Where to Go on the Gold Coast

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AD­VEN­TURE

■ AUSSIE AIR. Have the ul­ti­mate sightseeing ex­pe­ri­ence on board one of Aussie Air’s pris­tine he­li­copters. Cap­ture 360-de­gree panoramic views over the Gold Coast city, stun­ning white sandy beaches and its lush sub­trop­i­cal hin­ter­land. With tours start­ing from only $99 per per­son, Aussie Air have packages run­ning daily and ho­tel trans­fers avail­able.

Gold Coast Air­port, Hangar 51, Lores Bon­ney Cir­cuit, Bilinga.1800 500 142. aussieair.com

■ BOUNCE. BOUNCE is a world where the rules of gravity no longer ap­ply. It’s heaps of fun for the whole fam­ily that takes the rush of get­ting air­borne and adds a bunch of new di­men­sions. It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re un­der five or an ac­tion sports junkie in train­ing, BOUNCE is the most fun you can have in an hour. An in­door tram­po­line uni­verse that is all about jump­ing high and land­ing soft and SAFE—BOUNCE is pure awe­some­ness, ev­ery time.

10 En­ergy Cir­cuit, Robina. 1300 000 540. boun­ceinc.com.au

■ THE CANYON FLYER. The Canyon Flyer is the most ex­treme ad­ven­ture at­trac­tion on the Gold Coast and is one of Australia’s largest guided zi­pline canopy tours of up to 10 ad­ven­tur­ers with two awe­some guides. While not for the faint hearted, be sure to try the Zi­pline Tour, con­sist­ing of seven huge zi­plines that cross Cedar Creek Canyon mul­ti­ple times be­fore drop­ping into the canyon and fly­ing just above the tree top canopy be­low.

Mount Tam­borine Tree­top Chal­lenge, Thun­der­bird Park, Cedar Creek Falls Road, North Tam­borine. 1300 881 446. tree­topchal­lenge.com.au/canyon­flyer.aspx

■ DUFFY DOWN UN­DER. Duffy Down Un­der’s Elec­tric boat hire ser­vices are the best way to en­joy a fun-filled day cruis­ing the wa­ter­ways. All ser­vices re­quire no li­cense and their self-drive duffy boats are ex­tremely easy to ma­noeu­vre and op­er­ate. It’s a safe and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for all.

60–70 Sea­world Drive, Main Beach. Daily 9am–7pm. 5532 6123. duffy­dow­nun­der.com.au

HOT AIR BAL­LOON GOLD COAST.

This is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to be­hold sun­rise and breath­tak­ing views over­look­ing some of the most spec­tac­u­lar scenery in the world. En­joy hot air bal­loon pack-up games fol­lowed by a cham­pagne break­fast at the iconic O’reilly’s Grand Home­stead and Bou­tique Vine­yard.

23 Ferny Av­enue, Surfers Par­adise. From $250. 1300 766 887 or 5636 1508. ho­tair.com.au/gold­coast

n IFLY GOLD COAST. IFLY In­door Sky­div­ing is a state-of-the-art ver­ti­cal wind tun­nel that pro­vides a fun and safe way to ex­pe­ri­ence true hu­man body flight. IFLY flies peo­ple from ages three to 103, with no ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary and all train­ing in­cluded. Make your dreams of flight a re­al­ity and try In­door Sky­div­ing— an ac­tiv­ity that the whole fam­ily can en­joy!

3084 Surfers Par­adise Boule­vard, Surfers Par­adise. 1300 366 364. ifly.com.au

n JETBOAT EX­TREME. Do you have the need for speed? Are you an adren­a­line junkie look­ing for your next chal­lenge? Be pre­pared to be scared to death! With 55 min­utes of thrills and ex­cite­ment aboard the Gold Coast’s largest and most pow­er­ful pur­pose-built jet boat at speeds of 80 km/h and over.

