Where to Go on the Gold Coast

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■ 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


■ 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


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



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


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


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.

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