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How to nail the Gold Coast in 7 days

Meet Adam Wildman. Videographer, professional flowboarder, cool content creator and Gold Coast local; Adam loves the Gold Coast like Craig David loves a weekday date night. We sent him and three competition winners out with VIP passes to the Quiksilver Pro and to explore the Gold Coast for seven days. Here’s what happened.

NB: To be read to the tune of Craig David’s 7 Days. Don’t roll your eyes.

Monday

Nothing happened today but it’s part of the song. Work with us.

Took her for a drink on Tuesday…

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On Tuesday afternoon, I met with Gold Coast Tourism and STA Travel winners Wayne, Amber and Florence at  The Island Rooftop – the largest rooftop bar on the Gold Coast. After getting to know each other and discussing our travel plans for the week (drinking Rooftop Coladas) we tipsily headed back to our hostel, the newly renovated  BUNK in Surfers Paradise.

We were watching Jurassic Park by Wednesday

Gold Coast waterfalls

Wednesday morning and hangover munchies kicked in, so went on the immediate hunt for brekkie.  Perfect Ye Old Backpacker  is a local favourite, right on the beach and with a $5 breakfast. Or if you’re REALLY hungry, Surfers Paradise Life Saving Club  next door has a $12 all you can eat breakfast.

Full of beans (literally), we headed out with Southern Cross 4WD Tours. There’s honestly so much more to the Gold Coast than just surf and skyscrapers. Within 45 minutes, you can be in the middle of the rainforest, surrounded by scenery that looks like Jurassic Park! We clocked five waterfalls, frogs, LOADS of birds, leeches and even a Trapdoor spider.

And on Thursday…

Our guides took us to one of their favourite local spots,  Cougal Cascades – a group of small waterfalls with a natural slide into a big billabong (kind of like a pond) full of turtles. We spent the day jumping off rocks and enjoying the freshest water ever. It was the BEST cure for any hangover – sensing any other Gold Coast party themes yet?!

And Friday…

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Friday meant only one thing, we were going out! Lining our stomachs with  ‘Budgie Smugglers’ from  Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar we headed to  Brooklyn Depot  and  House of Brews, two great bars in Surfers Paradise. And then finished the night with a bit of drunken bowling at  Strike Bowling Bar.

And Saturday… Quiksilver Pro

quicksilver pro

Wayne, Amber and Florence with Joel Parkinson

A hearty breakfast and strong coffee at Paddock Bakery was just what we needed before hitting the  Quiksilver Pro. There, we bumped into 2015 World Champion Gabriel Medina and he was the coolest guy EVER. It was also such a surreal feeling looking at Kelly Slater’s, John Florence’s and Mick Fanning’s rashies and boards just sitting by their lockers.

We chilled out all day in the VIP section watching the action, sipping on Coronas and soaking up the surf lifestyle of  Kirra Beach. After Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater won their heats, our STA Travel winners got the chance to get a photo and have a chat with them. They were both super chilled out, humble and down to earth.

We chilled (at Currumbin) on Sunday

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Sunday was all about getting back to nature at Currumbin Wildlife Park, where we saw a heap of Aussie locals, including kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, dingoes, Tassy devils and snakes. We then tested our strength on the  Treetop Challenge, a 2-hour high rope course with amazing views, before cooling off with a swim and some beers back at BUNK.

Monday

Monday blues inevitably hit, but it nothing that  Jetski Safaris Gold Coast couldn’t cure! We headed out on a 2-hour guided tour of the Broadwater  and Stradbroke Island, ending up at a little place called  Tipplers – a local hot spot for boaties to grab coffee and cake.

Even in a week, we had the most amazing time on the Gold Coast. We met some incredible people, experienced things we didn’t know where out there, and are already planning our trips back. And even though we’re all over the Craig David analogy, we’ll be spending a lot longer than seven days next time!