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The Gold Coast is a coastal city in southeastern Queensland and is located on the east coast of Australia. It is the sixth largest city in Australia and is well known for its natural attractions including its never ending, beautiful beaches. The Gold Coast may not be known for its predominant Muslim population but it does have a long history with Middle Easterners and therefore it is quite easy for Muslim travelers to find Halal facilities. The city is globally renowned for its coastline which consists of some of the most popular surf breaks in the world including The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and so much more. It is also known for its mild winters and warm, humid summers that make it perfect for outdoor activities and exploration quests. Gold Coast is the most popular tourist destination in Queensland and is hence well equipped with numerous hostels, motels, resorts and hotels. In addition to that, it is the home to several theme parks, water parks, rainforests, national parks, beaches and exotic wildlife. Tourists favor the coastal attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef. Fraser Island is another tourist favorite located not far from Gold Coast city. It is listed as a World Heritage site and is the world’s largest sand island. Fraser Island is home to the historic Maheno shipwreck as well as kangaroos, wallabies and possums. There are several tours that Muslim tourists can take to learn more about the rich history behind Gold Coast and Fraser Island and all the other attractions the city boasts. Gold Coast is a shopper’s paradise. There is a significant amount of shopping malls and shops around the beaches and the coastline including Robina Town Shopping Centre and Pacific Fair, which is one of the major shopping malls on the Gold Coast....more

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The Gold Coast is a coastal city in southeastern Queensland and is located on the east coast of Australia. It is the sixth largest city in Australia and is well known for its natural attractions including its never ending, beautiful beaches. The Gold Coast may not be known for its predominant Muslim population but it does have a long history with Middle Easterners and therefore it is quite easy for Muslim travelers to find Halal facilities.

The city is globally renowned for its coastline which consists of some of the most popular surf breaks in the world including The Spit, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise and so much more. It is also known for its mild winters and warm, humid summers that make it perfect for outdoor activities and exploration quests. Gold Coast is the most popular tourist destination in Queensland and is hence well equipped with numerous hostels, motels, resorts and hotels. In addition to that, it is the home to several theme parks, water parks, rainforests, national parks, beaches and exotic wildlife. Tourists favor the coastal attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef. Fraser Island is another tourist favorite located not far from Gold Coast city. It is listed as a World Heritage site and is the world’s largest sand island. Fraser Island is home to the historic Maheno shipwreck as well as kangaroos, wallabies and possums.

There are several tours that Muslim tourists can take to learn more about the rich history behind Gold Coast and Fraser Island and all the other attractions the city boasts.

Gold Coast is a shopper’s paradise. There is a significant amount of shopping malls and shops around the beaches and the coastline including Robina Town Shopping Centre and Pacific Fair, which is one of the major shopping malls on the Gold Coast.

Nearby Airports

Almost all major airlines fly to the Gold Coast airport. However, the ones that do not, mostly fly to Brisbane Airport, which is less than one hour away from the centre of Gold Coast. Both airports are easy to reach and can be accessed by public transport.

Halal Restaurants

Because of its Muslim population, Gold Coast does have a few Halal restaurants, certified by the Halal authority in the city. You will find a variety of Lebanese, Indian, Chinese and Thai halal restaurants all catering to Muslim travelers as well as the locals. 

Mosques

The Gold Coast Islamic Centre in Arundel serves as a masjid aswell as a madrasah five days a week. It also holds classes for Hifz and other Islamic programs. The mosque holds Jummah Salah every Friday, and has separate facilities for women as well. There are several other mosques including the Gold Coast mosque; that are easily accessible.

Things to Do and See in Gold Coast

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Australian Outback Spectacular
  •  The Great Barrier Reef
  • Fraser Island
  • Sea World
  • WhiteWater World
  • Southern Cross 4WD Tour
  •  Tamborine Mountains
  • Waner Bros Movie World
  • Fire4HireGold
  • Harbour Town
  •  Coast Skydive
  • Kirra Hill
  • Q1
  • Tugun Beach
  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
  • Australian Outback Spectacular
  • Paradise Country
  •  Pacific Fair
  •  Australia Fair
  • Here Are 10 Best Family Road Trips In Malaysia

