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Annie Rettie Gold Coast Australia Travel Tips - Owner
Miami on the Gold Coast is NOT the Florida USA version!
Magic Mountain at Nobby Beach was an entertainment park in days gone by.
A chairlift carried patrons up to the park at top.
Definitely Gold Coast icons! But sadly they are no more!
Today Magic Mountain Resort Apartments have taken their place but the memories linger on!The area is definitely experiencing a comeback with huge amount of building and redevelopment going on.
Best of all, many new
and cafés are being added so that Miami is becoming more
sufficient for holiday makers.
Miami is a great place for families who want to base themselves on the beach.
Accommodation here is often more affordable than that in the suburbs further north.
It is closer to Coolangatta and attractions such as Currumbin WildLife Sanctuary, as well as Tweed Heads, Northern NSW and Byron Bay.
Definitely a popular choice for repeat holiday makers in the know, you are more likely to find slightly older style accommodation in the budget price range here. Although there are definitely some newer options with great positions.
You could use public transport if staying in this area, but hiring a car or brining your own, will be a lot more convenient. Here are some guidelines for travel times to Gold Coast theme parks and other Gold Coast attractions.
Miami and Nobby Beach Accommodation
Mermaid Beach & Nobby Beach seems to have the better accommodation - higher star ratings and better facilities.
In Miami the standards vary
and as mentioned above it is an area that is definitely being
redeveloped so I am sure new or refurbished properties will be coming
along - I'll keep you posted!
Mermaid Beach & Nobby Beach Apartments
Sandrift Beachfront Apartments
Sandrift Beachfront Apartments - On the beach? Well pretty close - just across a fairly quiet street and yes you are on the beach! Awesome views....
apartments all with ocean views. The
pool and heated spa are well positioned at front of the
grounds at the northern end to maximise sunshine hours!
Magic Mountain Resort - great self-catering family resort apartments either 2 or 3 bedrooms. The penthouse has 3 bedrooms all with ensuite and a private rooftop entertaining area with heated spa and panoramic views of the Gold Coast, Ocean and Hinterland.
Resort itself has a gym, sauna and 3 different types of pools including a heated one.
Santorini Holiday Apartments
Santorini Holiday Apartments - situated on the right side of the Gold Coast Highway at Nobby Beach - these may be a little noisy from the traffic, but these 4* apartments are big! 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. If a dishwasher is a must, you need to go for the 2 or 3 bedroom apartments.
Grande Florida Resort
Grande Florida Resort - this is a well priced family holiday destination resort that used to be part of the Accor Group and was known as the All Seasons Grande Florida Resort. It has a 3½ star AAA rating.
are built around the
resort pools which are the main feature of the resort. One is
heated, there is a sandy beach area and a kids wading
The Gold Coast Burleigh Golf Club is in Miami and there are many other courses within a 20 to 25 minute drive.
If you are after the luxury golf courses then you may need to drive a bit more - but they are usually worth it.
Miami has a stunning beach, possibly more interesting as it ends at
Burleigh which is the first headland on the main Gold Coast beach
Approximate travel times by motor vehicle - please note travel times can be affected by many factors including traffic hazards and roadworks. These are just an indication.
Directions for Car Travel
For directions and other information I recommend you use Google Maps Australia. On this website there are several google maps including a map of Surfers which you can click on to get directions which will also give you an idea of travel times for driving.
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