7 Reasons Why Queensland Is Australia's Best East Coast Secret
The best food, tons of culture, and helicopter rides above the ocean...
ICY-somehow-MI, the 2018 Commonwealth Games are in full swing over on the Gold Coast, and if all the preposterously toned/talented athletes haven't peaked your interest, then the daily coverage from one of the world's most beautiful places probably has.
We ventured over to Australia's east coast to experience the Bucket List-tastic amazingness for ourselves. Brace yourselves (and your passport/wallet), things are about to get amazing....
Go for a trek in sub-tropical rainforest
You think Queensland, and most people immediately imagine gorgeous beaches and tropical ocean.
But escape to the Noosa country air, and you're guaranteed a tropical rainforest experience that'll entertain as much as it chills you out. We heartily endorse exploring the hinderland spotting different types of species of birds, bats, kangaroos and lizards with Tropical Treks.
Their guided bushwalks and birdwatching days out provide fabulous guided nature walks and wildlife experiences. Extra adventure points if you can learn to spot the famous wompoo bird with its unique call.
Indulge in the culinary delights that Queensland has to offer
All. The. Food.
What with so much of Queensland being on the coast and all, it's a state whose culinary is all about the fresh seafood. Believe us when we say that the flavours are unreal.
Delicacies such as the Moreton Bay Bugs, mud crabs, king prawns, scallops and fresh barramundi are a foody must. From the restaurants to the cafes, no matter the budget, the food is always phenomenal. If you didn't have a Foodie Instagram before, you certainly will after visiting Queensland.
Motor along the infamous 40 Mile Beach
No, that's not an ironic name.
Grab a 4x4 and drive down the iconic, stunning 40 mile beach for a road trip of a lifetime. Even better, you can rock up pretty much anywhere you want, to enjoy a picnic on the beach and a swim.
Make sure to go to the top of the vivid orange sand dunes overlooking the crystal blue beach; the view is very special. No filter needed.
Learn about Queensland's history and culture
Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Central offers an amazing and accurate insight into the spirituality and society of the Yugambeh Aboriginal people, one of the oldest living cultures in the world.
Make sure to see the Yugambeh dancers showcasing their traditional dances and talk through the culture of the gold coast.
Bonus pub quiz trivia - they’ve recently starred in a Steve Aoki music video!
See the Gold Coast by helicopter
When it comes to truly 'bucket list' experiences, soaring through the skies in your own private helicopter is definitely up there (in more ways than one, fnar).
We took to the skies with Sea World Helicopters for a brief (read: affordable - just AUD$69 per adult) five minute scenic flight, and got a gobsmacking view of the iconic skyline of beach and city.
Feed wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Wander around the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary park and feed kangaroos, hold a koala and see crocodiles to wombats.
This park has it all for a great day out and those bucket-list moments. It’ll make you feel like your in Jurassic park, just without the dinosaurs…
Have a boujjee picnic with a view
Create an unforgettable moment with Deep Love Picnics with their delicious locally sourced platters to create the perfect picnic with friends and loved ones.
A truly special way to enjoy that view.
Be part of the creative buzz at Miami Marketta
For the best atmosphere, great food and live music, head to Miami Marketta. The undercover market is a cool venue that is home to Gold Coast’s leading creative brands and businesses; it’s also filled with a vast array of streetfood vendors.
Wednesdays offer a DJ and Tapas Club and the vibe continues on the weekend with free live music. A perfect place to hang out with friends or make new ones!
MTV Travelled With... A return fare with Etihad Airways departing from London Heathrow – Brisbane starts from £722 in economy class for travel from 29th March. This fare price is inclusive of all taxes and subject to availability. Etihad Airways is the national carrier of the UAE and currently operates 33 connecting flights weekly to Australia from London, Manchester and Edinburgh via its Abu Dhabi hub. Etihad flies to four Australian airports, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Valid until 10th April 2018. For reservations, visit etihad.com or call 0345 608 1225. Head to Queensland.com and Australia.com for more on the state and country.