Admittedly, Surfers Paradise is the sparkling heart of The Gold Coast but as tourism grows so does the appeal of other once hidden hotspots along the 60 ‘ish’ km stretch of coast-line.
1. Currumbin Rock Pools | Only 14 km from the coast, you can follow the windy roads to the rock pools, look out for the alpacas! A perfect place offering shaded rainforest to cool off, especially if you are not a fan of sand. More on Currumbin Rock Pools here.
2. Burleigh Coastal walk | A short bushland walk with a slight incline and breathtaking views of the coast line at the top. Magical views lower down into Tallebudgera Creek, a great one for the kids.
3. Tallebudgera Creek | Not a fan of the waves? Me neither. Perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and picnicking. Bbq’s along both side’s to the West of the bridge and lots of grass to chuck on some tunes and dream away the day. Get in early to secure your parking.
4. Currumbin Beach | Flying into Coolongatta and don’t fancy driving to the North, you don’t need to. My favourite beach; for full review see here
5. The Spit | Dog beaches for pup owners and perfect swimming and paddling areas on the west side. Very busy area as it’s the main waterway for boats and jet-skis. Plenty of fishing pro’s and helicopters to watch out for.
6. Coombahbah | Home to literally hundreds of kangaroo’s, (and I’ve heard Koala’s but yet to see one here.). Best time to visit, just before it gets dark, much better than a wildlife park because these are fully WILD!