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8 places for budget travelers to try in the off-season

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 3, 2013, 11:37 a.m.
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Gold Coast, Australia

Queensland, Australia's attractive Gold Coast is known for its awesome beach culture and warm climate. The weather is not necessarily cold during the low season since temps don’t fluctuate much throughout the year. However, fewer tourists come to this beach-goer's paradise during the “wintertime.” Between April and October, which is the Southern Hemisphere's winter, prices are noticeably lower at Gold Coast resorts and hotels. Most people come to experience the popular beach scene at places like Surfer's Paradise, while a few head into the Gold Coast Hinterland to visit the national parks. Burleigh Head National Park and Springbrook National Park are both attractive destinations for nature lovers. Both places remain relatively uncrowded during the high season as well as the low.