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    Posted by Jennifer Anderson March 10, 2014 - 778 views - 0 comments - 1 like - #family  #beach  #surfing  #markets  #themeparks  #swimming 

    After a one hour drive west of Brisbane, you’ll hit the city of the Gold Coast. Here you’ll find all that’s associated with urban beachside living – indulgence, excess, plenty of skin, blinding tans, lounging by day and partying by night. Epitomising this kind of life is Surfers Paradise - attracting party animals of Brisbane and beyond – where you’ll find the major concentration of bars and decked out nightclubs, right by the beach. Head further west and you’ll pass Broadbeach, which is as the name suggests a wide straight strip of beach. Broadbeach is fitting for beach activities and beach hopping, between flagged areas of the beach, where families can find a spot that’s right for them.

    The further west you head the less crowded it is. Past Mermaid Beach and then Miami, you’ll fashion upon Burleigh Heads. One of my more favourite areas on the Gold Coast to visit, Burleigh Heads hosts white surf and great views. The beach at Burleigh features characteristically white waves. There are great wave breaks for surfers but the white surf makes it to the shallows as well, providing perfect body surfing conditions. Walking up to the headlines rocks and cliffs makes for great views and ocean breezes. When the rest of the Gold Coast’s waters are a bit choppy, Burleigh Head’s normally provides waters for swimmers, protected by the headland.

    For food, I think Burleigh Heads does casual cafe eating and great coffee really well. For dinner, there are also some nice Asian restaurants and a few vegetarian eateries. If you like to rely on a good bistro-style pub meal then there’s the surf lifesaving club or the bowls club.

    Burleigh Heads also hosts the Burleigh Art and Craft Markets on the last Sunday of every month. A visit to the market allows you to capitalise on relaxed beachside living. Here you’ll find handmade fashion, jewellery, homewares, skincare, toys, fresh produce and locally made arts and crafts.

    When in the area and chasing the nightlife, head to Surfers Paradise for nightclubs and emerging live music venues and intimate bars.

     

    Visiting the Gold Coast means you are in Australia’s theme park capital. For an experience the kids won’t forget, don’t miss out on the big rides and water parks. You can get unlimited entry passes to Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild, who all come under the same ownership. The other major theme park, Dreamworld, also offers passes that give you access to Dreamworld and their sister water park Whitewater World.  

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