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Make best use of your spare time on the Gold Coast

By Andrew Bell

Chances are, once you've taken the plunge and moved into Surfers Paradise property, you'll be keen to see what the local area has to offer. The good news for anyone who's new to the Gold Coast is there's no shortage of things to see and do, making this a popular place to both live and visit.

If you're new to the area and want a few ideas of what to get up to during the weekend, then we've put together some of our top suggestions.

Take the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk

One of the must-sees in the local area is the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk. It will take you through some spectacular scenery, while giving you a unique look at how this part of Queensland came into existence.

Rather make a weekend of it? There are various camping spots along the way, making this a great way to spend a few days out in the open air. Experts recommend the best times to enjoy the walk are between March and October, so take your pick!

Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Animal lovers should definitely head over to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where there are a number of unique experiences on offer. Have your picture taken with a koala or feed a kangaroo – the list is endless!

To bring out the thrill seeker in you, head up to the Adventure Park High Ropes Course, where there are 80 different challenges to try. Alternatively, head over to the Wildlife Hospital to see some of the excellent work that's done here to help sick animals.

Hit the waves

One major attraction for people moving into Surfers Paradise real estate is the proximity to so many excellent beaches. The Gold Coast is home to 35 in total, so there's plenty of opportunity to try out a spot of surfing during your time away from the office.

Haven't surfed before? Don't let this put you off – there are many surfing schools in the area, so you'll be out there with the locals in no time at all!

Visit a theme park

The Gold Coast has its fair share of theme parks that are great for young and old alike. In fact, there are so many in the region that's unofficially known as the theme park capital of the country.

One of the highlights is Dreamworld – the biggest attraction of its kind in the whole of Australia. Here you'll find shows, rides and other amusements that are sure to bring out the kid in you.

Indulge in some fine dining

The Gold Coast isn't just about rollercoasters and stunning beaches, as it's culinary scene has also come a long way over  the recent years. Now you'll find cuisine from all corners of the world – perfect if you weren't planning on doing much cooking in your new Surfers Paradise property!

From Little Truffle on Mermaid Beach to The Fish House at Burleigh Heads, you'll never be short of places to eat. What's more, the seafood is understandably amazing, making the Gold Coast a true foodies' paradise.

Grab a bargain at the Beachfront Markets

Once you're settled at your new home in Surfers Paradise, it's likely you'll soon stumble upon the Beachfront Markets. They run three times a week – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – where you'll find plenty of local produce and other great items to buy.

The markets are operational between 3pm and 8pm, making them the perfect place to visit once you've finished work. Many of the stallholders are only too happy to explain more about their wares, so you might even learn a thing or two in the process!

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