Sydney is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world. It’s funny because it really has so much to offer, and on the cheap. You just need to know where to go to get the best deals. If you want to take in the sights of Sydney on a shoestring then add these activities to your ‘to do’ list:
Take a coastal walk
There are plenty of great coastal walks to be had right across Sydney. Many of which offer great views of the ocean or harbor. One of the most famous walks is the Bondi to Bronte or Coogee walk. Bring your camera for this one. There’s some stunning clifftop scenery to enjoy. Already done this walk or want something on the other side of the bridge to enjoy? Try the Manly Spit bushwalk. It’s a quieter stroll that gives you the chance to take in some of the divine northern beaches
When you’re on the Gold Coast and it begins to pour, what should you do? Take in a few of the sites that don’t require a raincoat! And on the Gold Coast, there are a lot, so here are some of our favourite ways to spend a rainy Gold Coast day:
Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
The Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a great place to take the whole family to learn more about the traditional landowners of the Gold Coast. Discover the area’s dreamtime stories, take in Aboriginal dance performances and find out what life was like on the Gold Coast thousands of years ago.
An article on travelweekly.com.au in January reported that passenger numbers through Brisbane Airport increased dramatically last year, and are set to increase even more in 2014.
The Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) attributes the rise in part to the efforts being made by Queensland state, local governments and various business groups to attract more local and international visitors to the area.
The Gold Coast is home to Australia’s best and biggest theme parks. If you visit the Gold Coast without at least visiting one, it just doesn’t feel right. Here we’ve outlined each theme park and why it’s a must-visit the next time you’re heading up north.
Dreamworld has some of the best rides on the Gold Coast and the Tower of Terror ride is one of it’s best. Blasting you up into the air at 160 km/hr, it’s unlikely that you won’t scream – most people do! And then when they get off, they line up for it again. The Giant Drop is another great ride at Dreamworld. Standing at 119 meters tall, it’s the tallest free falling ride in the whole world. Of course if adrenalin isn’t really your thing, there’s plenty of fun rides that won’t make your stomach churn.
Sydney is superb for shopping and you really can’t go wrong no matter which direction of the city you choose to explore. Here are some of our favourite shopping hot spots you must check out next time you’re in town:
Paddington has a great range of boutique shops like Jac+Jack and it’s also home to some of the big brands too. Take a wander down some of the side streets and find yourself in a hand-made chocolate shop or art gallery. Once you’ve spent your money, enjoy a latte at one of the many well to do cafes in the area.
So, you’ve got one day on the Gold Coast. Not sure how to spend your time? Our list can help you spend those hours wisely, although after reading you may decide to stay an extra day, or two!
Visit the theme parks
Whether it’s Dreamworld, Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild, WhiteWater World or Sea World there’s a theme park that’s perfect for you. Whether you’re an animal lover or an adventure seeker, the theme parks have it all and if you plan your day right you could enjoy more than one. If you have kids with you, a day enjoying the theme parks is a must for the Gold Coast.
Want to know what’s on in Sydney this year? We’ve chosen some of the finest events you’ll want to mark in your diary for 2014:
You can’t be in Sydney late February-March and not enjoy some of the Mardi Gras festivities! Each year the Sydney Mardi Gras attracts over 20,000 interstate and international visitors. There’s not only the parade to enjoy, but lots of other events including a fair day, exhibitions and shows.
Visitors to Brisbane are spoiled for choice when it comes to day-trips. In less than two hours, an exciting destination awaits in every direction. Here are just a few ideas of what to do heading north, east, south and west from Queensland’s capital.
Head North – Sunshine Coast
Think white sandy beaches and gentle surf. Think a little bit farmland – sugar cane and pineapples. Mix in a little bit artsy boutique and chic dining in sidewalk cafes or old Queenslanders. Add a touch of rainforest, and you have the Sunshine Coast. An easy 90-minute drive north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is where chilly “southerners” from Melbourne and Sydney come to warm up in winter, and where Brisbanites head to cool down in summer.
Hastings Street on Main Beach is the heart of town. Here, resort-wear boutiques sell that must-have kaftan or to-die-for jewelled sandals to well-heeled customers. Breezy cafes serve colourful salads made from avocadoes straight from the trees. Koalas gaze lazily down on walkers in Noosa National Park, a stroll away up on the point. Here, walking trails afford spectacular vistas of the ocean. Crowds too much? Nip over to Sunshine Beach. It’s a five-minute car ride from Hastings Street but a five-decade trip back in time. This is Noosa before it got style-cred. A wide, unspoilt beach, Sunshine Beach has loads of sunbathing and surfing room, yet the coffee is 21st century.
Noosa’s fresh produce and funky artisans are renowned. It is no surprise that Noosa Farmers’ Market is No. 1 market in Australia, according to review website, TripAdvisor. The famous Eumundi Markets in the small farming town of that name ranked number 4, loved for their huge array of jewellery, homewares, fresh-baked bread, and more.
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With so many families heading to the Gold Coast on vacation, there is always plenty to do in the fun-filled holiday hotspot. The Gold Coast is home to a number of free, low-cost, family-friendly events, but also has lots to offer the adventurous or relaxation-seeking visitor.
Here’s a look at what’s happening on the Gold Coast in the coming months:
Journeys to Sugaropolis exhibition – August 2013 – February 2014
‘Journeys to Sugaropolis’ is a historical look at the relationship between the Gold Coast and the Australian South Sea Islander. Once referred to as “Sugaropolis”, Australia’s sugar industry began on the Gold Coast and is an important part of Australia’s history.
The Gold Coast is Australia’s premier holiday playground and when you see the long list of things to do in the area, it’s not hard to see why. From great restaurants and boutique shopping to the thrills and spills of the fun-packed theme parks, there is always something to do on the Gold Coast.
Here are a few of the highlights:
One of the biggest pulls to the Gold Coast is the theme parks on offer – four to be precise. Take your pick from Dreamworld & Whitewater World, Seaworld, Movie World or Wet N Wild, or visit them all with a combination pass!