This April, the XXI Commonwealth Games hits the Gold Coast where athletes will be looking for a little gold of their own. With tickets still available, the games are even more reason to pay a visit to this beautiful region of Queensland.
Whether you arrive early for the games or extend your stay afterwards, the Gold Coast offers a wealth of things to keep you entertained. The Gold Coast offers something for everyone whether you like the great outdoors, high paced excitement, or simply a bit of shopping along the beach.
As the athletes prepare for the 2018 Commonwealth games, make sure you too are prepared for your travels to the Gold Coast with travel insurance protection which covers you for a wide range of sports activities in case you want to experience a little sporting adrenaline of your own.
The Gold Coast has enough theme parks to keep you busy for a lifetime including Dreamworld, WB Movie World, Wet n Wild Water World, and WhiteWater World to name a few. You can purchase theme park passes such as the Village Roadshow Super Pass which will allow you access to several parks at a discounted rate. The more you play the more you save.
Head to Dreamworld for Wiggles World and Tiger Island or check out Paradise Country to watch the sheep dog shows and sheep shearing. After that you can unleash your inner Superman or Wonder Woman in Movie World or get your feet wet in the numerous water parks. For something a bit wilder, check out the dolphins and polar bears of Sea World.
The Gold Coast is fortunate to be surrounded by numerous National Parks, many of which can be reached in less than an hour by car.
Tamborine National Park offers a great network of hiking trails which lead to stunning waterfalls. The Witches Falls section of the park became Queensland’s first National Park. Search for Lyrebirds and platypus on your walks.
With walks suitable for the entire family, Springbrook National Park offers a stunning rainforest with waterfalls, canyons, and refreshing swimming holes. Be sure to pay a visit to the Natural Bridge section of the park and look out for glow in the dark mushrooms as well as other rare and unusual plant life.
Lamington National Park may not be Queensland’s first National Park but is still over 100 years old and probably Queensland’s most significant. The park is a World Heritage Site, Important Bird Area, and one of Queensland's Q150 Icons. The park is an import refuge for a wide array of rare and endemic wildlife.
With a coastline that never seems to end, the Gold Coast offers numerous world renowned beaches. Some of them even allow beach camping!
Burleigh Heads Beach is referred to as the Bondi of the Gold Coast. Well sheltered, it offers some of the area’s best swimming and surfing. The Quicksilver Pro surfing contest is sometimes held here for that reason.
Coolangatta offers wonderful beaches for swimming as Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay are the only north facing beaches along the Gold Coast. Check out Snapper Rocks to maybe catch a glimpse of a whale during their migration season.
Currumbin Beach and Nobby Beach both offer excellent surfing with Nobby Beach being home the famous Hedges Avenue or “Millionaire’s Row”.
It is Australia's highest external building climb some 270 metres up. The area’s iconic residential tower known as Q1 will allow you to get an eagle’s eye view of all the Gold Coast has to offer. SkyPoint Climb is a must when visiting the Gold Coast, which will take two hours out of your day to complete.
Enjoy Australia's only beachside observation deck as you ride one of Australia's fastest elevators and afterwards make your way up the nearly 300 steps to the building’s summit. The view from the top will take your breath away just as much as the physical exertion will.
Witness thousands of magical glow worms in the National Parks around the Gold Coast. Mt. Tambourine offers an artificial glow worm cave that can be witnessed during the day which may work better for a strict itinerary.
The glow worms cave at Springbrook on the other hand is completely natural which means you must pay a visit when darkness falls to experience the magic. You can take a guided tour or opt for a self guided experience.
The Gold Coast is home to some incredible markets but the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are the largest night markets on the coast. While many of the other markets are held just a few times a month or every few months, the Surfers Paradise markets are held every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights.
Explore the stalls along the foreshore where you’ll find the latest fashions, jewellery, artwork, home wares, beauty products, and other incredible and unique items.