    Planning a family trip where everyone can enjoy themselves can be exciting but stressful as well. After Covid-19, it is expected that domestic travel will recover first. Why not use this time to plan for a road trip in Malaysia? Going on a road trip is a great way to bond and spend quality time with your family! Whether you are planning for a short weekend getaway or a vacation, Malaysia has so much to offer! Malaysia is ideal for family road trips as there are so many destinations that you can explore and enjoy with your family. Here are 10 best family road trips in Malaysia!  via GIPHYAlso Read: Here Is What Travel Will Look Like After Covid-19 1. Kota Tinggi to Desaru Image Credit: Kota Tinggi Waterfalls Resort It will take approximately 50 mins to drive down from Kota Tinggi to Desaru, hence making it an ideal short weekend getaway to enjoy with your family. Bring your family for a picnic and take a dip in the Kota Tinggi Waterfall. This spectacular view offers serenity, allowing us to relax and unwind. If you have more time to spare in Kota Tinggi, you can also visit the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park. Participate in outdoor studies with your family and get close to nature. This can be a fun yet enriching experience for the family! Image Credit: Desaru Fruit Farm More family-fun activities await you in Desaru. Drive down to Desaru Fruit Farm and learn how to grow various kinds of fruits. On top of that, you can even do a taste testing of the fruits you have picked. You can also bring the kids to feed the ostriches at the Desaru Ostrich Farm. My best pick will be the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages - adults and kids alike.    2. Port Dickson to Malacca Image Credit: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson This trip is another ideal short getaway that you can consider. Stay for a night in Port Dickson and the following day, you can drive down to Malacca in less than 1.5 hours. Port Dickson is the best place to relax and rewind. Book one of the water chalets available like Lexis Hibiscus and enjoy a night stay. Nothing can go wrong with spending quality with the family in a private pool. Image Credit: St. Paul's Church on Lonely Planet The following day, you can take a drive to Malacca. There are many historical sites that you can visit in Malacca, which is known for its rich history. Head down to A Famosa and walk up the small hill to reach St. Paul's Church. Image Credit: Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum There are also plenty of museums around the area that you can visit too, like Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum and the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. If you happened to be in Klebang area, you must not miss the Klebang Original Coconut Shake! Nothing can beat teatime with some traditional Malay kuih (delicious!) and a cup of coconut shake topped with vanilla ice cream (yummy!). 3. Kuala Lumpur to Penang Image Credit: Wayne Chew on Unsplash No matter how long you are planning to stay in Kuala Lumpur, there are always things to see and do. It has become mandatory to take a trip to PETRONAS tower whenever one is in Kuala Lumpur. There are various things to see and do around the area like exploring Aquaria KLCC, visiting the aquarium, or shop at Suria KLCC. After spending some time sightseeing and shopping at Kuala Lumpur, continue your journey down the road for about 4 hours to reach a UNESCO heritage town, George Town in Penang. Image Credit: Dark Mansion More fun-filled activities await you in Penang. Visit Dark Mansion, a 3D trick art museum unlike the normal, because they glow in the dark! Your kids will definitely enjoy this, we promise!  Image Credit: Penang Hill on Facebook One of my best take in Penang will be Penang Hill. Ride up the funicular ride to enjoy breathtaking views, learn heritage and culture, and enjoy mother nature. Make sure to feast on their local delights like Char Kuay Teow and Assam Laksa. Penang houses some affordable cafes too so be sure to check that out with your family! 4. Ipoh to Cameron Highlands Image Credit: Old Town Ipoh on Lonely Planet  If you are looking for a lush greenery view on a trip, this road trip is made for you. The drive from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands takes about 2 hours. Firstly, wander down Old Town in Ipoh and discover the street arts and cute streets. You can also visit the city's gem such as Kellie's Castle and Birch Memorial Clock Tower. Once you're done exploring Ipoh's beautiful landmark and art, take a trip to Cameron Highlands. Image Credit: Strawberry Farms on visitmalaysia.info Meanwhile, at Cameron Highlands, you can bring your family out for some outdoor activities. Don't miss out on fun activities like strawberry picking in the strawberry farm, visiting the butterfly farm, and exploring the lavender garden. At the end of the day, spend some quality family time over steamboat in Cameron Highlands.  5. Johor Bahru to Mersing Image Credit: Legoland Malaysia on Facebook Our trip down to Johor Bahru will always be about the food or groceries on the usual days. How about a short getaway, let's say a 2-days 1-night trip with a detour to Mersing? In less than 2 hours drive, you can get to Mersing from Johor Bahru. Over at Johor Bahru, you can visit Legoland, a popular theme park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Spend a day with your family here; enjoy the rides and attractions it has to offer.  