I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the Gold Coast. It reminds me of places like Myrtle Beach or The Dells – business owners clutter the skyline with big hotels, theme parks, restaurants, and shops and hide the natural beauty of the place. Gold Coast has sky scraping condos and hotels overlooking the beaches. These condos and hotels create their own shadowy footprint. And in that footprint, you will find shops selling surfboards, souvenirs, and food. Tourists manage to find parking and walk from shop to shop until they arrive at the beach. The entire coastline is beach and absolutely beautiful.
Our trip avoided all of the clutter of the cities and focused on Burleigh Head National Park, which is just south of Gold Coast. We walked, we hiked, and we appreciated the view.