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Why have your Queensland holiday in the Gold Coast?
Planning a holiday is EASY when you have been there before & know what you want to see & do.
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Not sure whether to choose Gold Coast for your next holiday? Probably the best way to answer that question is to tell you what the Gold Coast is and is not!
The Gold Coast is well known for its:
These are some of the things that entice visitors to take their holidays in the Gold Coast and here is why I love the Gold Coast...
The Gold Coast is so much more than meets the eye. It is a cliché, but there is just about something for everyone. Here are some of the reasons I love the Gold Coast, and I reckon most people would find something to love - Queensland holiday or not! It's an easy read with lots of photos!
The ocean beaches from Coolangatta to The Spit – the sand is just about the best there is! There is nothing like getting out there early in the morning when the sun is coming up. Walking, running or just playing with the kids in the sand. And Surfers Paradise wasn't called that for nothing! So of course there is the surf!
The broadwater – I am biased, I have lived on the broadwater, and would wake up every morning to see the shining calm water. It's a place to take the younger kids for an introduction to beach life and water. It's great for jet skiing, water skiing, hiring a boat and just enjoying being on the water.
The hinterland – the backdrop of the volcanic hills is a great contrast to the coast. I love seeing the coast from high up on one of the hills – the view is to die for. It is cooler in the summer, lush and refreshing – it is a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the coast.
Places to stay – the choice of accommodation runs to over 600 in the Gold Coast region – the trick is finding the right one for you!
Weather – the weather had me at "Hello"! But it is variable and no one can guarantee what it will be like when you visit. Generally the weather is tops! It gets humid in the summer months, but hey that's what the beach is for and in the winter it isn't really cold.
Us locals think it gets cold in the winter! Here's a great winter holiday game - spot the local. You can tell how long someone has lived on the Gold Coast by how much they are wearing – seriously! All the visitors are in shorts and we're in longs, jackets and jumpers!
There's always something more to do or see - that's why people come back time after time!
Apologies to those who want to entice you to the Gold Coast under false pretences! I firmly believe that you have to give a fair appraisal. But first I have to dispel the biggest Gold Coast Myth for our international visitors!
Now you know what I like, and what the Gold Coast is not... So what type of holiday is Queensland's Gold Coast great for?
When is the best time for that holiday you have been promising yourself in Queensland?
That depends upon what you want to do!
Check out my guide to the best time for your Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia holiday. This will step you through month by month on what is happening, what kind of weather you can expect and what are great activities for that time of the year. One of the best places to start when planning your Gold Coast, Queensland holiday.
Other holiday destinations in Queensland to consider:
You can see some of these amazing Queensland holiday destinations as well as shots of the Gold Coast in this new Queensland Tourism video Queensland, Where Australia Shines...
How about this though to get you excited about visiting the Gold Coast! I love this video...
There are plenty of reasons to make the Gold Coast your next holiday destination and there is more than enough to keep you busy... or relaxed.
Here is more information to help plan your trip or you can grab our planning cheat sheets to give you a framework to plan with...