Gold Coast

One of the best destinations for a weekend getaway has to be Queensland’s Gold Coast – especially if you’re looking for a family holiday. Starting 80 kilometres south of Brisbane, the glorious sandy beaches of this prime tourist hotspot run south all the way in Coolangatta and there are plenty of places to stay and enjoy the all year round sunshine.

Surfers Paradise is the most famous town on the Gold Coast and with its fabulous beach, numerous cafes, restaurants and nightclubs and hundreds of hotels, holiday apartments and hostels. It’s great location if you’re looking for fun and excitement on your short break.

However, the Gold Coast isn’t all about excess and wild nightlife. If you’re looking for trendy restaurants and bars, then Broadbeach is plenty of swish eateries to choose from with holiday accommodation to match. Currumbin has lovely golden sand, as has Palm Beach, whilst Main Beach is always a winner with holidaymakers. Each beachside community has its own unique at selling points and many visitors return to their favourite place again and again.

Obviously, one of the big selling points of a weekend away on the Gold Coast is the theme parks. This is undoubtedly the amusement park capital of Australia with WhiteWater World, Warner Bros. Movie World, DreamWorld, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild all within an stone’s throw of one another. Every year of countless families, couples and schoolies have the time of their lives riding the rollercoasters and water slides at the various parks – the only issue is deciding which of the theme parks suits you best.

One way to solve this problem is to buy a theme park Super Pass. This is a special ticket which lets you in to a number of sister parks for one price. For example, the Big 3 Super Pass gives you entry into Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild World and Sea World, all for one price. These are definitely worth investigating as there as some great deals on multiple park entries which allow you to really make the most of your Gold Coast holiday. Look out for the special offers and ticket sales that are often advertised on television and online.

Another idea is to book your weekend away as a package deal that includes theme park tickets along with accommodation and perhaps even flights. Since the region is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Australia, there are plenty of Gold Coast packages to choose from, so make sure you do your research before you book anything.

Finally, the Gold Coast has lots to keep you happy if you like to watch sport as part of your getaway. With Rugby League, AFL, soccer and basketball all having Gold Coast teams, as well as Surf Living Saving, surfing and golf (to name just a few) amongst the sports showcased in the region. If you wish to visit the Gold Coast for a particular sporting event, be sure you book your hotels and flights well in advance so that you aren’t disappointed.

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