Warringa Surf - The fabulous Gold Cost
is perfectly positioned to take advantage of all that the Gold Coast has to offer.
The Gold Coast is Australia's favourite tourist destinations uniquely located along some of the finest beach front the world has to offer and backdropped by heritage listed rainforests and mountains.
The diversity of the landscape makes it a popular choice with a wide range visitors by having something for everyone from fun in the sun to rainforest escapes.
Over many years the tourism and service industry has developed to provide world class amenities along with attractions and activities for every visitor. Whether you're looking for dining excellence, day spas, action packed theme parks and attractions, nature escapes, nightlife or relaxing days on the beach the Gold Coast has it all.
The Gold Coast is best known for its beautiful long sandy beaches and fine surfing conditions. Warringa Surf is only 100 meters from a fully patrolled surf beach. Here you can just lie and sun bake on the fine golden sands or swim safely in the clear clean surf. For surfers, mornings almost always provide light offshore conditions and there is usually a wave to be had on the many uncrowded banks. Whilst summer provides the biggest swells, winter mornings can be clean and perfect.
The Gold Coasts boasts five awesome theme parks. Sea World (6.1km), Dream World (24.7km), Movie World (21.8km), Wet and Wild (21.8km) and White Water World (24.7km). These parks entertain millions of visitors each year with their thrilling rides and live shows. Tickets are available from Liz at our tour desk. Transport to all theme parks is within a few minutes walk from Warringa.
Enjoy a casual walk or a short bus trip to Pacific Fair (2.9km), the Gold Coast's premier shopping center with over 300 stores. Not satisfied, then the local bus can deliver you to any of the other major centers on the Gold Coast including Harbour Town, Robina and Australia Fair.
Conrad Jupiter's Casino (2.2km) is just up the road. You can walk or bus or taxi or why not have a few drinks in Broadbeach and then hop on the monorail to the Casino. Have some fun with international shows, restaurants and bars. Perhaps go home a winner. A recent Warringa guest won a $14,000 jackpot on a 1 cent poker machine.
A huge selection of Nightclubs, Bars and licensed clubs are accessible from Warringa Surf. As a rule, Broadbeach ( tends to cater for the more mature crowd while the under 25's love Surfers but don't be afraid to mix and match. At the end of the evening you can just stroll back to Warringa for a pleasant nights sleep.
Warringa is placed between Broadbeach (1.5km) (over 80 restaurants) and Surfers Paradise (1.8km) with its many restaurants interspersed between its specialty shops and tourist attractions. All dining preferences and budgets are catered for. Italian, French, Indian, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Australian and much more. If dining is your passion then you will be in for a treat.
Ok, so you've heard all about our fabulous beaches. But for some, our beautiful hinterland is the gem. Rainforest, waterfalls, walking tracks, birdlife, markets, glow worm caves, vineyards and much much more. Catch the bus from Warringa to the mountain for the day.
Gold Coast Marathon
is the perfect place for Gold Coast Marathon runners and spectators alike.
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International Travellers Information
The minimum legal 'drinking' age is 18. When going to bars and nightclubs,
you should carry identification to prove you are at least 18 years old.
You may not be let in otherwise. No one may buy liquor from a bar or
liquor store (bottle shop) unless they are at least 18 years. Buying
liquor for a 'minor' is illegal.
Rental cars are freely available on the Gold Coast from Budget, Avis,
Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar and several smaller operators. Vehicles are
generally no more than eight months old, with automatic transmission
and air-conditioning. Renters have to be 21 or older and hold a current
driver's licence. An international license is not necessary.
The subtropical Gold Coast has bright, sunny days (300 of them a year!).
It's quite warm in summer and mild in winter and there is really no
'bad' time to visit. Seasons in Australia are the reverse of North America
and Europe. Summer is December to February (20-30°C), Autumn (fall)
March to May (15-25°C), Winter June to August (11 -22°C), and
Spring September to November (15-25°C).
The Australian dollar is divided into 100 cents. One and two cent coins
are no longer in circulation, but many items in shops and supermarkets
are priced in odd amounts, such as $1.97 or $9.99. The law provides
that the TOTAL bill is rounded up or down to the nearest 5 cents. So
$19.97 becomes $19.95, $19.98 becomes $20.00. Coin denominations are
5c, 10c, 20c, 50c $1 and $2. Notes are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100, are
colour coded and made from a plastic compound that will survive a wash
or a swim.
All banks have automated teller machines (ATMs) accessible 24-hours
a day, generally outside the branch or in the foyer. Check with your
card issuer that your charge or account-linked credit card can be used
in this way, and at which bank as none accept every brand of card. Be
warned, cash snatching is not uncommon so be conscious of the people
around you and avoid ATMs in dark or seemingly deserted places.
Australians drive on the left, which can be disconcerting for visitors
used to driving on the right side of the road. Roads are generally good
and major routes well signposted. Speed limits and distances are expressed
in kilometres and vary substantially from 50 kph in residential and
heavy traffic areas to 110 kph on freeways. Drink driving is a serious
offence and heavily policed. The legal limit of .05% is quite low -
roughly equivalent to two small glasses of wine in the first hour and
one an hour thereafter for men, less for women.
The Gold Coast has two daily newspapers, The Gold Coast Bulletin, and
the Courier Mail (Queensland wide). The Sunday edition is called the
Sunday Mail. A national broadsheet, The Australian, appears daily except
Sunday, as does a national business tabloid, The Australian Financial
Australian health care professionals are highly trained and medical
services are among the best in the world. Visitors from the UK, New
Zealand and Finland are entitled to free or heavily subsidised medical
and hospital care under reciprocal national health care agreements with
the taxpayer funded Medicare organisation. All other visitors should
take out travel insurance (www.travelinsuranceonline.com)
when visiting Australia. Several Australian-based travel insurers have
special cover for visitors which are very much less expensive than travel
cover sold in the US, for instance. Major hotels have doctors on-call.
Visitors who have a medical condition requiring treatment should ensure
they carry a letter from their doctor outlining their condition and
the medication required. This is also important if the drug is uncommon
or contains narcotics, which may be a restricted import. Most medication
is available in Australia, but only on a doctor's prescription. Prescription
drugs are dispensed by qualified pharmacist at `pharmacies' or `chemist'
Queensland Rail provides numerous daily services between Brisbane and
the Gold Coast. Telephone Transinfo on 13 12 30 for route and ticket
The Gold Coast is home to a dazzling array of places to eat. From relaxed
beach cafes to elegant restaurants, there's something to tease every
taste and every budget. You can pick up a restaurant guide from your
accommodation or local information centres on arrival, or ask the locals
where they like to eat!
Travellers cheques, especially in foreign currencies, are generally
NOT accepted EXCEPT by hotels and big stores and tourist shops. These
display a `travellers cheques welcome' sign. Cash your cheques at a
bank or Bureau de Change to ensure you have enough spending money. The
same holds true for foreign currency, which is not generally accepted
by Australian businesses and shops.
No service charge applies in Australia. Tipping is not mandatory but
a tip in restaurants and hotel bars is optional for exceptional service.
Visitors to Australia will require a visitor visa that allows for stays
in Australia of up to 12 weeks. There is no charge for a visitor visa
application, however a Form 48R must be completed. This form is available
from any Australian Embassy or Consulate.