There are just so many fantastic
Gold Coast Attractions
Gold Coast Theme Parks
Your Gold Coast holiday just isn't complete without a visit to one of the many fantastic award-winning theme parks. Whatever your age there is a fun-filled show to entertain, thrill and fascinate.
The most affordable way to visit the parks is to pre-book one of the passes using the Tours, Attractions and Activities browser shown on this page of our website, in the right column.
If you plan to visit all of the parks, then ask us to help with the hire of a Gold Coast car, especially for family groups where there will otherwise be considerable costs for park transfer costs.
Dreamworld is Australia's best known and favourite family theme park, packed with the scariest, wildest rides to be found anywhere in the country, the awesome Bengal tiger display, exciting waterslides, great entertainers, plus classy shows and attractions for all ages. It's an incredible day out for the whole family.
WhiteWater World is located immediately adjacent to Dreamworld and provides visitors 'state of the art' water rides and aquatic thrills. What an adventure!
Seaworld is well known as Australia's number one ocean and marine life park, with an incredible entertainment programme ranging from Cartoon Beach to terrifying triple loop roller coasters. The dolphin shows and polar bear displays make this an educational and exhilarating outing that will entertain the whole family.
Warner Bros. Movie World is a yet another world of glamorous, top-notch contemporary entertainment. From the thrilling rides to the colourful experience of Looney Tunes Village, all the fun of the Grand Parade, to the madcap antics of the Police Academy Stunt Show … there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
2 Parks - 3 days!
Wet "N" Wild Water World provides all year round aquatic excitement with mega slides not found anywhere else in Australia. You can ride the Terror Canyon or test your speed on the Super 8 Aqua Racer. Or you can simply lie back and relax in the Wave Pool while enjoying a Dive-In movie. You can book from the yellow browser on this page.
An absolute must for any Gold Coast family holiday is a visit to the beautiful Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Set on 27 hectares of landscaped grounds, this National Trust designated favourite allows visitors the opportunity to feed the teeming wild lorikeets, see the mystic spectacle of traditional Aboriginal dancing, hand feed kangaroos, cuddle a real koala and appreciate the many nature displays throughout the sanctuary.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! offers a world of family fun and high adventure with magic, mystery, stunning exhibits and amazing illusions.
Gold Coast Tours & Cruises
There are just so many scenic tours and a leisure attractions for every age group on Australia's Gold Coast. You just can't help but appreciate the incrediblle variety of the Gold Coast waterways. For just one example, Shangri-La Cruises provide a choice of lunch, dinner and cabaret cruises of the local network of waterways and islands, in three luxury air conditioned cruising vessels, plus options for water-skiing, speedboat rides and paraflying.
You can try Tall Ship Sailing Cruises which offer a traditional sailing experience with a choice of a 2 hour calm water cruise to Sanctuary Cove and a full day cruise to Couran Cove on North Stradbroke Island. The fun filled Surfers By Night Party Cruise combines 3 of the best Gold Coast nightclubs and a 3 hour party hard cruise. Tweed Endeavour Cruises offers a nature lovers choice of rainforest cruises, crab catching plus river and lake cruises.
Aquabus Safaris provide a fascinating tour of the Gold Coast plus a canal cruise in their amphibious aquabus. Matt Johnson Charters and BK's Fishing Charters offer excellent fishing trips to the best Gold Coast angling destinations. The Gold Coast boasts several excellent diving locations and Buddyline Dive Tours offer 9 impressive locations over wrecks, caves and tropical reefs.
For something totally different again, Paradise Country is the Gold Coast's country connection, offering interactive hinterland tours, hay rides, farm shows, sheep shearing plus lots of rural displays. Or you can 'get above it all' with Hot Air Ballooning and thrill to see the spectacular coast from the air. Meanwhile 4WD Hinterland Tours offer hinterland tours that get you 'off the beaten track'.
As yet another interesting diversion, take the whole family to enjoy Tropical Fruit World and experience the world's largest variety of tropical fruits. Marvel at an exclusive range of natural products and mouth watering tropical fruits. And to even further temp your taste buds, Superbee Honeyworld will introduce you to the amazing range of unique Australian honey flavours and top class bee products.
Gold Coast Action & Adventure
Adrenalin junkie? If bungey jumping is your thing, try out the Banzai Bungey at Surfers Paradise. Or maybe your an adventurist and will consider travelling 50m in 1 second and experiencing a force of 6 G's to be more your scene... well just head on over to the Sling Shot. How about an 11 story free fall reaching 125 kmh on the Flycoaster? We dare you!
