The Gold Coast caters to every on-water activity imaginable. Take those surf lessons you’ve always wanted and ride a wave, hire a paddle board for some stand up paddle boarding, or ride jet skis on an exhilarating coastal tour. Learn how to scuba dive and see turtles, stingrays and seahorses – a magical experience!
Have you had the privilege to experience these majestic creatures of the sea yet? Well living on the Gold Coast will give you this opportunity! Marvel at the superb humpback whales in their natural environment with the stunning Gold Coast skyline glistening in the background. Get up close and personal with these magnificent mammals!
Cuddle some friendly koalas at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Feed some sociable kangaroos, experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free-flight bird show and Australiana sheep shearing. Or head to David Fleay Wildlife Park near Burleigh Heads where you can saunter through natural habitats and visit a nocturnal house to see some of Australia's most iconic wildlife. You'll meet kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, emus, dingoes, brolgas, dunnarts and bilbies along with resident platypus, Wally.
The Gold Coast offers some serious retail therapy - a shopper’s heaven! Head to Pacific Fair shopping centre which offers an expansive collection of lavish, iconic global brands and leading Australian retailers - all set amongst tropical landscapes and a unique outdoor ambience. For some luxury brands at a bargain, head to Harbour Town outlet shopping centre, which offers up to 70% off the original retail price, as well as alfresco dining and entertainment. If you’re in Surfers Paradise for a day trip, head to The Paradise Centre where you will find some interesting shops to explore, with everything from beach, swim and resort wear to funky fashion and carefree casual all under one roof.
Fun comes naturally to the Gold Coast, with the largest and most remarkable theme parks on offer in the Southern Hemisphere. Find exhilarating water parks, extreme rollercoasters and favourite movie characters at the Gold Coast theme parks such as Movie World, Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and White Water World - with many other attractions on offer for all ages.
Take a day off from the beach and explore the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland. Pass through World Heritage rainforests Lamington and Springbrook, where you can access an ancient volcano and spectacular waterfall amidst incredible beauty and native wildlife. The Numinbah section of Springbrook National Park protects a range of plants and animals, and sparkling waterways. Take time to relax and unwind with a BBQ or picnic in this magnificent forest.
Head to O’Reillys rainforest and do their Tree Top Walk, where you to walk through a canopy of lush rainforest whilst you explore the epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the tree tops. Explore The Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park which covers more than 160 kilometres of protected walking trails, conserving Antarctic Beech, wildflowers and rare wildlife such as the spotted-tailed quoll and Albert's lyrebird.
The Gold Coast offers an intriguing and fascinating selection of markets to satisfy every desire, from bargain-hunting vintage wares to fashion, art and craft, fresh local produce, gifts and trinkets.
Head to Carrara Markets, where 500 stalls and lots of free entertainment will keep you amused all weekend. Find vintage threads and an eclectic bohemian vibe at the Village Markets on Sundays at Burleigh Heads.
Taste your way through Asia with a selection of cuisine from Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and more at Chinatown Street Markets, Miami Marketta and NightQuarter, the city’s new culture and entertainment precinct. There really is something to suit every taste!
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