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Gold Coast: Taste of paradise


There’s a whole lot more on the Gold Coast, writes Ewan McDonald.

Kitsch and clamour: that’s what many think is the currency of the Gold Coast.

Drive 10km south, turn off the Gold Coast Highway and you’ll find someplace different: Burleigh Heads, where you can stand on the beach and see the Surfers Paradise high-rises through the sea spray and sun haze, and they’ll seem an illusion.

Unpack a board and you’ll learn why locals insist this is the real surfers’ paradise. Tune into their wavelength, and you’ll find what you least expected: the GC as a shrine to wellness, healthy living…



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