The Gold Coast is a much loved destination among locals and tourists. This coastal city lies in the Sunshine State of Queensland and is just a 1 hours drive from Brisbane. Well known for its beaches, activities, surf, nightlife and laidback culture it serves as a great short and even long getaway.
Gold Coast is home to the iconic Surfers paradise, a small suburb that is rich with things to do and the popular stretch of beach. The surrounds serve as a great base to explore as well – with exciting indoor and outdoor attractions.
Now, with winter slowly settling in, even local Sydneysiders and other Aussie locals retreat up North for that slightly warmer climate.
Here are some of the most popular attractions that will keep you busy throughout your trip at the Coast.
Explore The Theme Park World’s
First on the list is theme parks! Gold Coast is also known as the ‘Amusement Park Capital of the Land Down Under’. There are a few theme parks that gives families and friends of all ages quite a selection. Gold Coast’s theme parks are known for their thrills and family entertainment, from twisted fast roller coasters to the humorous and awe-inspiring marine live shows, to the gentle slopes of the waterslides. The notable theme parks of Gold Coast are SeaWorld, Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and Movie World.
Sea World – Marine Mammal Park & Oceanarium
Marine life, aquarium and theme park, Sea World has the best of both worlds. It is an ideal attraction to not only have fun but to also interact and learn about the marine environment. Learn about the protection and importance to preserve aquatic life. Not only is it informing, but visitors can see great exhibits, showcasing the animal. There are also live shows where seals and dolphins come out to play and act and Jet Ski stunts to fill the day.
That is not all. Sea World also hosts a handful of rides and attractions, like the Jet Rescue (quite a speedy ride), Storm Coaster, Nickelodeon land (For the kids) & Castaway Bay. There is an awesome high rope adventure course at the very end of the theme park as well. Visitors can also pay extra to swim and interact with seals & dolphins.
Dreamworld – Gold Coast’s Biggest!
Dreamworld is Australia’s biggest theme park, with over 40 rides, with 9 big thrill rides, including 5 roller coasters, it will surely keep you entertained throughout the day. Though this is really not for the faint-hearted and light-headed as there are lots of rides that will spin, twist and twirl. Though there is a section just for the youngsters and kids, so don’t fret. Dream World is broken out into a few themes. Main Street, Ocean PArade, Gold Rush Country, Corroboree, ABC Kids World, Wiggles World, Dreamworks Experience, Motorsports Experience and Tiger Island. These sections showcase a unique gathering of rides, exhibits, live shows, foods and great shops for Lego and awesome merchandise.
White Water World – Water Park
Part of Dream World, WhiteWater World is a water adventure haven for any age. For grown-ups, there are 20 extravagant private cabanas that are loaded with deck chairs, tables, iPod dock, fridge, staff service and even TVs. This lets you relax and bask in the sun while the kids go wild.
There are 8 water slides, 1 water park, 1 kiddie water park (Wiggle Bay) and a wave pool.
Wet ‘N’ Wild – Water Park
Wet ‘N’ Wild is a large water park that in the Gold Coast and also Sydney. This water adventure park does pack a punch. There are over 17 attractions here, including water rides, thrill rides and family fun rides. Cabana hire here is also possible with the kiddie park here being Calypso beach.
Movie World – Warner Brothers Theme Park
A popular theme park among many, it is a movie related theme park with first-class rides and action-packed shows. The main focus here lies on iconic themes such as DC Comics and looney tunes. Though the rides here are not to be doubted, there are insane roller coasters and big drops that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Some iconic rides are the SuperMan Escape Roller coaster, Arkham Asylum, Scooby-Doo spooky coaster, Batwing Spaceshot and roadrunner. Other than the exciting rides, the theme park houses great stores and shows.
Enjoy The Surfers Paradise
With its perfect shoreline and undisturbed coastal views, Surfers Paradise is lively and full of active swimmers, cyclists, joggers, skateboarders, walkers and surfers.
There are plenty of things to do in the gold coast & Surfers Paradise, you can either walk along the 57 km stretch of beach on the beautiful sand or partake in the many tours that are on offer. Either be involved with local community events like the Sand sculpting championships or local markets or head towards the Surfers Paradise Boulevard, where there are attractions like Time Zone, Adrenalin Park and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium. There are also plenty of superb cafe’s, restaurants, stores and dessert parlours around.
The nightlife of the Gold Coast is also incredibly famous for its array of multi-million dollar clubs & venues, with spectacular dance floors, advanced sound system and state of the art light production, providing some of the best type of indoor nightlife entertainment available in Australia. The Coast is filled with bars, lounges, and clubs if you love to party til dawn.
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