International Writers Magazine: Australia
sub tropical climate and bustling night life of Queensland, Australias
Gold Coast continues to attract tourists all year round. And even
though the Gold Coast has the nations highest rising population
and reputation of Australias own St. Tropez, the at times
undesirable seedy streets of Surfers Paradise at half past happy
hour is enough to keep any well respecting coast native tucked
into bed once the sun goes down.
The Gold Coast plays
host to infamous Schoolies week, where end of high school leavers flock
to the coast with dreams in their heads and cartons of booze in tow,
screaming from high rise balconies and the Indy V8 Supercar Racing where
stubby yielding men and incapacitated, midriff - flashing forty somethings
go to get further incapacitated. Oh and theres Indy Champ cars
there too. Tempting? (Thanks to Sam Stafford for correcting that)
If this is not your scene however, why not take a stroll down Burleigh
Beach where youre sure to be harassed by one of the many nutcase
homeless inhabitants, shaking tin cans as they selflessly collect money
for charity. If this isnt enough, parking in Surfers Paradise
will mean your meter is topped up by tourist friendly, half naked underage
girls. If you stop to buy a photo op they may even pretend to act interested
in what you have to say. And if youre luckier still you may be
the victim of screaming profanities as delightful young gentlemen whove
taken advantage of the scooter hiring pass by pedestrians. Bless their
The Gold Coast proudly boasts a healthy- iving style attitude and this
is made apparent by the numerous cyclists and joggers seen on her streets
from Coolangatta to Runaway Bay every morning. If you plan on pulling
on your trackie dacks and taking an early morning stroll down Surfers
Paradise Promenade you may witness the finest of the Gold Coasts
youth stumbling out of night clubs still half blind and looking for
a brawl. Dont let this deter you from your exercise however, just
keep your head down, dont make eye contact and restrain from throwing
scraps or using flash photography.
what may seem, the Gold Coast does have, a little, more to offer
than one night stands, blistering hangovers and tattoo parlours
down every nook and cranny. The restaurants at upper end Marina
Mirage and Tedder Avenue are enough to silence any cold hearted
critic and the Gold Coasts neat little location, close to
beaches, city life and countryside up Mudgeeraba way means locals
get the best of both worlds.
The Gold Coasts
fishing, boating and surfing spots will rival anywhere in the world.
For the traveler with a little more dosh to spend, the glitz and glamour
of Palazzo Versace wont go unappreciated. This luxurious
five star hotel has housed guests from Hollywood celebrities to sports
stars. For mere mortals rooms start from approximately $400 per night
and will generally keep tourists away from the seedy underbelly of neighbouring
Surfers Paradise for as long as the bank account permits.
If youre planning to see out your stay in a more modest abode,
hotels like the Red Lion offer discount rooms that are walking
distance from Caville Avenue. Just be sure to peeping-tom proof your
room as the ghost of Norman Bates may have found refuge between the
Red Lions quaint but potentially haunted walls.
Getting around will require the assistance of the Gold Coasts
public transport system. Surfside Buslines offers a mediocre
but generally reliable means of transport with stations in most Gold
Coast suburbs and buses running frequently through Surfers Paradise
and from Robina and Nerang train stations. Taxis are readily available
in both Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise and most major shopping centres.
Failing these why not rent a scooter and ride past fellow tourists cursing
or better yet throwing eggs? After all, when in Rome..
© Megan Giles November 2006
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Megan is a University Student from the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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