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Kristin Macfarlane’s ‘done’ the Gold Coast’s theme parks so kicks it up a notch with the out of the ordinary

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The Gold Coast is known for its theme parks, shopping and beaches but Australia’s sixth largest city offers much more, especially if you’re prepared to travel outside the tourist hotspots. I spent four nights there and was pleasantly surprised with everything I did that was beyond the ordinary.

It’s a city with a regional feel. You can be in the heart of the CBD and walk barefoot in togs without anyone looking at you twice — and that’s what I love about the place.

I stayed in the heart of Surfers Paradise and experience­d the Gold Coast like never before, making me excited to visit again — and soon.

From cruising the Gold Coast’s canals by boat and jetski, getting a bird’s-eye view of the city, visiting some of Queensland’s boutique wineries, surfing on the amazing coastline and dining in the city, I did it all.

Tamborine Mountain is only a 40-minute drive from the Gold Coast.

If the GC’s tropical climate is too warm, Tamborine Mountain’s temperatur­es are slightly cooler given you’re on a volcanic plateau. The area, packed with new and old charm, has an artsy, small-town feel and you’re surrounded by green views similar to those you’ll find in New Zealand.

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