Daily 10am–4pm. Adults from $65, chil­dren (4–14 years) $47, fam­ily $175. Board­ing be­hind Helm Bar, 30–34 Ferny Av­enue, Surfers Par­adise. 5538 8890. jet­boa­tex­treme.com.au

AT­TRAC­TIONS AUS­TRALIAN OUT­BACK SPEC­TAC­U­LAR.

Com­mem­o­rate the Cen­te­nary of the ANZACS and the he­roes of the leg­endary Aus­tralian Light Horse as one of Australia’s most stir­ring and re­mark­able true sto­ries is re­born in “Salute to the Light Horse— High Coun­try Spe­cial”. Now show­ing at Aus­tralian Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar for a lim­ited time only. In­cludes three-course din­ner and drinks. Book­ings es­sen­tial.

13 33 86. out­back­spec­tac­u­lar.com.au n CUR­RUMBIN ROCK POOLS. Cur­rumbin Rock Pools are set in the beau­ti­ful sur­rounds of Spring­brook Na­tional Park in the Gold Coast hin­ter­land, 15 min­utes from Cur­rumbin Beach. While pool depths vary, there are still plenty of places suit­able for all ages to splash around safely, and you can even take man’s best friend along for a swim too!

Cur­rumbin Creek Road, Cur­rumbin. Open daily. Free en­try.

CUR­RUMBIN WILDLIFE SANC­TU­ARY.

Nes­tled amidst a lush eu­ca­lyp­tus-dot­ted rain­for­est, this pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion of­fers in­ter­ac­tive pre­sen­ta­tions with Australia’s iconic wildlife. Cud­dle a koala, get up close to a croc­o­dile and hand feed the kan­ga­roos. Ev­ery day at Cur­rumbin is a new ad­ven­ture with won­der­ful dis­plays of ex­otic birds, rep­tiles and mar­su­pi­als.

28 Tomewin Street, Cur­rumbin. Daily 8am–5pm. Adults from $49.95, chil­dren from $35.95. 5534 1266. cws.org.au

n DREAMWORLD. Dreamworld is Australia’s big­gest theme park with over 40 rides in­clud­ing five roller coast­ers. Take a morn­ing stroll through Tiger Is­land and ob­serve these ma­jes­tic crea­tures up close. Dreamworld is packed with fun, thrills, rides, live shows and en­ter­tain­ment to keep you amused all day long.

Dreamworld Park­way, Coomera. Daily 10am–5pm. Adults $95, Chil­dren (3–13 years) $85. 5588 1111. dreamworld.com.au

n IN­FIN­ITY. Lose your­self in a mind­blow­ing 30-minute journey into 20 fu­tur­is­tic, maze-like uni­verses with stun­ning spe­cial ef­fects, sound fields, and spec­tac­u­lar visual and spe­cial il­lu­sions that re­cede to … IN­FIN­ITY!!

Ground Level, Shop 31 Chevron Re­nais­sance Cen­tre, cnr Surfers Par­adise Boule­vard and Elkhorn Av­enue, Surfers Par­adise. Daily 10am–10pm. Adults $26.90, chil­dren (4–13 years) $17.90, fam­ily $72.90. 5538 2988. in­fin­i­tygc.com.au

n SEA WORLD. Plan your visit around photo op­por­tu­ni­ties with dol­phins and seals, or spe­cial show events at Dol­phin Beach or Seal Har­bour—see po­lar bears, sharks, pen­guins and gi­ant stingrays. Don’t miss the fan­tas­tic rides in Nick­elodeon Land! There is some­thing for ev­ery­one at Sea World.

Sea­world Drive, Main Beach. Daily 9.30am–5pm. Adults $74.99, Chil­dren (3–13 years) $69.99. 13 33 86. sea­world.com.au

SKYPOINT OB­SER­VA­TION DECK & CLIMB.

