You can still have fun in Gold Coast even on a limited budget. Here are some cool stuff to check out. 🙂
1. Good meals for under AUD 15
Steak for AUD 3? Is this even real? Yes it is, if you come to Waxy’s Irish Pub located in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise on a Sunday! They also have really good deals on most days of the week. Enjoy AUD 3 steak on Monday nights, AUD 10 pizzas every Tuesday, AUD 10 Chicken Parmigiana on Wednesdays, or choose from 4 types of Irish meals for AUD 10 if you come here on a Thursday.
Fancy something oriental? Head over to Hakataya Ramen, which serves really good ramen for under AUD 15. A must-try here is the tonkotsu, which is pork bone soup simmered for 39 hours, ensuring a delicious taste. Other than that, you can also try their pork dumplings and musubi (rice balls) too.
2. Fancy dinner for under AUD 60
Looking for something fancy to impress your special one without breaking the bank? Head to Little Truffle Dining located near Mermaid Beach, a special three-course menu costing just AUD 59 is available from Monday to Thursday nights. Take your pick from three types of mains:
▪ Pan fried salmon, poached king prawn, parsley & spinach risotto, and asparagus
▪ Braised beef cheek, cauliflower & truffle purée, horseradish gremolata, and jus
▪ Moreton bay bug & prawn tortellini, mustard fruit beurre blanc, and chervil
3. A walk in the national parks
Embrace the goodness of Mother Nature on a day out at one of Gold Coast’s stunning national parks. Catch the magnificent sunrise from the lookout point of Burleigh Head National Park and continue the day with a coastal walk around the headland to Tallebudgera Creek. At Springbrook National Park, marvel at the millions of glow worms that make the Natural Bridge Cave their home, painting a canvas of a billion stars up on the night sky. Another one to check out is Lamington National Park, which offers O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk, a 180-metre boardwalk suspended 15 metres above the ground in a canopy of flowers and fruits.
4. Fun with water at Broadwater Parklands
This is one for the family, or those who are young at heart. Your kids will have the holiday of a lifetime enjoying the public pool, jumping pillow, giant playground, scenic beach, and more. There are also events happening every now and then, such as the Food Truck Feast on 13 November 2015. And if these still don’t tempt you, how about the fact that there is free Wi-Fi? You’ll be able to instantly Instagram your pics whilst having a good time!
5. Splashing good times at Currumbin Rock Pools
Located 15 minutes away from Currumbin beach, this is a popular spot with families and friends for its – rope swings, rock slides, and ledges to jump off into the cool and clear waters. If you’re still up for more adventure, head over to Mount Cougal, part of Springbrook National Park, where there is an 800-metre walking trail that leads to beautiful cascading waterfalls, more rock pools, and a historic bush sawmill.
6. Free yoga by the beach
Good news for you, the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga hosts free yoga sessions by the sea at Burleigh Heads every Saturday from 8 to 9am. Open to all, the classes are suitable for all levels of ability. Just remember to bring your yoga mat and a positive attitude! 😉
7. Markets galore
One of the most popular markets in Gold Coast is the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market, which takes place every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, with over 100 stalls selling clothes, handicrafts, and not to mention cool street performers! Foodies would want to check out yummy street food from different parts of the world at Miami Marketta, whilst being entertained by blues and jazz music. Come to Miami Marketta on a Friday or Saturday to take part in this gastronomy event. Those who love art, fashion, and everything creative can come to The Village Markets, happening every 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at Burleigh Heads State School.
8. Movies in the parks
Outdoor movie nights galore in various parks all over Gold Coast! Take your pick of popular movies like Frozen, Hotel Transylvania, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Rise of the Guardians, The Lego Movie and more on one of the cool summer nights from 31 October 2015 to 28 March 2016. You can opt to pack a picnic of your own or support the local food trucks nearby. Just bring a mat or blanket, get yourself comfortable on the soft lawn, and enjoy the show! Check out the schedule here.
9. Festivals and events all year round
Usher in the New Year in style at Surfers Paradise, where you will be treated with one of the biggest fireworks displays in Queensland. Other upcoming events that you can check out include Bleach Festival (4-20 March 2016), which is Gold Coast’s largest arts and cultural festival, Quiksilver Pro Surfing Event (March 2016), one of world’s premier surfing events, Blues on Broadbeach (19-22 May 2016), a free music event that brings out the best blues and soul music talents across four huge stages, and the Gold Coast Marathon (2-3 July 2016).
10. Unlimited bus and tram rides with a 1-Day pass
Explore the best of the city with an easy and cheap Gold Coast – GOExplore card. For only AUD 10 (AUD 5 for kids aged 5-14), you get one day of unlimited rides on all TransLink Gold Coast bus and tram services, which bring you to popular spots including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads. The card is valid one year from date of purchase. If you wish to use it on more days, you can simply reload it at selected Gold Coast retailers including 7-Eleven outlets, tram station fare machines, or onboard TransLink Gold Coast bus services.