I have been to the Gold Coast 4 times over the last 11 years, and I will always call it my-home-away-from-home. The best part about this part of Australia is that there is just so much to do! When you aren’t studying or working you can find time to surf, hike, dive, fish, or just hang out. If you really need to get away from the Gold Coast for a quick holiday you can fly to Sydney in under a hour, or you can drive to Byron Bay in just 40 minutes.

DO: After a few nights out in Surfer’s Paradise there is a good chance you will want something new, so do as the locals do and head to Lil Sister in Broadbeach or Never Land in Coolangatta.

CHECK OUT: Every Sunday evening there is the Burleigh Bongo Sessions in the park at Burleigh Heads. Bring a Goon Bag and meet some hippies!