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10 reasons to visit the Gold Coast this winter

If you’re trying to escape heat in the far north or the cold in the south, look no further than the Gold Coast for a local getaway this winter.

With an average maximum temperature of 21° and activities, tours, attractions and events ranging from theme parks, to scenic rainforest sky walks and great golf courses, the Goldie is the place to visit for a family break or golfing weekend.

Here are just 10 of the many reasons why the Gold Coast could be your best winter break ever.

Theme parks

The Gold Coast is famous for being the theme park capital of Australia. Home to Sea World, Movie World, Dream World, White Water World and Wet ‘n’ Wild, everyone can find something they enjoy. Some of the theme parks offer combination passes at discounted prices, which means you can skip the ‘but I want to go here’ arguments and be smug in knowing you’ve pleased everyone while saving yourself money.

Wineries

Australia is highly-regarded for its winemaking prowess, but you would normally associate a wine-tasting tour with the Adelaide hills or Hunter Valley region in NSW. However, it’s a little-known fact that the Queensland wine industry dates back to 1839. So take a trip to the Mount Tambourine hinterland and sample some of the delights from Gold Coast’s sun-blessed vineyards. And if wine isn’t your thing, visit the Tambourine Mountain Distillery or Burleigh Brewing Company for a tipple to suit your palette.

Golf

Golf on the Gold Coast is almost a religion, with some of Australia’s most recognisable courses. Royal Pines hosts both the Ladies masters and PGA, and is currently undergoing a $5 million redevelopment. Hope Island Links course will challenge the most battle-hardened links course enthusiast, Sanctuary Cove’s Pines course is the only Arnold Palmer signature course in Australia, and the Greg Norman designed Glades will make you rethink water hazards. If you’re after a golfing experience to enjoy with the family, then take them along to King Tutts Putt Putt!

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Don’t confuse this place for a zoo! The animals are free to roam, so you can feed a kangaroo while rubbing its back and have your picture taken holding a koala. And kids will go crazy for the treetop rope courses at Adventure Parc Currumbin, with high Tarzan swings and a giant flying fox.

Watch the footy

You can’t go to the home of the Titans or Suns and not watch them play on their own turf. Check out the teams’ website for upcoming games and ticket prices while you’re in town.

Elk Espresso

One of the Goldie’s best hidden secrets is the Elk Espresso Café located at Broadbeach. Serving breakfast till 11:45am, this place is a must-go-to for a feed. If you miss the breakfast cut off, the menu still delivers with pulled pork burgers and mouth-watering beverages such as the crème brulee thick shake. You may leave a few pounds heavier, but you won’t be disappointed.

SkyPoint observation deck

If you have a head for heights then visit the SkyPoint Observation Deck at Surfers Paradise. Soaring 230m above the ground, the observation deck allows for a 360° panoramic view of the surf, as well as the hinterlands and beyond. If you’re more of a thrill seeker, take the 90-minute external bridge climb to get your adrenaline pumping.

Best Of All Look Out

Just the name should ensure that most walkers would like to come to Springbrook National Park to have a look-see! Just a short stroll from the car park, the lookout lives up to its name by providing a panoramic view across Mount Warning to Byron Bay and Coolangatta. Alight 700m stroll, the view is at its best in the early morning or towards dusk. Don’t forget to pack a jumper and take a packed lunch with you.

Echo Beach

There are lots of great beaches on the Gold Coast, but if you are looking for something a bit different, then Echo Beach is a great option. Free of tourists and overcrowding, the beach is located in Burleigh National Park and is only accessible by a rainforest walk. Overhanging trees shade the entrance and you may even spot a bearded dragon or two.

Markets

It’s easy, it’ll get you outdoors and there’s always something unusual to catch your eye. Why shop indoors when you could get the excitement of haggling your way down to $5 from $15 on a souvenir you didn’t really need. There are plenty of markets to bustle through, ranging from food stalls, clothing markets, farmers markets, the beachfront markets at Surfers Paradise and more.

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