Gold Coast – Australia

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

Places to stay in the Gold Coast:

Unfortunately I can’t remember where we stayed the first time I came to the Gold Coast but the second time, we stayed at the Breakfree Peninsula.

Breakfree Peninsula – AWESOME place to stay! We got a ocean view room and the apartment was amazing! Across the road from the beach and surrounded by restaurants etc. 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, heated indoor pool and a children’s pool. They also have great WiFi, BBQ area, secure parking, gym and tennis courts. If you are coming to the Gold Coast,  I would highly recommend staying here!
Below is a photo of our apartment and the other is the view from our balcony.
For more information about this hotel, click the link below!
http://www.breakfree.com.au/peninsula/ 
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Places to eat:

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! Not too forget the iced chocolates/mocha.
Max Brenner Website
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Alfresco Italian Restaurant – This is a great Italian restaurant to go too. Their food is really good!!

Schnitz – This place is awesome! Their fries are DELICIOUS! We still talk about how great they were! This place 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!
http://www.kookoo.com.au/menu/
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Transportation:

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

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

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

Activities to do in the Gold Coast:

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 and I swam with a dolphin which was a cool experience. The second time I personally didn’t go to any of the theme parks as most of the rides have a height restriction, anyway I have heard that the theme parks are lots 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, there is 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 but my friends did it and the experience includes climbing up 300 stairs, harnessed to a safety rail system and 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 as they helped guide us to the accessible lifts and the views were amazing! For prices and more information the link is below.
Prices and ticket information. 
Photos below of the level 77 observation deck.

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Shopping –
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 – 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. You do have to be aged 15+ to go & see the show but I’m pretty sure they do have a kids show called Drax4Kids. You can also buy souvenirs and t-shirts etc. If you are thinking of going, you have to book the day you want to go as they sell out weeks in advance. The staff were really helpful when it came to my wheelchair too!
Below are some photos of Draculas and their website.
https://www.draculas.com.au/gold-coast/

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Accessibility Of The Gold Coast:

The accessibility of The Gold Coast was really good, the trams were accessible which was great! Most of  the shops were accessible too!

The Gold Coast is a great place for people to go on holiday. There are lots of activities for everyone to do. I would recommend going here. ~

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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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