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Gold Coast is a city located on Australia's east coast and, soon after the establishment of the Surfer's Paradise hotel in the 1920s, it became an even more popular tourist destination.  The subtropical climate, beaches perfect for surfing and nearby rainforest all contributed to its increasing popularity among holidaymakers.  Today there are literally hundreds of hotels, resorts, apartments, hostels and other forms of accommodation in Gold Coast.  Cheap accommodation in Gold Coast is mostly sought after since there's so much to do and visitors hardly spend much time in their rooms at all.

Best ways to spend the day outdoors in Gold Coast

When visiting one of the most beautiful parts of the country, it's understandable that you want to escape the four walls of your hotel and en suite as early in the morning as possible and return as late as possible each evening as well.  Thanks to the fine weather, you can expect to enjoy a fair amount of time outdoors enjoying the sun and fresh air.

Pack a picnic basket with your favourite treats, snacks and beverages for the day.  Make your way to the closest beach and spend the morning and afternoon enjoying the sea air, water and sand.  Top beaches include Burleigh Heads Beach, Coolangatta Beach, Surfer's Paradise Beach and Kirra Beach to name just a few.  Since the coastline continues for about 94km, you are best off frequenting a beach close to your hotel.  If you're not too sure about which ones are the best for swimming, surfing or other activities, you can check with one of the hotel employees or other locals.

After a day at the beach, make your way to the famous Natural Bridge and national park in Springbrook.  Not only can you enjoy the wonderful natural scenery including forests, waterfalls and the Natural Bridge but, if you stay until the sun sets, you will also have the chance to see the glow worms light up.

For that fresh mountain air, take a trip up Tamborine Mountain for at least a few hours.  There are restaurants and natural features like a skywalk, gallery walk and waterfall to enjoy in these parts.

Other fun and sights in Gold Coast

If you are looking for some entertainment fit for your kids, take them to The Rockpools in Southport.  They will love playing in the water and, if you plan on booking your Gold Coast accommodation nearby, you might be able to visit more than once while on holiday.

Surfer's Paradise offers fun for surfers and non-surfers alike.  With indoor and outdoor entertainment and amusement areas, no matter what the weather is like, you will have plenty to keep everyone busy.

The local water parks are particularly popular in the summer months and places like Sea World, Whitewater World and Dreamworld are all on the top of each visitor's list of things to do in Gold Coast.

Do take note of any events scheduled at the local Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach too.  When planning your holiday, you should check their listings for anything that might interest you or your fellow travellers. 

The Boomerang Art - Aboriginal Art Gallery in Mermaid Waters is a great place to visit for a first hand experience with the local Aborigine art and culture.

Australians are known for their lively nature and they're always up for a good time.  The bars, pubs, clubs and lounges in this area spring to life each night to provide locals and visitors with the perfect evening entertainment.  Ask the locals for their opinions of the best places to go or do some research online if you prefer.  If you want to do some shopping while you are here or perhaps you want to buy a new outfit for a special night out, you can visit the many shopping outlets throughout the area.  Some popular choices among the locals include the Robina Town Shopping Centre in Robina, the Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre in Biggera Waters and the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre in Broadbeach.