Get Wet and Learn To Surf at the Gold Coast

06 Feb

Whilst Brisbane is forecast to sweat through its hottest few weeks ago, the question is why swelter when you don’t have to. Being in the capital of the ‘Sunshine State’ one should always be on the look out for ways to staying cool.

Besides my Filo mates’ favorite artificial beach in Southbank, all the long sandy ones are just within striking distance of Brisbane. I am talking about the nine major beaches that dot along the Gold Coast which made the latter as Australia’s most famous tourist area. Not to mention all the innumerable high-profile attractions such as Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Sea World and Paradise Country which Gold Coast houses, I still reckon this beach culture is ought to be the best way to embrace the sunshine.

9 Gold Coast Beaches

Coolangatta (Photo by Deiter Dizon)

Coolangatta in a Rainy Sunset (Deiter Dizon)

Coolangatta — fun for the whole family.

Currumbin — more famous for its bird sanctuary than its beach.

Palm Beach.

Burleigh Heads.

Nobby Beach.

Mermaid Beach.

Broadbeach — in the heart of the tourist attraction.

Surfers Paradise— the most famous of all the beaches. A long sandy strip backed by high-rise apartments.

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads (Photo by Deiter Dizon)

Southport — the more modern and exclusive end of the coast

But wait before you even start your set of wheels please hold it right there, it’s important to keep in mind how to stay safer at the beach by remembering the FLAGS—well not the British Blue Ensign defaced with the state badge on a white disc in the fly, but simply these simple tips by Surf Life Saving Queensland:

Swim Between RED and YELLOW Flags

Swim Between RED and YELLOW Flags (Filipino Students in Brisbane's Romena de Chavez)


F—Find the flags and swim between them.

L—Look at and read the safety signs.

A—Ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for advice

G—Get a friend to swim with you

S—Stick your hand up for help.


Always remember to swim between the RED and YELLOW flags.

If either sunbathing or swimming is not your cup of tea, then SURFING should be your best option. That two-hour surf lesson with Get Wet Surf School last year together with Study Brisbane’s International Student Ambassadors just goes to prove (I am sure) that Queensland is not known as ‘Sunshine State’ around Australia for nothing, with plenty other ways to always keep cool.

Excited as I was to keeping my cool in The Spit Beach, Gold Coast, I frantically stood up on my first surfboard lesson in that one but I learned that I also have to keep a look around next time to make sure I won’t get washed into someone’s path again. For the less experienced like myself, learn to surf too on the Gold Coast & Surfers Paradise with Get Wet Surf School. (1800GETWET or

2011 - This was before, still struggling on making that stand.

Me Surfing in Action

2012 - This was after, just a perfect example of that mantra in life: "Try and try, until you SUCCEED!"



Another guaranteed FUN day out!

Brisbane Welcomes International Students 2012 event here we come.

We HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON wearing that smile!


And oh, just as you think of heading to the Gold Coast (I know it’s fun to surf) but do check out first our own story as documented by the video blog at  Au Courant’s Corner now on its seventh webisode with an exclusive up-close and personal interview with Charlton Brown’s 2011 Most Outstanding International Student, Kyoko Yamazaki from Japan.

Not even the afternoon storms possibly pushing temperatures into the high 30s last time could STOP Au Courant’s Corner from bringing you an entertainment while learning about the life of an international student in Australia’s New World City.

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