The holiday season is packed with an over riding happiness among visitors, where being busy usually translates to having a tonne of fun.Where best to accommodate your summer break than a City that offers an uninterrupted coastline of pristine beaches perfect for swimming and surfing. Where else can you savour amazing weather conditions as you happily participate in every water activity imaginable?
The tradition of a Gold Coast getaway has been one engrained among Australians from generation to generation. On that strength neighbouring countries and other cultures have understandably become more inquisitive of the alluring nature of this special part of the World.
It is only through a sense of adventure that one is able to gain a true appreciation of the incredible variety of things to see and do throughout this thriving, coastal metropolis.
At the heart of the Gold Coast short break or holiday experience is evolution. The region seeks to reinvent itself and continue to provide that perfect mix of fun-filled activities, relaxing interludes, dining riches, party occasions and general good times each and every summer.
The opportunities presented to young and old become the stuff of legend. Of stories retold in detail to portray that perfect summer among the sun, sand and surf of the Gold Coast.
The many adrenalin charged activity options of the region are only enhanced by making use of the amazing hinterland plus spectacular man-made attractions of the area.
Buckle up for the ride of your life as you don full racing suit and helmet at Off Road Rush, gaining the advantage of expert driver tuition while exploring the limits of a V8 powered racing buggy.
Staying on four wheels but a little further away from the bustling beats of the city you’ll find ATV Adventures that offer the ultimate quad bike experience.
A fun-filled expedition through mountainous terrain has you manoeuvring across running streams and up and down hilly passages. Be sure to maintain your focus on the changing geographic variables as you gain a close up appreciation of this extraordinary landscape.
For young and old the ongoing quest for fun and adventure is easily satisfied on the Gold Coast.
If the 350 horse power of a rally tuned Subaru Impreza WRX is more your style, grab the wheel at The WRX Experience for a driving lesson you’ll never forget.
Dust off the dirt and head for the clouds with Gold Coast Sky Dive – the only tandem skydiving operation on the Gold Coast. Make sure you take in the expansive aerial views of the city’s famous coastline as you descend 4,000 metres safely back to land.
Experience the sunrise of a lifetime as you float across the Gold Coast’s famous coastline in a hot air balloon or let Cloud 9 Seaplanes handle the cockpit as you take in the scenery, before being whisked away to a secluded beach for a picnic lunch in paradise. If airborne trickery is more your style Tiger Moth Joy Rides will have you in a spin time and time again.
Under the safety of harnesses and nets, Australia’s largest ropes and adventure course, Adventure Parc, takes Tarzan-style fun to the heady treetops of the Tamborine mountains. Similarly, the Ultimate Green Challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is based on SAS Commando training techniques, where you can swing, climb and tumble your way through courses designed for all ages.
Relive your favourite movie fight scene after a lesson from Movie Stunt Experience’s Hollywood trained professionals. Have your skills recorded and produced to DVD – now that’s a holiday video anyone would watch. Test the limits of your senses as the high tech optical illusions of Infinity trick your mind into believing you’ve been transported into futuristic neon worlds.
Thrill seeking takes many forms throughout Australia’s Gold Coast and visitors are only limited by their own imagination and sense of adventure.
When it comes to man made attractions that stimulate the senses, the Gold Coast is unmatched as home to the southern hemisphere’s largest collection of theme parks.
It is for this reason that the region has become an exciting pilgrimage for many Australian families and thrill seekers of all ages.
Dreamworld’s Big Six thrill rides include Giant Drop – the tallest free falling ride in the World, where you plummet 120 metres in five seconds, plus Tower of Terror where guests accelerate to 160km/h in just seven seconds before encountering a 100 metre backwards freefall. www.dreamworld.com.au
Right next door is White Water World that boasts some of the most extreme waterslides on the planet including the highly popular SuperTubes Hydro Coaster and The Green Room. www.whitewaterworld.com.au
Among the vast array of opportunities at Warner Bros. Movie World, Batwing Spaceshot provides a rapid 4.5G vertical launch up a 60 metre tower followed by a breathtaking negative descent, while Superman Escape is an unprecedented rollercoaster ride experience which travels 1-100km/h in just two seconds. www.movieworld.myfun.com.au
Down the road at Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World, Kamikaze waterslide provides a 70 degree 11 metre drop where you’ll reach speeds in excess of 50km/h or try the Tornado super-slide that starts from a 15 metre platform before blasting down a 40 metre tunnel. www.wetnwild.myfun.com.au
Aboard Jet Rescue at Sea World enjoy a coaster experience around the theme park’s amazing rock pools at more than 70km/h or try Australia’s first triple loop Corkscrew Rollercoaster. www.seaworld.myfun.com.au
The Gold Coast offers outstanding protected natural waterways which attract every kind of on water activity imaginable, from kayaking, tall ship cruising and jetboating to snorkelling, parasailing and whale watching.Feel every heart beat as your jet boat screams alongside sand bars and mangroves in less than 10 centimetres of water or grasp the opportunity to conquer the power of the ocean as you catch your first wave with any one of the Gold Coast’s highly qualified surf schools.
Give yourself holiday memories to last a lifetime. In the theme parks or throughout the Gold Coast’s natural playground – your next injection of adrenalin is just a heart beat away.
Hit the accelerator to exit the SeaWay into the wide blue ocean and follow your guide for a tour of some of the Gold Coast’s most famous beaches and waterways with Jet Ski Safaris.
Board a high speed Cougar Catamaran to chase big game fish with Fish The Deep or cast a line with Gone Fishing – a relaxing calm water fishing adventure to suit the whole family.