270 me­tres above sea level, Skypoint is Australia’s high­est ex­ter­nal build­ing climb, with 298 stairs to the plat­form and breath­tak­ing 360-de­gree views of the Gold Coast’s stun­ning golden beaches and lush trop­i­cal moun­tains. Skypoint boasts Australia’s only beach­side Ob­ser­va­tion Deck—a great place to re­lax af­ter com­plet­ing the climb.

Level 77, Q1 Re­sort and Spa, 9 Hamil­ton Av­enue, Surfers Par­adise. Sun–thu 7.30am–7pm, Fri–sat 7.30am–9pm. Adults $24, chil­dren $14, fam­ily $62. 5582 2700. skypoint.com.au

TAM­BORINE RAIN­FOR­EST SKYWALK.

Tam­borine Rain­for­est Skywalk pro­vides a unique whole fam­ily op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore beau­ti­ful rain­for­est canopies. The 1.5 kilo­me­tre walk cov­ers for­est floor trails, and a soar­ing can­tilever bridge 30 me­tres above Cedar Creek on Tam­borine Mountain boasts beau­ti­ful views. You can walk at your own pace on a self-guided tour.

333 Geiss­mann Drive, North Tam­borine. Daily 9.30am–last walks de­part­ing 4pm. Adults $19.50, chil­dren (6–16 years) $9.50. 5545 2222. rain­forest­sky­walk.com.au

n THUN­DER­BIRD PARK. Thun­der­bird Park has loads of ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties— bush­walk­ing, bird-feed­ing, horse trail rid­ing, mini-golf, laser skir­mish, a tree­top high ropes chal­lenge, Thun­deregg fos­sick­ing or swim­ming in one of the nu­mer­ous translu­cent rock pools, you will be spoilt for choice. Camp­ing and car­a­van sites are avail­able at Tam­borine Mountain if you’re look­ing for a longer get­away.

Tam­borine Mountain Road (cnr Cedar Creek Falls Road), Tam­borine Mountain. 5545 1468. thun­der­bird­park.com

WARNER BROS. MOVIE WORLD.

Warner Bros. Movie World is the only movie-re­lated theme park in Australia with some of the most ad­vanced rides in the world. The elec­tri­fy­ing Arkham Asy­lum reaches speeds of 85 km/h, in five stom­ach-churn­ing in­ver­sions; this one is not for the faint-hearted! If you’re af­ter some­thing a lit­tle more slow-paced, Movie World has a wide range of other rides to choose from.

Pa­cific Mo­tor­way, Ox­en­ford. Daily 9.30am–5pm. Adults $74.99, Chil­dren (3–13 years) $69.99. 13 33 86. movieworld.com.au

n WET’N’WILD. From fam­ily fun on the Wet’n’wild Ju­nior or the Gi­ant Wave Pool, to thrill rides on the Kamikaze or the Tor­nado, you’ll never want to leave the wa­ter at Wet‘n’wild! The park boasts play and recre­ation ar­eas for ev­ery­one from the lit­tlies, right up to the adrenalin junkie.

Pa­cific Mo­tor­way, Ox­en­ford. Daily 10am–5pm. Adults $74.99, Chil­dren (3–13 years) $69.99. 13 33 86. wet­nwild.com.au

n WHITEWATER WORLD. You will find thrill rides, fam­ily rides, kids’ rides, or sim­ply a place to re­lax in your own pri­vate ca­bana in the shade at the wettest theme park on the Gold Coast. Get a com­bined en­try pass to Dreamworld and dou­ble the fun!

Dreamworld Park­way, Coomera. Daily 10am–5pm. Adults $85, chil­dren $75. 5588 1111. dreamworld.com.au/ whitewater-world

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

n EVENT CIN­E­MAS GOLD CLASS. For the ul­ti­mate in movie ex­pe­ri­ences, in­dulge in the laid-back lux­ury of Gold Class at Event Cin­e­mas. In this in­ti­mate set­ting, guests can re­lax in lux­u­ri­ous full-re­clin­ing leather arm chairs plus en­joy the ease of on-call waiter ser­vice, fea­tur­ing a com­pre­hen­sive food and bev­er­age menu, de­liv­ered di­rect to your seat, be­fore or dur­ing the movie!