Image Credit: Kishor on Unsplash After having some fun at Legoland, you can drive to Mersing. Mersing is all about the beautiful beaches and white sands. You can opt for snorkeling and island hopping in Mersing if your family is up for it. My best take in Mersing is to book a resort and enjoy a relaxing time at the beaches with your loved ones.  6. Sepang to Genting Highlands Image Credit: Sepang International Circuit  If you think that Sepang is only home to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you are wrong. There are some fun-filled activities that you can do with your family here. In less than a 2 hours drive, you can get to Genting Highlands and the fun continues. Sepang is known for its Formula One race circuit, but if you're not in Sepang to watch one, head down to Avani Gold Coast Resort. You may choose to stay a night here or visit the Extreme Park for some activities like Go-kart, archery, and ATV jungle trail. Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Next, take a 2-hour drive to Genting Highlands. Enjoy the rides and attractions at the outdoor theme park, which caters to both kids and adults. You might also want to check the indoor theme park and video game park. Hop on the Awana Skyway; you can enjoy the spectacular view from a distance together with your loved ones. 7. Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu Image Credit: The Sungai Pandan Waterfall on Hotel Grand Continental Kuantan For me, Kuantan is an underrated city. Not many tourists visit this beautiful destination. In less than a 3-hour drive from Kuantan, you can reach your destination, Kuala Terengganu. In Kuantan, you can find several beautiful waterfalls. In my opinion, Sungai Pandan Waterfall will be an ideal spot if you are on this road trip with young kids or the elderly. Make a trip to Kula Cakes to eat the local's favorite Mango Cheesecakes. This store should be in every cheesecake lovers' list as they serve other unique flavors as well. Image Credit: Terengganu State Museum on Malaysia.travel After all that fun, drive to Kuala Terengganu for a heritage tour. Visit the Terengganu State Museum to learn about the history and culture of this place. Don't forget to also visit Pantai Batu Burok to enjoy the scenic beach view. 8. Bukit Tinggi to Kuala Selangor Image Credit: Berjaya Hills on visitmalaysia.info Another two locations that are off the beaten track should be on your list if you want to have a unique experience. It takes a 1.5-hour drive to get you to Kuala Selangor from Bukit Tinggi. The Japanese Tea House in Bukit Tinggi, also known as Berjaya Hills, offers you a soulful retreat. Explore the French-themed Colmar Tropicale and the zen-inspired Japanese garden. The rabbit farm is a must-visit for families; you can play and feed the cute little furry friends. Image Credit: Mount Melawati on The Star Next, drive to Kuala Selangor which takes about 1.5 hours. You can hike up Mount Melawati with your family and learn more about the history behind this notable hill. Also, make time to visit the Kuala Selangor Nature Park and walk through the mangroves. You can spot various species of birds here too! You should also try the Cendol Bakar. The preparation of the gula Melaka in this cendol is different from those of the normal cendol out there. 9. Banting to Sekinchan Image Credit: Tadom Hill Resorts This trip is catered to you if you're bringing along pre-teen kids or older who are adventurous and love outdoor activities. It takes 2 hours to reach Sekinchan by car from Banting. First, enjoy various adrenaline attractions in Banting. Head down to Tadom Hill Resorts, where you can enjoy activities like ATV and water swings. If you want to try some paragliding, you can hike up Bukit Jugra. Otherwise, you can just enjoy the scenic view from the peak with your family. Next, take a 2-hour drive to Sekinchan. Expect to see the lush green field of paddy in Sekinchan as it is home to the Paddy Processing Factory. Don't forget to drop by any of the small businesses selling tropical fruits nearby. The juicy giant mangoes, soursops, and guavas can quench your thirst over the hot day (Yum!). 10. Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang Image Credit: Sosodikon Hill on Facebook Located in Sabah, both Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang offers you scenic locations with fresh mountain air. Just about a 2-hour drive, you can get from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang. You don't always have to hike up Mount Kinabalu when you're in Kota Kinabalu. If you still want to enjoy some mountain views but don't want to break a sweat, visit Sosodikon Hill. Don't forget to visit the Asquare Kota Kinabalu, the first creative container night food market in Kota Kinabalu. You will be spoilt for choices with over 60 varieties of food to choose from different street vendors. Image Credit: Desa Dairy Farm on Facebook Next, take a 2-hour drive to Kundasang. You can visit Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang with the kids and feed the calves and goats while enjoying some freshly made gelato. I'm sure your kids will enjoy this activity! Also Read: 10 Tips On How To Prepare For A Road Trip There you have it, the 10 best family road trips in Malaysia. So what are you waiting for? Start planning for your next road trip to Malaysia now! via GIPHY     ...

