Sunday, June 23, 2013

Discover Gold Coast For Less Than $50 a day

The Gold Coast is a prime tourist destination for sunbathers and families scrambling to take the kids to theme parks. This means it can be a rather pricey destination to visit when you’re on a tight budget. Fortunately, with some careful planning and judicious spending, it is possible to enjoy the Gold Coast for less than $50 a day.

Know where the hostels are

If you’re on a tight budget, your best bet for accommodation is a hostel. It helps to know where the hostels are concentrated. While there are numerous backpackers’ hostels in Surfers Paradise, which is where most travelers stay, you will also be able to find dorm beds in Coolangatta, Southport and Main Beach. If you book ahead during high season you should be able to get a dorm bed for around $20 to $30. Surfers Paradise tends to be a bit of a party town, while the other areas such as Coolangatta are quieter.

Cheap eats

Stay away from the tourist traps and explore the back streets of Surfers Paradise, where you will find many inexpensive Asian eateries selling bento or set lunches for under $15. The Centro Surfers Paradise mall on Cavil Avenue in Surfers Paradise, which is a major spot for shopping and entertainment, is also home to many cheap food stands where you can grab a quick bite for less than $10. If you’re looking to pack your own sandwiches or buy fruit, there are several markets offering fresh produce as well as numerous supermarkets in the various shopping malls.

Hang out at the beach

The Gold Coast is home to miles and miles of beautiful sand and surf. And best of all, it’s absolutely free! You could spend weeks just exploring the different beaches and swimming in the turquoise waters. Pack a picnic lunch, spread out a beach towel and enjoy a good book with the sound of the ocean waves in your ears. The beaches in the Southern portion of the Gold Coast tend to have gentler waves and are more suitable for swimming, while at other beaches pounding surf makes them the most thrilling destinations for boogie boarders and surfers.

While the Gold Coast is certainly not a cheap destination, you can get by on less than $50 a day if you stay in hostels, eat cheaply and enjoy the Gold Coast’s best feature—its beautiful beaches. Hostel accommodation might set you back $25. Packing your own sandwiches for lunch, having cereal or fruit purchased at a market or supermarket for breakfast and having a cheap dinner at a casual eatery might cost you about $20. The golden tan you’ll acquire after all your time spent at the beach is free.

About the author:

Haylee Woodward is a self acclaimed travel writing guru and currently works on bringing more visibility to tour operators throughout Australia, including whale watching experts Whales In Paradise.
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  1. Sounds like great fun! I just love the beach so much too and Gold Coast is definitely on my list of dream places to visit! :) reminds me of learning how to surf again, gee so many things I want to do and yet so little yah wonderwoman :)

  2. Packing your own lunch would be the cheaper way but if you want to explore the local cuisine, mind as well pay a little extra right?

  3. It's definitely best to stay out of the tourists' trap. I would like to be able to savor the cuisines that the Surfers Paradise has to offer, so I'd go for that rather than going for my own pack lunch. Hanging out in the beach is a great idea.

  4. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along.