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Gold Coast JetX
This tour takes riders on a breathtaking jetboat ride, reaching speeds of 50+ mph. Drivers will swerve and zigzag across the waves, guaranteeing a fun ride for all. Sights include scenic views of the Gold Coast – and maybe even a dolphin or two.
Morning Tea Cruise on the Tweed River
This tranquil two-hour tour along the Tweed River gives you a glimpse of local birds of prey like eagles and kites as they soar above you. Locally roasted coffee and tea will be served on board, and there's also a licensed bar for those who'd prefer something stronger. After the cruise, you'll be transported back to Tweed Marina by bus.
Crabs and Yabbies Tour
A three-hour cruise through the Tweed region with the chance to fish from the walk-around decks of a purpose-built vessel. Informative talks will be given by on-board river guides during the trip, teaching you all about mud crabs, yabbies and fish stocks. All fishing equipment is supplied, as well as morning or afternoon tea. You'll also have the chance to try some yabbie pumping (bait collecting on sandy islands) and enjoy your freshly caught mud crab for lunch.
The Hangover Crawl Nightclub Tour
Considered the Las Vegas of Australia, the Gold Coast is where the party never stops, and Surfer’s Paradise is the epicenter. Join The Hangover Crawl for an all-night club tour, experiencing first-hand the very best that the electric neighborhood has to offer after dark. You’ll visit a hand-picked selection of four top nightclubs, skipping the line and being ushered inside straight away, complete with a VIP wristband and a discount booklet of bar specials, while a complimentary drink at each new venue will get the party started. Dance until sun-up in plush settings with music from world-class DJs and a buzzing, international atmosphere. You’ll meet new people and make instant party buddies, with a personal photographer on hand to capture memories, while your wrist bands will let you reenter your favorite venues all night long.
One-hour Aquaduck Tour
This experience combines a land and water-based tour into one adventure. The ‘Aquaduck’ is Australia’s only tour vehicle that can drive on the roads and the water’s surface, taking passengers through the Gold Coast’s most popular areas. First, you’ll explore the streets of Surfers Paradise before driving alongside the golden beaches from which the city takes its name. Then it’s up to Palazzo Versace and Marina Mirage, where you’ll ‘duck dove’ into the Broadwater for the chance to cruise past the fabulous millionaires row. Any kids on board will get the opportunity to captain the Aquaduck while cruising the waterways, and receive an official Aquaduck License Certificate.
Aquaduck Tour and Jetboat Ride Combo
This tour gives you the chance to discover the Gold Coast in the amphibious ‘Aquaduck’ boat which drives along roads as a car before turning into a boat so it can cruise across the Broadwater. Cruise past Sea World, multi-million dollar mansions on Sovereign Island and into the Southern Moreton Bay Marine Park. During this part of the tour, kids will be able to take the wheel and captain the Aquaduck themselves. Not only that, but this tour also offers the chance to take a high-speed jet boat ride that includes thrilling 360-degree spins.
Half-day Dolphin and Stradbroke Island Tour
A chance to see Gold Coast from above and below sea level on this guided voyage traveling through dolphin-filled waters to the area’s striking islands. Kayak and snorkel around the islands of Strandbroke and Wavebreak and enjoy a continental breakfast and watch the furry little wallabies. After a quick kayak orientation, paddle past wild dolphins, turtles and stingrays to Wavebreak Island, a man-made island meant to protect the Gold Coast Seaway. Strap on snorkel masks and jump into clean waters where schools of luminescent sub-tropical fish await. Back on shore, enjoy a light continental breakfast, afterwards paddle to South Strandbroke Island with empty beaches and tropical rainforests. Finally, spend some time with fuzzy, golden wallabies bouncing around.
Surfers Paradise Sunset Kayak Tour
This kayaking adventure will give you a new perspective of the Surfers Paradise skyline as the sun sets. Shortly after meeting your guide on Budds Beach, you'll be paddling away from the crowds on the Nerang River. The waterside properties of the Gold Coast's rich and famous can be admired. As the sun slowly dips beneath the horizon, the changing colors of the water and reflections of the high-rise buildings will be a sight to remember. The trip finishes with a glass of wine back on the beach.
