I would like to share my tips to help you with your Gold Coast Holiday.
* Visit the beach in the mornings, afternoons not as nice as it usually gets windy
* Check out the Gold Coast Yellow Pages for clubs and pubs. Most have a free pick-up and drop off service so you can enjoy the meals like the locals do. Locals rarely eat at tourist spots!
* Surfside bus service is great for getting everywhere on the coast without the high cost of hire cars
* All theme parks have height restrictions for younger children so your child may not be permitted on some of the attractions
* If you have a pram/stroller, a bike chain is a great idea for Sea World, Movie World as you cannot take your pram to all attractions and performances
* Check the theme parks before you go as some do not permit you to bring in your own food and drinks. Wet’N’Wild does allow you to bring in eskys
* In Summer, make sure your kids wear thongs to Wet’N’Wild or their feet will burn standing in the queues, waiting for the slides
* School holidays means really long queues for rides at theme parks - GET THERE ON OPENING
* The Gold Coast does not have extended trading hours. Supermarkets close at 9pm weekdays, 5.30pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. Retail shops close at 4pm on Sundays!
* Before booking your accommodation, check that there is no building next door! Builders are permitted to start early and what sort of holiday would you have being woken up at 6am!!
* If you have a young family, avoid Surfers (Cavill Ave area) later in the evening (after 10pm), however, Friday nights there is a market and entertainment in the mall for family enjoyment
* Avoid Surfers during schoolies – it can get really nasty – too much alcohol and too many raging hormones. Queensland Year 12 break up at a different time to NSW and VIC.
* There are many great places to stay not on the beach, that will give you a more relaxing holiday but still have easy access to everything. Beachside accommodation close to Cavill Ave can be very noisy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Cars cruise all hours of the night and it is known as the ‘Cavill Crawl’!
* Do not forget the hinterland – rainforests, glow-worms, water-falls
Local radio station is 92.5 Gold FM and you can listen via the Internet. The local newspaper is the Gold Coast Bulletin and the best edition is on a Saturday. Your newsagent can get it in for you each week. http://goldcoast.com.au [cut and paste the address] for online news.
Remember, the Gold Coast is on the border of northern New South Wales. In Winter it is cool and not suitable for swimming, however, the Winter days are always sunny, unlike the southern states. It starts warming up just in time for the September school holidays and you can swim then. You can swim in Winter if you like, but you are crazy if you do!
In Winter (late June - July) we rug up inside and wear flannette pjs to bed and you need your electric blanket on. Winter days are gorgeous, usually not a cloud to be seen.
Spring: Sept - Nov: 15 - 25c
Summer: Dec - Feb: 20 - 28c
Autumn: Mar - May: 16 - 25c
Winter: June - Aug: 11 - 21c
The Gold Coast will give you an amazing holiday and not just theme parks – fishing charters, theatre, live shows at Jupiters, golf, tennis, lawn bowls clubs everywhere, shopping, day trips to Byron Bay, Redcliffe, Brisbane and of course the best beaches.
Now this is tricky for families. Be careful down Cavil Ave. Food is expensive and quality not always the best. For pizza, La Porchetta is reasonably priced. Surf Clubs ALWAYS offer quality food and prices vary.
In Broadbeach, you cannot miss on the second floor of the Oasis the 'all you can eat' Chinese restaurant for families. Food is actually quite good. Now I am a fussy, adventurous cook so I find it hard to often be pleased.
Broadbeach does offer many great places and we have never been disappointed. Many offer dine early discounts - ideal for young families. Look out for Shop-A-Docket discounts when you arrive as often there are meal deals. I do believe there are websites where you can download these as well.
Top One at Australia Fair Southport is a place where you will always see many Asian people eating - always a good sign.
Save money and buy your seafood direct from the fisherman's boats at the Southport Spit.
Enjoy your Gold Coast holiday and if you have a question, I am happy to answer them for you! If you are wanting to live here, visit http://realestategoldcoast.net
March 24 2009 Update......
Seaworld is now charging you to use the water slides! What on earth are they thinking?
Go to www.hotdockets.com.au > location > type 4217 as the postcode and print out coupons! Also click the restaurant coupons link and us the same postcode.