My very favourite part about living on the Gold Coast is the beach. Let’s get real, it’s WHY we live here. The outdoors, the sun, the water, the weather. The 6 weeks of rain we had almost sent every Gold Coaster certifiably crazy. The truth is, the Gold Coast is pretty boring without the outdoors.
Last night, as we were sitting in the park, looking at the ocean, eating our BBQ dinner, I started thinking about how many things you can do at the beach. There’s more than just swimming and sunbathing, you know! I wondered if others, who were visiting the Gold Coast, knew about all the awesome activities living by the beach had to offer. Here some things you can do at the beach:
1. Go for a run (or bike or walk) along the beach front. The Gold Coast has more than 50km of beach, and most of that is pathed for walking, riding, running along. You get a fantastic view, usually a nice breeze, and you get some exercise in, to boot! perfect! When I first started running I had to go to the beach to do it. The inspiring view pushed me along that little bit further.
2. Have a BBQ or picnic in the park. The absolute best part about Gold Coast parks (I’m guessing parks all across Australia?) is that there are well-maintained BBQs readily available for anyone to use! It has long been a tradition of ours to have a BBQ breakfast at the beach every Christmas morning. We try to do it as much as possible throughout the rest of the year, too – fresh air, yummy food, what else do you need?! Just make sure you clean it best you can for the next person coming along!
3. Play cricket (or footy, or frisbee). I’m a bit disappointed that I don’t have one of these photos on my phone/instagram account. I will endeavor to correct that as soon as possible. In the meantime, here’s a photo from pinterest, showing just how awesome a game of beach cricket can be!
4. Lay in the dunes and read a book. You’ll sometimes find beaches that have trees in the dunes, providing some shade for a late afternoon relax and read on the beach. There is nothing more peaceful than the sound of the waves, a cool breeze, and a great book to while away the hours.
6. Fly a kite. We got this great kite from friends who went to Bali. It is certainly an eye-catcher, flying down the beach! The only problem with this, is that kids can get quite bored of it quite quickly. It’s usually the adults who are more interested in kite flying!
7. Go for a surf or boogie board. Nick got a boogie board for Christmas and it’s taken him a while to warm up but he absolutely LOVES it now! He has no fear, and fist pumps the air when he rides a wave all the way into the shore! Even the Mechanic and I have a blast catching a wave! Fun for young and old! You can even take a proper surfing lesson if you’re so inclined.
8. Look for shells. Some beaches are better for this than others. This picture was taken at our local beach, near the rocks at the headland. I am still not sure how they all get there, but I love looking for cool, unusual or massive whole shells. We bring them home, wash them and put them either in the fish tank or a vase that sits on the TV stand.
9. Draw in the sand. This pic was originally taken for a Fat Mum Slim PhotoADay prompt, but we’ve since done more drawing in the sand. Write your name, draw shapes, write something to remember your holiday. Grab a stick and have at it!
10. If you’re a local, join a surf club! Surf clubs have supporter memberships that are usually $10 or less for the year. Most of them will get you a 10% discount on food, and they often have member draws for cash or prizes. If you have kids, they can join nippers where they can learn about surf safety and grow their confidence in the ocean.