It’s highly unlikely you will ever be tired of the sunny beaches of the Gold Coast, but on the off chance you’re after a different activity, here are my local recommendations.

Stand-Up Paddle Board

Celebrities are doing it, locals love it, have you tried it?  Stand-up paddle boarding is one craze that has definitely caught on around the Gold Coast. If you are interested in giving it a crack, $15 will get you an hour on Currumbin Creek or $30 for a two hour rental at Tallebudgera Creek. Not only is it good for working those core muscles, but it’s also a great way to spend a hot sunny day.

SUP Tallebudgera Creek
Stand Up Paddleboarding at Tallebudgera Creek | Photo by TEAN RA Rebecca Gillingham

Pizza Making Class

If you’re sick of making chicken noodles in your dorm room, and think it’s time you stepped up your kitchen game – check out Salt Meats Cheese in Surfers Paradise. An authentic Italian pizza class will leave you feeling like the next Jamie Oliver as you learn how to craft the perfect dough and create your own spectacular pizza. Tickets include the class, your pizza and a glass of wine or beer to wash it all down.

Sunset Picnic on Burleigh Hill

Considered a staple for locals – watching the sunset over a picnic at Burleigh Hill is a Sunday sesh you can’t miss when you’re living on the GC. Currently voted the 5th best beach in Australia for 2017, Burleigh Heads glows at dusk as you watch the waves crash against sand, paired with a backdrop of the Gold Coast skyline.

Burleigh Heads picnics
“On sunny, or even overcast days, locals head to Burleigh with their blankets to have a picnic and catch up.” | Photo by Samantha McPherson, University of Rhode Island

Trampoline Park

For most of us living at college, its been years since we had the chance to jump on a trampoline at home. But similar to a good bottle of wine, jumping on a trampoline has only gotten better with age, thanks to the folks at Bounce and Air Factory. For under $20, you can have an hour of fun literally jumping off the walls as you make it through this adventure park. Equipped with a basketball hoop, dodge ball court and dive pit you’re sure to have a good time and get a serious workout.

Miami Marketta

If you’re a fan of trying different cuisines and listening to live music – the night markets at Miami Marketta are the place for you. Boasting live acts, funky market stalls and a huge array of food and drinks available, you’ll be set for a whole night and on a relatively low budget. Hidden away from any tourist destination, Miami Marketta is definitely a locals scene, and an easy place to make new Aussie mates.

Miami Marketta market on the Gold Coast
Photo by Hannah Schube, DePaul University who studied abroad on the Gold Coast

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