Gold Coast, Winter-style

8 July 2016
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Flight Centre’s Tara Young explains how to have a Summer Beach Break, in Winter.

Feel like a beach break with the kids at school holidays time but without the bustling crowds or bitumen-melting heat? Try heading to the Gold Coast in Winter.

The Gold Coast in July is somewhere you can lie on white sand, read your trashy novel, supervise sand castle preparation or perhaps consider braving a little bit of gentle body surfing, all without the hassle of summer crowds.

 Image description. Sand castle construction can require a meeting of the minds (Image Tourism and Events Queensland).

 

Summer beachy type activities are all easily enjoyable, due to the fantastic temperatures, light breezes (and therefore gentle surf) and very little rain – all are part and parcel of a Gold Coast Winter.

We stayed across from the beach at Rainbow Bay, on the Southern tip of the Gold Coast, which sits between the two major surfing beaches of Duranbah and Coolangatta.

 Image description. Surfers find their measure at Coolangatta (Image Tourism and Events Queensland).

 

It is a favourite for board riders for the breaks further out, and due to the two to three foot waves, also a great area for trainee body surfers and boogie board riders – of the under ten years of age kind. The water is a bit “fresher” than in the summertime but at 19 degrees Celsius, it is very enjoyable once you get in. The kids didn’t seem to mind one bit.

At this time of the year, it is the surfers who form the majority of the twenty or so 'crowd' at the beach. It was so peaceful, for most mealtimes we shopped at the local supermarket or went to the nearby fish and chip shop and enjoyed our meals on our verandah overlooking the appropriately named Pacific Ocean.

 Image description. Not a bad outlook to enjoy breakfast (Image Greg Young).

 

Not that you aren’t spoilt for choice for places or varieties of dining on the Gold Coast. At Coolangatta, there is a lot to choose from, or you can drive 10 minutes north to Burleigh Heads, or a bit further to Broadbeach. Both places, with their range of funky restaurants, are gaining real 'foodie' reputations.

The beauty of the Gold Coast at this time means that if you are towing primary school aged children, all the theme parks are all there for you but with fewer crowds or queues, and accessible via local transfer services.

 Image description. The Dolphins at Seaworld, like the kids are all good with the cold (Image Tourism and Events Queensland).

 

So if you want to break up that 'oh-so-tiresome relaxation on a beautiful beach overlooking a glistening gentle ocean' with some theme park experiences, there are the 'Worlds' of Seaworld, Dreamworld, Movieworld as well as a couple of big water theme parks to choose from.

If you want to do some nearby touring, there are ample gorgeous spots and inland rainforest areas. This includes Mt Tamborine, O'Reillys, Lamington Plateau or Springbrook National Park.

 Image description. Lamington Plateau is great for sunrises (Image Tourism and Events Queensland).

 

For other natural wonders you can also go whale watching, as June marks the beginning of the Humpback migration on the Gold Coast. There are plenty of charters for you to choose from to experience the Humpback’s spectacular acrobatic displays.

If you missed out on your Summer beach break in last year’s Christmas rush, don't be put off by slightly cooler temperatures. The Gold Coast, with many low-season prices and no crowds of hot, sun-burnt beach-goers, is a great option! Now where is that novel, or is it time for that afternoon nap?

For more Gold Coast inspiration head to "An Alternative Guide to the Gold Coast."

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Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to the Gold Coast.

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Tara Young

The experience of travel changes a person. I see my job as highlighting what amazing travel opportunities there are to broaden your knowledge of that great big world beyond your doorstep and what you may learn about yourself on the way.