24 hours in Surfers Paradise

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s very own Trish Black who works in our Arizona office and recently spent time on Australia’s East Coast.

I love a good beach day. No matter the destination I am travelling to, my first thought is usually “Is there a beach involved?”. When I found out I was headed to Australia on a tour along the Gold Coast, I couldn’t have been more excited.

It was early September when the weather in the US is typically cooling off, but in sunny Australia it was just starting to warm up. The tour began in Sydney and travelled up the coast through Byron Bay, then on to Surfers Paradise. Our bus landed in SP at night, so I didn’t see much of the coastline until morning…

My bunkmate was one of the brave souls to sign up for skydiving in the morning (apparently an incredible experience if you’re that way inclined) but, earth dweller that I am, I was content to lay on the beach and cheer her on from afar. Not that the idea of skydiving over the Gold Coast wasn’t tempting, I mean if you are ever going to do it that would be the place!

I trekked to the beach, only two blocks from my hotel, and was stunned by just how beautiful it was. It was early morning, so I had a huge stretch of sand all to myself and nothing but time. I buried my toes in the soft white grains, played in the waves, watched wakeboarders and surfers do their thing and listened to my playlist while I relaxed.

When I started to get hungry I met up with a few of my tour mates and we walked down town to the restaurants and shops along the water. I had no trouble finding some amazing souvenirs to bring home as I shopped the afternoon away.

After spending an embarrassing amount of money on frozen yoghurt (don’t judge!), it was time to head back to the hotel to get all fancy to go out for the night. We were all excited to check out the night’s venue: Dracula’s Cabaret. Our trip manager was raving about the place all week, and it did NOT disappoint!

Dracula’s is a comedy dinner theatre with a dark, gothic theme and, while probably not for everyone, we had an amazing night there. Before dinner and the show even began, we had to enter through a haunted house which was full of scary stuff that jumps out at you. And not to spoil much, but don’t be camera-shy

After the show our group continued on to a few clubs in down town Surfers Paradise, and let me tell you they know how to party on the Gold Coast! All night long. While the entire tour was a blast, our night out in Surfers Paradise was a definite highlight, and I can’t wait to travel down under again some time soon.

Trish barely scratched the surface of all that the Gold Coast has to offer – find out more about Surfers Paradise, rainforest hikes, water parks, wildlife sanctuaries, surf lessons and more, here!