Fun options aplenty at the Gold Coast, Australia

Fun options aplenty at the Gold Coast, Australia

Australia’s capital of all things fun – the Gold Coast. Long known as Down Under’s theme park capital, the venue has been dishing up many other exciting options in recent years.

With beautiful coastlines, a unique beach culture and plenty of golden sunshine, the Gold Coast today has blossomed into a cosmopolitan city with a whole bunch of stuff to do. It has something for everyone – from families to the young and the adventurous.

Scaling SkyPoint Climb, Australia’s highest external building climb, is an experience that is hard to top. — Photos: Tourism Australia

It’s hard to top this experience (pun intended). At 270m above sea level, the SkyPoint Climb is Australia’s highest external building climb. Once you’re up there, the beauty of the city’s coastal line and it’s breathtaking skyline beckon. Visit during sunset for remarkable views.

Alternatively, book into the observatory deck to walk around and have your perspective change from crashing waves and hotels of varying heights to architectural marvels and beautiful residences by the riverside.

There are plenty of things you can do on the ground, too. You can’t go wrong with shopping. Go crazy at Harbour Town with over 220 shops of Australian and international brands.

If you would like to get away from the tourist crowd and hang out with the locals – head over to The Village Markets.

You can also head to Surfer’s Paradise Beachfront Market, along the Surfers Paradise Foreshore. It has more than 100 market stalls offering fashion, jewellery, artworks, beauty products and homeware. If you’d like to hang out with the locals, then check out The Village Markets that open every Sunday (except for the second Sunday of the month). Famished after all that shopping? Then head on over to Surf Life Saving Clubs. Book a brunch or lunch at one of the many clubs, where you can dine with the breeze blowing in your hair, and hear the sound of crashing waves. Popular with the locals is BMD Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club at Surfers Paradise.

The best way to experience the local coffee scene is to go caf surfing.

There’s nothing like a good cuppa. Start your own café trail from Surfers Paradise (Black Coffee Lyrics) to Broadbeach (Elk Expresso) for the best of Gold Coast.

Warner Bros, Movie World, Dream World and Sea World – you think you have seen them all? Have you journeyed to the depths of the ocean in Sea World’s newest attraction, Creatures of the Deep? Or taken all the BIG 9 Thrill rides in DreamWorld? The theme parks are great for families to spend a day of joy together. If time is an issue for you, visit at least one park to be inspired once again by simple joy.

Grab a seafood basket or fresh oysters from Charis Seafood, and witness the pelicans gathering before feeding time.

Affordable fun

Enjoy Gold Coast without feeling the pinch.

1. Buy a GOExplore ticket for only A$10 (RM30) a day, (A$5 for kids aged five to 14 inclusive) get unlimited one-day travel on TransLink bus and G:Link tram.

2. Let the kids run loose at Broadwater Parkland. This giant playground is complete with a jumping pillow, public pool and isfree.

3. Head to Charis Seafood at 1.30pm for a free Pelican feeding session! Lots of giggles guaranteed.

4. Take a dip at Currumbin Rock Pools. With varying pool depths for everyone and rope swings, rock slides and ledges to jump off so everyone can have a splashing good time.

5. Leap over to 2016 with one of Queensland’s biggest fireworks displays on Dec 31! Free at Surfers Paradise.

-The Star Online