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Surf, Sand and Don't Forget the Hinterland!

From tourist hot-spots to tight-lipped local secrets; there’s more than one way to get the most from the coast – we say a healthy dose of everything is best: Turf with a dash of surf; majestic mountains mixed with metre maids; scream machines and wild animal encounters; epic eats, five-class spa spoils and a thriving nightlife famous for fun. Here’s Harbour Town’s guide to other Gold Coast must-dos. Hire a bike, pound the pavement, holler a cab or jump on the G:Link – it’s time to experience the best of Destination Gold Coast!

Beach Chills

Sparkling blue water, soft white sand and healthy, sun-soaked smiles for miles. The Gold Coast boasts some of the best beaches in the world all with their own unique vibe. Tick off as many as you can! Our top picks include Main Beach, Surfers Paradise Beach, Kurrawa Beach, Mermaid Beach, Miami Beach, Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach, Snapper Rocks, Kirra Beach and Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta.

Perfect for families and the stand-out local favourite is a little slice of paradise called Tallebudgera Creek. Hot tip: get in early to secure your spot. This is one of the Gold Coast’s most sought-after patches of sand. For the ultimate beach rush; be brave, jump on a board and hit the famous Gold Coast greenrooms with the awesome people from Get Wet Surf School.

Surfers Paradise Beach World famous Surfers Paradise Beach
Tallebudgera Creek Locals favourite patch of sand, Tallebudgera Creek

Back to Nature

Brace yourself for the insanely, insta-perfect national parks of the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of the Gold Coast hinterland. #nofilterrequired. Head to Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park, make time to hit the Glow Worm Cave and drink in the beauty of Purlingbrook Falls. Other natural wonders to pop on the list include the stunning valleys and waterfalls of Lamington National Park’s Green Mountains and Binna Burra sections, the breath-taking Queen Mary Falls Circuit of the Main Range National Park and the rugged peaks of Mount Barney. For a real high, try O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walkway at Lamington Park or the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk followed by a relaxing nip at the Tamborine Mountain Distillery, Australia’s most awarded distillery. Whether you want to picnic, trek, swim or clink your way around quaintly sophisticated wineries, the Gold Coast has you covered.  Hot tip: For some natural action closer to the coastline, head to Burleigh Head National Park for incredible ocean views from the rocky headland and coffee just minutes down the road.   

 You might find a furry friend on your travels through the Gold Coast Hinterland

Water, Water, Water

The Jolie-Pitts couldn’t wait to hit our water-ways; we know you’re going to love it to! Blast across the Broadwater with Jet Boat Extreme or Paradise Jet Boating adventure, hire your own jet ski or for some futuristic thrills, start your heart with Jetpack Flyboard Adventures. Try our local loves stand-up paddle boarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing and kayaking or fall off the edge of a boat for some awesome scuba diving at The Scottish Prince, Cook Island, Palm Beach Reef, Nine Mile Reef and Gold Coast Seaway. Gold Coast Dive Centre is the perfect place to start.

If all that action has you in knots – slow things down with a relaxing Surfers Paradise River Cruise or Sailing In Paradise Sunset Cruise; hit the big blue on the Spirit of the Gold Coast Whale Watching or up the romance with a gondola ride down stunning Gold Coast canals. You can also gather the troops and drive your own water-fuelled fun by hiring a BBQ Boat or set the family adrift for a couple of nights with Coomera Houseboat Holidays. For the ultimate surf and turf option, take a yacht to Stradbroke Island, Segway around bush trails and then hit the dunes in your buggy for some sand boarding with Gold Coast Island Buggy Tours. 

Movie World
Have a whale of a time watching humpbacks migrate
Boating on the Gold Coast
The kids will go flippin' mad for a day on the Broadwater
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By Gold Coast | 6 July 2017