Dining and After Dark
For those warm waterside settings that involve food and wine enjoyed with friends, Surfers Paradise and neighbouring Broadbeach are definitely the hot spots. Both have benefited from recent developments which have updated the look and feel at street level.
Chefs from Sydney, Melbourne and international cities have also been lured to these precincts, establishing a better range of modern restaurants such as Absynthe, Lauxes, Room 81, East, Perle and Moo Moo’s.
One only needs to experience these thriving hubs on any given day or night to appreciate how their growing status will continue to entice visitors into the future.
That ambience of true bustling seaside culture, contrasted by a groovy night time buzz makes it a distinctly active area and a true party destination.
Of course a sampling of the all-night entertainment will ensure an experience to remember with opportunities supplied in abundance.
Surfers Paradise defined by its after-dark assortment continues to redefine the parameters of choice. The recently introduced Twenty-One bar is in keeping with the evolving style of the precinct, while Minus Five, equipped with unique ice sculptures maintains a certain wow factor which the Gold Coast has become famous for.
The ultra-modern Circle on Cavill has its own two-tower resort and plush assortment of boutique stores plus a new night-time addition to its restaurant set, with [email protected] bound to make for that perfect evening out.
For the more adventurous, the night can move into the early hours by soaking up the funky riverside sounds of Temple Bar, or if you’re partial to the vibes of modern techno best to make your way to Elsewhere, which has built a cool and rhythmic reputation by hosting many of today’s top DJ performers.
Like Surfer’s Paradise, Broadbeach has an expanding mall area which provides a 24-hour epicentre of activity that is supported by an assortment of entertainment offerings, which include the iconic Conrad Jupiters Casino and its range of cabaret shows, gambling facilities and newly established bars and restaurants.
The newly revamped Atrium bar in particular has taken little time to establish itself as the choice of many a winning punter looking for that intimate location to celebrate with family and friends.
Closer to the main alfresco area, East has ground its way into palatable equations through a range of fine Asian cuisine and makes for the total venue experience through disco grooves provided by its popular upstairs nightclub scene.
With some of Australia’s largest retail centres and most stylish fashion precincts, even grocery shopping on the Gold Coast is an enticing prospect.
Browse the generous complexes, take a shopping tour, peruse the boutiques, wander through the piazzas and pay particular attention to the factory outlet precincts.
This grand assortment of Gold Coast retail experiences will surely satisfy every taste in fashion.
Among the host of opportunities available to willing travellers are several key shopping precincts including the newly revamped Marina Mirage and Robina Town Centre, Pacific Fair, the Harbour Town factory outlet, Oasis shopping centre, Centro Surfers Paradise and Showcase on the Beach, Coolangatta.
All are an essential feature of the Gold Coast retail trail.
Spas and Health Retreats
Australia’s Gold Coast has developed an undeniable reputation of being able to provide rejuvenation of mind, body and soul through its extensive range of first class day spas and health retreats.
This depth in relaxation method is enhanced by the many signature treatments offered as an exclusive and indulgent complement to many other fun filled and luxurious experiences available throughout the region.
Attention to detail, amazing personalised service and an overall commitment to excellence is offered within soothing and tranquil surrounds.
It is these variables that underline the superiority of the Gold Coast day spa experience and has ensured ongoing national and international recognition for the region.
Defined by a natural landscape that includes 70 kilometres of pristine coastline and 100,000 hectares of world heritage listed rainforest, the Gold Coast has waterside and hinterland settings that are perfectly suited to any day spa proposition.
In particular, Gwinganna Health Retreat has redefined the parameters for which Australian and indeed international day spas are measured, through its smorgasboard of treatments and degustation options that seek to promote overall inner health.
The unique nature of the Gold Coast hinterland is further appreciated through experiencing the exclusive new O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa, which prides itself on treatments that utilise local indigenous plants plus the healing properties of vino-therapy, making use of extracts from grapes grown in O’Reilly’s own vineyard.
Closer to the beach, Salus per Aquum has the definitive style that accompanies the entire Palazzo Versace brand, while the serene, tropical surrounds of the world’s tallest residential tower, Q1 is encapsulated by a day spa offering that directs magnetic, earthy therapies within its range.
Splash Day Spa, nestled beneath the Chevron Renaissance shopping precinct, has deep tissue massage, laser treatments, facials plus other beauty treatments as part of a full body makeover collection.
Complete sensory heaven is how proprietors describe the benefits gained from the Watermark Hotels L’Aqua Day Spa opportunity, while further reaffirming the seriousness and dedication of Gold Coast operators, the Lattouf Hair Spa occupies an entire level of the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa, complete with nine treatment rooms, superior manicure and pedicure stations, plus state of the art hair and make up salon.
Australia’s Gold Coast allows you to choose the style, location and level of accommodation to suit your holiday needs.
Indulge at one of many luxury hotels, stay for a while in one of Australia’s best apartment resorts, forget about the world in a hinterland retreat or grab a beach shack and some friends for the ultimate short break.
The region’s year round weather ensures an unforgettable stay whether basking in secluded opulence, pitching a tent on top of a mountain or taking a houseboat to a myriad of island getaways.
As Australia’s favourite holiday destination there are literally thousands of places to stay, it’s just a matter of deciding upon your own special space.
The Gold Coast is always changing, always reinventing itself and most always delivering on expectations.
Fun in its purest form means so much to so many different people, so the challenge this summer is to let loose and discover for yourself where the magic of the Gold Coast exists for you. For further information visit www.verygoldcoast.com
For accommodation visit rainbowtourism.com