The Gold Coast is famous for fun and a great place for families, so Candice van den Bos from Flight Centre Auckland gives some tips for Gold Coast holidays.
If you’re in need of a beach break, there’s no need to go further than the white sandy shores of the Gold Coast. And even if you don’t, there’s plenty to do on the water or in the Gold Coast mountain range, which includes the unusually-shaped Tamborine Mountain.
Stunning views of the coast, beautiful rainforest and great sunsets are all at hand, along with award winning wineries, art and craft galleries, antique shops, markets, cafés and restaurants.
Gold Coast has several quite distinct areas. Surfers Paradise is great for those who want to stay where the action is, as it's close to attractions such as Sky Point, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and Cavill Ave shops. There are currently some road works underway while the monorail / tram line is completed (due in June 2014).
Broadbeach is quieter and good for those who want to be close to the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Jupiters Casino and restaurants.
Mermaid Beach to Burleigh Heads is a less commercial area, made up mostly of holiday parks and budget shops.
There are tons of accommodation options but my picks for Gold Coast hotels at every budget level are:
Star Rating: 3.5
Facilities: Indoor heated pool, indoor spa and outdoor pool (only heated in winter). Sauna and steam room. Tennis court and BBQ area.
Summary: Amazing views for a 3.5 star. Good size apartments.
PARADISE CENTRE APARTMENTS
Star Rating: 4
Facilities: 2 outdoor heated pools overlooking the beach. Spa, sauna and gym. 2 tennis courts and BBQ area.
Summary: Close to Cavill Ave cafes and restaurants, and with direct access to Centro shopping centre. All rooms have balconies and floor to ceiling windows letting in lots of light.
MANTRA CROWN TOWERS
Star Rating: 4.5
Facilities: Indoor heated pool and spa. Lagoon pool and spa with deck chairs. Heated children’s pool with slide and pirate ship. Games rooms and small undercover children’s playground. Gym, sauna and steam room. BBQ area.
Summary: A short walk to cafes and supermarket, and only 100m from the beach. All rooms have laundry facilities and balconies. Highly recommend the Chiangmai Thai Restaurant.
SOUL SURFERS PARADISE
Star Rating: 5
Facilities: Outdoor pool overlooking the beach. 25m outdoor heated pool and children’s pool. Indoor spa, sauna and steam rooms. Fully equipped gym. BBQ area. Restaurant and bar. Unlimited free WiFi.
Summary: Best way to access the property is from the beachfront. Very modern – white, tan and cream colours throughout the property. “Secret Garden” and BBQ area. Amazing outdoor pool overlooking the beach. All rooms have full kitchen and laundry facilities, plus ocean views and aircon.
Looking for more information on Gold Coast holidays? Contact a Flight Centre travel expert – 130 stores nationwide. Phone 0800 24 35 44.