Gold Coast – Australia

Gold Coast Australia Travel Guide:

Location: The Gold Coast is a region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. The Gold Coast Population is around 555,608.
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I have been to the Gold Coast twice. It is a great place to go for a holiday because there are lots of activities to do and sites to see. Both times I have flown to the Gold Coast with Air New Zealand. 

Accommodation in the Gold Coast:

Breakfree Peninsula –  Such a great place to stay. We got a ocean view room and the apartment was amazing! Our apartment was across the road from the beach and was surrounded by restaurants which was convenient. The staff are nice at the hotel and the apartment was nice and clean. The hotels star rating is 4. They have a heated outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool and a children’s pool. They also have great WiFi, BBQ area, secure parking, gym and tennis courts. I would highly recommend staying here. 
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Gold Coast Restaurants:

All of these places are located around our hotel apart from Schnitz and Ben & Jerry’s.

The Hard Rock Cafe – A great place to go and have a meal. Service is great and the food is good too. You can also buy souvenirs e.g T-Shirts etc.
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Max Brenner – Awesome place to go if you LOVE chocolate. Everything is pretty much chocolate. It’s delicious! Everyone should go here at least once 😉 Below are some photos of what we got to eat – Chocolate mouse with praline and of course chocolate sauce. Along with iced chocolates/mocha.
Max Brenner Website
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Alfresco Italian Restaurant – This is a great Italian restaurant. The food is really good!!

Schnitz – This place is awesome. Their fries are DELICIOUS! We still talk about how great they were! Schnitz is located in a shopping centre called ‘Robina Town Centre’.

Ben & Jerry’s – Popular ice-cream place. Has lots of flavours and they are also located at the ‘Robina Town Centre’.
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KooKoo Teppanyaki & Lounge Bar – This place is great. The service is really good and they entertain you while they are cooking your meal. Great food and cocktails. Below are photos!

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We mostly walked / wheel-chaired everywhere. Except when we went out to the shopping malls we then got the trams.

Trams – Very accessible, quick, cheap and easy way of getting around the Gold Coast. Would recommend.

Tourist Shuttle/Bus – We used the Gold Coast Tourist Bus to get to and from the airport. They were helpful and professional.

Gold Coast Activities and Attractions:

Gold Coast Theme parks – The first time I visited the Gold Coast I only went to one of the theme parks which was Sea World. I swam with a dolphin which was a cool experience. The second time I personally didn’t go to any of the theme parks. Most of the rides have a height restriction. My friends told me that the theme parks are a lot of fun. I would recommend going to the theme parks if you visit the Gold Coast as they are a huge tourist activity.

The Q1 – The Q1 is a skyscraper, it reaches 322m high. There is an observation deck located on level 77 with 360 degree views of the Gold Coast. The Q1 has an entry fee but it’s so nice looking over the Gold Coast while having a drink. You can also do the climb experience. I didn’t do this due to hight restrictions. My friends did it and the experience includes climbing up 300 stairs. Harnessed to a safety rail system. Once at the top you get to take in the 360 degree views of the city and have your photo taken. The service was great. They helped guide us to the accessible lifts and the views were amazing.
Q1 Australia Website
Photos below of the level 77 observation deck.

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Shopping in the Gold Coast:

Robina Town Centre – which was great fun. Has great shops and places to grab a bite. This mall is huge!
Harbour Town Gold Coast Outlet Mall – Great place to go and spend the day and grab a bargain!
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre – Another great mall to go too. Lots of shops!

Swimming – We swam in the hotel pools and we went to the beach.
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Draculas Gold Coast Australia – This is a very crazy activity but worth going too. The show includes dance, mime, puppetry, live music and comedy. I would recommend buying the VIP tickets. Also you do have to be aged 15+ to go & see the show. I’m pretty sure they do have a kids show called Drax4Kids. You can also buy souvenirs and t-shirts. If you are thinking of going, you have to book as they sell out weeks in advance. The staff were really helpful when it came to my wheelchair too.
Draculas Australia Website

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Accessibility Of The Gold Coast:

The accessibility was really good. The trams were all wheelchair accessible along with most of the shops too which was great. 

I would highly recommend visiting the Gold Coast. ~

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  17. Thanks for sharing! I have always wanted to go to the Gold Coast and this was an excellent guide 🙂 By the way, I’m not sure if this is normal on all computers, but your website is only showing up on the right half of my screen…

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  18. Quite an exhaustive guide. I have never been to Australia but a road trip is what I always wanted to do.. View from Q1 looks amazing , bookmarked your post for reference when I plan my trip 🙂

  19. The Gold Coast looks like an intriguing place in Australia. Draculas is particularly interesting. I’d probably visit the Q1 because I always like places where I can get a view of the city.

  20. I’ve never been to the Gold Coast but it sounds great. I’d love to go someday. The hotel you stayed in sounds like my kind of hotel and I will definitely go to Q1 because I love views from skyscrapers.

  21. I think AirAsia fly out to the gold coast too, so it’s easy to get to from asia as well. You get some great views from the Q1, it’s a shame you can’t go out side at the top. It’s expensive for me as the Australian dollar is still strong, maybe in a couple of years I’ll get the opportunity to visit.

  22. Cool post and it looks like you had an amazing time -both times – when you went to Gold Coast. I’ve been to Oz once and did Sydney and Melbourne so next time I want to go Gold Coast and this will come in handy. Have heard about the Draculas show quite a bit already. Loved the views that you captured.

    1. I personally don’t think it is expensive as other countries like French Polynesia (Tahiti). As for cost it probably depends on what country you are flying from, the time of year and whether you wanted to go all out on accommodation or do it backpacker style. My advice is to have a look on travel websites like Expedia. I would recommend going for around a week 🙂

  23. What a wonderfully useful post! This has all the details I look for when planning a trip so thank youuu. I’m bookmarking this for when I visit 😉

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