Currumbin, Main Beach, Kirra, Broadbeach, Palm Beach, Coolangatta… having to pick the best beach on the Goldie is a bit like selecting the Beatles’ top track or Tom Hanks’ finest film. But surfers won’t hesitate naming Snapper Rocks their favourite strip of sand because of its clean waves, consistent swell and the man-made ‘Superbank’, a sand bank that allows boardriders to cruise all the way to Coolangatta.
Snapper Rocks, Snapper Rocks Rd, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia, +61 1300 465 326
The skyscrapers spanning the Surfers Paradise beach form one of Australia’s most recognisable skylines, and this observation deck offers an unrivalled perspective of it. Located on level 77 of the Q1 Building, SkyPoint contains a bistro and bar for a meal with a seriously good view, as well as the highest external building climb anywhere in the country, ascending to a platform that towers 270m above sea level.
The panoramic vistas from the top of this lofty plateau are a good enough reason to visit Tamborine Mountain — and that’s before you’re introduced to all the art galleries, country markets, gourmet restaurants, award-winning wineries, romantic B&Bs, rainforest walking tracks and the man-made Glow Worm Caves.
This pedestrian mall is the beating heart of Surfers Paradise, loaded with all the bars, restaurants and nightclubs that the Glitter Strip is famous for. Snap a selfie at the ‘Surfers Paradise’ sign on the sand, spot one of the Goldie’s iconic metre maids or shuffle down the mall past Surfers’ shops, eateries and legendary watering holes.
Wedged between Coolangatta to the south and Surfers to the north, Burleigh offers protected waters for a dip as well as waves for a surf around the headland. Explore the Burleigh Head National Park, grab a souvenir from the Burleigh Art and Craft Markets or pack a picnic to enjoy under the huge pine trees that shade the sand.