Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast, AustraliaBesides enjoying the sea, surf and sand, explore the rainforests and lagoons too.

DAY 1:  Check into Mantra Wings, a beautiful resort located hotel within two minutes from Surfers Paradise beach. Head to the beach and take a walk down the pristine coastline, passing Broadbeach, and North Burleigh. Or sunbathe at Surfers Paradise while watching swimmers negotiate the large waves. After lunch, take a lift to the top deck of Q1, (www.skypoint. com.au) the tallest building on the coast, about five minutes away from the beach. The deck has partial glass floors and glass walls to provide breathtaking views of the coast, it also has a cafe and bar, which turns vibrant as the shadows lengthen, so hang around for night views of the coast before retiring for the night.

DAY 2:  After breakfast, head towards Mount Tamborine, about 30 minutes away from your hotel. This is among the most popular destinations in the hinterland. Make your way to Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk (www.rainforestskywaik.com.au) an elevated walkway through the rainforest. It’s a great experience. While in the area, dine on crabs and prawns at Songbirds Restaurant  nestled within thick jungle, with kookaburra and even pythons for company. Visit Gallery Walk, for shopping and then head back to Gold Coast.

DAY 3:  Spend the day at an amusement park. From Sea World, the oldest theme park in the country, to the relatively new White Water World, there’s plenty to choose from. You must also check out Warner Brothers’ Movie World (movieworld. myfun.com.au). Filled with cartoon characters, it is sure to take you into the fantasy land of movies. For adrenaline rush, hop on to Superman Escape, the most spectacular roller coaster in area. Have dinner at a restaurant here.

DAY 4:  Today, head out of town towards Tallebudgera Creek, about 15 km away. This is a beautiful lagoon is ideal for a picnic and fishing. After a picnic lunch make your way to Kirra beach for water sports. In the evening shop at the Cavill Mall and catch some street food in the same area. For a post dinner drink, visit Minus, an ice bar at the mall.

DAY 5:  About an hour’s drive from Surfers’ Paradise is Numinbah Valley, home to the Numinbah Forest Reserve with waterfalls. You can spend the day here indulging in activities like horsing, bushwalking or trekking. Head back to Gold Coast, and on your last evening in the city, have dinner at the popular Chinese restaurant Zen, at Conrads Jupiter.