If you’re thinking about visiting the Sunshine Coast instead of the Gold Coast, here’s why you should stick to Gold!

You might have heard about the beautiful beaches at Surfers Paradise, but the Gold Coast of Australia is about so much more than just surf and high-rise buildings.

From the laid-back neighborhoods to the culinary scene that seems to be all but exploding, the hugely popular theme parks to the tranquility that can be found in the subtropical hinterland, the Gold Coast might just be where you’ll stop to say “Paradise, found!”

Here are our top reasons for taking a trip to the land down under and visiting the Gold Coast.

  1. The Locals Are Awesome

The locals of Queensland are warm and friendly, and they want to tell (and show) you all about their hometown. You’ll probably be swept up by the almost contagious enthusiasm, and the relaxed pace of life here is simply unexplainable.

  1. Adventure Can Be Found Around Every Corner

Whether you’re 16 or 61, you’re bound to have a rocking time in the Gold Coast if you like adventure activities. Not only one but ALL of Aussie theme parks can be found here, and they include the likes of Sea World, Movie World, Wet and Wild, and Dream World. Other great adventure trails can be found in spots such as the Hinterlands and the Broadwater. As long as you’ve got the stamina, the Gold Coast has something to keep the adrenalin pumping!

  1. The Sun Is Shining, The Weather Is Sweet

On average, Australia’s Gold Coast has a good 300 days of sunshine per year, which means that it’s one of the only places on earth where you’re guaranteed to get into the summer vibes at the drop of a hat.

  1. You’ll Have a Rainforest To Explore

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is where you’ll have the opportunity to see the lush rainforests of the Gold Coast, and the chances are pretty good that you’ll encounter a few kangaroos along the way. However, it would be highly suggested to bring a solid pair of hikers with you so your feet don’t get sore.  If you’re done being amazed by the sights and sounds of Currumbin, there’s always the Rainforest National Parks to be seen, which can be found in the hinterlands.

  1. The Beaches Are Banging!

Surfers Paradise has to be one of the Gold Coast’s most famous beaches, but there’s a lot more to be discovered in the roughly 70km strip of fine sand around the area. If you’re into the crowded vibe you’ll appreciate Surfers Paradise, but for true paradise, you can head down to more secluded spots such as Coolangatta or Kirra.

  1. The World Comes Alive When the Sun Goes Down

The Gold Coast knows how to shake things up when it comes to proper nightlife entertainment. The likes of casinos and restaurants, cafes and amazing local pubs, wine bars and even the beer gardens will ensure that you’ll definitely have something to do while you’re not exploring the area during the daylight hours.

  1. The Food Is Fabulous

The Gold Coast’s food scene is booming to say the least. Travelers to this part of Australia can look forward to visits at boutique breweries and on indulging in delicate treats at the coffee shops. Sophisticated restaurants are in plentiful supply, but there’s also a feast to be had while you’re snacking on street food on the go!

Final Thoughts

We’ve given you 7 amazing reasons why you need to add the Gold Coast of Australia to your travel bucket list. We hope that this post has inspired you to create an itinerary that will go down in the history books, and if you haven’t started planning yet, move your butt because an adventure of a lifetime awaits!


I’m Dan, and I’m the Editor in Chief of True North Athletics. I’m also an avid adventurer, digital nomad and traveler. I enjoy all types of outdoor sports, a good golf tan, and spontaneous weekend trips. I currently live in Brazil where I can be found frequently hiking the rain forest around my city!

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