Oceanrafters will take you on a wave jumping adventure at 50 knots across the Gold Coast waterways, or maybe you'd like to try paraflying above the clear blue Cold Coast waters would be a holiday highlight? Choose a scenic or adventure flight in a Tiger Moth or a helicopter to appreciate the Gold Coast from the air. Why not learn to surf as part of your Gold Coast holiday?
For a different type of elegant action, there is always the famous Jupiters Casino with its two huge floors of gaming tables and machines, exciting live stage performances in the showrooms and it's themed restaurants.
World Class Gold Coast Golf - Golfer's Heaven
The Gold Coast is well known as a golfer's heaven and offers a great opportunity to play some of the excellent golf courses. Signature golf courses designed by illustrious golfing names such as Nicklaus, Palmer, Norman, Thompson and Graham are a feature across much of the Gold Coast landscape. It's an opportunity to play some fantastic courses - one that no serious golfer should miss!
The variety of golf is quite exceptional, ranging from 5 star resort courses that have hosted some of the biggest names in the game, through to uniquely Australian country courses where the local wildlife will probably be sharing the fairways.
Gold Coast Shopping - Wow!
With a shopping complex covering 17 hectares, one of the most established shopping centres is Pacific Fair is located right alongside Broadbeach, near Jupiter Casino, There are 7 major stores including Myer Department and over 270 specialty retailers plus a fantastic array of bars, cafes, restaurants, and the mighty Food Court.
Harbour Town is a very cool discount outlet shopping centre located at the north end of the Golf Coast, in the Southport Broadwater area. There are great discount stores and factory outlets selling quality brand names direct to the public. Harbour Town also boasts the Gold Coast’s largest and modern Cinemaplex - Readings 14 Screen Cinema, plus great restaurants, cafes, supermarket, medical and other support services.
Australia Fair is situated right in the heart of the Gold Coast, overlooking Southport Broadwater. It offers an incredible 220 specialty stores with all the major outlets including Kmart, Coles, Woolworths, Best & Less and of course a multiplex of Birch Carroll & Coyle cinemas.
Runaway Bay shopping centre is located at the northern end of the Broadwater area, offering relaxed shopping with all the big names such as Big W, Target, Best & Less and over 110 speciality stores.
Marina Mirage is located on Seaworld Drive, Broadwater Spit. It houses a range of exclusive speciality shops and waterfront restaurants and is open 7 days.
Sanctuary Cove's Waterfront Marine Village is right next to the marina and offers a colourful shopping village with designer fashion boutiques, authentic hand-made gift stores, art galleries, a beautiful antique store and many service outlets. Relax and enjoy a delicious meal in any of the Marine Village variety of restaurants – make your choice from casual cafes, a la carte or the International Marketplace and Food Hall with it’s ethnic eateries and yummy fresh produce.
Gold Coast Markets are a great way to spend some time whether you’re just browsing, looking for a bargain or want to soak up the atmosphere. Carrara market is the original and biggest market on the Gold Coast.
Robina Town Centre is the pinnacle of shopping on the Gold Coast and has become the largest and most popular . Conveniently located adjacent to the M1 Motorway, Robina Town Centre has recently undergone a $400 million expansion. The centre now features the Gold Coast's only David Jones department store as well as Myer, Australia's largest Big W, Target, Kmart, Coles, two Woolworths supermarkets and over 350 specialty stores. With its combination of fashion, homewares, food and leisure retailers, easy access direct off the M1, central location and great choice, Robina Town Centre is the Gold Coast's ultimate address to shop, play, relax and celebrate. It is the first choice shopping destination for Gold Coast locals and is a must see for visitors to Queensland's Gold Coast.
Gold Coast Restaurants
Scrumptious food is always available on the Gold Coast. Whether its delicious 'food to go' or a fine dining experience, the choices are many and varied. Tempt your taste buds with a range of top class international cuisine. You be able to select from the finest of five-star dining or al fresco cafes and a diverse range of interesting eateries offering Italian, Chinese, French, Thai, Indian, Malaysian, German and Middle Eastern cuisines.
Sidewalk cafes, formal restaurants, courtyard bistros, ocean front surf clubs or funky take-aways on a beachfront esplanade... it's all there and the choice is yours.