If you’re aching to escape from the daily grind, you can’t go past the Gold Coast this December. Featuring some of the world’s best beaches, and a huge array of awesome activities, the sun-soaked tourist mecca offers a slice of paradise for your summer escape.
Even better, the Gold Coast stretches beyond its postcard-perfect beaches – venture into the Gold Coast Hinterland for stunning views and a fascinating look at ancient remnant rainforest.
And I haven’t even touched on the region’s booming number of top-notch restaurants, cafes, trendy bars and excellent shopping venues.
Really, the Gold Coast has got it all – and with a decidedly laid back atmosphere.
The top-rated Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, located in beautiful Burleigh Heads, offers easy access to all the Gold Coast has to offer. Whether you’re booking your annual family holiday, organising a romantic escape or envisioning your next surf safari, you’ll find it hard to scope out a comfier homebase.
Christmas Shopping at Harbour Town
If you do decide to stay locally (smart idea!) you’ll probably want to check out the Christmas deals at Harbour Town at Biggera Waters. Not far from Gemini Court, the shopping centre features a huge array of factory direct outlets and specialty stores, as well as your expected shopping centre staples, the sizeable outdoor locale is always a popular destination for price-concious locals, and tourists alike.
Whether it’s half-price shoes and clothing, the coolest new gadgets, or something special for your partner, there’s always a great selection of stuff to browse through at Harbour Town.
As a bonus, if you want to stop for a spot of lunch while shopping, there’s heaps of great restaurants serving a huge array of dishes. You’re bound to find something tasty to tuck into.
Thankfully, the centre’s intelligent open design really cuts down on the Christmas shopping claustrophobia – it eases crowds and provides a great place to bag a bargain in the busiest time of the year for Gold Coast retailers.
Harbour Town’s located a short drive from Burleigh Heads and it’s easily accessible by public transport.
The Green Behind the Gold
Also close by, Burleigh Heads National Park and the Gold Coast Hinterland offer popular tourist destinations such as Purling Brook Falls, Best of All Lookout, Glow Worm Tours, the Natural Bridge and much more.
In and of itself, Burleigh National Park is a tempting proposition.
The park is a wild, native headland which features relaxed walks along rocky foreshores and relaxed rainforests, and the chance to see sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where old volcanic columns meet the sea, the park boasts rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. And on its north side is one of Australia’s most famous surfing point breaks.
Make sure to check out the Walk the Ocean view walk around the headland from Tallebudgera Creek and inspect the masses of six-sided basalt columns. Or you could picnic on Burleigh foreshore or relax on Echo Beach. The choices are endless, and the gorgeous Gold Coast Hinterland stretches on for kilometre after kilometre.
CHRISTMAS is fast approaching so now is the season to be jolly. If you’re staying at Gemini Court in early December, make sure you head along to the Community Christmas Carols happening up and down the coast. It’s a great event for the kids, and the night always features excellent local talent. It’s also likely Santa will stop-off to say g’day, and fireworks and laser shows may also feature this year.
Carols under the Stars – Robina
When: Sunday December 7, 4pm to 8pm
Where: CBUS Super Stadium, Centreline Place, Robina
The Kids Family Fun Fair will open at 4pm and includes kid’s activities, animal nursery, jumping castles, face painters, exhibitors and stage shows. Carols under the Stars kicks off at 6pm. There will also be a fireworks display and a visit by Santa. Free shuttle buses will be available from Burleigh Heads State School, Stockland Shopping Centre, Treetops and a park and ride shuttle from Robina Town Centre car park.
Broadbeach Christmas Carols – Broadbeach
When: Saturday December 13, starting at 3pm
Where: Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
Family fun from 3pm with carols starting at 6pm featuring an amazing line up of performers including the incredible Marina Prior and the ever talented Denis Walter supported by The Boogie Woogies, the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and the Gold Coast Choir. There will be plenty of food stalls in the park and a spectacular fireworks display at the end of the concert.
Christmas by the Sea – Palm Beach
When: Monday December 15, 4pm to 9pm
Where: Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Free family friendly Christmas carols with church and school choirs, fireworks, face painters and barn yard animals.
Alternatively, have a chat to Gemini Court’s friendly staff for further details.
And, while you’re in the region, why not take advantage of our sunny summer weather by learning to surf (or making the most of our famous breaks, if you already surf)?
If you’re new to surfing, most of our popular surf beaches feature accredited surf schools. For newbies who’d like to experience the iconic and much-loved water sport, they’re certainly a popular option. Many first-timers manage to stand first go, with the assistance of friendly, seasoned instructors.
Seasoned surfers will find a huge range of world-class surf beaches along the Gold and Tweed Coasts. Gemini Court boasts the barrels of Burleigh Heads right across the road, but there’s a huge range of beaches just a short drive away
The coast also boasts a wide range of scuba diving, surfing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing and other water sports. Combine the region’s pristine beaches, top-rated dining and leisure venues and our relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and you won’t find a more appealing holiday location.
For more information about short stays at Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call 1800 636 036, or visit www.geminicourt.com.au.