If you’re looking for a destination that has it all, search no further and get yourself to the Gold Coast! With arguably some of the best beaches in Australia, the Gold Coast is my “go-to” spot during the hot summer months. But if lazing about on soft, white sandy beaches or swimming in the crystal clear ocean doesn’t take your fancy, the Gold Coast Hinterland is only a short drive from the beach and has some of the most amazing walking tracks and viewpoints in Queensland.
My favourite thing about the Gold Coast is how the vibe is extremely laid back yet also electric, with locals and tourists alike enjoying the “Sunday sesh” atmosphere of the day and the party scene that comes to life as soon as the sun goes down. If you’re planning on visiting the Gold Coast anytime soon, my personal recommendations for the best places to visit are Burleigh Heads beach and the Lamington National Park.
Airlie Beach is a perfect spot to get a taste of everything. You can embark on an adventure to the Great Barrier Reef, sail to the Whitsundays, eat some of the freshest food straight out of the ocean, and walk some of the most beautiful coastal walks in Australia. Did I mention there are some awesome beer gardens?
Airlie Beach is a perfect hub to meet other backpackers who have a hankering for adventure. We had so much fun going on all kinds of nautical adventures. We even husked our own coconuts and played with turkeys and wallaby’s on the island. Airlie Beach is also known for its man-made lagoon, an excellent spot for beachside/poolside cocktails.
Growing up, I always heard about Noosa from other Australians as this dream coastal destination. Being from the country, I didn’t really understand why until I finally visited a few year ago and fell in love. Unlike many other iconic coastal cities, Noosa isn’t filled with towering skyscrapers and massive shopping malls. In fact, the local council don’t let anyone build higher than the trees, ensuring that this sub-tropical town retains its amazingly beautiful seaside town vibe – whilst also being an incredibly popular place to visit!
The main beach can get pretty busy with sunbathers, so I’d recommend doing a trek through nearby Noosa National Park to one of its beautiful and deserted stretches of sand. A 45-minute walk along the Tanglewood Track takes you to Alexandria Bay, where tiny, translucent fish swimming in the shallows (and the occasional nudist) are your only company. Absolute paradise.