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A fun few days on the Gold Coast

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A fun few days on the Gold Coast

story by: Mike Williams

There is so much to do on the Gold Coast that you can easily spend a week and only scratch the surface. However, although you may have to be brutal with the itinerary, the Gold Coast’s mix of enticing beaches, city hot spots and neighbouring attractions make it the perfect place for a fun filled long weekend.

Day ​1: Relax
Relax on the beach or take to the waves at the many surf beaches, such as Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads, Kirra and Coolangatta. Whether you want to learn to surf, find a sheltered beach to swim in or chill at a beachfront café, the Gold Coast will have you covered. Gold Coast Oceanway is a 36 km network of paths along the beaches from the Gold Coast Seaway (The Spit) to the Point Danger Lighthouse (Coolangatta). This is a great way to explore the fabulous beaches on foot or by bike.

Day ​2: ​Hinterland
While it is easy to spend all your time on the Gold Coast’s wonderful beaches, make sure you head on a day trip to the Hinterland. It’s just 45 minutes inland from Surfers Paradise, yet a world away with national parks, waterfalls, cute villages, art galleries, cafés and restaurants.  In the Scenic Rim of the Gold Coast Hinterland, you’ll find Tamborine Mountain and its beautiful winding walking tracks, showcasing rainforest, cliffs and waterfalls. A highlight is the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, consisting of over 300 metres of bridges through the top of the rainforest canopy, 30 metres above the creek below!

Day ​3: Eat, drink & be merry
Foodies will love planning their Gold Coast long weekend itinerary around the culinary opportunities on offer. The Gold Coast Hinterland is home to the award-winning Mount Tamborine Distillery and family-owned Witches Chase Cheese Factory. Meanwhile, back on the coast, Hellenika Restaurant at Nobby Beach is a superb Greek restaurant—make sure you book ahead, as it is very popular. Afterwards, consider bar hopping around Surfers in a stretch Hummer or Chrysler with the Gold Coast Hummerzine Nightclub Tour.

Day 4: Go shopping, grab a bargain 
No trip to the Gold Coast is complete without a little retail therapy. Surfers Paradise is lined with shops, from cheap souvenir and T-shirts stalls to designer boutiques and tourist stores selling Australian woollen goods and aboriginal products. For more serious shopping, check out the massive shopping malls like Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre, or Harbourtown for some intensive outlet shopping.

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