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The Colours of the Gold Coast

Christine Retschlag


While it would be tempting to focus on the rosy hue of a hapless sunbather who has forgotten to slip, slop and slap, if it's lobster your chasing, head straight to The Spit and the Gold Coast Fisherman's Co-operative. Okay, the trawlers are more likely to have Spanner Crabs and prawns on board, but they are the richest red you'll ever encounter... and they taste sensational too.


It's green in every sense of the word in Currumbin Valley, home to eco villages, farms, ethical coffee and the cool Currumbin Rock Pools. Just 13km from the beach, there's rolling green hills everywhere here. Up at Lamington National Park, emerald canopies announce your arrival to the 23 million-year-old Gondwana Rainforest and you'll find plenty of leafy green up here.

Photo: @jacquils


If you love wildlife and reptiles in particular, take one of the many circuit walks within Lamington National Park and you'll likely encounter the black land mullet. This large lizard is often mistaken for a snake at first sight, but is harmless as he soaks up the rays of sun. At night, enjoy the low light pollution and the thousands of stars in the inky sky.


It's that first sighting of the ocean at the end of a hot summer drive and few places celebrate the Pacific Ocean as well as the Gold Coast. One of the best vantage points to see all the different hues of blue from above is at Point Danger, where the currents display all shades of aqua. Feeling blue? Head over Burleigh Hill and down towards the sparkling blue waters of Tallebudgera Creek for a cool splash.


Check out one of a number of sunrise spots on the Gold Coast from which to watch the distinctly pink hues of the rising sun. Snapper Rocks, Elephant Rock, and The Spit are all perfect vantage points. You'll love the pink flamingos at the 1950s beach motel La Costa at Bilinga.


Few places along Australia's east coast do sand quite as white as the Gold Coast. On a warm summer night, indulge in the feel of this cool powder between your toes. Go to Snapper Rocks at any time of the day and watch the white sea foam as it crashes over the seaway into the rock pools below. Did somebody order bubbles?


Because nothing tastes better than a local brew on a hot day, grab yourself some Burleigh Brew and enjoy the taste of their range of ales while sitting on the deck of your accommodation, sea breeze in your hair.


You'll love our sensational sunsets. Head to Burleigh Hill and watch that orange glow announce the close of the end of another gorgeous Gold Coast day as the sun dips below the hinterland and beyond.


The Satin Bower Bird is so resplendent with dark blue feathers and purple eyes; they almost make the colourful crimson rosella nearby look plain. Almost. There are birds of every colour up at Lamington National Park, join the O'Reilly's crew for an early morning bird walk.


Our more than 300 days of sunshine, of course! Oh, and be sure to always swim between our red and yellow flags.

Christine Retschlag


Christine Retschlag is an award-winning Australian journalist who has worked in newspapers, magazines and online for the past 25 years in Australia, Hong Kong, London and Singapore. In 2006, she won the Australian Travel Writer of the Year award for Best Trade Story as well as the Jack Butters Memorial Award for Travel Writing Excellence. In 2007 she won Best Australian Story over 1000 words and in 2014 won Best Food Travel Story. She is also the author and architect of the successful travel blog: The Global Goddess.

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