Small and Sweet – Bilinga
Bilinga, nestled on the beach just north of Coolangatta, is one of those places that still has that small-town type of flavour. With a population of just over seventeen hundred people, if it is small and sweet the holiday maker is looking for this is certainly the place to visit. That is not to say that the average holiday maker will not find accommodation or things to do here as the town is set up to cater for visitors with a decent selection of holiday rentals and self contained houses as short term let properties. Additionally, its bigger neighbour, Coolangatta, is within very easy reach.
Getting to know Bilinga
This tiny town, considered to be the smallest but second oldest populated area in Australia, has much to offer those who are looking for a laid back lifestyle. There are plenty of activities going on within easy travelling distance but, for a few quiet days on the beach, then this surely must be the place to get away from the madding crowd.
Apart from the miles and miles of golden sands, the nearby hinterlands are what most of us think that Australia looks like. The Gold Coast is a definitive experience for the avid holiday maker because it has so much to offer. Kick back with a tinny or two, spend a little time on the balcony or in the back yard of your holiday rental making an itinerary to pack it all in.
Who would come to Australia without seeing one of the most wondrous sights in the entire world? Snorkel or dive off the Great Barrier Reef and be awed by the sheer range and exuberance of marine life. Whale watching is a fantastic experience or take a boat trip or two to swim with the dolphins.
History buffs will want to visit Point Danger. This placed was named by Captain Cook himself because of the dangers he experienced five miles off the shores. Take a visit to the lighthouse built to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his passing and then go to Point Danger Park, a favourite haunt of the locals.
For a more leisurely day, try out Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club for a round or two. Tweed Heads is also a great start point to do some bird watching in Tweed Valley. If it is real Australian history that the holiday maker is looking for, this is where the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is located too.
Of course, every holiday destination in the world these days must have theme parks and Bilinga is near to most of them in the Gold Coast area. On Tiger Island you can get up close and personal with a Bengal tiger or try out a visit to the Australian Wildlife Experience to see over eight hundred different species of animals and birds that are found on this continent.
There is also a railway line running from Tweed to Nerang so a day out just looking out of a train window at a wondrous landscape is possible.
When booking tickets to Bilinga, try buying up theme park tickets in advance so that you can jump the queue when you get there. This saves a lot of bother for those with young children. On the beaches, try out some surfing or just lie in the sun and catch up on that much needed tan. However, Australians take sun warnings very seriously so carry that high factor sun cream or oil to avoid sun damage. Get the kids hats and sunglasses, and yourself too, and watch out for safe areas to swim where there are lifeguards always on the look-out for your safety.
Accommodation in Bilinga
Accommodation, which ranges from holiday homes to holiday villas, backpacking parks and serviced apartments and everything in between, can be booked online.
Bilinga can boast a full three hundred days of sunshine per year and with temperatures between 20C - 28C in summer and 11C - 21C in winter, it’s no wonder this area is considered Australia’s playground.
Getting to Bilinga
To get here from the UK is very easy these days. The Gold Coast Airport is not that far away from Bilinga and transfers can be booked prior to travel. Transfer to your holiday accommodation in Bilinga is easily arranged but having a rental car opens up this fantastic area of Australia.