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Australia’s Gold Coast City:
Queensland with a Midas touch

The Gold Coast of Queensland is Camelot by the sea, attracting millions of tourists annually from all over the world. They come for the sunny climate, amazing surfing beaches, major theme parks, world-class shopping, luxurious spas, championship golf courses, award-winning restaurants, and lively nightlife. If that’s not enough, festivals and events happen almost every month of the year, showcasing sporting and cultural events of every description.

With over 37 miles of beach and four impressive point breaks, Gold Coast offers some of the best, most consistent waves in Australia. No wonder it is home to a suburb called Surfers Paradise. If you’ve never surfed before, you can get expert instruction here or in neighboring Burleigh Heads.

After riding the waves, take a short ride westward and explore the World-Heritage-listed national parks of the Gold Coast hinterland. Especially notable for its natural beauty is Lamington National Park, 28 miles to the southwest. Awesome mountain views, waterfalls, crystal-clear pools, caves, rainforests, varied wildlife, towering forests -- they all make for a tranquil commune with nature and some of the best bushwalking in Queensland.

For the culture-centric, the Arts Centre Gold Coast is the premier venue for visual and performing arts. It features an art gallery exhibiting local and international works including painting, sculpture and new media.
The things to do and see on the Gold Coast are many. For all the available experiences, click here: http://www.visitgoldcoast.com

Waterfront living is a sought-after feature of Gold Coast real estate. There are over 550 miles (890 km) of constructed residential waterfront land within the city. Most canals are extensions to the Nerang River. All of your International Vacation Home Exchange property choices on Gold Coast are either on or near the ocean or picturesque canals and waterways.
Home exchange Property # 0970 -- Four bedroom boathouse on Main Riverfront location

This Boathouse is on the northern foreshore of the Nerang River, right in the centre of the Gold Coast. Public transportation is one minute away, giving you easy access to the theme parks, surf beaches, shopping and dining. The home is completely renovated and features a new kitchen, three porcelain-tiled bathrooms (two en suite) an outdoor hot tub, and an elevated deck overlooking the Main River.

Home swap #0279 – Two-bedroom apartment on the Nerang River

Located on the river waterfront with a view of the mountains in the hinterland, this apartment is just out of the center of Surfer’s Paradise and less than a five minute walk to the beach. A deep balcony runs the length of the apartment and is open to every room. There is a shared swimming pool, a BBQ area and mooring space for four boats. The kitchen is fully equipped, and the master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom.

Home swap Property # 0923 -- Four bedroom house on Runaway Bay canal

Runaway Bay is a northern Gold Coast suburb with a reputation for great fishing. Your home here is on a colorful canal with fishing right outside your door. The master bedroom upstairs has an en-suite bathroom and a balcony overlooking the pool and canal. There is a second bedroom upstairs, and two downstairs. The main living area, dining room and fully equipped kitchen are downstairs facing the canal and pool.


Home exchange # 0868 -- Two bedroom apartment near the beach
Another Runaway Bay jewel, this cozy apartment is in easy walking distance to the water, a shopping centre, and a boardwalk and bike path leading to Surfer’s Paradise. Convenient bus service is right outside the door, or you can use the host’s car for just two extra credits. The apartment has all modern conveniences, plus a lovely courtyard with barbecue grill.

Home Swap Property #0276

This quiet, elegant apartment in the sky is in Pivotal Point, a new residential resort complex overlooking the Gold Coast Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. It offers incredible views from large picture windows and three spacious balconies where you can entertain or just relax and watch the pulse of the city and the harbour below. The apartment features luxury furniture, high ceilings, a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, home-entertainment equipment galore, and secure carpark and elevator access. There is a gymnasium on the ground floor along with a heated pool, playground area, spa, sauna and entertainment deck.

For additional photos and information on any of these exciting accommodations in Gold Coast, click the home exchange properties above.

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Blogsmith: Mike DiPrima

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