Nobby Beach, Gold Coast

Nobby Beach is a secluded haunt is close enough to the Surfers Paradise action to remain in the loop, but far enough away that the numbers of tourists drop off before getting there. It’s popular with surfers, couples and families and is patrolled by surf lifesavers every day of the year. Nearby you can find Thorn Park, which is a great spot for the kids to play and families to picnic. Dad may even want to pack his fishing line as the area is riddled with bream, whiting and dart throughout the year. Couples can get up early and catch one of Nobby’s spectacular sunrises for a romantic moment. You can fly in to the Gold Coast airport and just grab a cab or bus to the area.

South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast

If secluded is what you want, you can’t beat “South Straddie” Island, which forms the northern end of the Goldie. Sitting at 21 by 2.5kms, it is the smallest of the pair of Stradbroke Islands and sits closer to the mainland. Here you can surf the waves uncontested, hang out with far-too-friendly wallabies, play in the huge sand dunes and explore the plant and bird life. The area has some wonderful heritage-listed sites, so do your research before you go. For those who fall in love with the area, you can camp in a number of different places across the island. For those with a special occasion on the cards, An Island Hideaway is considered one of the best places to hold a wedding in Australia.


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Ben Horvath

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