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Surfers Skyline : Gold Coast

Brief History.

The Gold Coast Region was charted around 1840 by The Government Surveyor of the time. The area was first exploited by Southern Loggers who plied their trade in the Nerang and Mudgeeraba vicinity. Cedar was plentiful and after cutting, the logs were rafted down The Nerang River to meet the ocean going sailing ships. Two of the loggers, William Duncan and Edmund Harper built a hut and were accredited with being the first residents of Surfers Paradise. Pioneers of the day include J. Meyer and J.Cavill. Both built hotels, The Main Beach, and The Surfers Paradise respectively. The most influential identity in the development of Surfers Paradise as a great holiday playground was Sir Bruce Small. Arriving from Melbourne in 1958, the successful millionaire businessman proceeded to buy up land and develop with alacrity. His vision of Surfers Paradise in those early days is now established, as Surfers Paradise is the Premier Destination for visitors to Australia from around the world.

Surfers Skyline

Surfers Paradise : Gold Coast.

As Surfers Paradise developed,so did the ever increasing traffic. In December 1964, parking meters were introduced, much to the chagrin of visiting motorists. Enter Bernie Elsey, a property developer with a scent of an idea. The Surfers Paradise Meter Maids were formed, and their task was to top up all the expired meters along the strip. This gesture has continued to this day, and The Meter Maids Website and online- store flourish as one of the highly successful businesses on the Gold Coast today.

Australia's no.1 Destination

The Gold Coast.

This area begins at Coolangatta on the border of Queensland and New South Wales and stretches northward as far as Runaway Bay.With a wide range of attractions, the Gold Coast is the ideal spot for full on, day and night entertainment.The sub tropical climate allows alfresco dining throughout the year,and the restaurants are numerous.

Motor Coaster Ride Gold Coast.Spacer gifTower of Terror Ride Gold Coast.Spacer gifWipeout Ride Gold Coast.

Theme Parks Abound.

Most of the daytime action is on the northern end of the Gold Coast. This is where the theme parks are situated.The closest , Sea World, is between Surfers Paradise and Southport, on The Spit. The Marina Mirage Hotel and adjoining Shopping Complex are passed as you approach Sea World and Nara Resort. From the road you can see the Monorail that circles the theme park. Continue to the end of The Spit and you will come to the Gold Coast Seaway. The other 3 Theme Parks are situated after Labrador, north on the Gold Coast Highway.

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Dreamworld is home to the tallest and fastest thrill rides, live interactive shows and unique animal attractions, including the Australian Wildlife Experience and Tiger Island. An Australian first, the new DreamWorks Experience precinct let's you explore the medieval town of Faire Faire Away, escape to the jungles of Madagascar Madness and visit Po's Garden, with newly themed rides, shows and entertainment.

Thrill Claw Ride Gold Coast.Cyclone Ride Gold Coast.Giant Drop Ride Gold Coast.

Virtual Queueing

Did you know? Visitors can get more action into their day by hiring a Q4U. The all new virtual queuing system reserves a place for you in ride queue lines. Q4U uses a small handheld device that enables you to make ride reservations one at a time from anywhere in the park. It means that you can enjoy other rides, catch a show, shop or dine all while knowing that the Q4U system is holding your 'virtual' spot in the queue!

Coolangatta is a popular area for the Surfies, as are most of the beaches through to Burleigh Heads.
Currumbin is a pleasant spot just up the road from Coolangatta. The Bird Sanctuary is a must for visitors. Feeding time with the Rainbow Lorakeets is a good photo shoot,and World of Bees is on the opposite side of the road. Travelling a few klms. north is Tallebudgera Creek, an opportunity for the very young to paddle in the very still, protected waters. Burleigh Heads is next stop on the road. A picturesque beach setting with the added attraction of Burleigh Heads National Park.

View from Coolangatta to Surfers Skyline :Gold Coast.

Passing through Mermaid Beach with its huge cinema complex we arrive at the suberb of Broadbeach. Extremely popular for its restaurants, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre on the Nerang River, and, of course, Jupiters Hotel on Broadbeach Island. The hotel is linked to the Oasis Shopping Centre on the opposite side of the Gold Coast Highway by the Gold Coast's second Monorail System. The Nerang -Broadbeach Rd. heads west to the Hinterland suberbs of Mudgeeraba and Nerang.
After Broadbeach is Surfers Paradise with its glitz and glamour, including the famous Meter Maids. Nightspots and bars are plentiful and the restaurants cover culinary dishes from all parts of the globe.

The Hinterland.

The Hinterland has a wealth of interesting features for the visitor. Driving West through Robina and over the Bruce Highway you pass through Tallai and the village of Mudgeeraba. The Armoury Museum is an interesting stop off. Continue climbing to 1,000 metres above sea level West and you arrive at Springbrook. A short walk from the car park brings you to 'best of all lookout' where you can see right over the Queensland /New South Wales border. The National Park has Natural Arch, an extremely popular waterfall and swimming hole. Visit at night and see the glow worms.
About 40 mins from The Gold Coast you can drive up Mt. Tamborine. The highest point is about 600 metres above sea level, affording spectacular views. A strong community of approx. 6,000 people live on the mountain and Markets are held twice a month. Fruit and vegetable markets are held every week. Gallery Walk at Eagle Heights is a popular place for visitors to aquire items of interest. Night views over The Gold Coast are superb.

Links to Shopping Sites.

robina town centre :Gold Coast. pacific fair shopping centre :Gold Coast. australia fair :Gold Coast.

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Links to Restaurant Sites.

1Two3 restaurant :Gold Coast. absynthe restaurant :Gold Coast.. omeros restaurant :Gold Coast. sage restaurant :Gold Coast. montezumas restaurant :Gold Coast.
saks restaurant :Gold Coast. draculas restaurant :Gold Coast. cavssteakhouse restaurant :Gold Coast.. earthnseapizza restaurant :Gold Coast. marios restaurant :Gold Coast.
restaurant link button. fermentedgrape restaurant :Gold Coast. oskars restaurant :Gold Coast.. minus5experience restaurant :Gold Coast.. bavarianhaus restaurant :Gold Coast.
howlatthemoon restaurant :Gold Coast.. thecaptainstable restaurant :Gold Coast..

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Links to Attraction Sites.

dreamworld theme park :Gold Coast. movieworld theme park :Gold Coast. seaworld theme park :Gold Coast. wetnwild theme park :Gold Coast. White Waterworld Theme Park :Gold Coast. aquaduck : Gold Coast. flycoaster : Gold Coast.
funtime : Gold Coast. jetboat extreme:Gold Coast. infinitygc :Gold Coast. marina mirage : Gold Coast. wax museum : Gold Coast. currumbin-sanctuary :Gold Coast. wildfiretours link button
sanctuary cove :Gold Coast. south stradbroke island resort :Gold Coast. paddymelons : Gold Coast. thunderbirdpark :Gold Coast. bearded dragon :Gold Coast. bearded dragon :Gold Coast. bungunyah manor :Gold Coast.

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Links to Cruise Sites.

Imagine cruises :Gold Coast. goldcoastcruisin :Gold Coast. circa cruises : Gold Coast.

inspiration cruises :Gold Coast. gcgondolas cruises : Gold Coast.

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