Discover the best budget boutique hotels in Gold Coast, Australia
Surfers Paradise (aka the 'Glitter Strip') is its best known beach, where you can catch major waves or just pose on the shore; Main Beach and Broadbeach, to the north and south of Gold Coast's urban hub, offer more refined alfresco dining with views over the sea (shades compulsory). Bars, boutiques, galleries, markets and duty-free shopping will draw the grown-up crowd; kids will love Sea World aquatic park, where encounters with seals, sea lions and penguins will put a smile on their dial. If all that spray-tan gets too much, head to the lush, green hinterlands, where Tamborine National Park offers hiking, mountain-biking and the odd distillery as a post-exercise reward. Weirdly, the area also does a world-beating limoncello.