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Gold Coast Sightseeing, Australia

Gold Coast Australia
Queensland Australia
Queensland Australia
Queensland Australia
Queensland Australia
Gold Coast Queensland
Gold Coast Queensland
Queensland Australia

Gold Coast Sightseeing, Australia

story by: Inspire Queensland

A relaxing sunset barbeque watching the sun sink behind the green hills of the hinterland is a wonderful reward for another fun-filled day on the Gold Coast – a destination that never ceases to surprise and delight. There’s serious retail therapy to be had in the shopping meccas of Pacific Fair and Harbour Town, and plenty of thrills waiting at some of the fastest, tallest and longest theme park rides in Australia. That breathtaking backdrop of 70km of golden beach provides plenty of fun and activities too.

Here are some of the fantastic sightseeing options on the Gold Coast:

Dreamworld Theme Parks

It doesn’t matter how much of a thrill seeker you are, there’s something to suit everyone. Try the ‘Big 8’ thrill rides for some of the most heart pumping rides in the country, and the family rides cater to the younger thrill seekers, including the DreamWorks Experience and Wiggles World. If you love your feet planted firmly on the ground then check out Tiger Island and Dreamworld Corroboree.

There’s nine awesome water slides, and a couple of our favourites are The Wedgie (where the trap door opens and you plummet feet first down the pipe) and the Super Tubes HyrdoCoaster, a rollercoaster on water with twists and turns, propelling you up the steepest of inclines at high speeds. There’s plenty of fun for the younger kids with a water playground, water park and a wave pool.

Ride in one of the world’s fastest elevators to the highest point above the Gold Coast where you’ll have 360° spectacular views of the stunning golden beaches, sprawling city, lush green hinterland and beyond. If you’re after more than views you might be brave enough to try SkyPoint Climb, Australia’s highest external building walk, reaching 270m into the sky.

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World are next to each other, so you can spend all day bouncing between them with a World Pass. But don’t forget to check out the SkyPoint Observation Deck for 360° views of the Gold Coast as well. Start the day with the ‘Big 8’ Thrill Rides at Dreamworld before taking on the torrents at WhiteWater World. Make the fun last even longer with a Holiday World Pass that gives you unlimited access to Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and the SkyPoint Observation Deck for 3 or 21 consecutive days.

Village Roadshow Theme Parks

Become lost in a world of fantasy and fun! Get ready for the thrilling battle on Justice League 3D – The Ride, a 3D interactive ride experience. The thrills continue with the GREEN LANTERN coaster and Superman Escape. Don’t miss the multi-million dollar live action stunt show Hollywood Stunt Driver, and the kids will love the colourful Kids’ WB! Fun Zone.

Get below the surface to discover a world of fun and adventure at Sea World! Flip out with the dolphins; seal a new friendship with a kiss or dare to dive with the predators of the deep. Be enchanted by the dolphin show ‘Imagine’ and come face to face with the beautiful Polar bears. Sea World offers a full day of family fun.

Dive into a splashtacular family day out at Wet’n’Wild Water World, where summer is endless and so is the fun. Wet’n’Wild offers a world class lineup of pools and slides for the young and young at heart, including the awesome Constrictor featuring the tightest banking turns in the world. And during the cooler months all attractions are heated for an endless summer of fun!

If you’re on holiday on the Gold Coast then chances are there will be more than one of these theme parks that will take your fancy. That is why they have the Super Pass – this lets you make the most of your visit with unlimited access to Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild Water World for 28 days of fun. 

If you are only in town for a short while then the 3 for 3 pass is perfect for you. This pass gives you one day single entry to Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World. Ride the exhilarating roller coasters at Movie World, check out the dolphins, seals and sharks at Sea World, and ride the rapids at Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World

Gold Coast Sightseeing

Experience Jet Boating ‘Aussie Style’ – sun, surf and sand. Operating in areas exclusive to Paradise Jet Boating, the rides are famous for the unique combination of jetboat thrills AND stunning scenery. Experience full 360° spins, high speed drifting, beach buzzing and other exciting manoeuvres in as little as 10cm of water while exploring the Gold Coast’s beautiful Broadwater.
DEPARTS: Daily on the hour 
DURATION: 55 minutes

With over 14 years experience Jet Ski Safaris are the jet ski specialists. A family business that specialise in serious fun for all ages and adventure as they weave and snake along the hidden islands of paradise. Take a 20km, 40km or 80km self-drive safari along the shores of South Stradbroke Island through untamed mangroves and flood plains right up to North Stradbroke Island. No licences required and no experience necessary, so perfect for everyone.
DURATION: 55 minutes - 2.5 hours

