The paradise of the surfers with more than 60 km of coastline, is usually the destination of all those who need to live in a relaxed and quiet city with a beach. This has been the main reason why it has gone from being, a rather unknown area, to have 650,000 inhabitants. It is also often the destination of Brisbane’s neighbours since the distance is reasonable enough to spend a couple of hours at the wheel to enjoy a day at the beach.
Of the little beaches that say that they are not “dreamy”, considering that the most famous one receives the name of Surfers Paradise, imagine! But if surfing is not your thing (yet) do not worry; With an average water temperature of 22 degrees, you can enjoy the sea even just for a swim. If the water is warm, the weather could not be different. You will enjoy a humid subtropical climate in which practically the whole year is stable except for the typical summer storms. As we said before, in recent years, the city has grown a lot, which probably makes it one of the most cosmopolitan, although it is true that it is preferred by Spanish-speaking and Brazilian students. Regarding the accommodation prices will oscillate between extremes rather distant and is that the area is so large that depend on how close you are to the most tourist area, ie near the main beach.
Cosmopolitan and multicultural city
Fantastic public transport
Millions of activities
High rental prices
Busy, depending on the time of the year
Population: 4.2 Million
Main Beach It is a beach with good waves you can take and is full of restaurants where you can work in hospitality, but otherwise, it is quite quiet.
Southport It does not have much apart from a large commercial fence and the many language schools that have chosen to be here. It is perhaps too quiet, but it all depends on your tastes.
Surfers paradise: it has become the nerve centre where everything happens. Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, people and beach. If you want to be in the core of the Gold Coast, this is your neighbourhood.
Burleigh heads It is one of the least known and therefore, with the least number of tourists. In addition, it is more than recommended for you, surfer.
Broadbeach It is quite touristic because it has many hotels and all kinds of services. It is also known for a large number of green areas where it is very popular to practice outdoor sports.
Coolangatta OKAY friends, now yes: we have reached the area where better waves you will find from all over Australia, so prepare the table. Some names for you to pry: Kirra, Greenmount, Snapper Rocks, Tugun, Rainbow Bay, Duranbah.
Although we have said that the weather is stable, you may encounter peaks. So, do not forget to throw a sweater in the suitcase for the winter and a fan for the summer where it can reach 40 degrees.
Despite its name, Surfers paradise is not the best destination to get settled if you are looking for waves. Better Burleigh Heads, or Coolangatta, for example.
As in Brisbane, you’ll need your Go Card to get around, but you may find it cheaper and sometimes more convenient to buy a second-hand bike.