Things to do on the Gold Coast – by Yadilitta (Peru, South America)
Usually when people think about the Gold Coast, they just think about beaches and surf. Is there anything else to do around here? Well, I have been living here for about 7 months and I like to try to discover more and more about the city.
We had a few days off at Uni and I decided to explore my new city. I wanted to see something different, but something that I could reach by public transportation. So, I was surfing about on the internet when I found: “Botanic Gardens”. Really?! Do we have a Botanic Gardens here, on the Gold Coast? Yes, we do!
First of all, be aware that if you don’t have a car, it will be a long bus ride. There is at least one bus route that will leave you a few meters from the entrance. But if you or a friend has a car it is really easy to reach it. The Botanic Gardens are open all year-long and the entrance is free!
Once inside, I really felt as if I were somewhere else. I’m used to the golden, sandy beaches here in Queensland, so admiring these lovely gardens felt surreal. There are signs and maps, so you can make your own plan and walk around it the way you prefer. There are also different areas in the park, which include The Sensory Garden (where you can touch plants and flowers), Mangroves and Mountain Walk, a Native Butterfly Garden and picnic areas to relax and enjoy the day.
Easily you can spend a few hours just enjoying the peace in this lovely place. The gardens are perfect to sit down and read or just enjoy the view and relax. I didn’t know this when I went, but there are picnic areas, so you can also take your food and have a lovely picnic under the trees.
Unfortunately, I had to leave because I was getting hungry and there are no cafeterias inside the park, so be sure and bring some lunch or snacks with you so you can enjoy this beautiful place for longer. Here is another tip, if you are not that comfortable sitting on the grass, take a blanket with you, so you will avoid bugs. And since this is Queensland, always wear sunblock
If you have time and look for something different to do on the Gold Coast. I would recommend this as a good option. I am hoping to go back soon, but not sure when. In the meanwhile, I will keep on exploring my new town and sharing my findings with you my friends…