Gold Coast was our third stop on our tour of Australia’s East coast. We stayed and spent most of our time in the city of Surfers Paradise but also ventured out to Tamborine Mountain for a Glow Worm tour. Unfortunately the one full day we had on the Gold Coast it rained but we still managed to make the best of it (even if the best of it meant getting stuck in the mountains mid downpour). The best way I can describe Surfers is this – imagine Santa Monica and Las Vegas had a baby, that baby is Surfers Paradise.
Helm’s is literally on the water in Surfers. It was the first place we ate after we arrived and I decided that this was the perfect place to finally dig into a huge basket of fish and chips – it did not disappoint.
30-34 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
We went to Surfers Sandbar for breakfast on our one full day in Surfers before the rain caught up to us. It’s right along the beach, had outside seating and a killer eggs benedict.
52 Esplanade, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Fiddler’s is an Irish bar in the middle of the main drag in Surfers. We went to Fiddler’s intending it to be the first bar of the night we checked out, but ended up staying there the entire night instead because we were having so much fun. Fiddler’s is HUGE. The entire back half of the bar was filled with TV’s that were showing the rugby game and then the front half of the bar had live music. HUGE I tell you. (Also Irish people are so nice and I love them.)
30 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Amimoto was our final dinner in Surfer’s and it was probably the best Japanese food I’ve ever had in my life. It’s situated in this tiny little strip mall/alley and only seats about 20 people inside and the food is OUT OF THIS WORLD.
24 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
SkyPoint Observation Deck
One of the biggest things to see while on the Gold Coast is the SkyPoint Observation Deck. We paid around $20 AUD for a ticket to ride an elevator up to the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere and it was SO COOL. I mean look at those views. Worth every penny.
3/3003 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
On the day it decided to rain we made our way out to Tamborine Mountain to go look at some glow worms. Glow worms are native to Australia and New Zealand so these little babies were a real treat to look at. If you have a day or a half day to make it out to Tamborine Mountain I highly recommend it. (They also have a rainforest walk you can do but we opted out of that because of the downpour.)