Today we went down to the gold coast. We were warned away from surfers paradise as it was the Aussie equivalent of helf-term and it would have been full of spotty screaming teenagers (apparently 60 kids had been arrested there the previous day).
Instead we got the train from Roma street down to Robina. This took just over an hour (the trains seem to go slower than the UK which I didn't think was physically possible).
From Robina ou can get a 20 minute bus ride to Burleigh heads. This is the next bay down from Surfers Paradise I think but is a bit quieter (in terms of night life) The center of the town has a bowls club for example. It is a really nice place to spend time relaxing though and thats what we did. We managed to get a 2 bedroom appartment for 1 night for $200 (about 80 quid). This had a pool and tennis court and Sky TV. I got excited when I noted that the Watford game was going to be on the next day at 6am!