I have just spend a couple of days in Gold Coast. It is my fourth visit. The weather was fine over there and there was no sign of that catostrophic flood which caused havoc in many parts of Queensland.
We had our accomodation in Tweed Head/ Cooloangata area of the Gold Coast. It is about 15 minutes drive from the airport. This is an area that is part Queensland and part NSW.
We explored areas towards the south of Gold Coast, to Byron Bay. This is a hip region for many locals and backpackers looking for exciting holiday, and anyone that want to avoid the highly commercial and urban setting of the Surfers Paradise part of Gold Coast. Just about 10 km or so from Byron Bay, is the little town of Burleigh Head. This is a gem of a place that many locals congregate with their families to enjoy the warm afternoon near the river and sea.
The Chinese restaurant at Tweed Head is quite good. Initially we were a little apprehensive in seeing the white Aussie lady at the cashier, thinking that there could not be any authentic Chinese cook in there. Well, we were surprised. The crispy lemon chicken was fabulous, and Chinese green vegetables dish was a real treat. We also had an excellent barbecue dinner by the sea in a place called Danger Point in Tweed Head. It was just us and the surrounding sea and the gentle breeze, providing us memorable dinner in lovely natural setting.
There is nothing much on offer for night time activities, though one could certaintly visit the poker machines at the local lawn bolwling club, yatch club etc . Night walking along the beach is another activity. Luckily for me, the Australia open tennis does keep me occupied for much of the nights.
View from lookout at Miami beach
at Miami beech
View from light house at Bryon bay
Light house at Byron bay
Crossing a river at Burleigh Head
Folks enjoying the fine weather at Burleigh Head
This has to be most easterly point in mainland Australia
Teenagers jumping from bridge at Burleigh Head