Tired of the humid and hot weather in Malaysia? Do you feel like it is time for a change of scenery?
Look no further than Gold Coast, Australia, as the winter-like atmosphere this time of year is perfect for travellers coming from tropical countries who want to experience and embrace the cold for a change.
With the upcoming school holidays, this is also the best time for families to travel down under to the Gold Coast while taking advantage of AirAsia’s promo fares on one-way all-in economy for BIG members at RM399 or Premium Flatbed at RM1,590.
There is also flight + 5D4N hotel stay + tax from RM1,799 per pax (hotels from RM169/night).
Besides being known for its beaches and thrilling theme parks, Gold Coast is also rich with wildlife and nature encounters – allowing tourists to immerse themselves in the wild and take home a lifetime experience.
Spending winter in the Gold Coast is unlike any other. Instead of lugging around heavy winter wear for the whole family, you are simply enjoying the air-conditioning weather in the day and as night falls the lowest temperature felt would only be about 10 to 12.5°C.
Though it is winter season in the Gold Coast, you can expect a normal, dry weather with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect to sightsee, explore and create new memories with the family.
Starting from June to early November, whale watching excursions are popular among tourists, as whales migrate from the feeding grounds of Antarctica to the warmer waters of Queensland, Australia.
With its strategic geographical location, Gold Coast is one of the premier whale watching locations with the marine mammals passing through every season and generally coming within a kilometre or two off the shore.
Those who would like to hop on a whale watching tour can consider Whales in Paradise which departs from the city. Besides, this tour also has a 100% guaranteed Gold Coast whale sightings, meaning tourists can return on the cruise for free if there is no sighting during their first tour.
So get excited and feel alive as whales breach into the air but be sure to put on a raincoat, as it creates an exhilarating splash nearby.
Feed And Feast
Located at 371 Marine Parade, Harley Park, Charis Seafood is the place to feast on fresh seafood, while experiencing pelican feeding, which takes place on the broadwater daily at 1.30pm. As hundreds of pelicans line up for their food, be sure to not miss this Instagram-worthy moment.
Offering a wide range of fresh seafood, Charis Seafood is home to the largest seafood supply on the Gold Coast. From cooked fish fillets as well as a whole fish to fresh prawns, oysters, lobsters, crabs and even bugs, Charis Seafood has it all.
Sharing platters are also available for patrons and restaurant staff are also more than happy to make great recommendations on how to cook your selection of food, making sure every dish is mouth-watering and delightful.
Is the hustle and bustle of city life getting to you or do you want your kids to experience a simpler lifestyle while going back to the basics? Why not try out farmstay in the Scenic Rim which is a 120-minute drive from the Gold Coast.
While having access to working farms with beautiful sceneries, families have the option to spend one or two nights reconnecting with nature and introducing their kids to farm life. There are exciting activities available on site such as horse riding, cow milking, chicken feeding, and an Aussie-style BBQ to keep it fun and easy.
A tip: Always check with the local farms if they offer trekking, horse riding or any other customised experience for your stay. You can check out Cedar Glen Farmstay for spectacular views of Lamington National Park or opt for Worendo Farmstay, famous for its romantic cottages suitable for couples looking to spend quality time together.
When in the Gold Coast, do not miss out on visiting the iconic Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can feed the ‘roos and also cuddle a koala while taking plenty of photos.
Visitors to the sanctuary are advised to allocate at least half a day as there are plenty of activities and programmes to be amazed with. Starting with the lorikeet feeding from 8am to 4pm every day, there is also an eel feeding and an informative session at 9.30am with the feeders.
To top that off, there is also a recommended free-flight bird show that happens twice a day at 11.15am and 2.30pm. Marvel at the beauty of these birds as they free-fly across the audience in a wonderful display set against the sanctuary’s natural environment.
Visitors who stick around until the end of the show can also take pictures with a bird of prey.
Stay On The World’s Third Largest Sand Island!
If you are looking for something a little more adventurous near the Gold Coast, you must check into Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island – the world’s third largest sand island.
Rev around on an ATV quad bike, go sand tobogganing, snorkel with the fishes and hand-feed wild dolphins that have been visiting Tangalooma Island resort every night since their first ever feed in 1990.
Whether you would like to get rough and sandy or just relax by the beach, the choice is entirely yours.