Travel trend of time - Main Beach
If the journey is as important as the destination then Main Beach has a rich history of determined yet happy holidaymakers.
In the 1800s the Gold Coast’s early tourists traversed bush tracks to arrive at their seaside holiday. They travelled by horse and coach, boarded ferries to cross the flowing rivers south of Brisbane and were said to have even crossed the beach at low tide on their horse and coach.
It wasn’t until the late 19th century that train travel became popular with a rail line established connecting Brisbane to Southport, and eventually Coolangatta.
This proved a rich drawcard with guesthouses and hotels along the coastline opening up. However a new coastal road in 1925 proved truly transformational - people could now drive their cars to escape the heat and the city for a surf and beach holiday and the journey from Brisbane became quicker and less arduous.
Since the post-war era the tide of visitors has flowed continuously with so many people choosing the 70km coastal oasis not only as a holiday destination but as a lifestyle choice that today the Gold Coast is Australia’s 6th largest city.Thankfully getting here is easier than ever before with a multi-lane highway and a superb road network making car and caravan journeys a pleasure.
The Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta hosts major and regional Australian airlines who conveniently whisk travellers to and from the Gold Coast in less time than it used to take to prepare the horse and coach. And Main Beach, a mere 26km taxi, uber or bus ride from the airport, is the perfect vantage point to indulge your holiday whim.
The beauty of Main Beach Tourist Park is its proximity to one of the original Gold Coast centrepieces - Main Beach with its surf break, clear water and soft white sand.
If walking is your travel of choice then the spectacular water playground that is The Spit is a place you won’t want to miss. The Tourist Park is also close to public transport networks of bus and tram, so you'll find it easy to access major tourist attractions, fine dining and glamorous nightlife in neighbouring Surfers Paradise, world class shopping at Broadbeach and more.
However, if adventure beckons beyond, why not make like the founding tourists before you and allow the journey to be the most memorable part of your itinerary with these options:
* Ride the waves on a jet ski safaris that will take you and the family into the wild blue yonder to discover some hidden islands of Surfers Paradise or beyond to South Stradbroke Island. Your journey may feature dolphins, turtles and an array of flora and fauna.
* Take your Gold Coast holiday to new heights when you take off on a scenic helicopter flight with departure just a hop skip and a jump from Main Beach near the world famous SeaWorld Resort. The might of the Gold Coast reveals itself from the air where you will see the city’s skyscrapers and most luxurious hotels from a new angle, Southport Seaway and across to Lamington National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australian World Heritage Area.
* Early risers will be tempted by the unforgettable journey of a hot air balloon where you will soar above a breathtaking landscape bathed in early morning light.
The journey takes in hinterland vineyards, townships and forests before coming back to earth where there is often a champagne waiting to celebrate the adventure of a lifetime.
Main Beach Tourist Park is one of the Gold Coast’s premier locations offering a wide range of accommodation choices including villas, powered sites and ensuite sites. Visit http://www.goldcoasttouristparks.com.au/mainbeach-parkhome