Overcome jet lag from Europe or the Americas, with a short stay in the Northern Rivers – Gold Coast region of Australia.
Yes, we get it. We’re a long way away from where you are, and the flights are sooooo long and tiring, and you don’t have much time and you want to SEE EVERYTHING – right now!
But wait just a minute.
If you can, try to add on a day or two at the beginning or end of your great Aussie adventure, to relax and recover from the flight, or to have enough time to go through your departure checklists and schedule in a relaxed mood, and maybe even catch up on those “Aussie moments” you might have missed elsewhere.
With two international airports; Brisbane International Airport (BNE) and Gold Coast Airport (OOL), serving Asia, the UK, Europe, and the Americas, our region is a great place for visitors who want to relax before flying out, and for inbound visitors to have a day or two to recover from jetlag ahead of their forward travel in Australia.
- Laze on any one of the hundred or so beaches from Ballina in the south, all the way to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in the north.
- Take a personalised half day or full day hinterland World Heritage rainforest tour complete with delicious treats and traditional Aussie BBQ lunch (check out our Day Tours directory.)
- Go alfresco dining and people watching at any one of the number of “Eat Streets” in the region.
- Catch up on gifts and souvenirs (and post them to yourself so they don’t add to luggage weight), or buy that essential must have you left at home. With every kind of retail therapy imaginable; from shopping centres and outlet shopping offering boutique and luxury brands, through to Australian designers, arts and crafts, plus Farmers Markets and Weekend Monthly Markets, you’re sure to find what you want.
- Or how about some real “pamper me” beauty therapy, day spa, massage and energy re-alignments.
- Meet the locals you missed seeing on your travels, or get acquainted with Australia’s unique native animals at a wildlife park (we recommend Fleays Wildlife Park at West Burleigh Heads).
- You didn’t get to Bondi Beach in Sydney? Well, in that case, go for a swim or learn to surf at the almost equally famous Coolangatta Beach on the Gold Coast or Main Beach in Byron Bay. Odds on, you’ll be standing up by the end of your (first) lesson.
- If surfing doesn’t appeal, there’s always a coastal kayak tour and paddle with the dolphins, and whales in season.
- Or if you prefer something more tranquil, try an estuary/creek paddle tour and experience the scenery from a different view.
- Or you can do nothing at all and just chill out on the balcony of your apartment overlooking the beach or river
- Or retreat to the hinterland and enjoy the serenity of Australia’s rainforest accommodation options (where they probably won’t even have mobile phone access. How’s that for peace and quiet?)