  • Top 10 Muslim-Friendly Travel Destinations for Muslim Millennial Travellers in 2018

    Millennials are described as those born in the 1980s or 1990s, and are known to be responsible for a lot of the changes occurring in today's world – be it technologically, politically, or socially. In the same way, they are also changing the way people travel. Unlike those that came before, Millennials look for something different when it comes to choosing holiday destinations. Experience is what is most important to them, rather than the destination; it's the journey that matters, and it doesn't hurt if it's picture-worthy either! In fact, Millenials specifically look for places that are unique and exciting, including places with social media worthy food, interesting cultures, internet-friendly facilities. But Millennials who follow the Islamic faith have a further hurdle to overcome as they are not only looking for the best experiences but also where they can find Muslim-friendly facilities like Halal food and prayer places, as well as not be discriminated against in general. The MasterCard-HalalTrip Muslim Millennial Travel Report 2017 (MMTR2017) lists the top 10 tourist destinations in the world for 2018 for Millennial Travelers. It based on the 3 A's: Authentic (local culture, food), Affordable (accommodation, transport, experiences), and Accessible (technology, information, sharing). The 3 A's are what a Muslim Millennial looks for when he/she is shopping for the best holiday destinations in the world. Here are the top 10 Muslim-friendly travel destinations for Muslim Millennial Travelers in 2018:   1. Malaysia Malaysia is the top holiday destination for everyone from Muslim families and elders to young Muslim couples and even non-Muslims! This multicultural Muslim country is an amazing place that has something to offer for anyone who wishes to visit it, which is why it's very popular with Muslim Millenials. It also helps that it is one of the best places for a cheap Muslim-friendly holiday as most things in Malaysia are pretty affordable. Millennials are down for anything that saves them a buck while being a great experience! Not only are there many mosques all around the country and plenty of Halal food to go around of all cuisines, price ranges and themes, Malaysia is also one of the most advanced countries in Asia. This means that there are adequate technological facilities, good public transport, and a horde of unique experiences. Marvel at the iconic buildings in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, visit LEGOLAND in Johor Bahru, or the beaches of Penang. You'll have the time of your life and get amazing pictures to prove it! Find nearby Halal food places in Malaysia  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malaysia   2. Indonesia Indonesia is one of the top tourist destinations in Asia and one of the most popular Muslim countries frequented by Asians and Westerners alike. Indonesia is home to picture-perfect beaches that are the ideal backdrop to your vacation selfie, amazing Halal food restaurants to fill your tummies, and nature trails and tours where you can take a break from the technology-driven world. Indonesia is a Muslim country, and visitors should have no trouble finding Halal restaurants. Make sure to try out the seafood in Indonesia as well! There are many mosques all around the country, and most hotels offer Muslim-friendly facilities like prayer mats, Qur’an, etc. Indonesia is also one of the top 10 tourist destinations in the world in 2018, especially for Millennials as it is easy to travel on a budget. And for those of us who are looking to get the best experiences for the cheapest price, this fascinating country is a dream come true! Find nearby Halal food places in Indonesia Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Indonesia    3. Japan Japan is one of the most exciting countries to visit in the world because it seems to seamlessly combine the traditions and reminders of the olden days with the modern world. Millennials might be more attracted to the new-world aspects of this unique country, but you'll also enjoy exploring the history and beauty of the country's past. Japan also home to incredible nature as well as awe-inspiring modern architecture; it truly is the best of both worlds! Although the number of Muslims in Japan is very small, there are pretty prominent communities in certain cities. The Japanese government has also made an effort to encourage Muslim tourism. As a result, there are plenty of Halal-friendly facilities like Halal restaurants (or Muslim-friendly menus at eateries), and prayer places. Find nearby Halal food places in Japan   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Japan   4. Thailand Thailand is another Asian country that is a popular vacation spot for Muslim Millenials. It's not hard to see why; with friendly locals, a fun-loving atmosphere, incredible nature and scenic beaches, it's a place that draws people in. Thailand is also a great place for budget-friendly shopping, so that's a definite bonus! About 5% of the population in Thailand are Muslims, and recent times have seen an increase in Muslim-friendly conditions like more food manufacturers and restaurants making the switch to Halal. Thailand is also home to many mosques. Places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui are the most Halal-friendly in the country. Find nearby Halal food places in Thailand Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Thailand 5. Australia Australia is perceived as one of the most Muslim-friendly places to visit in the Western world. The country of kangaroos is on the top of the list of Muslim Millennial travellers because of the people's hospitality, advanced technology/infrastructure, and laid back nature. Australia is also well known for its amazing nature, sea