On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters and the third edition of our Queensland series, we venture to Australia’s greatest holiday playground, the mighty Gold Coast. From the beaches, bikinis and theme parks of Surfers Paradise, to the verdant wonders of the Gold Coast Hinterland, the mountain villages and luxury retreats, we’ve got all bases covered. Welcome to the GC. www.queensland.com
Theme Park Heaven. Mike and Chris rate and review the Gold Coast’s theme parks and preview upcoming new attractions, plus we highlight Aquaduck’s latest amphibious tour on the waterways wrapped around Surfers Paradise.
Holiday like a local on the Gold Coast. We highlight some of the hottest dining haunts, gorge on the salivating street food at Miami Marketta, check out the Gold Coast’s award-winning distillery that pays homage to a Kiwi, sample the brand new HOTA Gallery and showcase the delights of Burleigh Heads.
The Green behind the Gold. When you need a breather from the beach, bling and bikinis, head for the hills and the eco-tourism trailblazer, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Mike talks to Jane O’Reilly about this magnificent retreat and its storied history.
Wrapped in ancient rainforest and Queensland’s oldest national parks, we turn the spotlight on Tamborine Mountain where wilderness adventures await, along with a creative cluster of art galleries, boutique food producers and wineries.
From theme park thrills, golden beaches and the birthplace of bikinis to the ravishing world heritage-listed beauty of the hinterland and ancient rainforests, start planning a great getaway to the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast bursts with a world of possibilities. Make your first stop, the region’s official website. www.queensland.com