The name itself sparkles curiosity within any person who has a case of wanderlust. Gold Coast sounds perfect and in reality, it truly justifies the expectations. While Surfers Paradise is a special place and it is within the Gold Coast, there is so much more to see and do in this area. Here are some of the best suggestions:

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary is to much more than just a place with animals and plants. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has amazing entertainment programs that you can enjoy on your own or even as a family. There is a tree top challenge where you get the equipment and you need to climb a tree. You can participate in real sheep shearing or observe the free flight show. You can hold a koala or feed a croc. There are even Segways available if you do not want to do all this on foot.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Nicole Noel

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Lamington National Park

Hiking and exploring Lamington National Park is a great experience. You can see the lush rainforest, the waterfalls and extraordinary wildlife. However, if you are in for an adventure, consider going camping near the Christmas creek in the park. It will definitely give you a better insight into the wonderful nature of this place. There you can do a Tree Top Walkway, which is exactly what it sounds like, a magnificent chance to explore the forest from the birdeye (or monkey eye) perspective. Other option include O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. It’s a boutique vineyard where you can enjoy a glass of award-winning wine on the verandah of the historic Queenslander, or even have a picnic under the shade of the Silky Oaks.

Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park

Glow Worm Tours

Australia and New Zealand are the only two places where you can see the glow worms. Therefore, do not miss out on this while you are in the Gold Coast and visit a World Heritage listed area. The entire adventure is amazing. You will go on the night tour and witness the forests come to life during nightfall. The caves with glow worms are a spectacle to look at. Seeing glow worms in their natural environment alongside secluded National Park waterfall is definitely a thing to remember!

Photo: Nicole Noel

Photo: Nicole Noel

Whale Watching

The safest way to be sure you are about to see the whales is to book some of the tours. They usually last somewhere over three hours and the most of the tour operators guarantee whale spotting. If that does not happen, you can come back for another ride at different time. It is worth your while and money as these glorious creatures are a real sight. You can take a tour from Surfers Paradise and when you finish, have some extra fun on the Gold Coast Canal Cruise.

Photo: Nicole Noel

Photo: Nicole Noel

Surf’s up – Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta Beach

If you never surfed before, this is the time! Whether you are a pro or a total rookie, Gold Coast offers amazing waves, and above all unforgettable sunsets! The best time of the year to surf in Gold Coast is January to July, and make sure you check out some of these places: Greenmount on Coolangatta beach, Currumbin (The Alley) and Burleigh. There’s also miles of beach break which you can enjoy if your skills are advanced and you can go by yourself. There is also the new artificial reef at Narrowneck. It is impossible to visit the Gold Coast and avoid the Surfers Paradise. There is no better place to learn surfing than here. You can also hit the beachfront markets there, participate in creative workshops, and enjoy tons of different rides.

Coolangatta and Greenmount are the very end of the Gold Coast. This is the place for those experienced and peace-loving surfers to take a stand up paddleboard and enjoy the intimacy of this lovely place. It is near the Surfers Paradise enough so you can see it, but far enough to get away from the crowd.

Photo: Nicole Noel

Paddle boarding

Skypoint Climb

This is probably one of the best ways to spend 90 minutes on the Gold Coast. Climb the Q1 Building and enjoy the view from the observation deck. Stand in awe while observing the entire Gold Coast, or take a deep breath and relax at the Seventy7 café.

Gold Coast has a lot to offer regardless of the type of adventure you are looking for. The urban life, as well as the gorgeous nature are all at your disposal. You just need a solid plan and a lot of time to visit it all.

Skypoint Climb Photo: Nicole Noel

Skypoint Climb

Nicole is an avid traveler passionate about yoga and healthy living. She loves to explore different cultures and share her experiences with others. In her free time she likes to prepare healthy and delicious food for her friends. You can find her on Twitter and FB.