Event Cin­e­mas Robina, Robina Town Cen­tre, cnr Col­lyer Quays and Lido Prom­e­nade, Robina. Event Cin­e­mas Pa­cific Fair, Pa­cific Fair Shop­ping Cen­tre, Level 1, Hooker Boule­vard, Broad­beach. eventcin­e­mas.com.au

n THE STAR GOLD COAST. The Gold Coast’s pre­mier en­ter­tain­ment com­plex com­prises a ho­tel, casino, the­atre and a myr­iad of restau­rants and bars. From mu­si­cal the­atre, com­edy and dance to live mu­sic and movie screen­ings, the The­atre hosts a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ing shows ev­ery week.

1 Casino Drive, Broad­beach Is­land, Broad­beach. 5592 8100. star.com.au/gold­coast

MU­SE­UMS & GAL­LERIES THE ARTS CEN­TRE GOLD COAST.

A pre­mier cul­tural fa­cil­ity, the Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast brings visual and per­form­ing arts to the re­gion. The com­plex houses the Arts The­atre, Gold Coast City Gallery, two cin­e­mas and the Arts Café as well as stun­ning func­tion rooms, a chapel and two small per­for­mance spa­ces. The Day­time Pro­gram fea­tures af­ford­able con­certs show­cas­ing some of Australia’s best-loved per­form­ers. Catch a per­for­mance on the Ter­race Stage, or take a walk around Evan­dale Lake.

135 Bun­dall Road, Surfers Par­adise. Daily. Free en­try. 5588 4000. thearts­cen­tregc.com.au

GOLD COAST CITY ART GALLERY.

The Gold Coast City Art Gallery is a pub­lic gallery hous­ing the renowned City Col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary and his­tor­i­cal art­works doc­u­ment­ing the char­ac­ter of the Gold Coast and the evo­lu­tion of Aus­tralian art prac­tice. Here you will find a di­verse and dy­namic pro­gram of tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and events from lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists.

The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, 135 Bun­dall Road, Surfers Par­adise. Daily. Free en­try. 5588 4067. thearts­cen­tregc. com.au

PARKS & GAR­DENS

GOLD COAST RE­GIONAL BOTANIC GAR­DENS.

The Re­gional Botanic Gar­dens will take you away for a much needed serene and tran­quil break. Smell and touch plants and flow­ers at the Sen­sory Gar­den, ex­plore lo­cal flora in the Man­groves to Moun­tains Walk, visit the na­tive But­ter­fly Gar­den or smell the ma­jes­tic blooms in the Rose Gar­den. You can take a leisurely stroll on the board­walks around the lake be­fore a pic­nic lunch, and keep the lit­tlies en­ter­tained in the chil­dren’s play­ground.

230 Ash­more Road, Benowa. 5581 6984. gold­coast.qld.gov.au

OUT OF TOWN: TAM­BORINE MOUNTAIN

n THE VINO BUS. Tam­borine Mountain is lo­cated just 45 min­utes west of the Gold Coast. You can ex­plore this beau­ti­ful area with The Vino Bus—jump on board for a wine tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence you will not for­get! Ab­sorb the spec­tac­u­lar scenery whilst mak­ing your way through Tam­borine Mountain’s unique wine trail. Taste Queens­land’s award-win­ning wines, and in­dulge in a de­li­cious two-course lunch at one of the mountain’s top winer­ies. Snacks and wa­ter are also pro­vided and The Vino Bus will pick up di­rectly from your ho­tel on the Gold Coast or in Bris­bane, seven days a week.

0456 998 466. thevi­nobus.com.au

Hot Air Bal­loon­ing. Photo: Juno Kim/ Tourism and Events Queens­land.

The Tiger Walk Ex­pe­ri­ence at Dreamworld.

Sea World.

The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast.

Event Cin­e­mas Gold Class.

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