Sunny Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is well known for its Surfing beaches and every year hosts one of the biggest Surfing events globally, “The Quick Pro Gold Coast” held at Coolangatta between Snapper Rocks and Duranbah beach. The area is considered as one of the best surf reserves in the world with more than 10 world class surfing spots in less than 20 kilometres hence why it is so-called the “Super-bank”. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced surfer, or you just want to enjoy its lifestyle you will find yourself in paradise in the Gold Coast.
Best sunny lifestyle
The Gold Coast has what is considered as one of the best lifestyles in the world. You can go to the beach in the morning, jump in the water for a surf, have a nutritious breakfast overlooking the beach, go shopping, go to one of its many restaurants or enjoy the nightlife.
Whatever your preference is, you will see how easy it is calling “The Goldie” magical!!
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The climate on the Gold Coast is humid and subtropical, with hot and humid summers with average temperatures around pleasant 20° to 28° C, while winters are mild, sunny and dry, with average temperatures of 10° to 22° C. The rainiest months are from January to March with tropical storms on warmer days.
- 1 Private room: $150 – $300/ week
- Shared room: $100- $200/ week
- Bread: $2.00 – $2.50
- Milk: $1.10
- Eggs (12): $4.20 approx.
- Pasta/Rice: $1.50 – $2.70
- Chicken breast: $12 per kilo approx.
- Meal in average restaurant: $10 approx.
- Meal in expensive restaurant: $25 approx.
- Fast Food: $10.95
- Cup of Coffee: from $4.75
- Movies: $16
- Haircut: $15 – $25
- Petrol: from $1.43/ L
Public transport on the Gold Coast consists mostly of buses and trams. The tramway has strictly one line that goes for 13 km, has 16 stations and runs from Helensvale to Broadbeach South through the centre of Gold Coast with stops at Southport or Surfers Paradise. There is also a train to Brisbane that takes off from the Varsity Lakes Trian Station.
To access public transport in on the Gold Coast you will need a “GoCard” (https://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/go-card) or you can simply pay for a single trip ticket. However, if you are thinking of staying in the Gold Coast for a while, we suggest getting the card as it is rechargeable (Similar to Opal Card Sydney).
Gold Coast has a broad range of accommodation options whether you are here for a long period of time or just for a short holiday. If you are going to live here for a while, we recommend that you visit the following websites:
If you decide that you want to get accommodation sorted before your arrival in Australia, we can help by finding you a homestay in an area that suits your needs. Contact one of our experienced consultants to find out more about accommodation options on the Gold Coast.
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Things to do
Surf: As soon as you land on The Gold Coast you will realise that the main sport and one of the most iconic things to do is surfing. With more than 50km of surf beaches, the Gold Coast is one of the World’s Surfing Meccas for Beginners to experience Surfers.
Go to one of the many stunning beaches: If you are not into surfing you can still stroll, swim and sunbake on one of the amazing beaches that the Gold Coast is famous for. Wherever you are staying in the Gold Coast, the beach and saltwater will be your backyard.
Surf World Gold Coast: Surf World is the only Surf Museum in the state of Queensland. Learn about the history of Queensland’s surfing and beach culture and check out contemporary art works and the gallery of photos showcasing today’s surfing champions.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary: This iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary takes you through 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas along the way.
Surfers Paradise Shopping: Surfers Paradise is the Australian smaller version of Hollywood. Hundreds of shops, restaurants, entertainment activities and a beautiful beach are only some of the great things you will find there.
Theme Parks: Gold Coast has plenty of theme and amusement parks where you can have an awesome time with friends or by yourself any day of the week. Dreamworld, Warner Bros Movie World, and Sea World are just some of the exciting options on offer.
Byron Bay: Byron Bay is a beautiful part of the world without a doubt. Amazing wild-life, breath-taking beaches, stunning landscapes and a chilled vibe in town with daily concerts and cultural activities, make this place a retreat for many people around the world. There is a direct bus from Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay (2 hours), however the best option is to rent a car as there are many places to stop by along the way . (See OzTrip Byron Bay Guide)
Sunshine Coast: 3 hours drive from Gold Coast you can find the Sunshine Coast. Discover amazing beaches and landscapes or wander the streets of the beautiful Noosa Heads, where you will find delicious food and coffee.
Brisbane: Queensland’s main city, Brisbane, is located only 1 hour and 30 minutes from the Gold Coast. There are many things to do in the city ranging from a delicious breakfast to amazing nightlife (See OzTrip Brisbane Guide).
Facts about Gold Coast
- The Gold Coast has an average of 285 sunny days a year!!
- Tourism averages around 11 million tourists a year from every nationality in the world.
- The Gold Coast is the 6th largest city in Australia
- There are around 57 km of beaches and the average water temperature is 22-23 degrees
- Q1 in Surfers Paradise is the largest residential tower in the southern hemisphere
- The Gold Coast has the biggest biological diversity in an urbanized area with more than 1,300 animal species and 1,700 plant species.
- Meter Maids are bikini-dressed women who wander the streets of Surfers Paradise feeding expired parking tickets. They have been around since 1965 and they are known around the world.
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