IF THERE’S TIME…

The Gold Coast en­com­passes about 70km of coast­line from Coolan­gatta to Surfers Par­adise, so it can take some time to fully ex­pe­ri­ence it. Visit these spots if sched­ul­ing is not an is­sue.

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BROAD­BEACH

Just south of Surfers Par­adise, Pa­cific Fair, The Star, Pep­pers and Kur­rawa Surf Club have made ‘ Broady’ the pre­ferred stay-and-play spot for ev­ery­one from the dis­cern­ing city trav­eller to the lo­cal want­ing a lazy day by the wa­ter.

SURFERS PAR­ADISE

‘ The Glit­ter Strip’s’ rep­u­ta­tion pre­cedes it – bars, night­clubs, res­tau­rants, late-night life. Sub­stan­tial con­struc­tion along the beach­front and in Cav­ill Av­enue are part of a much­needed facelift of the area, giv­ing it a more up­mar­ket feel.

SANC­TU­ARY COVE

A gated com­mu­nity built around a ma­rina on the north­ern Gold Coast, Sanc­tu­ary Cove is the place to see how the lo­cal ‘ money’ lives and drool over some very, very big boats.

BURLEIGH HEADS

Hip­ster cen­tral on the Coast, Burleigh is where young peo­ple hang out to eat ve­gan food, drink pro­tein shakes and take In­sta­gram selfies. The only-slightly-chal­leng­ing trek around Burleigh Head Na­tional Park is a must-do for the Pa­cific Ocean views.

THE HIN­TER­LAND

The re­gion’s back coun­try is very ac­ces­si­ble and trans­ports you in­stantly away from the buzz of the Coast into a gen­uine sub­trop­i­cal wilder­ness full of hid­den gems – pubs, tea­rooms, well­ness re­treats, vine­yards, mar­kets and more.

COOLAN­GATTA/ TWEED HEADS

The less fran­tic book­end to Surfers Par­adise at the other end of the coast, ‘ Coolie’ of­fers re­sort stays, great eats and drinks, and a more laid­back at­mos­phere.

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