Highlights of Gold Coast, Australia

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

Watching the sunrise from my room

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.

The lovely view from my apartment
Main Beach

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.

Approaching the hinterland

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.

A sign at the Springbrook National Park canyon lookout
The Natural Bridge rock arch was formed by the impact of the waterfall over the erosive basalt cave. I strolled through the ancient rainforest and arrived at this beautiful natural rock formation.
Up close with the cascading waterfall at the Natural Bridge
A creek in the Springbrook National Park

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.

Blue skies 

It was fun taking a cruise down the sparkling waters and having afternoon tea on board.

Picturesque Surfers Paradise

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!

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