Borobi’s top 8 things to do on the Gold Coast
It’s official, the countdown to the 2018 Commonwealth Games is on! But if you’re planning a trip to the Gold Coast for this sporting spectacular, there’s no point just wetting your toes when you can dive all the way in to experience the best the region has to offer.
With the cutest mascot ever hailing from the GC, we checked in to find out Borobi’s top 8 things to do on the Gold Coast.
1. Say namaste with beachside yoga
Salute the sun, literally, when you join the early birds for a morning yoga session at these yoga classes dotting the coastline from Surfers Paradise down to Currumbin.
All ages and levels are welcome (no matter how rusty your downward dog is), but the best part is you can give your chakras a healthy recharge for less than your daily coffee spend, with classes ranging from free to $18! #score
2. Show off your skills with a surf and SUP session
A blue koala and a surfboard may not be the most obvious match, but hey, it’s the Gold Coast! And there’s no way you can visit without trying your hand (or should we say balance) at surfing.
Not ready to brave the waves? Opt for a calmer approach to the coastline with a stand-up paddleboard lesson in the calm waters at Currumbin and Tallebudgera (there are loads of places that will book you in for a session or two).
3. Bask in Burleigh
Serving as the halfway point between the action of the north and laidback vibes of the south, Burleigh Heads encompasses the perfect blend of both: endless natural beauty, trendy shopping, and top-notch food.
Blend in with the locals as you soak up the sunshine and surf at Burleigh beach, stroll through the rocky headlands of Burleigh Heads National Park, and end your day with a fish-n-chip picnic at Burleigh Point Lookout to watch the sun set.
Got a full weekend up your sleeve? Use this 48-hour itinerary to make the most of your stay!
4. Taste the local flavours
World-class breaks aren’t the only things we surf on the Gold Coast.
Noshing all the way from Southport to Currumbin, you’ll find everything from iced-latte Coco Pops and acai bowls to Asian fusion and award-winning seafood dining as you surf the menu across the best Gold Coast restaurants by precinct.
But if you can’t bear to tear yourself away from the coastline, tuck into these 13 restaurants serving up multi-million dollar water views on the side.
5. Shop ‘til you drop
Got an itch only a retail therapy fix can scratch?
James Street in Burleigh Heads is a shopaholic’s candy store, with everything from designer threads to homewares and vintage classics.
If hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind statement pieces are your target, get searching through the best Gold Coast markets, where you’re guaranteed to uncover unexpected treasure (and some yummy treats while you’re at it).
6. Cruise the canopy on a rainforest skywalk
Koalas know the spot to be is the top of the trees, and one of the best ways to explore the green behind the gold is along the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.
The 1.5km walking track is an easy 45-minute stroll, taking you from the forest floor trails to the upper canopy soaring 30-metres high on suspended steel bridge to give you a koala’s eye view of the lush rainforest that makes up the hinterland.
7. Fly through the trees at Thunderbird Park
Now that you’ve had a taste of the hinterland, it’s time to up the adrenaline factor with a little help from Thunderbird Park.
Adventure’s the name of the game here, and the TreeTop Challenge its ultimate test as you swing, climb and zipline through more than 100 challenges spread across nine acres of natural bushland.
There’s still a bunch of awesome activities on the ground for you to get involved in, including mini golf, bush walking tracks, rock hopping to freshwater pools along Cedar Creek, horse riding through the highlands, and Thunderegg Fossicking, where you might just uncover a thunderegg from prehistoric volcanic lava that’s been millions of years in the making (not a bad souvenir, don’t you think?).
8. Get to know the locals when you shout them some grub at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the best (and cheap cheap cheap) wildlife experiences you’ll find on the Gold Coast is the daily feeding of rainbow lorikeets at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
These colourful parrots swarm in at 8am and 4pm each day to fill their tummies, and they’re an excited bunch!
Entry to the lorikeet arena is free, so once you’ve grabbed your plate in exchange for a gold coin donation, pick your spot and one of the rangers will come over to fill it with a mixture replicating the nectar found on blossoms in the wild.
They come in and eat straight off your plate and even wait their turn perched on top of your head! They particularly love giant blue koalas. #truestory
What’s your favourite thing to do on the Gold Coast?
Check out more about the 2018 Commonwealth Games here.