If you drive for about an hour south of Brisbane, you will find the Gold Coast of Australia. There is an airport at Coolangatta, which means Place of Good View in aboriginal. About 25 minutes from there is surfers paradise where all the high rises give way to casinos and shopping. There are forty two kms of golden beaches and surfers and bikini clad bodies.
Paula Stafford, the inventor of the bikini had a lot of influence on the Gold Coast development. The Meter Maids, who wore gold bikinis, and wandered the street for surfers, keeping the parking meters paid for people whose parking meter was about to expire, were the surfers’ mascots.
This is a really good vacations spot for all ages. Children like SeaWorld, Movieworld and Dreamworld, as well as the Australian Outback Spectacular. This is a horse and cattle experience that is live, like a rodeo.
Getting to these theme parks couldn’t be made any easier by the Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle. This offers door to door transport from hotels. There is also a Surfside Bus that goes straight to the main theme park precinct at Helensvale/Coomera where all the above theme parks are situated except SeaWorld. If you are driving then parking is free at all theme parks and there is always plenty of space if you get there early.
Transport overall is incredibly easy. The Gold Coast Airport has a door to door transfer from Coolangatta to all registered accommodation houses and hotels in the gold Coast This meets all arriving flights into the Gold Coast and operates a one way or return transfer. Or a Gold Pass can be bought for AUD44 per adult which offers unlimited door to theme park transfers and all buses for 3 consecutive days (5 or 7 days are also available) or theere is a Freedom Pass which is the same as the Gold pass but includes Airport transfers too for AUD 58 per adult for 3 day pass.