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Gold Coast Holidays Overview
The Gold Coast is famous for its sun, surf and sand with over 57 kilometres of coastline to choose from. Secreted away behind the glitz and glamour of the coast strip, there stretches the hinterland with pockets of lush rainforest and beautiful mountains and valleys. Choices are endless between going for a swim, a round of golf, seeing the theme parks or having a picnic in a beautiful setting, take your pick.
Over 6,000 years ago, the Gold Coast’s indigenous people left their mark on this land. Explore the heritage in this diverse region. At Burleigh Heads, the Kombumerri people once feasted. Mt. Cougal and Springbrooks’ valleys were home to the Yugambeh people. European settlement of the area began with the establishment of cattle stations during the 1860s and then later sugar, cotton and dairy farms. The rise of timber milling in the hinterland progressed over the next 100 years. Today, the Gold Coasts main industry is tourism and it is one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations.
The beach going culture of the Gold Coast has not abated over the years, if anything they are still sun and wave worshipers. Life Saving and surfing are both institutions on the Gold Coast. The natural wonders on the doorstep of the Gold Coast in the hinterland, are popular with tourists and locals including regular visitors from Brisbane and Northern New South Wales. A holiday wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Gold Coast.
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The Magic Millions Racing Carnival is held each January and is Queensland’s premier horse racing carnival. With 40 events of eighteen days, there is something for everyone. Horse buyers from around the world as well as leading Australian trainers attend the Magic Millions Sale; the catalogue has a proven record of producing excellent gallopers. The Magic Millions Feature Race is the highlight of the racing schedule, although the competition in the Fashions on the Field does run a very close second. This glamorous Carnival is one not to be missed.
The Wintersun Festival is in June and held on the New South Wales – Queensland Border is held in June. Border Towns Coolangatta, Kirra and Tweed Heads play host to this non stop celebration of rock’n’roll music, all things Elvis, classic cars and don’t forget the dancing. Two weeks of day and night events such as concerts, dancing, dance workshops, classic and vintage car parades and the magic of the street parade. This is an event for the whole family with lots of entertainment that the kids will love.
Engines are revving in October for the Gold Coast SuperGP. This motor racing carnival almost stops the city both on and off the track. Racing through the streets of Surfers Paradise, cheering fans on all sides and above in the highrises, a race with sun above and beautiful beaches what more could ask for in a race. It is not all about the racing, there is a lot of entertainment throughout the event that doesn’t involve racing. The main criteria of the day – have fun!
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Gold Coast International Airport is serviced daily flights from Air-Asia X, Japan Airlines, Jetstar, Qantas, Tiger Airlines and Virgin Blue. Also servicing the Gold Coast region is Brisbane located one hour’s drive north. Brisbane connects with over 26 destinations worldwide with over 30 airlines including Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Thai Airways and United.