Looking for a great place to enjoy the perfect family holiday while vacationing in Australia? Then the Gold Coast in Queensland is definitely where you need to go. A coastal city in the sunny east coast of Australia, Gold Coast is simply a gem and is considered to be the nation’s ultimate beach holiday destination. If you are already there and are wondering what to do, then you need consider checking out this list of the top ten things we believe you should do when in, and before you leave Gold Coast.
1. Try Hot Air Ballooning Complete With A Complementary Champagne Breakfast
What better way to wake up to see stunning views of sparkling blue oceans, golden sandy beaches, and verdant rain forests from the sky? The great thing is that you can actually get to experience all this from the comfort of a Gold Coast hot air balloon ride several hundred feet in the air. Most hot air balloon rides will take you over Gold Coast’s hinterlands allowing you to enjoy the beautiful turquoise ocean behind you and the spectacular Mt. Tamborine in the distance.
When you land, you are greeted with some champagne on ice and a delightful piping hot breakfast at one of the local vineyards. Honestly, there is no better way to experience the Gold Coast after a good night’s sleep in one of the local hotels.
2. Try Visiting Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
No trip to the Gold Coast is complete until you have cuddled a koala bear. As such, you need to make sure that your very first stop is at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is home to many unique animals, including reptiles and a variety of native birds that are indigenous to Australia. If you want to get up close and personal with animals like the koala and kangaroos, then this is the place to go. The sanctuary is set on over 27 hectares of land that features a rainforest and plenty of bush land where animals can live freely. At the same time visitors can enjoy a variety of special and very educative wildlife shows every day.
3. Visit Warner Brothers’ Movie World
Warner Brother’s Movie World is a great venue for any movie buff, and basically for anyone who enjoys a good ride. If you are thrill-seeker, then you need to consider holding on tight when trying the Superman escape or the Green Lantern Coaster, or be ready for the fright-ride of your life on the Scooby-Doo Spooky coaster.
If you have young kids, then the Road Runner roller coaster is what you need to have them try. This ride will make both you and them feel as though they are part of this treasured cartoon character. There are also a couple of shows through which you can learn a thing or two about the secrets of movie making and how stunts are done.
4. Explore Australia’s Unique Sea Life at Gold Coast’s Sea World
Sea World is one of Gold Coast’s oldest theme parks; despite that, the park still manages to draw in huge crowds – and there is a good reason why. Sea World offers visitors a captivating insight of Australia’s unique underwater world and sea life. There is no other place in this world where you could get to see the unique world of a Polar bear or have a close-range encounter with a great white shark.
The park also offers some unique escapades for dolphin lovers. At the same time, you get the chance to get up close and personal with some of these friendly mammals or you could even go on a deep water adventure with them. If what you are looking for is to enjoy a bit of luxury, then you could opt to spend a day aboard the $3.5m luxury cruiser while exploring the different tributaries that surround the Gold Coast.
5. Try the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
Traversing through a rainforest is, without a doubt, a magical experience and is something you should consider doing when in Gold Coast and the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk presents you the opportunity to do this. The 300 meter long Skywalk Bridge spans across a part of the forest allowing you to see the lush Tamborine rainforest from a different perspective as you walk above it. The bridge actually runs above the forest’s canopy, giving you the chance to see the secrets of the world below from bird’s eye view. As you walk along the bridge, you get the chance to pass over rock pools, a gurgling stream and even over a butterfly lookout.
The walk’s highlight is the Cantilever, which is a part of the skywalk that is suspended at 30 metres. It is from here that you can get to see the rainforest in all its glory. The great thing about this walk is that anybody can enjoy it; and the beauty of it is that you can take all the time you want as there is no set pace. It generally takes most people about one hour to complete.
6. Get Your Thrill On At DreamWorld
DreamWorld is one of the best places to visit when at Dream World. This park just has everything you need to have fun in one location. There are lots of wildlife, exciting shows to enjoy and great rides. It is no wonder why it is Australia’s top theme park. There are well over 40 rides in this park alone – it is therefore almost impossible to try them all in just one day; but do not let that deter you from trying them all.
There are a couple of different lands that make up the theme park. You enter the park from Main Street and jump aboard the DreamWorld Railway or you just catch a movie at the theme park’s cinema. Gold Rush Town features some fun options like the Shooting Gallery and the exciting Thunder River Rapids Ride. It is advisable that you try the Rocky Hollow Log Ride – the world’s only tallest free-fall ride – before having lunch. A single drop could reach speeds of up to 135 km/h.
If you are the type of person that prefers staying close to land, the consider trying out the Australian Wildlife Experience where you get the chance to see some of Australia’s farm and native animals. Alternatively, you could opt to dance along to some of Wiggles most popular songs. While at DreamWorld visit Tiger Island, home to a couple of Sumatran and Bengal Tigers, and for a moment you might think you are in India.
7. Get Wet and Wild At The Wet N Wild Water World
Weather in the Gold Coast is generally warm all year round. As such, there is no better way to cool yourself down than having a splash at one of Australia’s largest water parks. Put on your swimsuit, grab your towel and head on down to the ultimate water park in Gold Coast, Wet N Wild Water World. If you are looking to have some high-adrenalin and serious fun, then try the kamikaze or Blackhole water slides or fly-down the park’s steep River Rapids. You even can get to enjoy some white water rafting at the park’s Mammoth Falls.
If you are looking for an option that the whole family can enjoy as a team, then consider taking a dip in the park’s Giant Wave Pool or try out the Whirlpool Springs experience. Get to have some fun practicing pirate accents at Buccaneer Bay as you sail through the simulated pirates’ world.
8. Shop At Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market
After you have had fun trying out all the different daring rides and theme parks in Gold Park, you definitely to have a break. Why not spend your break time indulging in some retail shopping therapy. Head over to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets and search for your own hidden treasures. These markets are on every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings.
With well over 120 stalls selling different wares including clothes, artwork and home wares, you can rest assured that you will certainly find something that you can take back home as a gift or souvenir. At the same time, these markets tend to have live entertainers whose performances add some pizazz to the already glamourous carnival atmosphere. Gold Coast’s beachfronts hosts many different cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a rewarding after-shopping meal or just take a break.
9. Jet Boating
If you want to enjoy some fun in the ocean, then the 880 hp twin-jet turbo engines are what you need to try out. Delivering speeds of up to 90 km/h, cut across the ocean waves at mind blowing speeds. The great thing is that these boats are driven by highly experienced drivers, as such you can always relax knowing you are in safe hands.
10. Enjoy Surfing on One Of Gold Coast’s Sandy Beaches
The Gold Coast is home to some of the nation’s best surfing beaches. Be it you are an experienced surfer or have never been on a surfing board before, this is one of the best places to try a hand at surfing. Well, you might think surfing is simple, but it actually is one physically challenging activity. But nothing quite beats the very first moment you find yourself standing on a surfing board and you can feel yourself gliding over the waves as they take you towards Gold Coast’s golden shores.
Some of the beaches to surf on in the Gold Coast include Burleigh Heads, Surfers Paradise Beach and Snapper Rocks Back. Surfers Paradise Beach is ever busy and is a great place for people looking to enjoy watching surfers surf the waves. If you are looking for a quieter place, then consider trying Currumbin Alley – if you are thinking of learning to surf, then this is the best beach to try out.