What to do with 12 hours at the Gold Coast

Queensland's sunny Gold Coast is the ultimate destination for beach goers, adventurers and families. Here is a handy 12 hour itinerary, from long walks and fine dining to learning to surf. Why not print it out and take it with you on your trip?

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Located in the southeast corner of Queensland, the Gold Coast is an iconic city where impressive feats in architecture and urban planning results in the fusion of nature and development. The marriage of the city and the beach attracts almost a million foreigners a year. Over 200 thousand kilometres of man-made waterway systems and canals renders it more likely for anyone to be presented with wonderful views and sceneries wherever you look.

All across the resplendent cityscape are various destinations and activities to keep you occupied for 12 hours of fun, entertainment and relaxation. Get in your comfortable shorts and prepare yourself for half a day of fun full of surprises and let your senses absorb the aura of the place.

The Gold Coast is a favourite of surfers and sun lovers, so you need to stock up on energy before tackling the waves. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Tallebudgera Surf Club. The site is overlooking part of the 70 kilometres of coastline, with beaches and surf breaks ready to be conquered.

You can then take a walk along the palm trees lining the streets, leading you to the golden sand-strewn beaches. Once you're ready, spend the rest of the morning surfing at the Currumbin. If you've never tried it, you can have surfing lessons at the protected beach, where waves are abundant. The water is clear and blue, with temperatures lingering perfectly around 25 degrees centigrade.

The experience might leave you tired and famished so head on to Absynthe Restaurant and sample the delectable French offerings in the menu. The exquisite dining place is located in Q1 Building, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere which offers a panoramic view of the Gold Coast. You might chance upon a cloudless sky, which allows you to observe the waterfront homes, look into the horizon and even see the natural curve of the Earth.

A trip to the Gold Coast is never complete without a ride aboard the Aquaduck, the amphibious machine that takes you on a scenic drive around the city, all the while disregarding the concern of whether you're on land or water. You get to watch sailboats crossing the rivers, and kids are given a chance to drive the vehicle.

Take time to walk along the coastlines at the Esplanade beach front. Make your way from North to South Burleigh while listening to the chatter and chuckles of the holiday revellers. Cap off your day with a sumptuous dinner at Oskars. Try out the delectable dishes that fuse the marriage of various cuisine, featuring seafood, lamb and other poultry. Eventually the fading hues of the blue ocean are revealed as you observe it from the Burleigh viewing deck.

The Gold Coast is just an hour's drive south from Brisbane either by railway and pacific motor way. When you arrive, you will feel like you never ever want to leave.