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

■ 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 su­per­safe, 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

■ BUNGY JUMP GOLD COAST. Bungy Jump Gold Coast will give you the ul­ti­mate adrenalin rush as you stand 40 me­tres— 14 sto­ries—above-ground, and pre­pare to take the ‘leap of faith’. Ab­sorb the spec­tac­u­lar panorama of the sur­round­ing hin­ter­land, in­hale deeply, then 3 – 2 – 1 – Jump!

20 Mudgee Street, Kingston Park Race­way, Kingston. From $149, Sat–sun 11am–5pm. 0432 864 963. bungyaus­tralia.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

■ 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.

■ GOLD COAST HELI­TOURS. Ex­pe­ri­ence the Gold Coast’s sweep­ing land­scapes of rolling hills, pic­turesque water­ways and golden beaches sur­rounded by tow­er­ing high rises fa­mous the world over. Gold Coast Heli­tours pro­vides lux­ury he­li­copters and has a 100 per cent safety record over 20 years, so you can sit back, re­lax and take in the views with­out con­cern.

Sea­world Drive, Main Beach. Six tours avail­able from 5 min­utes–45 min­utes du­ra­tion. Adults from $65, chil­dren (4–12 years) from $55. 5591 8457. gold­coas­the­li­tours.com.au/scenic-flights

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

■ 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

AT­TRAC­TIONS 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 three­course 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 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 from $85, Chil­dren (3–13 years) from $75. 5588 1111. dream­world.com.au

n 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 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

n 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

n 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

n 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

n 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

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

Photo: Tourism and Events Queens­land.

Sky­point views.

Aus­tralian Outback Spec­tac­u­lar.

Tam­borine Rain­for­est Sky­walk.

Left: French­mans Look­out, Strad­broke Is­land. Photo: Ja­son Charles Hill Pho­tog­ra­phy/ Tourism and Events Queens­land.

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