Paradise Destination on Australia´s East Coast?

Bye Byron Bay, Hello Gold Coast life...yes our next stop along the east coast was Surfers Paradise. I was so excited to visit as I had always seen pictures taken under the entry to the beach where it says "Surfers Paradise" and it looked so cool.





We arrived at our hostel in time for dinner. After surfing and the bus ride (which took an hour longer then we thought, because Queensland is in a different time zone apparently,haha) from Byron Bay we were super tired and worn out from the sun. Luckily there was a pub right behind the hostel and they even had meal deals for hostel guests I believe. We quickly checked in, before going for yummy dinner and hopeing straight into bed afterwards. Seriously, we were so done.

The next morning we took the shuttle into town. It instantly reminded me a bit of Miami with all the skyscrapers which I love, but some People don't like laying on the beach with them in the background...




...well first things first, we needed to get something for breakfast. Since we were kind of travelling on a budget as Backpackers, we opted for the local grocery store instead of brunching in a Café. After loading up on energy, we walked around the main streets of Surfer's and found some of our fave shops in Australia like Cotton On. There weren't souvenir shops as cute as the once we had found in Byron Bay, but I didn't mind. I loved that they had a Hard Rock Café and that it all reminded me of Florida.
The rest of the day was spent at the beach and carrying our stuff from one hostel to another one where we stayed for three more nights. We liked both hostels, but the second had the advantage of two pools and was located right in the center vs the other one was at the yacht harbour more outside. (The first one was the YHA and the second one was BUNK.)
Together with the three hostel nights we had booked a variety of activities. One day was spent at a Wildlife Sanctuary to look at australias wild animals from a safe place, hahaha. You could also take a picture with a Koala which we didn´t do. I don´t think those sleepy paws really enjoy playing model.

Another activity included was a half day trip to Springbrook National Park. It was nice and we stopped at some great lookouts, but I have to say it was nothing to special. Maybe that also had something to do with us being a little hungover/tired from the night before.




My favourite day was the last day. We had surf lessons in the morning and again it was so much fun. It also went way better then the time before in Byron Bay. After surfing we went to the Sea World Resort to go jetskiing.  Neither of us had been on a real jetski before, but I think it is safe to say that we both had an absolute blast. We only booked about half an hour, but they also offer longer tours. It is quiet expensive, so we decided to just take advantage of the pool. In order to get to the jetski area you have to enter the pool area of the hotel and can use it after your or before your jetski tour. Super awesome! Oh how I miss those sunny days...sadly that evening we had to leave Surfers Paradise again and jump on the greyhound for the last time.

Surfers was definitely one of my favourite stops along the east coast and I have to say I liked it even more then Byron Bay. Either way you should visit both places if you plan on travelling up the coast. Just because of the size of the Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise) there are probably some more activities for different interests. You can check out the Hostels we stayed in or opt for a fancy hotel as I have seen plenty of them in Surfers.;)


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Have you ever been to Australia? What did you like the most, I would love to know in the comments. Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
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12 comments

  1. I could do with a paradise adventure right about now! Living vicariously through your blog ☺

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    1. Thank you for your comment, I think the Gold Coast is the right place for a paradise adventure:)

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  2. I wish I was on that beach right now! Sounds like you had a great time.

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  3. I would love to visit Australia. It’s so beautiful and there is so much to do there. Beaches, trail walks, sky scrapers, wild life.. it’s an amazing continent. One day..
    you had a great time and I loved your pictures! Keep sharing.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you can visit one day and you will have an amazing time as well I am sure;)

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  4. I’ve always wanted to visit Australia but then.... I remember all the animals... that can kill me and the spiders I am not allowed to kill... but can kill me! Lol! In all honesty, if I had the money I would visit, and you make the coast look so inviting!

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    1. The animals are not that bad, you probably wouldn´t meet a lot of them:) I think I saw one or two snakes whilst I was there.

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  5. I didn't make it this far on my Australia trip, but my kids did and loved it!

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    1. Maybe you should come back then;) Which places did you visit?

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  6. I'd love to visit Australia. Looks wonderful!

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    1. It really is an impressive country.:)

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  7. I haven't been to Australia, but I've been to Florida, and I agree with your comments that the Gold Coast is reminiscent of Florida's beaches! It looks beautiful there and definitely makes me want to visit!

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