and wildlife. Surprisingly, you can have a budget-friendly vacation in Australia too, as there are plenty of cheap, Muslim-friendly activities to try (some even free!), like free guided tours in Melbourne and budget-friendly theme parks in the gold coast! The country is also known for having amazing food, and luckily, it's not too difficult to find Halal restaurants in Australia. Swanky eateries, street food, and high-end dining – you can take your pick (and then take that perfect food 'pic')! There are also many mosques in Australia, and communities of Muslims thrive in many areas. Find nearby Halal food places in Australia  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Australia   6. Singapore Singapore is one of the top destinations that Muslim Millenials like to travel because it is one of the coolest places in the world! Singapore offers unique experiences and has an infrastructure that is very convenient. Public transport is impeccable and technology is pretty advanced. There are also fun things to try in Singapore that Millennials are sure to get a kick out of like dining in the dark, or amongst wildlife, unique watersports, and even underwater hockey! Singapore is also a dream shopping destinations, one of Millennials' favourite activities. Singapore is home to a multicultural population and has a strong Muslim community. There are many Halal restaurants to try, including trendy eateries with cool concepts. There are also many mosques in Singapore. That's why Muslim Millennials are sure to feel right at home! Find nearby Halal food places in Singapore Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Singapore   7. The United Arab Emirates Muslim Millenials love travelling to UAE because of everything it has to offer. The UAE is one of the richest countries in the world – and it shows! From massive, elegant shopping malls, jaw-dropping skyscrapers, and magnificent mosques, to great dining, desert safaris, and incredible shopping, there's no shortage of incredible experiences that last a lifetime! Of course, as UAE is a Muslim country, there is no shortage of anything a Muslim would want, from amazing Halal food, mosques and prayer places, to Muslim-friendly accommodation, tourist attractions, and Islamic sightseeing spots. The ability to travel so freely without any concern for not fitting in is also a great draw for Muslim Millennial travellers. Find nearby Halal food places in UAE Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in UAE    8. United Kingdom The UK is a country that everyone has heard of, and they certainly have made their mark on a fair share of countries around the world! But today, it is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. You can visit iconic locations like the London Eye and Stonehenge, or you can try out the lesser known activities of the UK like visiting Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree in Lincolnshire, the Alnwick poison gardens in Northumberland, or skiing in the gorgeous snowy mountains of Scotland. The UK is another of the countries in the Western world where the most Muslim-friendly facilities are available. With a population of about 5 million Muslims, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding Halal food restaurants, especially in places like Wales, London, Bradford, and Birmingham where there is a higher concentration of Muslims. There are also many mosques in the UK. Find nearby Halal food places in the United Kingdom Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in the United Kingdom   9. The United States of America The United States of America is a global superpower and one of the most famous countries in the world, so it's no wonder that Millennials are flocking to the land of opportunities! The American experience is a combination of so many things that range across the spectrum of experiences from quiet getaways in the countryside to loud and proud cities like New York. Despite what the media might portray at times, the vast majority of Americans are accepting and respectful of Muslims, whether it's their neighbours or tourists. Muslim-friendly facilities will be easier to come by in big cities than in rural areas, but cities like Texas, New York, Michigan, and Los Angeles have a larger concentration of Muslim, ergo more accommodating affects. Halal restaurants and eateries are also not difficult to find. There are over 2000 mosques in the USA, but some states have more than others. For instance, New York and California have 257 and 246 mosques respectively. Find nearby Halal food places in the United States  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in the United States   10. India India is a place that many Millennials love to travel because it has everything that they are looking for in a travel destination. India has so many interesting opportunities and unique experiences that range from the richest of the riches to slumming it in the streets, from skiing the slopes of the Indian Himalayas to shopping in Mumbai or surfing in Goa; and Millenials love that! India is also the home to 1.5 billion people of different races and religions, and everyone and every place has a story to tell. As the country with the largest Muslim minority population in the world, there is also no shortage of Muslim-friendly facilities. Halal food is pretty easy to come by, be it on the streets, trendy Instagram-friendly cafes, or high-end restaurants. There are hundreds of mosques all over the country, some with long and important histories, and others that are brand spanking new! India is also one of the top destinations in the world where you can travel on a budget. Most things, including food, accommodation and transport are pretty affordable. Find nearby Halal food places in India   Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in India   ...

