’s essentially a zoo, but it also has adventurous activities to enjoy, such as the adult high ropes course. But most importantly, you’ll get to feed and observe kangaroos, and if you’d like, hold a koala! It’s a bit touristy, but it’s also absolutely wonderful.
When you’ve knocked this basic tourism staple off the list, it’s time to get out and explore the region a bit more, And for that, nothing beats a tour that takes you through different cities, coastal views, and even wine producing regions throughout the east coast of Australia. Dial a Flight, a UK-based travel assistance website, has a number of prearranged tour options involving this coast exploration. There are choices available for various stretches of coastline, each with a different focus (wine, beaches, cities, etc.). And even if you don’t pick one of these in particular, they can help you to get ideas for exploring the region.
For a specific outdoor site to check out and enjoy in a way you won’t find many places in the world, stop by the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. It’s just a short way inland (to the northwest) from Gold Coast. You’ll feel like you’re walking right through some sort of fantasy series as you explore the walkways, which take you through and over the trees in a lush, beautiful rainforest.
In addition to specific attractions, glimpses of the rainforest and wildlife, and tours, you should also include a few popular beaches in your stay. There are a number of options you can enjoy throughout Gold Coast, but Surfers Paradise is probably the biggest hub for tourists. It offers a festive stretch of beach right outside the city that’s always alive with activity at shops, restaurants, etc. The beautiful Broadbeach is a bit more low-key, but it’s also very enjoyable.
Finally, you’ll need to find the right place to stay in Gold Coast. While this comes down entirely to what you’re looking for in your accommodations, there are a few places worth taking a look at. The Gold Coast Holiday Park is a nice in-between option, with the comforts and convenience of a luxury option but at fairly reasonable prices. And for those seeking out more affordable, backpacking style accommodations, there are plenty of apartment and hostel locations in and around the city.
It’s still just a beginning to planning your trip. But if you’re taking off to the Gold Coast area any time soon, keep these tips and destinations in mind to start you off!
This is a guest post by Stan Porter. Originally from the UK, Stan is an international travel enthusiast who enjoys sharing his travel writing and photography with various blogs and sites online.