The Sites And Sound Of The Gold Coast Only 30 Minutes Away
The Best Western Sunnybank Star Motel And Apartments is 30 to 45 minutes away from the Gold Coast via the south east freeway. Ideally, you would want your own transport to get around to and around the coast. If you don't have your own car, renting one is your best option. Otherwise there are bus services but they don't give you as much freedom as the other options. You could make a day out on the Gold coast a feature of your stay while at the motel. Or have a night out too. There is so much to do on the Gold Coast that you could spend more than a day if you had the time.
Things to do on the Gold Coast during the day
In a word..heaps. Why not start off with a few hours on the iconic sandy beach at Surfers Paradise. The long sandy beaches are what initially attracted people to the area and attract thousands of tourists each and every year.
All the beaches have long rolling waves that let you try out your body, boogie boarding or surfing techniques. The beaches are well patrolled by surf life saving personnel but always stay between the flagged areas and abide by their judgment as far as the sea conditions go.
If you want to spend a bit of time at more picturesque beaches then Burleigh and Coolangatta might be more to your liking. They are in the south of the Gold Coast heading into New South Wales.
If you don't fancy the beaches then take in a theme park or some of the other attractions on offer.
You could spend a whole day at Sea World and see dolphins painting pictures, seals clowning around, pirate water skiing shows and much more. Sea World opens at 9.45am and closes at 5.00pm giving you a full day of entertainment and things to see. You'll be surprised how quickly the time goes.
Other attractions to consider are the jetboat experience. This is a 440hp speedboat that accommodates around 15 people. It's a bit like an aerobatic plane on the water. The pilot will perform all kinds of spin, slides and turns to give you an adrenalin rush. The ride takes place on the broad water near Sea World and the Spit.
If you want to do a bit of shopping then Pacific Fair in Broad beach is a great place to start. Pacific Fair is one of the biggest shopping centres in South East Queensland. It features a wide variety of shops from the quirky fashion shops to general department stores like Myers. There is also a Hoyts cinema complex if you want to take in a movie. Pacific Fair is the ideal location if you want to spend half a day shopping and half a day on the beach.
Robina Town centre is another massive shopping complex that is even better, in my opinion, for shopping. There are more individual shops in Robina than Pacific Fair and David Jones, Myers and an Apple store. Robina is not as close to the coast though.
During the football season, you could cheer on the Gold Coast Suns Aussie Rules football team at Carrara or the Gold Coast Titans National Rugby League team at Skilled Park, Robina.
Things to do on the Gold Coast at night
There is plenty to do on the Gold Coast at night too. You can spend a few hours a the Jupiters Casino or even head over to the Dracula's Restaurant. This restaurant is a bit like the Rocky horror picture show in a restaurant. There is a ghoulish show part of the dining service and the waiting staff are all dressed up as ghouls, ghosts, vampires, zombies...you name it. It's certainly an entertaining way to have a meal. Other than these two night time spots, there are plenty of other eating spots from individual restaurants to 5 star, award winning hotel restaurants.
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