Suburban Tugun on the Gold Coast
As with most suburbs along the coasts of Australia, Tugun is very laid back. Nestled between Currumbin and Bilinga, Tugun means ‘breaking waves’ so it is obvious what the most popular pursuit is. If sand, surf, sea and sport that the holiday maker wants, this is one of the best places to be. Holiday makers from abroad and Australians come to this place to let the world’s stresses fall away from them.
Tugun is one of the more established Gold Coast resorts and benefits from plenty of holiday accommodation. Much is advantageously situated along the beachfront and the apartments and holiday homes contribute to the community atmosphere this resort manages to retain despite the on-creep of big business tourism.
Things to Do Here
Once you’ve surveyed the shoreline from your beachfront holiday flat, it’s time to hit the sands. Tugun enjoys a long stretch of patrolled beach but it has the distinctive feature of being split by Flat Rock Creek. A favourite with the locals, there’s a beautiful beachside park and they come to have picnics and anything else that can be done outdoors. Try out the snorkelling, sailing, diving or fishing freely available here. The beaches are exceptional in Tugun, or Tugs as it is known by the locals, so just taking a stroll is also a wonderful way to relax.
For holiday makers that want to try out some local and international dishes, the Tugun Surf Club has many different entertainment venues and food outlets available. Make at least a nod towards the self catering facilities in your holiday accommodation by picking up a chook or some fresh shrimp to knock up your own authentic Aussie grub.
It wouldn’t be a visit to down under without experiencing the unique and beguiling indigenous wildlife. Try a visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for a walk on the wild side. The crocodiles here, both freshwater and saltwater, reside in the sanctuary. Currumbin Lagoon is open for picnics and swimming as well, minus the crocs of course! Wildlife sanctuaries are also a popular choice and the kids can cuddle koalas and feed the kangaroos too. Since there is an abundance of birdlife in Australia, the ‘twitchers’ among us will have a veritable field day so don’t forget to bring along the binoculars!
To the south of Tugun, Coolangatta also has a great stretch of beach. One of the most famous landmarks is the Captain Cook Lighthouse which was built as a memorial to him.
Nearby the kids and parents alike will just love WarnerBros Movie World, Wet N’Wild Water World and Sea World. Try getting the Fun Pass which will allow one day in all the parks within a five day period. The Super Pass, on the other hand, will allow unlimited visits to the parks over fourteen consecutive days. For the adults in the party, this also includes the Party Tour and Club Crawl in Surfers Paradise. Add in the VIP pass to the trendiest nightclubs and bars in the region too and the party is set to go with a swing for sure.All that’s left is to decide whose shout it is.
St. Helena is an interesting trip for anyone curious about the history of Australia. The Prison Life Tour which includes a penal colony and cemeteries may sound a little odd for a tour but it is part of the history of this country which cannot be ignored.
Some of these destinations may require an overnight visit or two but, since there are rental accommodation choices at all points along the route, it would be a shame to miss out on something when one has travelled so far.
Getting to Tugun
Flights from the UK are regular and reasonably priced these days. At around seven hundred pounds for a return ticket and plenty of budget friendly holiday accommodation available, the chances of making this a more than ‘once in a lifetime’ experience is very definitely on the cards. Flights are in to Brisbane so it’s a terrific option to hire a car and drive the hour to get to your holiday home in Tugun.