Two-hour Kayak Hire
The Gold Coast waterways are an beautiful spot to unwind and appreciate the beautiful natural scenery. With kayak hire from Australian Kayaking Adventures you can explore at your own pace and enjoy a light workout. You’ll get your kayak from Budds Beach in Surfers Paradise before paddling out to discover the sights, local islands, picturesque parks and majestic water-front homes of the Nerang River. Fishing enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to find a quiet spot and cast a line as the waters are rife with wildlife. You’ll have two full hours with your kayak before returning to shore.
Crab-Hunting Tour with Seafood Platter Lunch
Enjoy a gourmet-style experience with Catch A Crab on this day trip. You’ll learn the tips and tricks to crab hunting and end the adventure with a luxurious seafood platter cooked on board your boat. This authentic trip explores the world of traditional Australian crab hunting. You’ll gain insight into crabbing and oyster-farming communities with plenty of opportunities to catch your own crustaceans, set traps and go 'pumping for yabbies'. You’ll also get the chance to feed pelicans and perhaps even enjoy a spot of fishing before climbing on board the sheltered, purpose-built boat, where you’ll enjoy a delicious seafood platter which includes succulent wild-caught crab.
Looking for surfer chic? Head inland to Cavill Avenue to find all the surfing paraphernalia that you could ever need! Once you’ve stocked up on board wax and ankle ropes, boomerang back to the beach to put your new gear to the test. When your body can’t take any more waves, join Gold Coast’s fun-seekers in nightclubs like Vanity or SinCity.
Places to stay from $12 a night
2.1 miles from downtown
Broadbeach is a beach ‘n café-lovers haven. Rise with the sun, then fuel your morning with coffee from the chilled-out “No Name Lane Café”. Afterwards, stroll for hours along Broadbeach’s picture-perfect shores, and go for a dip in its sparkling waters. Later, retreat to “Grocer & Grind” Café for a leisurely lunch of locally sourced delights.
Places to stay from $59 a night
1.5 miles from downtown
Apart from its namesake, this old-school ‘hood has a heap of hot restaurants. “Pavilion 34” is a renovated bathing tower that serves fish-and-chips with a ‘60’s twist. Around Teddy Avenue, a vibrant café culture has sprung up and attracts everyone from surfers to socialites. The Marina Yacht Club is where big spenders come out to play.
Places to stay from $15 a night
13.5 miles from downtown
Surf’s up in Coolangatta. Kirra Beach is famous for having some of the best breaks in the world, and you’ll see everyone from amateurs to pros practicing here. Just after sundown, swarms of locals flock to the Secret Deck Café. This slightly off-the-grid café is where you’ll hear surfers regale a captive audience with stories about their latest wave-riding exploits.
Places to stay from $14 a night
The Gold Coast is a city that certainly lives up to its name. Just an hour’s drive from Queensland's capital, Brisbane, the downtown skyscrapers break up 20 miles of golden coastline and lush green forest.
Main Beach and Surfers Paradise—the most central seaside resorts—offer both world-class surf breaks as well as some of Australia’s best shopping malls, nightclubs, and tourist attractions. The SkyPoint Observation Deck guarantees fantastic 360º views, stretching from Byron Bay to Brisbane by day, and across the shimmering Gold Coast skyline at night. On a clear day, you might even spot whales migrating along the eastern coast. The area is also popular for water sports like jet-skiing, parasailing, and flyboarding.
The Gold Coast is also the theme park capital of Australia, home to theme parks like Sea World, Dreamworld, and Wet‘n’Wild.
Things start to quiet down as you move farther down the coast. Broadbeach is a laid-back alternative for sunbathers, while surfer spots like Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta are less crowded out on the waves.
Farther inland are vast areas of natural beauty waiting to be explored. Whether it’s crabbing in the mangroves of the Tweed region, hiking along Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges, or discovering secluded waterfalls in Tamborine National Park, there's lots to do in these scenic surroundings.
