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Cheap areas to stay in Gold Coast

With its vast swathes of sugary sands, decadent nightlife, and the natural, forested grandeur of the Hinterland, it’s no wonder Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most popular vacation spots. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune to stay there. Surfers Paradise, the epicenter of the fun, has a good number of cheap and comfortable places to stay, while over in the north you can bed down in budget-friendly lodgings in the commercial Southport district. Palm Beach, with its serene coastal beauty, is another cheap area well worth considering.

Cheap hotels in Gold Coast

Want to mingle with fellow travelers as well as cutting costs? Try Aquarius Backpackers, which offers dorm-style accommodation as well as private rooms, along with communal areas like a kitchen, bar, and outdoor pool. Free WiFi will also let you keep up-to-date online easily. Another option is Gold Coast Backpackers – Hostel, which also has a friendly bar to kick back in, as well as an outdoor terrace for barbecues. The dorms are comfy as well. Budds in Surfers is another budget-friendly place, which offers free breakfasts each morning as well as free WiFi.

Where to find cheap food in Gold Coast

Grabbing food is easy in Gold Coast, with lively eateries around every corner. Surfers Paradise is one of the big foodie spots – its busy streets are studded with casual cafés serving generously filled wraps and crispy fries, not to mention burger joints and Greek-style restaurants offering juicy, meaty gyros. Over in Broadbeach you can chow down on Far Eastern street food, from plump dumplings to fluffy, cloud-like bao buns, and it’s also worth checking online to track the hip food trucks of Gold Coast, serving chipotle-infused tacos and slow-roasted meats.

Cheap things to do in Gold Coast

The major draw in Gold Coast is the coast itself, which means you can easily have an unforgettable, sun-soaked holiday without spending on expensive attractions. Surfers Paradise is the beach for party animals and families alike, while over in Burleigh Heads you’ll find more placid stretches of sand, and sumptuous surf. There’s plenty more natural beauty to be found inland – get your hiking boots on and venture into Springbrook, where acres of parkland are home to koalas and red parrots, and landmarks from cascading waterfalls to ornate, natural rock formations await. Gold Coast isn’t just about beaches, lush hillsides, and perky wildlife, however. You can also get a dose of avant-garde culture at Gold Coast City Gallery, which puts on an inspiring program of exhibitions showcasing Australian paintings and sculptures.

Cheap ways to get around Gold Coast

If you’re keeping a close eye on your holiday budget, the good thing about Gold Coast is you won’t necessarily have to spend much on transport. If you intend to stick to the coast, you can happily spend your whole time here on foot, strolling from the sands to the promenades and shops, and back again. If you do want to flit between different regions of the seafront, the Gold Coast Light Rail service is very handy and efficient, with stops in the sunny hotspots. Buses also run regularly in the region.

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