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Summer is well on its way, folks, and that means the Gold Coast will start reaching nearly 30 degrees Celsius; the sun be a shining and the tourists a playing. With 70 kilometres of coastline, it's easy to see why there are so many fantastic, famous beaches here that people love to visit.
However, there is so much more to this dazzling place than just its oceans. Let's take a look through some of the other fantastic attractions available, to help you plan a diverse holiday itinerary.
1. Visit its theme parks
Dreamworld is the biggest park of its kind in the entire country, and features over 50 rides. Not only that, it also has numerous other attractions, including tigers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibits, and also the DreamWorks experience (which itself has 15 rides, not to mention live shows). One for kids of all ages, Dreamworld now features ABC Kids World, featuring The Wiggles, Bananas in Pyjamas and the huggable residents of Cuddlestown.
You could also visit Warner Brothers Movie World to for a Batman, Superman and Scooby-Doo thrill, as well as other interactive or 4D experiences. Fans also get the opportunity to meet their cartoon idols, including Tweety, Sylvester and Bugs Bunny.
2. Be amazed by the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Hoping to get an animal fix? You needn't go searching in the wild (though, let's be honest, that would be fun too) because you can pop down to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for a close-up encounter. During your walk about spotting kangaroos, koalas and all of their adorable friends, make sure you visit the Air Asia Free Flight Bird Show. This is where parrots, birds of prey and even pelicans fly around with keepers nearby to tell you all the facts about them. Younger kids will enjoy meeting Blinky Bill and all his friends – if they’ve seen the movie, they’ll love meeting him in real life!
Every Friday night, the Sanctuary hosts its own market as well, so you can shop around for souvenirs in a unique setting, while knowing you are helping support the local animal hospital. Entry is free and because it’s always popular with the locals, the ambience is a fun one.
3. Climb the Q1 building
The famous Q1 tower is the most easily recognisable landmark on the Gold Coast, except for perhaps the stunning beaches. At 322.5 metres high, it is the fifth-tallest residential building in the entire world, according to SkyPoint. Beat your fear of heights this summer by scaling this structure for yourself. You can team up your Q1 pass with a Dreamworld pass for inclusive entry. Look out for the Holiday World Pass combo, among others.
The SkyPoint Observation Deck is on floors 77 and 78 of Q1, which is around 270 metres above sea level. Here you can book a spectacular climb, which sees you taken outside on a breathtaking (if not slightly vertigo-inducing) journey to the deck's highest peak. You can go during the day, at twilight or even combine a climb with a meal at the local restaurant.
4. Take piccys of the local flora
There are many natural wilderness areas around the Gold Coast, all of which would be worth visiting. We recommend packing a picnic and bringing decent walking shoes, because once you start exploring some of these parks, you'll want to stay there the whole day.
Springbrook National Park is one of the more popular in the region, with 143 out of 147 TripAdvisor reviews of the place being either 'Excellent' or 'Very Good'. For a lovely walk, take the 90-minute loop track past the John Stacey Suspension Bridge and Purling Brook Waterfall - just remember to bring a camera.
Similarly, the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is another luminous forest attraction. Set on 12 hectares of private forest, the Skywalk consists of a 1.5-kilometre round trip, which features 300 metres worth of steel bridges and a 30-metre-high, 40-metre-long cantilever bridge. You'll see stunning trees, sparkling rock pools and likely the odd colourful butterfly or two!
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