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What to do in Gold Coast

The 40-mile stretch of the Gold Coast, in southeastern Queensland, is flanked by the ebb and flow of clear, blue waters—and it boasts some of the world’s most revered surf breaks. Hardcore riders frequent Kirra Beach, the spiritual home of Gold Coast surfing thanks to its legendary barrel wave. Visitors to Rainbow Bay Beach can spot top surfers riding Super Bank, one of the world’s most consistent and hollow waves. Need pointers? Take lessons at the Gold Coast Surfing Centre, led by an Australian Surfing Team coach. Though these waters are home to sharks, swimming and snorkeling are safe: The Queensland Shark Control Program employs barrier nets and baited drumlines. Not hydrophilic? The peaceful shoreline, dotted with grassy parks, borders the Gold Coast Oceanway, a 22-mile network of pathways for walking and cycling.

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