New Zealand, you’ve spent enough time indoors of late! It’s time to farewell the wintery weather, and soak up the sun’s rays as you explore Australia’s Sunshine State, just 3 hours away! Here’s how we’re spending winter, why not come join us?

Theme parks on the Gold Coast

The theme parks on the Gold Coast are beginning to reopen and superheroes across the four main parks are donning their capes once more.

Dreamworld, Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild are the theme park drawcards of the region, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Smaller entertainment precincts such as Australian Outback Spectacular, GC Aqua Park and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary have hours of fun for all different tastes – there’s even the very memorable Draculas for dinner with a difference!

The younger kids will love Nickelodeon Land at Sea World or Wiggles World inside Dreamworld. Older kids will have fun adventuring down the huge waterslides at Wet ‘n’ Wild or riding the rollercoasters at Movie World.

The Goldie as we locals affectionately call it, really does have something for everyone and really makes you feel like there’s not a care in the world – how holidaying is meant to be!

Celebrate the region’s surf and sand

See why Australia is known for some of the best beaches in the world by spending the day relaxing on Nobby Beach, a hotspot popular with families, or Budds Beach where the river meets the sea.

In just 40 minutes on a ferry from Hope Island on the Gold Coast to South Stradbroke Island, you will arrive at an island abundant with native wildlife and white stretches of beach. It’s the perfect place to explore if you enjoy hiking or fishing!

Explore the Gold Coast Hinterland

If you’re a nature lover, you won’t want to miss the Gold Coast Hinterland. Drive through the region’s green hills and stop off at vineyards while you take a stroll through gardens brushed by running streams.

The rainforests of this region will give New Zealand a run for its money. If you’re hungry after a long stroll through the greenery, your appetite will soon be sated by freshly-grown produce from one of the many roadside stalls.

Shopaholics paradise

When you’ve finished shopping for food you can move on to souvenir purchases with the many shopping precincts dotted around the Gold Coast.

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre offers luxury retailers and other leading brand outlets and is set inside a tropical landscape with a number of different outdoor spaces.

Or you could hit up the Village Markets on the first and third Sunday of each month, taking the time to purchase wares from local artists and designers.

And if you’re looking to take home a memory to last forever, why not consider getting a tattoo at our Celebrity Ink studio in Surfers Paradise? Our expert artists are on hand to guide you through the tattoo process – whether this is your first or fifteenth design.

If getting ink works up an appetite, visit the Miami Marketta for a feed. This popular street food market near Broadbeach comes alive every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening with stalls, eateries and breweries bustling with trade.

Relax inside the best hotels in the country

Once you’ve shopped and fed yourself to your heart’s content, rest your weary feet in some of the most luxurious hotels in Australia.

The Palazzo Versace is the epitome of opulence with its five-star splendour, fine dining and deluxe suites.

Or why not experience Australia’s tallest residential tower at the iconic Q1 Resort & Spa? Take in the breathtaking views of the glimmering waters of Surfers Paradise as you kick back and relax in a penthouse apartment.

The Gold Coast really has it all when it comes to creating a holiday to remember. So skip the snow and experience the powdery white sands of Surfers Paradise for your next holiday experience.