A budget-friendly guide to the Gold Coast
Head to the beach
You can’t start a story about the Gold Coast without mentioning beaches and there are 21 of them stretched along the coast you can talk about. The Goldie is particularly famous for surfing, Burleigh Heads offers some of the most consistent waves in Australia. Plus, most of the Gold Coast’s beaches are patrolled by surf lifesavers so they’re very safe.
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Explore the Hinterland
Head inland to discover the Gold Coast Hinterland, a collection of picturesque national parks that will provide Instagram material for weeks. Check out the incredible Natural Bridge in the Springbrook National Park and the panoramic views from Tamborine Mountain, as well as the waterfalls of the Numinbah Valley and the secret swimming hole at the idyllic Currumbin Rock Pools. The best part? All these hinterland national parks are free!
Nab a bargain at the markets
Lap up the atmosphere and sniff out a bargain at one of the Goldie’s many great markets. Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night you can pick up a souvenir at the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, one of the largest markets on the Gold Coast. If you’re after fresh produce try the Burleigh Farmers Markets (Saturday mornings) and Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market (Sunday mornings).
Take in the scenery as you cruise along the Gold Coast’s sparkling waterways on a stand-up paddleboard; great for your fitness and not too hard on your hip pocket. The Goldie also boasts 36km of coastal pathways to cycle, as well as world-class mountain bike courses for the more adventurous.