See the Gold Coast in a different way - by canal cruise. Cruise the canals, waterways and broadwater and check out the million dollar homes of the rich and famous, luxury yachts and wildlife. Take a morning cruise departing at 10.45am with morning tea, a lunch cruise at 12.45pm with an on board buffet lunch or a sunset cruise (seasonal) with antipasto collections and an on board fully licensed bar for you to purchase drinks. One of the most popular sightseeing options on the Gold Coast so be sure to check it out.
DURATION: 1.5 hours

When you think of the Gold Coast, i’m sure one of the first things you think of is surfing, so why not take a lesson. The Gold Coast is known for its perfect surfing conditions with its warm water, patrolled beaches and some of the best surf spots. Go Ride a Wave staff allow you to learn with confidence in a safe and supportive environment, they are all fully qualified surfing instructors and surf life savers. If surfing’s not your thing, why not take a Stand up Paddle Boarding lesson for a bit of fun and a great core workout. So, what are you waiting for? Surfs up!
DURATION: 2 hours

Jump onboard with the original Gold Coast whale watching company, departing from central Surfers Paradise. The crew have a combined whale watch experience of over 15 years and are dedicated to providing their guests the closest Gold Coast Whale Watching encounter possible. They boast guaranteed whale sightings or you receive a free tour, but not to worry they have a 100% daily sightings record. With a unique water-level viewing deck and guaranteed rail-side positions you can be assured of the most intimate wildlife encounter possible.
DEPARTS: 3x Daily (seasonal)
DURATION: 4 hours

Enjoy an amazing scenic tour over the beautiful Gold Coast and capture the experience of flying high over the world famous beaches. Choose from just a five minute flight over Sea World to a 30 minute flight over the Tweed Coast depending on your budget. See the Gold Coast Hinterland, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin or even head south to cross the New South Wales border. No matter what flight you choose, you are are sure to be impressed by these spectacular views.
DURATION: 5-30 minute flights

A new legend is born as dinner show entertainment soars to extraordinary heights with the introduction of a stunning brand new live show presented by R.M.Williams. Delight in a delicious three course menu and drinks along with a breathtaking arena show produced under the Australian Outback Spectacular arena roof. Be dazzled like never before by amazing animal stars, death defying stunts, a stirring new musical score and special effects you have to see to believe. Don’t miss out, be among the first to experience the greatest Australian stories never told before.
DURATION: 2.5 hours

Inside the Gothic castle, treat yourself to a night out that combines dining and entertainment in a very different way. Ride the ghost train into the Theatre of the Vampire, be served by weird waiters, feast on a three-course dinner and sample exotic cocktails from the Graveyard Cocktail Lounge. Then be entertained by a cabaret show with a horror twist, comedy and wicked burlesque. For extra thrills a visit to The Haunted House offers an amazing interactive journey through labyrinths of spooky passages, a museum of weird collectibles, dare doors and state-of-the-art special effects.
DURATION: 2.5 hours

More Australian, More Natural, More Fun! Enjoy a fun day out with a chance to get close to over 1000 native Australian wildlife. Cuddle a koala or feed friendly kangaroos and wild lorikeets. Experience one of the 13 daily shows including a Free Flight Bird Show, Australiana Sheep Shearing, Crocodile Feeding, Aboriginal Didgeridoo and Dance Performance or visit the Wildlife Hospital to see the vets in action. Upgrades are available for the Adventure Parc high ropes course, an exhilarating treetop experience or try a guided Segway Safari tour. Fun for the whole family!
DURATION: Self guided

Start your day, watching the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Gold Coast hinterland by hot air balloon. See Mt Tamborine and Lamington National Park in the most unique way possible. Take a 30 or 60 minute hot air balloon experience then indulge in a delicious breakfast at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards and Grand Homestead. Relax in the beautiful surroundings and celebrate your spectacular day with a glass of champagne - a great way to end a morning.
DURATION: 30 or 60 minutes

Take a tour through the Gold Coast Hinterland with a local family run company - who better to show you around. Just a 30 minute drive from Surfers Paradise is the beautiful Mt Tamborine 'the green behind the gold'. Take a day tour in one of their luxury 4x4 vehicles up into the Rainforests of Mt Tamborine, Springbrook National Park, Lamington National Park, Natural Bridge or O’Reilly’s. Live like a local and look out for koalas, kangaroos & wallabies and you might even get a boomerang lesson.
DURATION: 4-8 hours

Jump on the Croc Express which will transfer you to Australia Zoo, two hours north of the Gold Coast, where you’ll spend the day. You’ll have time to really experience the best of Australia Zoo, as this ever-expanding and changing wildlife Theme Park is too good to rush. Check out the crocs, tigers, elephants and visit the world-class wildlife hospital. The Wildlife Warriors show in the Crocoseum showcases snakes, free-flight birds and massive crocodiles.

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