  • Be One With Nature In Gold Coast! 7 Places to Get Real Close to Nature in Gold Coast, Australia

    There are countless interesting things to do on the Gold Coast for nature lovers who enjoy being surrounded by the amazing flora and fauna of Australia. The Gold Coast is well-known as a surfer’s paradise for its golden, sandy beaches and great surfing spots. However, this region in Australia is also popular for some of the most breathtaking natural attractions in the world. So read and find out what to do in Gold Coast to get in touch with nature – and have a fun trip.   1.Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223, Australia Picture Credit - www.theweekendedition.com.au   The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is owned by the National Trust of Queensland and is one of the top-rated tourist attractions on the Gold Coast to observe the animals in their natural surroundings. The wildlife sanctuary is the best place for nature lovers and bird-watching enthusiasts alike – visitors can also interact with koalas, possums, echidnas and even feed crocodiles. This is an ideal spot for a family day out too. Some fun highlights include a Segway Safari which features a guided tour and the engaging Free-flight Bird Show.   Halal-friendly travel and holiday packages to Australia    2. David Fleay Wildlife Park, Loman Lane, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, Australia Picture Credit - www.bremnervisual.com.au Located in Burleigh Heads, this heritage park is one the best parks and natural attractions on the Gold Coast to observe wildlife to learn more about Australia’s native animals and more from different parts of the world. The park was established by Australian naturalist, David Fleay in 1952 where animal conservation and creating natural habitats for the animals has always been a top priority. You can enjoy some fascinating daily wildlife shows with the rangers or stroll along the boardwalks through the rainforest – lookout for platypuses, cassowaries, kangaroos, crocodiles and much more. 3. Lamington National Park, Binna Burra QLD 4211, Australia Picture Credit - www.daytours.com.au Lush greenery of rainforests, interesting wildlife and cascading waterfalls is what you can expect if you drop by Lamington National Park. This is the best spot to marvel at a Gold Coast national park waterfall, there are over 500 waterfalls in the area such as Elabana Falls and Coomera Falls. Wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers will have an amazing time – be on the lookout for the regent bower bird, parrots or the red-necked pademelons. You can also get closer to nature by going on O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk on the many suspension bridges over the rainforest to admire the magnificent scenery. 4. Tamborine National Park, Cedar Creek QLD 4207, Australia Picture Credit - www.visitbrisbane.com.au Nature lovers cannot miss out on one of the best parks and natural attractions on the Gold Coast – which includes Tamborine National Park. There is so much to do here. You can spend time exploring the lush green surrounding of Tamborine mountain, and get to see the beauty of a Gold Coast national park waterfall – from Curtis Falls, Witches Falls, Cedar Creek Falls to name a few. Maybe go for a Rainforest Walk along the sturdy walkway above the rainforest landscape to marvel at the amazing view. The glow worm caves are another unique attraction to check out for an ethereal experience.   5.Springbrook National Park, Springbrook Rd, Springbrook QLD 4213, Australia Picture Credit - www.thousandwonders.net Springbrook National Park is a fascinating place to visit for many reasons. The national park is home to a part of the ancient Gondwana Rainforest and is among the most fascinating natural attractions in the world. It’s also home to different types of birds and wildlife. Watch out for bower birds, rosellas, parrots and Albert’s Lyrebird that is native to Springbrook. As for top attractions, the Natural Bridge over Cave Creek is a unique sight to check out – with a waterfall cascading into a cave. A colony of glow worms also reside in the cave and visitors can enjoy night tours too. From hiking, swimming to taking in the impressive view from lookout points in the area, nature lovers will never get bored here 6.Sea world, Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4210,Australia Picture Credit - www.wyunaapartments.com.au Learn about the wonders of the ocean and go on some thrilling rides at the largest marine park in Australia. Visitors can also enjoy live shows of performing dolphins and sea lions which are quite fun to watch. There is something for everyone and even plenty of entertainment for young children too. Some of the most popular attraction include the Polar Bear Shores – stop by to see the polar bears in action. Shark Bay is another favourite where you can observe not only sharks but stingrays and other deep-sea animals you won’t see elsewhere. Don’t miss out on the lively penguins at Penguin Point either. 7. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069, Australia Founded in 1927, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s largest and oldest koala sanctuary and is among the top-rated tourist attractions on the Gold Coast. You should definitely visit the sanctuary if you enjoy interacting with wildlife – and for an unforgettable experience in Australia. Lone Pine is home to other kinds of Australian wildlife too. Not only will you get to hold a koala here, but visitors get to feed the kangaroos, wallabies and lorikeets in the sanctuary. The Free Flight Raptor Show is must-see too with owls, kites and eagles – and do check out the Sheep Dog Show too.      Don’t miss out on the best parks & nature attractions in the Gold coast. Add these amazing places to your travel itinerary when planning your next Muslim-friendly tour to Australia!...

