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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you have undoubtedly heard that the Commonwealth Games are being held on the Gold Coast in Queensland in April. The GC2018, as it’s branded, is hosting over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories for an 11 day sporting and cultural event. However for the residents of the Gold Coast it is going to be a chaotic time and unless you’ve been lucky enough to secure tickets, then I guess we need to embrace the whole festival. So I have gathered together a list of what to do on the Gold Coast to escape the Commonwealth Games.
The good thing about the Commonwealth Games is that there are a couple of free spectator events that in my case, I can just walk or cycle to watch. The Marathon, Race Walk, Cycling Time Trail and Cycling Road Race are all events that I can stand on the sidelines to watch.
As part of the Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 will be in full swing at two main stages at Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. So I can easily cycle to Broadbeach to watch some of the free entertainment being provided.
Bleach Festival 2018, a festival of the arts, is also coinciding with the Games and the good news is that there will be events only a short distance away from me at Burleigh Heads.
With most of the happenings during the Games being at the northern end of the Gold Coast and Beach Volleyball being played at Coolangatta Beach, it’s probably a good idea to avoid some of the more popular beaches on the Gold Coast.
Why not try some of the lesser know beaches such as Miami Beach or Nobby Beach and south of Burleigh Heads try Tallebudgera, Palm Beach, Tugun and Bilinga beaches. These are great beaches with safe patrolled areas for a swim and all have surfable waves.
If the Gold Coast is still too crowded for you then head for the hills in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Take a day trip to Tamborine Mountain, Springbrook National Park, Numinbah Valley or O’Reillys in Lamington National Park. These are all lush green rainforested areas with great walking trails, picnic areas, cascading waterfalls, cool rock pools and some with quirky cafes, shops, wineries and art galleries to explore.
Closer to home, take a drive out to Currumbin Valley to Mt Cougal National Park or Currumbin Rock Pools. It’s such a pretty country road drive over rickety wooden bridges with green fields of farmlands, B&Bs and tree canopies overhanging the road.
Across the border into New South Wales, along the Tweed Coast there are heaps of interesting beach towns, farmgate fresh produce, calm-watered estuaries and creeks, long sandy stretches of beaches and famous wave breaks. Take a drive along this fascinating stretch of coastline, stopping at each village along the way and enjoying the laid-back ambience of each place.
Further afield you can drive to Brunswick Heads or even Byron Bay, both a manageable day trip from the Gold Coast. Or drive inland into the ‘Green Cauldron’ and ancient Gondwana Rainforests via vast cane fields and dairy farms. This immense caldera stretches from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast and west towards the Great Dividing Range.
As a Gold Coast local during the Commonwealth Games, I will be heeding the advice of staying off the roads to the main sporting venues, and only getting in my car when absolutely necessary. I will also be taking advantage of the free live entertainment and getting into the spirit of the Games by supporting competitors where I can. It is going to be a wonderful event and it will certainly put the Gold Coast on the world map.
Are you coming to the Commonwealth Games? What events are you interested in?
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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