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Have you ever dreamed about moving to Australia? What about visiting? I’m sure we’ve all had fleeting thoughts about this incredible country before, haven’t we? But what is it really like? More specifically, what is the Gold Coast in Australia like? I’ve found an Australian local to tell all…

1. Could you tell us a little about yourself and where you come from?  

I was born and raised in a small country town in Australia. Being from such a small place gave me a desire to see as much of the world as possible, so at 18 I packed my bags and embarked on my first solo trip around the world. In between my overseas trips, I base myself on Australia’s Gold Coast, which has become my home. I love the Gold Coast for many reasons and look forward to sharing some travel tips with your readers.

Gold Coast, Australia

2. What do you love most about your hometown?

The Gold Coast offers something for everyone. From the world-class surfing beaches, lush rainforests and hinterland, vibrant nightlife and endless dining options, you will never run out of things to do. The best thing about the Gold Coast is the fact that you can always find free activities, making it a great destination for backpackers. In my opinion, the free things are the best things to do on the Gold Coast.

3. Is there anything that frustrates or annoys you when tourists visit the Gold Coast?

I get frustrated when tourists come to the Gold Coast and don’t leave Surfers Paradise. There is so much more to the Gold Coast than Surfers Paradise, which is where most tourists congregate. If you plan on visiting, make sure you get off the beaten track and explore the Southern Beaches and hinterland surrounding the Gold Coast – this is where you will fall in love.

4. In your opinion, which places should be at the top of any visitor’s wishlist in your hometown?

My favourite places are those within nature. A trip to one of the Gold Coast’s best beaches should be number one on the list.

If you are looking for a perfect photo opportunity, I recommend checking out one of the Gold Coast’s best lookouts.

Other places that you must visit include Burleigh Heads National Park, Purlingbrook Falls and Lip Falls.

If you are lucky enough to visit everywhere I have included, I can guarantee you will fall in love.

Here are 101 more things to do on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast, Australia

5. What foods must visitors eat when in Australia?

I couldn’t tell you what traditional Australian food is, but I sure love a BBQ by the beach. The Gold Coast has free BBQ facilities along all of the beaches so this is an experience I recommend tourists embrace.

My personal favourite place to eat on the Gold Coast is Govindas, a vegetarian restaurant offering cheap, delicious and nutritious meals. Govindas is in Burleigh Heads.

6. What’s your favourite Australian word and why?

I do love to say “mate” and “cheers”, in the true Australian spirit.

7. What advice would you give to somebody moving to Australia?

My advice to those moving to Australia would be to get out of the cities, find remote areas to explore, meet the locals and embrace Australian traditions. Make the most of every moment and don’t be afraid to go off the beaten track. Yes, we have dangerous snakes and spiders but they are NOT everywhere, so don’t spend every minute worrying about this.

8. If you could describe the Gold Coast in just one sentence, what would you say?

Where the rainforest meets the ocean.

Stand-Up-Paddle-Boarding-Budds-beach-Gold-Coast

9. If tourists were to know one thing about the Australian culture, what should that be?

My version of Aussie culture is cold beers, BBQs on the beach and hanging out with my mates, but there is so much more to traditional Australian culture that all tourists should experience for themselves.

10. Do you have any interesting traditions that you’d like to tell us about?

We celebrate Australia Day on the 26th of January, which would be the biggest celebration of the year in my opinion. Most people head to the beach with an esky (portable cooler) and BBQ to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful country in which we live.

Thanks Lucy – we’ve loved getting to know you and the Gold Coast better!

If you want to hear more from Lucy, check out her blog: A Travellers Footsteps, or follow her along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

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Through The Eyes Of A Local: Gold Coast, Australia

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