  • A Coastal Tour of Oceania

    There is no doubt that taking the best tours in the Pacific islands and Oceania will give you an unforgettable experience like no other. With numerous interesting islands and charming towns located coastal regions that are just too beautiful to miss – which why you should have a fun Halal tour in Oceania. Find out more about Muslim travel in Oceania so that you can have a Muslim-friendly vacation while visiting some amazing places.     Credit - Giphy.com     1. Fiji   Fiji is made up of over 300 islands and is popular for white, sandy beaches framed by the turquoise ocean - which are often the major highlight of any trip. Paradise Beach and Sunrise beach are especially popular. But those who are looking a beach paradise should stay over at the Mamanuca Islands that can be reached within a two-hour boat ride or a fifteen-minute plane ride from Nadi.   Fiji is also known for its gorgeous coral reefs with beautiful marine life too – so do go snorkelling or scuba diving if you can. There is a nice array of activities to enjoy in Fiji such as hiking, bird watching, whale watching and even zip lining.   Fiji is among the Halal-friendly destinations in Oceania. Muslim travellers will be able to find Halal food and restaurants in the cities of Suva and Nadi or go for seafood or vegetarian options if Halal options are not available. But always ask hotel or restaurant staff if Halal food is available before placing orders.   2. Norfolk Island   This small, beautiful island is located between Australia and New Zealand and should be part of your Australia and Oceania holidays. Not only can you admire the gorgeous sunset over the coast, but nature lovers can explore the islands by visiting popular national parks. Mt.Pitt and Mt Bates are the best places to get a bird’s eye view of the island and take in the amazing scenery.   Bird watching and hiking are some fun activities to enjoy, do keep an eye out for the regional wildlife and reptiles too. Don’t forget to drop by Emily Bay Lagoon for swimming and snorkelling near a serene beautiful beach.   Finding places that serve Halal food won’t be easy, however, you can stick to vegetarian or seafood options. But do ask the staff if pork products or alcohol are used in food preparations as well.     3. The Great Barrier Reef   You cannot miss the Great Barrier Reef if you are planning any Australia and Oceania holidays. The Great Barrier Reef is magnificent with colourful coral gardens and bright marine life – being the world’s largest coral systems too. It has always been one of the top attractions in Australia. You can even take a cruise from Port Douglas to the permanent activity platform and enjoy some snorkelling and diving too. The Cairns is the nearest city to the Great Barrier Reef, from where visitors can take day trips to Green Island in a glass-bottomed boat to observe marine life. The Cairns is where you will be able to find a few restaurants that serve Halal food, you can even get more information from the Cairns mosque too. However, some places might serve alcohol as well.   4. Bora Bora   This gorgeous French Polynesian island is famous for breathtakingly beautiful ocean scenery and lush rainforests – the perfect island getaway. Bora Bora is best known as top honeymoon destination as well. From snorkelling, scuba diving or hiking – there are plenty of engaging ways to explore the island. You can spend the day swimming or take a stroll by the white, sandy Matira beach. But pay a visit to the inactive volcano Mount Otemanu to hike up the summit   Finding Halal dining options will not be easy in Bora Bora. However, you can stick to vegetarian or seafood items instead. But first, find out if pork products or alcohol are used in food preparation from the restaurant or hotel staff.   5. Gold Coast   Tours and holidays in Australia and Oceania are not complete without exploring the Gold Coast in Queensland. There is plenty of fun to go around too – the Gold Coast is very popular for amazing beaches and excellent surfing spots. No surprises that jet skiing, swimming and surfing are some of the top activities to enjoy here. Burleigh Head Beach and Surfer’s Paradise Beach are must-visit spots too. It won’t be hard to find Halal restaurants in the Gold Coast since there is a significant Muslim population, which is ideal if you want to visit Halal-friendly destinations. You can even find out more information from The Gold Coast Islamic Centre as well.   6. The 12 Apostles   The 12 Apostles are located in Port Campbell National Park on the coast of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. The massive limestone stacks lining the coast make the perfect backdrop when taking your photographs to the beach. The best way to take in the view is by the plane ride or a hike along Great Ocean Road. Do check out the famous shipwreck site Loch Ard Gorge which is located north-west of the 12 Apostles as well.   It will be hard to locate Halal food in Great Ocean Road. But you will find Halal food options in Apollo Bay which are located more than an hour from the Port Campbell National Park.   7. Papamoa Beach   Papamoa Beach is located in the city of Tauranga, Bay of Plenty in New Zealand. The beach has always been a favourite spot for picnics and fun beach activities such as kite-surfing and swimming. For something unique, you can visit the Blokart Recreation Park - a blokart is a compact land yacht with wheels on which you enjoy a thrilling ride. You can also go camping and enjoy the coast at the Seaview & Beachfront Campsites at the Papamoa Beach Resort.   There are a few Halal restaurants to be found in Tauranga, however, there are vegetarian dining options available too. Most restaurants do serve alcohol as well even though they serve Halal food.     Tours and holidays in Australia and Oceania will be more when you add these spots to your travel itinerary. Start planning your Muslim-friendly vacation and don’t miss out on these interesting places!   ...

