Meeting koalas and chasing waves on the Gold Coast of Queensland.

During my short but sweet stopover on the Gold Coast, I was able to experience highlights of the area. Definitely a beach town, I wouldn’t mind going back and spending some more time enjoying all her beautiful beaches and relaxing atmosphere.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

A trip to Oz would not be complete without seeing koalas up close! My friend Catherine, an Aussie native, recommended we take a trip to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast before heading up to the Whitsundays.

Home to more than 200 native species of birds, mammals and reptiles—all Aussie natives like kangaroos, lorikeets and wombats, I saw many new types of animals during our visit. My favorite activities included cuddling with a koala (yes, they are super soft and fuzzy!) and the sheep shearing show (slightly traumatic but nice to witness once in your life!)

They also have a Wildlife Hospital where you can watch vets taking care of the animals through x-rays, ultrasounds and surgeries. Since opening their doors in 1989, they’ve healed over 50,000 native animals, who are now back in the wild. All treatment is free and supported by individual and corporate donors. For more information, visit the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.

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28 Tomewin Street
Currumbin QLD 4223, Australia

Gold Coast Beaches

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The Gold Coast is known for her endless stretches of white sandy beaches. Containing some of Australia’s most famous surf breaks, the waves are pretty enticing to watch as a surfer or spectator. The Gold Coast Oceanway is a 36-kilometre-long walkway that starts on Main Beach and is perfect for walking or cycling. If you enjoy being outdoors like me, you’ll love the endless activities to do in this area.

We spent a good amount of time at Burleigh Heads, the local favorite. Made up of more than just beautiful sand and surf, she is also home to a natural headland that includes a rainforest right next to the beach! We did the hike and found many incredible views along the coast.

My other favorite place was Tallebudgera Creek, a blue-water estuary with calm waters–perfect for paddle boarding. We parked in Burleigh Hill, walked about 15 minutes and were greeted with the creek’s clear blue waters and unique Dr.Seuss-looking trees.

Other beaches worth checking out: Coolangatta, Rainbow Bay, Duranbah and Kirra Beach.

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