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Surfer's Paradise-worth a visit?

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Surfer's Paradise-worth a visit?

We're flying into Brisbane from the UK next week and have 2 full days there (although don't know how jet-lagged we'll be?). Just wondered what the general opinion was on whether it would be worth trying to fit in a visit to Surfers Paradise? We were thinking of just spending the time seeing Brisbane and maybe going to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary? Any thoughts gratefully received!

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1. Re: Surfer's Paradise-worth a visit?

Surfers Paradise is fine, nothing terribly special, effectively Tenerife in the southern hemisphere although quite a bit classier! It is quite nice to see just how different it to most of Queensland which is so much more countryside wheras Surfers is full of high-rise hotels etc. Certainly not a no-no but wouldnt skip something you really wan to do to see it.

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2. Re: Surfer's Paradise-worth a visit?

I would definitely see lone pine rather than go to Surfers paradise. For a first thing to do in Australia, Lone Pine is a good idea. All those cute (and not so cute) Aussie animals. Great way to get over the jet lag. If you do want to go to the beach, and do want to go south of Brisbane, I would suggest going to Broad beach rather than Surfer's paradise. Broad beach is really nice with some great Surf clubs. In particular the Broad Beach Surf club has some really good food there. Whenever I used to go down to the coast it's always where I got lunch.

HTH, Nicky

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3. Re: Surfer's Paradise-worth a visit?

if you are only here 2 days i would skip surfers... its big loud and slightly trashy. if you want to lie on a beach and get over jet lag you can do that in the heart of brisbane at southbank parklands, where they have a lovely man made beach with city views.

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4. Re: Surfer's Paradise-worth a visit?

Yes,give surfers a miss although Brisbane is not very interesting either.

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5. Re: Surfer's Paradise-worth a visit?

Surfers Paradise is "part" of the Gold Coast which is 1 hour south of Brisbane and has 70 klms of surf beaches. There is a regular bus service down. You could easily spend a day at the coast and have a lot of great experiences. Have a surf at Burleigh heads, walk around the headland, have lunch in one of the many cafe's in Burleigh centre across the road from the beach. totaltravel.com.au/travel/…burleigh-heads This will give you an idea of what is on the Gold Coast. Burleigh Heads is approximately in the middle.

You can use the Gold Coast Highway bus service and visit a few locations once you are here quite readily. Another choice would be to visit Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. We went recently and it is a really well run zoo, providing first class housing for all the animals. We had a great time. You will see all of our native animals in one location including crocodiles and tassie devils. The zoo features heavily on education and all the staff are really friendly.

http://www.australiazoo.com.au/australia_zoo/

Of course Lone Pine is also a good choice as well as a day out in Brisbane. We often go up as there is always something happening. http://www.ourbrisbane.com/ This is the site for what to see and do in Brisbane. Often after a cursory glance you may think that there's nothing to do, but do a little research and you will be pleasantly surprised. Brisbane has a lot to offer. Hope this gives you a couple of ideas.

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6. Re: Surfer's Paradise-worth a visit?

well

if you just want to do alot of shopping, go to surfurs paradise, since its a tourist area and things are EXPENSIVE..

if you just want to visit the beach, go a bit downwards to broadbeach, its better there

if you want to surf, go to broadbeach or Coolengatta.

lone pine is a excellent place to see the animals.

however if you wan to expereicen some aussie farm life in a day, look for paradise country down the coast (its beside movie world) or the wool shed in brisbane.

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7. Re: Surfer's Paradise-worth a visit?

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