Is stress starting to get you down? No matter how busy you are, you need to find time to slow down, relax, and recharge. And what better way to do just that than spending a day or two at Gold Coast? This beautiful region is known for its wide, green, open spaces, serene beaches, and day spas. To get your groove back, here are some de-stressing activities to check out on the Gold Coast.

Learn the basics at a free yoga class


Inhale, exhale. Free your mind of worries as you breathe in the fresh, Golden Coast air. For a relaxing holiday, drop by Burleigh Heads and head to Nobby beach. This blue-and-gold patch is known for its serene vibe, gorgeous coastline, and yoga classes held by teachers from the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga. Classes are either free or low-cost, so you don’t have to worry about paying hefty fees for an hour or two of relaxing exercises and postures. Another spot you should visit when in Gold Coast is Mermaid Beach since free yoga classes are also held here. Don’t forget to bring water, your own yoga mat, and extra clothes.

Shop for fresh ingredients at the Gold Coast Organic Farmers Markets
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Is shopping your top remedy for stress? Then shop away your worries at the Gold Coast Organic Farmers Markets. But instead of buying more clothes and shoes, stuff your bag with the freshest ingredients. Take your pick from homegrown fruits and veggies, or sample the freshly made juices for a refreshing break from your shopping spree. As you browse through the stalls, keep an eye out for green leafy veggies like asparagus, Swiss chard, broccoli, and cabbage. Rich in vitamins and minerals, you’re sure to keep stress away with these healthy ingredients. Grab a bunch of avocados, too. This fruit is rich in Omega 6 that can help improve overall health and mood.

Get body treatments at a day spa

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Get rid of those frazzled nerves with a hot stone massage, or soothe your tired and dry skin with a coconut cream wrap. If you love spa treatments, you’ll love what Gold Coast has to offer. Littered with resorts, hotels, and treatment centres that provide a variety of spa treatments, you’re sure to find what you need here. To help you narrow down your choices, check out the Harbour Day Spa (Outrigger Hotel), the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, and the SpaQ (QT Hotel). Skin-clearing facials, full body massages, body wraps, foot soaks–all the treatments you could think of are just one booking away at Gold Coast.

Spend a day at Broadwater Parklands

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At Broadwater Parklands, you won’t run out of relaxing activities. Go on a picnic, play catch with your furry buddy, or sit on the grass and watch the day pass by. Its wide, open spaces provide the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon. Aside from the soothing greeneries, there’s also the Rockpools, a popular spot for kids to splash around in. Fishing at the pier is also a good idea for a worry-free afternoon. For a relaxing night, spend it with your loved one while watching movies under the stars. Because Gold Coast has mild winters, you can visit this park all-year round and expect ideal weather conditions. Plus, it’s just ten minutes from the Griffith University campus, so it’s easy to find.

Whether it’s stress or just the winter blues, you’ll find the perfect pick-me-up at Gold Coast. To make the trip even more relaxing, book a cheap car hire at Gold Coast service days before your trip. You can also begin the de-stress process by avoiding airport car parking and use an off airport parking website. They offer courtesy shuttles and look after your car for a lot less than airport parking facilities.You know you deserve that break, so hit the road and head to Gold Coast for a relaxing holiday.