Where to Go on the Gold Coast
■ AUSTRALIAN SHOOTING ACADEMY. For a real thrill and novel activity visit the Australian Shooting Academy to experience the power of firing a real gun with real bullets. Perfect your aim and learn to shoot in a super-safe, fully supervised environment. With six separate ranges and 27 shooting lanes, they are also Australia’s only indoor clay target range. No experience is required as an expert range officer will guide you through the process adhering to the most stringent of safety procedures.
Level 1, Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Daily 10am–10pm. 5527 5100. australianshootingacademy.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
■ 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
■ AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK SPECTACULAR. Witness the bravery, beauty and courage of Australia’s greatest stories never told. Saddle up for a captivating journey to the high country where legendary yarns come alive with inspiring stories of the Australian characters. Be dazzled by amazing animals, death defying stunts and enchanting special effects. Experience the delicious three-course menu and drinks along with the most breathtaking arena show at Australian Outback Spectacular.
13 33 86. outbackspectacular.com.au ■ 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
■ 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 from $85, Children (3–13 years) from $75. 5588 1111. dreamworld.com.au ■ PARADISE COUNTRY. Paradise Country offers visitors an insight into life on an Australian Farm, featuring amazing experiences including sheep shearing and a whip cracking show. Watch as stockmen and their dogs work together in unison to round up a flock of sheep. Relax around the campfire and enjoy a traditional Billy Tea and damper as you experience the action of the outback. The wildlife walkabout area allows you to roam at your leisure and hand feed kangaroos and emus as you watch the koalas. A day out at Paradise Country is great fun for the whole family.
Production Drive, Oxenford. Daily 9.30am– 4.30pm. 13 33 86. paradisecountry.com.au
■ 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
■ 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
■ 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
■ 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
■ 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
■ GALLERY AT HOTA. Gallery at HOTA 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.
HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. Daily. Free entry. 5588 4067. hota.com.au
■ HOTA, HOME OF THE ARTS. Surrounded by parklands and a lake with Surfers Paradise as the backdrop, HOTA, Home of the Arts, is your place for live performances, lake-side strolls, star-gazing, cinema-watching, art and new-ideas. There’s a unique outdoor stage for live events and a refreshed cafe for relaxing and connecting. Plus, all your favourites, like
our cinemas, theatres and gallery. Discover art—indoors and out. HOTA is that kind of place—where art meets life.
135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. Open daily. 5588 4000. hota.com.au ■ ROYAL QUEENSLAND ART SOCIETY. Situated within a picturesque location across from the beach, Royal Queensland Art Society is a beautiful and modern gallery with a diverse and exciting range of art for sale. With fresh exhibitions and a monthly changeover of art there will be something to suit all tastes and budgets. Participate in weekly classes, workshops, group get together’s and life drawing in the spacious workshop area upstairs, or purchase original cards and small paintings from the gift shop, the perfect gift for someone special back home.
25 Broadbeach Boulevard, Broadbeach. 5592 0440. rqasgoldcoast.com
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: STRADBROKE ISLAND
■ STRADBROKE ISLAND HOLIDAYS. Summer never ends on North Stradbroke Island. From swimming in the beautiful waters to fishing, diving and whale watching, “Straddie” has it all. Contact Stradbroke Island Holidays to make arrangements for the perfect island getaway including accommodation and vehicle ferry transfers.
3821 0266. stradbrokeholidays.com.au
OUT OF TOWN: TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN
■ 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
Skypoint Climb. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.
Royal Queensland Art Society. Photo: Nathaniel Rawlings.