The Gold Coast is probably the most popular holiday spot in Queensland. The city has a lot to offer, from its famous beaches to shopping, theme parks and a lot of coffees and food spots.
I had the pleasure to live here for some months. Today is one of my last days before I’m travelling down to Sydney. I’m spending my last days at Palm Beach which is about 10 km south of the city nestled between Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek. The beach has been voted as one of Queensland’s cleanest and the vibe is totally different here 🌴💆♀️
It’s even more relaxed than in the city itself, navigation is quite easy as streets are numbered from one to twenty-eight along the Gold Coast highway and you can find a lot of small and nice coffee and food spots.
I came in contact with locals who were curious about what I’m doing here all alone so I started telling them about my exchange semester and had some really nice conversations I never had in the city.
Active day trip
On one day I made a hike along the beach starting at Palm Beach all the way down along the coast to Tweed Heads, passing the Currumbin Creek (another nice spot to go for a swim 😍), Coolangatta and a lot of beautiful beaches in between.
Coolangatta and Tweed Heads are more or less connected with each other. Both are beautiful little cities with a bunch of coffees, surf and food shops along the beach. There is a lot of nature in and around Tweed Heads, as well as a huge island called Fingal Head. You can watch it from Duranbah Beach as well as from any other point along the Tweed River who’s separating the island from the mainland 🏞
Follow the Boundary Street all the way up to Point Danger. It’s a bit exhausting on hot days but there is a coffee on top of the hill with a wide variety of drinks and you can buy ice cream right below the Captain Cook memorial you can’t miss.
Enjoy some nice views and learn about the history of Point Danger and Captain Cook – it’s quite interesting 🤓
Point Danger also indicates the border between Queensland and New South Wales, standing there also means that you’re between two different time zones (during summer) so don’t worry if your watch or phone is going crazy and changes time every five minutes 🕰🤔
On your way back you can have a look at the Snapper Rocks as well.
If you’ve energy left feel free to walk back, if not you can simply jump on bus number 700 – direction Broadbeach South and get off at Palm Beach or elsewhere 🙃
Distance between Palm Beach and Tweed Heads: 10-11 km
Walking time: 2-2.5 hours
If you prefer others than hiking: Palm Beach is also a great place to lern how to surf, you can rent stand up paddle boards or bicycles and explore the surroundings.
Make sure you can check out one of the art and craft markets taking place in the Gold Coast area. Their are really nice, the perfect place to roam around 🛍 and try some new food 😋