Hanae Yamawaki / GOLDLINQ PTY LTD
* In this column, Marubeni Group staff provide a glimpse of the cities in which they are living and working.
Gold Coast is located in the southern part of Queensland, on the east coast of Australia. With 60 km of coastline on the east, the beautiful mountains of the Hinterland (a national park that is also a World Heritage site) on the west , and the fabulous climate with more than 300 days of clear skies every year, this is the best city to visit for a vacation in Australia.
World class events are held here, including the World Surf League championships and V8 Supercars Championship, so there is an endless stream of visitors from around the world all year. Last year, this was the site of filming for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie; and filming for the next Mighty Thor movie is currently underway, so there are many people involved in movies staying in town.
Since I have only been on assignment here for five months, I haven’t experienced the summer yet, so I am introducing some places that can be enjoyed even in the winter.
Surfers Paradise is where the most tourists gather. Ride the tram 10 minutes to the south to arrive at the Broadbeach North station. The ocean front side of the rail line is lined with chic restaurants, including some that serve delicious beef from Rangers Valley Cattle Station Pty., Ltd., part of the Marubeni Group. A little further down the line, at the southern terminal, Broadbeach South, is the newly-renovated Pacific Fair, the largest shopping center in the southern hemisphere.
If there are children in your group, you will have to visit the zoo. You can pet koalas in Sydney and Melbourne, but Queensland is the place to go to actually hold a koala (It is only permitted in three Australian states.) Take a photo of your koala hug to preserve a wonderful travel memory.
There are 24 golf courses within a 45-minute drive from the center of town. With prices starting from about AUD 25 for 18 holes, it is easy to go out for a casual round. At the resort courses, you can enjoy your golf surrounded by a mob of kangaroos, for a thoroughly Australian experience.
You can go see the whales that migrate from the south pole to the warmer northern waters to give birth and raise their young. Join a tour leaving from Main Beach to enjoy the sight of the whales spouting and breaching in the offshore waters.
About a one-hour drive from Gold Coast, just over the state line into New South Wales, is the artist and surfer town of Byron Bay. This is a town famous for a laid-back atmosphere, gorgeous scenery, and rows of celebrity homes. Touching the easternmost point of the Australian continent, and climbing to the top of the lighthouse to gaze out over the horizon provides a sense of accomplishment. If you are lucky, you will be able to see pods of whales or dolphins.
Why not escape the summer heat in Japan by visiting Gold Coast in the southern hemisphere, where it is winter?
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