Australia has long been a winter vacation spot for people seeking refuge from the cold. Tourists considering an excursion down under may want to consider spending a day or two in Queensland's Gold Coast - a subtropical beach town that provides an ideal setting for a family vacation.
For families travelling with young children, the Gold Coast plays host to the Warner Brothers Movie World amusement park. Kids can enjoy the park's collection of shows, rides and attractions that range from the Superman Escape roller coaster, to the Hollywood Stunt Driver spectacular.
For travelers seeking a more active way to experience the Aussie lifestyle, there are any number of outdoor activities and zoos, including the adventure parks of Mount Barney and Mount Tamborine and Sea World's Aussie adventure.
The Gold Coast has also developed a reputation as a surfer's paradise thanks to its pristine beaches and some of the most consistently large waves in Australia. Several local schools provide tourists not only with equipment rentals, but instruction for beginners and novices looking to hit the waves.