9 Must-Visit Places To Add To Your Gold Coast Itinerary For An Unforgettable Trip

Come take inspo from influencers May Ho and okokokmou's trip Down Under!

Cover image via @okokokmou (Instagram) & @mayho10 (Instagram)

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With national holidays coming up in September and October, as well as year-end holidays soon after, there's no better time to start planning a fun getaway to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life

Whether you prefer to travel solo or with loved ones, the upcoming months or the end of the year is a great time to unwind and let loose, especially if you're at a happening travel destination where there's so much to do and see!

If you dunno where to go to bercuti, why not consider taking a trip to Gold Coast, Australia? The vibrant destination is home to lots of interesting activities — from making friends with fluffy alpacas and going on thrilling hot air balloon rides to taking Insta-worthy snaps at gorgeous locations and sampling delicious food.

In partnership with AirAsia, popular influencers May Ho and okokokmou recently went on a trip to Gold Coast, where they had the time of their lives!

Need some inspo for your Gold Coast itinerary? Here are some top recommendations based on May Ho and okokokmou's trip:

1. Get up close and personal with friendly alpacas at Mountview Alpaca Farm

Here, you can cuddle with fluffy alpacas, take cute selfies with 'em, and take them on a walk. The best part is that there's no entry fee! For a really cool experience, book an alpaca picnic experience, where you'll get to feast on yummy food while chilling with the adorable animals.

And with O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards next door, you can also opt to book a wine-tasting session after you're done playing with the alpacas.

2. Go chasing golden sunrises in a hot air balloon

You'll have to get up early for this experience, but it's super worth it to see the stunning view of the sun rising above the horizon from way up high in a hot air balloon.

There are various companies offering hot air balloon rides, so just do some Googling before your trip to find one that meets your fancy. You'll confirm have a memorable experience, complete with lots of Insta-worthy photos for your feed.

3. Take on the SkyPoint Climb and be rewarded with a stunning view like no other

This awe-inspiring must-do Gold Coast adventure will take you on an open-air climb atop the Q1 Resort Building, one of Queensland's most iconic landmarks.

At the end of the climb, you'll be standing on a platform 270 metres above sea level, with a stunning view of the Gold Coast sprawled out below your feet. There are day climb, twilight climb, and night climb options, so pick whichever meets your fancy!

4. Go on thrilling rides and interact with your fave movie characters at Warner Bros. Movie World

Experience the ultimate thrill and excitement at Warner Bros. Movie World! Meet your favourite stars and superheroes, experience thrilling rides, and so much more. Don't miss out on the theme park's signature rides such as Superman Escape, DC Rivals HyperCoaster, and Batwing Spaceshot.

5. Whether you wanna relax or live life on the wild side, Tangalooma Island Resort has got you covered

Just over an hour from Brisbane lies Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, where you'll find crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches.

Soak up the sun as you try your hand at all kinds of fun activities like the Desert Safari tour with sand tobogganing, ATV quad bike rides, guided snorkel tours at the Tangalooma Wrecks, Segway tours, and so much more!

Don't forget to snap some photos of the gorgeous sunset views too, and make sure to keep an eye out for native wildlife in their natural environment, including wild bottlenose dolphins.

6. Take pretty pink photos for the 'gram at The Pink Hotel Coolangatta

What's a holiday without making everyone jealous by posting lots of stunning pics on your feed? Situated opposite the beach, this refurbished 1950s boutique hotel screams Wes Anderson at every corner!

All the rooms at The Pink Hotel Coolangatta are individualised with custom art and neon lights, featuring comfy beds, mid century furniture, and Scandinavian bathrooms. There's also a rooftop bar for you to chill and enjoy some cocktails while overlooking the beach.

7. For a truly zen experience, book a stay in a QT cabin in Surfers Paradise

Laid-back meets luxe at Gold Coast's most-loved designer playground, where you can unwind and forget about all your stress. Amidst tropical greenery and a golden horizon, your private cabin is styled with eclectic decor and stocked with a collection of neighbourhood amenities.

Take a dip in the pool, stay in for aperitivo in front of the fire, relax with a spaQ treatment — the choice is yours!

8. Go glamping with all the frills at Cedar Creek Lodges

Located amongst 114 hectares of subtropical rainforest and open woodlands at Thunderbird Park, as well as set alongside Tamborine National Park within Tamborine Mountain, Cedar Creek Lodges is a great accommodation option for nature lovers.

They offer a range of stylish accommodation options, which include a full en-suite toilet, a campfire, and big comfortable beds.

As for activities, you can look forward to things like fossicking for ancient thundereggs, crystal panning, Tree Top Challenge, Canyon Flyer Zipline Guided Tour, Laser Skirmish in a rainforest battlefield, adventure mini-golf, and pedal boats and bikes.

9. Meet Gold Coast's local brewers and taste local flavours at Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery

Granddad Jack's Craft Distillery is the Gold Coast's first and only craft gin, vodka, whiskey and liqueur distillery. It's located only two minutes from the North Burleigh beach and in the hub of Burleigh and Miami's thriving craft producer hub.

Go on a distillery tour, or visit the tasting room to try their award-winning spirits for yourself. They also host an intimate distillery experience each week, where you can make your own bottle of gin and enjoy an evening with their Head Distiller.

Waaahh, a trip to Gold Coast sounds like so much fun!

Jom, book your flight now, and you can fly direct non-stop to Gold Coast on AAX from RM639.

Check out the details of the promo below:

Booking period: Now - 3 September 2023
Travel period: 1 October 2023 - 30 June 2024
Promo fare: from RM636
Premium flatbed: from RM1,966

Even if you only wanna travel later, you should hurry and book your flights now so you can take advantage of the affordable promo fare! You'll definitely regret if you miss out.

For more information, head over to AirAsia's website

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