  • 10 of the World's Best Surfing Destinations for Muslims

    Hunting the best surfing destinations in the world? HalalTrip has made a list of some of the world's best surfing spots that you can head to as a Muslim traveler.     Surfing has become a trendy water sport over the last few decades and surfing enthusiasts have discovered some well-known as well as hidden surf destinations around the world. With the gaining popularity for surfing, there are a surfeit of surf destinations to choose from in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and America. Here is our list of the best surfing destinations in the world for Muslim travelers.    1) Jeffrey's Bay - South Africa   About: Jeffrey’s Bay often called J-Bay, is a popular tourist destination and is famous for its seashells and seafood restaurants, water sports, river logons and of course surfing! Voted as the second best of the ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’ by CNN in 2013, it is an ideal surfing destination in Africa that has several Halal restaurants in the areas for Muslim travelers.   Surf: Jeffrey’s Bay which offers the best right hand point break in the world has waves that can measure up to 12 feet. With 10 different surfs to choose from, including Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Boneyards and Supertubes, there are many options for all grades of surfers. Booties are a must when surfing at J-Bay and do keep an eye out for sharks!    Location: Situated on the Indian Ocean in a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa just off the N2 Highway, about 75 kilometers southwest of Port Elizabeth.   Peak Season: May to mid-September   2) Surfrider Beach - Malibu, California, USA     About: California has been a surfers’ destination for nearly 100 years. With its abundance of surfs, California may be considered one of the best surf destinations in America, while Surfrider Beach is a popular sandy beach and surfing spot often included in many lists of the world’s best surfing destinations. Malibu also offers many Halal restaurants for Muslim travelers.    Surf:  Surfrider Beach’s small, perfectly formed waves is a great place to longboard and surf Beach Boys-style.    Location: Situated between the Malibu Pier and the Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach is part of the Malibu Lagoon State Beach which has separate designated surfing and swimming areas.    Peak Season: September to November     3) Honolua Bay - Maui, Hawaii, USA      About: Another renown top surf adventure destination in America is Hawaii. The first written reference of surfing at Hawaii was in the 18th century, and hence these islands are often considered the ‘home of surfing’. Although Waikiki, the North Shore and Oahu are known as surfing meccas, Maui also has its legendary surf spots. All in all, the Hawaiian Islands offer surfers of all grades and experience a surfing adventure like no other! Muslim travelers will also be able to find a couple of halal restaurants and a mosque in Maui.   Surf: The surf at Honolulu Bay is the most popular in Maui and yet difficult to find. But once you get on this right-hand point break, the feeling is fantastic. There is also a chance to spot whales while surfing!   Location: The beach at Honolua Bay is located under Maui’s rugged northwest shoulder. You can park on the bluffs overlooking the break and, walk down the trail to the water to Honolua Bay.   Peak Season: Winter is the best surf season,   4) Joe’s Point - Sur, Oman        About: Oman is still a very young and unexplored surfing destination. However, its long stretch of coast along the Indian Ocean does offer some interesting surf breaks that make Oman not only one of the best destinations to surf in the Middle East but also a very Muslim-friendly surf destination.   Surf: With a sand bar to the right and rock bottom to the left, Joe’s Point is suitable for both beginners and experts. Rides can last up to 40 seconds and the water temperature is usually warm.    Location: Joe’s Point situated on the Arabian Sea in the town of Sur in the Ash Sharqiyah Region of Oman can only be reached by car. It is located approximately four hours from Muscat along Highway 17.   Season: Due to Oman’s subtropical dry weather, surfers can surf at Joe’s Point all year through.   5) Arugam Bay - Sri Lanka   About: Sri Lanka is comparatively a newly discovered and affordable surfing destination, while Arugam Bay is regarded as the best surf spot in the country; attracting local surfing enthusiasts as well as international tourists. With the area’s predominantly Muslim population and seafood restaurants, Arugam Bay can be considered a Muslim-friendly surf destination.    Surf: Arugam Bay has quite a few quality surf breaks which are mostly right-hand peaks. The most popular being the Main Point located towards the south of the bay. Other breaks include Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point to the north, and Elephant Rock, Peanut Farm and Okanda to the south.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka's east coast, the bay is located 320 kilometers (200 miles) due east of Colombo, and approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) south of Pottuvil (Ullae).   Peak Season: May to November   6) Sultans - North Male, Maldives   About: Another Muslim-friendly surf destination in Asia is the Maldives. As an Islamic country, the availability of mosques and Halal food is not a concern for Muslim travelers and there many fine surf points to choose from among Maldives' 1,190 coral islands. Sultans is considered a famous surf destination in the Maldives and is ranked 11th in CNN’s 2013 list of ‘World’s 50 Best Surf Spots’.   Surf: The surf at Sultans is a consistent reef wave that's impressive in the spring and peaks at high tide, with a solid southeast swell. However, the rocks at Sultans can be dangerous and it is recommended to use a surf trip specialist outfit such as ‘Surfatoll’.    Location: On the Indian Ocean in the North Male Atoll.    Peak Season: March to October   7) Superbank - Gold Coast, Australia    About: The Gold Coast is considered the best surfing destination in Australia and the Superbank is a highly popular man-made stretch of beach ideal for surfing. The Superbank wave was created following the start of the dredging of sand away from the Tweed Rivermouth is formed by the stretch of sand along the southern points at Snapper Rocks – Kirra, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount. It is the site of the annual surfing competition. The Gold Coast with its abundance of Halal cafes and restaurants make this an ideal surf and beach destination for Muslim travelers.    Surf: The Superbank's break is one of the world’s best surf destinations for passionate surfers. The wave is a right-hand point break that regularly barrels and can produce heavy, hollow barrels only suited for the experienced surfer.    Location: Located in Coolangatta just north of the New South Wales/Queensland border.   Peak Season: January to April.   8) Hossegor - France   About: Dubbed as the "surfing capital of Europe", it is no wonder that Hossegor tops many lists of the best surf destinations in Europe. With such fame, Hossegor has become a must-visit surf destination that attracts not only surfing enthusiasts and pros, but also people who wish to watch the pros ride tubes, which can rival Hawaii for heavy walls breaking on an unnervingly shallow sandbank. Muslim travelers also luck out as Soorts-Hossegor does have some Halal restaurants.   Surf: Hossegor’s surf is mainly for experienced surfers. Considered some of the best waves in the world, Hossegor attracts world-class surfers with its world-class waves. Hossegor offers a series of world-class beach breaks including Les Estagnots, Les Culs Nuls, the mighty La Gravière (for tube-riding) and L’Epi Nord.   Location: Situated on the Atlantic in the South of France, Hossegor is a part of the little town of Soorts. It is a short drive from the towns of Biarritz and Capbreton and a couple hours from the Spanish border and the Basque country to the south.    Peak Season: March/April or September/October.   9) Cloud Nine - Siargao Island, Philippines   About: Siargao Island is affordable surf destination in Asia with several waves that can only be reached by boat. After being featured in a Surfer magazine nearly 25 years ago, this island has become even more popular as a low budget surf destination. Cloud Nine is one of the well-known surfing waves on Siargao and the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition.    Surf: The surf at Cloud Nine with its right-breaking reef wave has gained worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes. However, sharp reefs below the surf can be dangerous so do be careful!    Location: Situated in the Philippines Seas, Siargao Island is a tear-drop shaped island about 800 kilometers from Manila. Cloud Nine is the only wave on the Island that can be accessed without a boat.    Peak Season:  August to November when the prevailing wind is offshore.   10) Uluwatu - Bali, Indonesia   About: The island of Bali is considered a fabulous beach holiday destination that attracts holiday makers from across the globe and its popularity as one of the best beaches to surf on attracts surfers from beginners to professionals for an exotic surfing experience. The island of Bali offers a range of waves in clear waters all through the year, making it another go-to surf destination in Asia. Further, Muslim travelers will be able to enjoy their choice of halal food and restaurants.   Surf: Uluwatu which was discovered as a surfing destination in 1972 is known for its professional-grade waves, while the the 5-kilometer-long sandy stretch of Kuta which is clear of dangerous rocks and coral is the ideal surf for beginners.    Location: Uluwatu is situated on the southern tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. This left reef is divided into sections - from top to bottom, they are Outside Temple, Bommies, Temple, Outside Corner, Racetracks and Peak.   Peak Season:  April to October.     Click here for more ideas for your next Muslim-friendly holiday!     ...



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