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|Most popular time to visit||November-January|
|Cheapest time to visit||May-July|
|Local currency||AUD 10 = $6.96|
|Average weekend price||$150 per night|
|Average weekday price||$144 per night|
|Average stay||3 nights|
The weather was absolutely fantastic during our three weeks stay. Enjoyed walking every day along the beach front and also various walkways. There’s plenty of good cafes and restaurants to choose from if you want to eat out and they are reasonably priced.
Everyone is so friendly! We were 3 girls on a trip and always felt so safe even when walking alone regardless of the time of day. So many good places to eat and drink - Definitely recommend the happy hour at Hard Rock Cafe!
An AWESOME, and a totally little bit confusing at first, as I am Indonesian and we have Bali here and found out many Australian coming to Bali, meanwhile they do have Gold Coast :). and then understand that Bali Didn't have Winter. only Hot and Hotter.
Ok, the major thing we miss most about not living on the Gold Coast. Fresh prawns etc, from the co-op on the spit. Best in Australia, especially from Sequel Seafoods. The Black Boat. You won't get any fresher.
The places for kids are wonderful but a little expensive for the average family n a budget and the Casino since it has been renovated is great the beach is just beautiful restaurants are over priced with their food compared to Melbourne transport was excellent.
The Gold Coast caters to everyone. It is family oriented and surf junkies feel at home as well. Shopping is superb, from top tier (PacFair) to home brands. Public transport system is world class. The air is clean and the weather is crisp most of the time.
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Stand Up Paddle Tour
From beginners to advanced, this paddle boarding tour is for all levels. Each class starts with a mini lesson, before taking to the waterways and mangrove areas of the Gold Coast, where dolphins, birds and other forms of marine life can be found.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lesson
A fully supervised standup paddle lesson which allows visitors to explore the Gold Coast and enjoy one of the fastest growing water sports. After a quick lesson on the basics and water safety, paddlers will be free to ride the waves at their leisure.
Pacific Fair Shopping Center – Visitor Privileges Pass
This complimentary pass gives you access to over 100 exclusive store offers at the Pacific Fair, the largest shopping mall in Queensland. Get your pass from the visitor lounge, then present it to each retailer while making your purchase.
iFLY Family & Friends
iFLY or Indoor skydiving is the simulation of true free fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. Wind tunnels recreate sensations that offer skydivers a consistent and practical way to develop and hone their skills. Such an experience is normally only available while jumping from a plane, but iFLY avoids all the expenses and the months of training that normally go with actual skydiving. Furthermore, the increased availability of wind tunnels has created a whole new genre of sport – bodyflight. Bodyflight is one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the world, and doesn't involve any parachute, any jumping or anything attaching you to planet Earth. It's just about you, the air and an incredible adrenaline rush!
Indoor skydiving experience simulates the free fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. Modern wind tunnels give skydivers a consistent and practical way to develop and hone skills that usually require jumping from a plane. The increased availability of wind tunnels has made room for a whole new genre of sport called ‘Bodyflight’! One of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the world. There is no parachute, no jumping and no tether to planet Earth! Just you, the air and an incredible adrenaline rush.
Indoor Skydiving Introduction
Suitable for children and adults alike, indoor skydiving is the simulation of true free-fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. A massive wind generator will propel you skyward and you will be able to feel the adrenaline rush of flying in complete safety, all without jumping out of a plane. Each session includes preflight training and an expert instructor will also be with you to offer guidance and support. All you need to do is wear your safety gear and let yourself be lifted in the air to experience a 50-second flight, simulating a free-fall skydive from 14,000 feet. Your family and friends will be able to watch you from an all-round viewing platform and at the end you'll get a certificate of completion, photos and videos as a memento of your adventure.
Rainforest and Wildlife Tour
This tour lets you spend a full day exploring the ancient Gondwana rainforests, where you will encounter crashing waterfalls and native wildlife in a gloriously beautiful setting. Throughout the tour, your guide will be by your side to answer any of your questions and lead you through the forest. There will be tea upon arrival, and a break for a generous BBQ lunch in the afternoon.