Surfers Paradise - Three things I loved about Surfers Paradise by Cailin O'Neil

In my travels I�ve visited the Gold Coast of Australia on two different occasions and Surfers Paradise is one of my favourite places in Australia for three reasons:

Reason 1: The nightlife

Surfers Paradise is a young crowd kind of place because of its night life, copious amounts of shopping, amusement parks and all around active lifestyle it has an average age of 38, and� a population of 18,000 people. Home to 56+ bars and pubs when night falls this town is bumping and everything stays open late. Pizza shops, mini golf, theme park rides, bowling alleys along with all the bars.

Reason 2: You can hold Koalas

In parts of Australia, like New South Wales it is actually illegal to hold or touch a Koala, however it isn't in Queensland. 20 minutes down the road from the center of Surfers Paradise is the Curumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and aside from Kangaroos and wallabies that you can feed, dingoes and gynormous crocodiles that you can watch from afar they also have tons of Koalas and you can hold them here. There are strict rules for the Koalas, each one is only allowed to work a small amount of time a week. Definitely a great experience.

Reason 3: BEACHES!!!

Well technically it is all one long beach and at different points along it it has been assigned a different name depending how far you walk down the beach there is Surfers, Mermaid beach, Palm beach and more. People literally surf here from sunrise to sunset. You will see beginners, every day hobbyists to seasoned pros there are also a few places where you can take lessons and of course rent a board.

These beaches have powerful, powerful waves but are also safe for swimming as long as you stay between the flags. This is extremely important as they are the only areas with lifeguards and these areas are chosen specifically for being the safest areas with smaller waves, no surfers around and less chances of being caught in a rip tide. But they are also great for just laying out and getting a nice tan, but be sure to wear your sun tan lotion, the Australian sun is nothing to play around with. Surfers Paradise Beach was voted as one of the top beaches in Australia and judge as one of the cleanest.

Surfers is definitely a place to visit for at least a night or two if not longer. Aside from my reasons listed above there is also tons of shopping, there is a big Casino near by, a theme park, you can go kayaking, sky diving, Paragliding, fishing you name it they have it and it is definitely worth a stop. Perhaps fly into their airport and drive your way further north for the coming Eclipse?

Travel safe! ~Cailin

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Further reading

The Gabba - Day one of the Australia / South Africa Test Match - Picture gallery from the first day of the Australia v South Africa Test Match

The Gabba - clocking up the runs - Hussey and Kallis at the first day of the test match at the Gabba in Brisbane

The Gabba - Kallis batting on day one of the Australia vs South Africa 2012 test - The first day of the Australia vs South Africa test at the Gabba in Brisbane

The Gabba - Amla batting at the Australia vs South Africa test 2012 - Amla batting at the Gabba during the Australia, South Africa test 2012

The Gabba - Hussey bowling to Kallis with Amla at the South Africa vs Australia 2012 test match - Hussey and Kallis at the first day of the test match at the Gabba in Brisbane

2012 eclipse information and schedule - 2012 eclipse information and schedule in Queensland

2012 eclipse - first contact - The start of the partial phases of the 2012 solar eclipse

2012 Solar Eclipse - partial stages of the eclipse recommence - Video of third contact and the bgeinning of the partial eclipse during the 2012 eclipse seen from Port Douglas

2012 solar eclipse - Getting to Cairns - Cairns - quick reference information on how to get there

Cairns - 10 great things to do - Ten great things to do in the Queensland city of Cairns by Keith Jenkins of Velvet Escape

Northern Territory - Official website of Northern Territory Tourism

Queensland Tourism - Official website of Tourism Queensland

Tourism Australia - Official website of Tourism Australia

About Cailin O'Neil

Cailin is first a traveler, then a filmmaker. She has traveled mostly solo for the past 3 years to 23 countries, blogging and filming along the way. In 2009 she fulfilled her biggest dream by producing/directing/editing/hosting and funding the filming of the first episode of her travel TV show  Travel Yourself. Currently in post production, Cailin now balances editing the show with freelance work in film and TV in her home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia while fitting in more travels every chance she gets.