Gold Coast Australia
The Gold Coast is Australia’s favourite holiday playground. The attractions of the Gold Coast bring smiles to people of all ages and stages. With exhilarating rides, exotic animals and endless waterslides to help you cool off on hot summer days, your Gold Coast Holidays offers a full spectrum of interactive entertainment – from dazzling big budget Gold Coast theme parks to small, hilariously kitsch museums.
One of it’s top attractions is Surfers Paradise which was established in 1950s as a one hotel, this beachside town and has grown up over the last half century with more and more attractions have popping up, making the region one of the most tourist-oriented in the world.
Following you will find information on Gold Coast theme parks, attractions, activities, things to do for families, things to do for the adventurous, cruises, day tours and much more.
Top 9 Most Popular Attractions in Gold Coast Australia
1. Surfer Paradise
The Gold Coast has some of the best and most consistent waves in the nation; it’s home to round one of the Association of Surfing Professionals world tour; there are 70km of beaches and four epic point breaks. It would be appropriate to call it a surfers’ paradise; and they did.
The team at Gold Coast Watersports have all your exciting watersports activities in the one fantastic location, inside the award winning SeaWorld Resort. Experience the thrill of riding a Jetski around a purpose built circuit, or go on one of their exciting guided island Jetski tours, try the ever popular parasailing or jetboat ride, self drive boat hire, kayaks and stand up paddleboards, or be the envious to all your friends with the latest craze to hit Australia’s shores, the all new FlyBoard Extreme experience. All the activities are safe and easy to operate and you do not need any previous experience or special licences.
Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, treasure hunters, bargain spotters and after-dinner strollers make their way along the coastal stretch of more than 100 market stalls while live entertainers set the mood. Surfers Paradise market stalls feature a variety of premium products, including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products and homewares. If you’re looking for an unusual gift or one-off piece, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are your one-stop-shop, with friendly stallholders always on hand to chat about the ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ of their wares. The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are located along the Surfers Paradise Foreshore (north and south of Cavill Mall).
2. Whale Watching
Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Whales in Paradise are the original Gold Coast Whale Watching company and the only whale watch operation whose cruises depart from the heart of the Gold Coast in central Surfers Paradise.The crew have a combined whale watch experience of over 15 years and are dedicated to providing their guests the closest Gold Coast Whale Watching encounter possible. The vessels are purpose built and specifically selected for whale watching. They are modern, large and spacious with Whale and Dolphin friendly design features. This provides guests with the ultimate uncrowded Gold Coast Whale Watching experience.
Whales in Paradise boats a 100 per cent Daily Sightings Record (Guaranteed Whale Sightings or Free Return Cruise). Enjoy the small groups and personalised services that they have to offer. Included is a scenic route through the Gold Coast Waterways where you can see the homes of the rich and the famous with commentary. The water level viewing deck provides the closest whale watching experience. Walk around the decks, where there is a guaranteed railside position – perfect for photos.
3. Theme Parks on the Gold Coast
Gold Coast theme parks come in all shapes and sizes and whether you like death-defying roller coasters or petting furry animals, you’re sure to find something.
You can buy tickets at the gate for all of them however to beat the ques we recommend booking online. Most hotels and apartments can arrange cheap transfer to the parks of your choice.
Enjoy UNLIMITED entry to 3 of the Gold Coast’s best theme parks! Purchase your passes online, print your tickets and visit any of the below theme parks and save $$ off admission prices!
- DreamWorld & White Water World
- Australian Outback Spectacular
4. Scenic Flights & Helicopter Rides
Up, up and away… if you have a hankering to be up with the birds in the clear blue sky, the Gold Coast is one of the best places in the world to do it. The view is amazing – with the deep blue Pacific Ocean in the east, the canals and highrises of the Gold Coast on land, stretching to the beautiful mountain scenery of the Gold Coast hinterland in the west and beyond, you’ll never be short of things to check out.
There are a number of helicopter charter companies and scenic flight providers on the Gold Coast and most of them operate from Mariner’s Cove at the Spit. It’s easily reachable and conveniently available.
In addition, you can also get on board a scenic flight from the Gold Coast airport and other airstrips around the Coast.
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