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Let Gold Coast bowl you over - S.Hebbar

Just an hour from Brisbane International Airport is Australia's answer to Orlando. Sun-kissed Gold Coast, however has more than just Disney-style entertainment. This natural wonder, fringed on one side by spectacular ocean beaches and skirted on the other by alluring blue hills, has roller-coasters, koalas and bronzed surfing Aussies.
Our GoDubai Travel Expert gives you a quick overall view of this tourist haven.

Stay
You can plan to stay a week or a month in Gold Coast. For a family of four, budget apartments (with two rooms and pantry) come cheap even in the heart of Gold Coast. Insites offers a wide variety of hotels and apartments to choose from. Monitored by the Australian Tourism Board, hotels are clean and well maintained.

Getting Around
Gold Coast is well connected with Brisbane and the rest of Australia by bus (Greyhound style buses for the long haul), train and air. The Gold Coast's own airport at Coolangatta links conveniently to other cities. Fast trains from Brisbane penetrate to the Gold Coast suburb of Helensvale. Within Gold Coast, buses ply and connect you to the various sites of tourist attraction. Australia is particularly tourist-friendly. The main bus-depot at Gold Coast, like in Brisbane and Sydney is a great place to book tours, to get to know more about the place and plan your onward journeys.

Places to Visit
It wouldn't be tourist-speak to say that Gold Coast has something for everyone. It does. You could surf or lounge in surfers paradise, court Lady Luck at the gaming tables or race courses, experience the adrenalin rush of roller-coasting at the many theme parks, explore the forests and distinct wildlife of Australia, shop for opals in cool arcades or dine on lobster and fine wine in sophisticated restaurants.

 Theme parks: Movie World and Sea World are outstanding. The former is Australia's Hollywood complete with working studios. Don't miss the hilarious Police Academy Show. Sea World has spectacular dolphin, sea-lion and water ski shows. Prepare to spend whole day in each theme park and rest assured that the shows are worth every Australian dollar you spend.

 Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary: Another whole-day event! Feed the lorikeets, carry a koala, frisk around with the kangaroo and watch Aboriginals of the area display their skills in dancing and at playing the digeridoo.

 Brisbane: Since Gold Coast is just an hour's drive from Brisbane, a day-tour of this fascinating city is well worth your time. Visit the Australian Woolshed and watch experts shear enormous merino sheep.

The Sunshine Coast is another fun day tour with a visit to a Pineapple factory, ginger factory and a huge aquarium. The fun never sets on Gold Coast. The city parties into the wee hours of the morning. Walk down the main boulevard with its dazzling lights, watch a cabaret or gamble at the casino.

The People
Aboriginal inhabitants, the Kombumerri tribe, have lived here for thousands of years. Today of course, white Australians, Japanese and Arab tourists are more evident. Brisbane has the mandatory China town (though Australians of Chinese origin are more visible in Sydney).

Food
Food caters to the diverse floating population of Gold Coast. Fast food, Chinese, Thai, Continental and Indian food are readily available.

When Captain Cook first sailed the Gold Coast in 1770, he considered it a place to be avoided. Times have certainly changed.



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