Hi, im going to Oz on holiday just for 3 weeks for NYE til 16th jan, im staying with a friend but looks like she may not be able to travel around with me. Im thinking of booking a week on the Gold Coast by myself and just want any advice really - ie best hostels to book, where's the best town to stay in? Have checked out Surfer's Paradise - seems the best place to stay - is this true? I want somewhere lively but wondered too, what is the age range in hostels - im 35 & tho i've a young outlook, love bars, clubs etc i don't fancy going on bar crawls with 18, 19 year olds lol! This seems to be the main thing they advertise at some of the hostels there!
Also into outdoor activites, anyone know what else there is to do on Gold Coast in terms of day trips, poss Bush walking etc?
Hi Tasha, from what I can tell the Gold Coast seems to be aimed at a young demographic but I'm sure there are places that cater for people older than 18 or 19. I went up there after leaving school for "schoolies" and had a blast, but everyone I hung around was 17-19 and most people weren't a lot older, by January most of the school leavers should have gone home.
Sea World is more a family theme park, with polar bears, dolphins, seals etc. It is a real relaxing atmosphere. YOu would spend a day there. they open about 930 and close at about 5pm.
Movie world is more action and adventure some of the rides would be difficult for your toddler or rather, unsuitable. however, there are still alot of other things to do and shows to watch besides the rides. the police academy stunt show is a must see! Here is also a day's worth of fun. Although you will have to catch a bus out there which takes about 30-40 mins from where you are, maybe more depending on traffic.
As for the beach, I would stronly recommend Broadbeach near the Kurrawa surf life saving club. It is a real touristy, family sort of beach with large open parks and barbecue areas and shade, tables etc. It is also very close to the shopping centre, cafe's, restaurants etc.
You could buy some food from the supermarket and cook on the barbecue, or get takeaway from the food outlets and eat on the beach, or whatever you like.
Broadbeach is just a 10min bus ride south of where you are at the Legends hotel. And is a must see area. It is the upclass end of town and is hip and happening.
Restaurants I recommend are:
Broadbeach/Surfers Paradise/Nobbys Beach - there are 3
although i have only been to Broadbeach
Gold Coast Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Legends Chinese and Malaysian is great too - although it will be probably what you already get at home.
All You Can Eat/Buffet
Four Winds Revolving Restaurant
Crowne Plaza Hotel
(Highly recommended) the views are stunning and the food is too as you are on the top level of the hotel and the it is slowly turning so you get a 360 degree view of the entire Gold Coast
Sea World Nara Resort
Winner 2004 Best Japanese restaurant
Ashmore Steak and Seafood
although alittle out of the way, this is THE BEST seafood anywhere!
If you can get a taxi out there it is well worth it!
Where you are at Legends there are MANY restaurants right there, so you can just go and have a try! Indian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian etc.
As for extreme sports:
you can learn to surf at Surfers paradise beach
there is a surf school there everyday
Cheyne Horan Surfing School it is very popular
you can go bungy and heaps of other really scary rides in the heart of surfers paradise too! just ask your concierge where it is.
Paradise water ski in labrador is also very good.
I am not too sure about all the other ones, I know they exist, but you'll have to ask the concierge about these ones. However, also check out:
they have great info for tourists there.
Hi Tasha, you are planning to come at the perfect time weather wise but please remember that is also traditionally school holiday time and the coast will be packed - transport is good and you can travell from one end to the other on public transport but everything will be crowded - hope you have a great time