Searching for surf, and nightlife.....HELP!

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1. Posted by NYC to NZ (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am a student from NYC who is currently studying abroad at the University of Auckland. For my mid-semester break which starts September 4th me and my buddies are going to Australia. I am confused about where to go and I do not trust Travel Agencies. We are searching for a place that has great beaches, and that will be warm. I might be wrong but I think that when I will be going it will be the begining of Spring (September). My friends and I are looking for good beaches, good surf, good bars, and basically just good times.

I have heard of Gold Coast, Whitsundays, Brisbane, and Cairns. I do not know which ones are warm and are the best for us, please help me out and give me some information/advice on those places.

Thanks a lot you would be a lifesaver

2. Posted by gnangarra (Full Member 59 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

the further north the warmer the weather in general anywhere from byron up the weather is normally ok. each spot you have referred to is north of here

3. Posted by erino (Budding Member 23 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I live in Brisbane - there are no beaches in the city as such. We all go either up to the Sunshine coast (about 1.5 hrs drive north) or the Gold Coast (1.5 hrs drive south). I never swim before late October because I find it far too cold here. I have worked in Cairns and reckon that in Sept this would be your best bet for a beach holiday. Cairns city, like Brisbane, has no beaches so when you book accomodation look for somewhere north of the town. Pubs and clubs in Carins are ok...there are lots of young international tourists around this area and normally a party or two on the weekends.

Hope this helps!

4. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I would probably recommend byron bay... this will be good for a party at this timeof the year as Aussie uni students will be starting to head there and there is always a good supply of tourists there at any time of the year... it should be starting to warm up by then...

5. Posted by tarks (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'd say Whitsundays and Cairns is for beaches, relaxation, fun water activities; Gold Coast is good for beaches, going out for bars etc, lots of holiday people, tourists, young people, weather is quite good. I've heard Byron Bay is quite nice, also Sydney might be worth going to, lots of places to go out, and Bondi Beach is pretty nice as well.

6. Posted by NYC to NZ (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

So either Whitsundays or Cairns for beaches, and Gold Coast and Sydney for partying.

What will the water temperatures be like in those places, can i go swimming, or will it be freezing. Remember I'm from NY so I'm used to fairly cold water.

7. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The water is always warm enough to swim in I suppose but it all depends on what sort of temperature your used to... I think you will find the water temp much more pleasant on the north coast of NSW or in Queensland...

8. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Richard,
The further North the warmer but be aware of stingers (box jelly fish) in the Northern Tropical waters. It is not recommended to enter costal waters say North of Gladstone in Qld. from October to May in particular, but you may still be at risk in the months either side of this.
As a first timer to Australia with (I assume) a limited time available, you will find Surfers Paradise will be quite suitable for all the things you are looking for. Also apart from beach and bars, there are major theme parks. It is also a popular destination for us 'Aussies' from the Southern states escaping the cold winter. Surfers has developed because of tourism so everyone there is focussed on fun and out to have a good time. Whatever you chose, have a great time in Oz.

9. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Richard, to save confusion & looking up maps, by Surfers Paradise, I mean the "Gold Coast" - Sorry

10. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Oh, cool, say hello to Auckland Uni from me!!! Are you on an exchange program?
How come you don't go look for the surf in NZ? It's awesome in some spots and also it is the most beautiful country in the world, why don't you hang on as much as possible???