Australia trip tips Gold Coast edition

Ok so next spring my buddy is getting married in the Gold Coast and I'm planning on going with my girlfriend for 11 days. Flights to Gold Coast are around 1500, so I'm looking at doing a flight to Sydney for 1k, then to Gold Coast from Sydney for $100. We would like to see the great barrier reef, and maybe some more wildlife fun I'm sure she would love Koalas and other cute goofy animals. My main questions are:

Should I spend time in Sydney? Is it worth spending a day walking around the designated walk around areas like the harbor and Opera house? What else should I check out there if I do stay for a day?

I am concerned about driving on the other side of the road, is it hard to get used to and should I even bother? I feel like my options will be severely limited if I don't, how true is that?

What's up with the Gold Coast and give me some things to do there since I'll be there for a good week.

Thank you.

  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    none of those places look like your pic

    >designated walk areas
    jesus christ

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I know, just wanted a general Australia pic.

      And it was a joke, chill out. Just curious if the city is worth spending time in.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      > jesus christ
      stay in aus4chan after the 3 hour daily commute back to your suburban shithole
      Bogan fucks seethe so much everytime they shut down a road in the city to make it pedestrian only, I love it, there's even more to come across the country, I'll be waiting with a half chub for your comments on the matter.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Fuck I love the pedestrianised Sunday markets in Townsville.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I assume you mean northern hemisphere next spring so our autumn and I assume you're going to be in the gold coast for 7 of your 11 days.

    It's worth seeing the classic Sydney landmarks, going to bondi, seeing a afl or nrl game, but a day or 2 should be fine.

    On the gold coast there's theme parks, the gold coast hinterland/Mt tambourine, obviously the beaches.
    I'd recommend a day trip or 2 to Brisbane, see the lone pine koala sanctuary, maybe go to stradbroke/moreton island and the city/national parks
    If you want to go further north to the sunshine coast there's australia zoo and noosa.

    I'd recommended a car in Australia. Gold Coast to Brisbane is doable without a car, but it will be a pain.

    If you want to get to the barrier reef your two best options are flying to cairns (3hr flight) or driving to agnes waters/1770 (5hr drive). If you can squeeze cairns into your trip I'd recommend it.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you just want to check out the Opera house/ harbour/ botanic gardens in Sydney you don't really need a car, they're all close to the city. Really everything touristy is near the city. The two best beaches for tourists to visit (Bondi and Manly) are easily accessible by train + bus for Bondi and ferry for Manly
    And yes the "designated" walks are quite good, Royal National Park is a good option too, also close to the city and there are non-car options

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Also to add, inner city Sydney is a nightmare to drive in, colonial built roads that are all one way, extremely hilly, funny traffic rules
      Only get a car if you plan to leave the city and check out the country, but like I said the Royal National Park (oldest in Australia and one of the first in the world) is pretty accessible by public transport (train + ferry)

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I live in perth. Gold coast is a disgusting bogan trap clogged with tacky theme parks, hotels, and boomer caravans consooooming everything. Think pontins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOBW2tV7aWM

    Sydney is pretty harsh on foot. Commuters will shoulderknock you walking past and nobody gives a fuck. Screeching taxi brakes and old chewing gum on the footpath. Soulless global H&M and superdry stores on every corner. Sure, there's instagram landmarks like in most cities, and like most cities, they are somewhat underwhelming once you've seen them for about 10 minutes.

    Melbourne is a better city for tourist wonderland experiences, there is more diversity and a more eclectic vibe of things to see. There are lots of sighsee things to see around Kosciuzko national park, and it's a popular destination for domestic tourists, so you will see more unique australian culture that way.

    Canberra is cool for a couple of days, mainly for history, libaries, and architecture, but it has no nightlife at all.

    If you want authentic australiana like picrel, you will need a car, so you can get out of major cities and into rural towns where you will find kangaroo signs, twanging australian accents, road trains, bush tucker, and a less contrived experience in general.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >If you want authentic australiana like picrel, you will need a car, so you can get out of major cities and into rural towns where you will find kangaroo signs, twanging australian accents, road trains, bush tucker, and a less contrived experience in general.
      How would I plan a trip around this? I want to party with cattle and mining barons and abbo service class.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        For peak australiana, you'll want to plan your stays around things like: country B&Bs, station stays, rodeos, agricultural fairs, large horse racing events, B&S balls, tractor shows, etc. These will naturally attract your australian farmers and jackaroos in locations that they gravitate towards.

        If you want to sample more city-based working class bogan culture, try things like summernats and mount panorama (bathurst).

        Everyone roasting Perth is correct that it's a shit tourist destination, but for the wrong reasons. Beautiful place to live, boring place to visit. The trains run on time, everything is clean, safe, and modern. But it's completely isolated, 90% bedroom suburbia, and an expensive airfare, with not much for tourists to do unless you're staging here for a southwestern road trip.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >Perth
          >clean, safe
          How could the rest of your post be so right, anon?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Perth is one of the worst cities in Australia in my time living in most parts of it. If you don’t work FIFO and live there you are too stupid to give advice to anyone.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah he honestly sounds retarded, like he went to the middle of the CBD and was surprised to find it populated by unfriendly officeworkers and shitty retail

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          As if there’s a less contrived Australian experience in camden where the roo signs begin lol. For reference I’ve lived everywhere from Sydney central to remote bush NWQ where there’s no town for me to give you the name of. I lived in Perth very briefly and the race relations problems and drug abuse was off the scale even in the CBD.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >As if there’s a less contrived Australian experience in camden where the roo signs begin lol
            Exactly kek
            saying "just drive out into the bush bro" will get you nowhere, 90% of the country is shit populated by methheads

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Plus it takes an inordinate amount of time to get anywhere remotely bushy that isn’t a national park. That fella has driven to Bunbury and told all his mates he’s been rural.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                What country towns would you recommend? I haven't done much travelling inland

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                The pub in Surat does good food. Griffith has a cave an Italian man lived in for years on his own. Emerald is a major regional town without being “big”. Dubbo is a major regional town that feels bigger than it is (and has fantastic nightlife if a little dangerous at times).

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Thanks, I'll keep that in mind

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Also, contrary to the previous list, places I would not go again: Bourke, broken hill, mt isa, Bourke, Julia creek

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Yeah can't imagine there's any sense going into towns that far west, although I've been on a farm and it was great

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I lived in a caravan on a cattle station for a bit. That got fucking old real quick. Add that to the list.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gold Coast was cool maybe 15 years ago but its turned to shit now. Expensive and superficial. If you're going for the sites then yeah its alright but if you're just chilling in town then its fucked.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >great barrier reef,
    That's quite a fair bit north from the gold coast.

    >Should I spend time in Sydney?
    It's not bad. You could also go to Bondi beach and walk around there. For half a day.

    >What's up with the Gold Coast
    Tourists and bogans.
    Beach.
    Movie world which is probably a bit second rate of a theme park compared to others around the world, although I haven't been in a long time.
    Drinking craft beers and eating food truck food.
    Going to a market

    If you get a car
    you can head to the rainforest out the back on the mountains of goldy and do some sightseeing and bushwalking there.
    Drive to north coast NSW such as Cabarita beach, if you want something quiet and /or Byron Bay which is a touristy hippie area.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    don't come to Australia
    you can only do meth or ice

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