When I think of the Gold Coast now, images that come to mind include long stretches of sandy beaches, sparkling blue seas and scenic mountain walks.
My second time to the Gold Coast, this time I had the opportunity to visit new places I had not been to previously.
Here are the highlights of my holiday.
Staying by the Beach
It was amazing waking up every morning to the ocean breeze and sound of waves lapping.
I stayed at Norfolk Luxury Beachfront Apartments, located just across Main Beach. The view from my “Ocean View” apartment was just perfect.
Getting Up Close With Natural Beauty
It was a thrill to explore Springbrook, a forest wilderness formed by a volcanic eruption. Springbrook is located in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland. It is approximately 45 minutes drive from the Gold Coast and roughly 1.5 hours drive from Brisbane.
I really enjoyed the forest walks. The views are scenic—cascading waterfalls, ancient trees and rock creeks. Hidden in the forest is an exciting world of rare animals and plants.
Going On Off-Road Adventures
I went on an exhilarating four-wheel drive (a vehicle typically designed for off-road driving) to explore Lamington National Park, Tamborine Mountain and O’Reilly’s.
Day tours which take you on this fun experience include Southern Cross 4WD Tours.
Lamington National Park
This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the entire world.
Gallery Walk at Tamborine Mountain
Gallery Walk charmed me with its eclectic mix of shops, art galleries, wineries and eateries. The shops were a delightful array of art, craft, gift and so on. While strolling along Gallery Walk, the mountain scenery and fresh air added to the unique experience.
O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk
This was an exciting opportunity to walk through a canopy of trees while admiring the flowers and forest animals up close. The tree top walk is 15 metres above the ground, 180 metres in length and made up of nine suspension bridges.
Having a Piece of Paradise
Surfers Paradise is a must-visit when in the Gold Coast! Surfers Paradise is always bustling with things to do.
It was fun taking a cruise down the sparkling waters and having afternoon tea on board.
This was definitely a relaxing holiday where I explored the wilderness, got up close with nature, café hopped, and simply walked by the beach with the wind in my hair. There’s so much to love about the Gold Coast!