Hanging out on the beach all day getting your tan on, or grabbing a surfboard and hitting the waves – this is the epitome of the Australian dream. One of the places where you can do all this and more is the Gold Coast. Need further explanation as to why you should visit? You greedy thing, you. Here’s our 11 reasons to get on a plane/in a campervan and get yourself to the east coast of Australia!
Beaches that are out of this world
Image: Gold Coast
If beaches are your thing, the Gold Coast has got you covered. The coastline stretches for 57 kilometres (35 miles) and you can pick from 20 different beaches; what better excuse to take a 20-day holiday than visiting a new Aussie beach every day? Surfers Paradise is probably the most well-known of them all, and is highly distinctive as the skyline is practically on the beach. Then a little further South of Surfers you will find yourself on Mermaid Beach, unfortunately it’s not named after the abundance of mermaids nearby (we were sad too), but it is known for its laid-back appeal, which can be great if you’ve been going crazy in Surfers Paradise for the last few days. You can also take a trip down ‘Millionaire’s Row’, look at the fancy mansions and maybe have a little cry about how much you want one. South of Surfers you’ve got Burleigh Heads, which is famous for its surfing spots (or just for ogling the surfers!), and if you move even further south you’ll find yourself in Coolangatta, another top spot for surfing and a great place to visit if you love the old-school charm of a seaside town.
If you like a city that stands out, stays up and sleeps in, you’ve come to the right place. Mix it with locals and visitors from across the world in back alleys and beer gardens, rooftop bars and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Take a detour through winding laneways, discover the city’s creative heart, and then resurface to brunch it with the best of them at breezy cafes from St Kilda to Brunswick. Melbourne is the perfect base for your grand Aussie adventure.
We’ve picked our top sporting events and general reason why Melbourne is so great… *packs bags and moves out*
Cover Victoria’s highlights in 7 days! Coastal drives along the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles, bushwalking in the Grampians and gold panning in Ballarat. You may or may not hit gold but this road trip will leave you enriched.
Day 1 – Melbourne to the Yarra Valley
Drive time: 1 hr
Kia Ora to the second installment of James Ranken’s Kiwi Experience across NZ. He’s conquered the North, but now it’s time to see what the South Island will throw at him. Home to the adventure capital of the world, glaciers and party towns it’s going to be one jam-packed, heart-pumping, adrenaline-fuelled escapde!
Pack your parachutes, let’s go…
Fresh faces on the South Island
FREE trip to the adventure capital of the world? Sure why the hell not! That’s exactly what James Ranken said when we told him he had won an adrenaline fuelled trip around New Zealand! Travelling the length and breadth of this beautiful nation on the bright green Kiwi bus – the only way to really see how incredible it is. So we sent him off bags packed, ready to get stuck into some of the most heart-racing activities out there including; black water rafting, sky diving, glacier climbing and bungee jumping.
Here’s what he got up to on New Zealand’s North Island…