While there are the stunning white sandy beaches, the uninterrupted coastline, brilliant diving and surfing plus great shopping and dining opportunities, there are also many adventurous and excitingly different things to try on the Gold Coast.
The all new Racecentre in Surfers Paradise provides the World’s most advanced driver training simulators and a chance to test your driving skills on the Surfers Paradise track and many other world famous circuits. You even get to choose your vehicle from F1, V8, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche designs.
For the little ones there’s a vast range of interactive opportunities including the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium in Cavill Mall, Infinity light and laser spectacular within Chevron Renaissance and the Dracula’s Haunted House maze of spooky horrors all in Surfers Paradise.
Head south where you can gain instruction from National and International stand up paddle boarding champions at JM Surf in Palm Beach, or travel a little further to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy an exclusive Segway adventure.
For animal lovers you can also enjoy close encounters within the Sanctuary or travel to Paradise Country and Dreamworld for other unique animal experiences. A more traditional on-water buzz is guaranteed aboard Paradise Jet Boats where turbo-charged vessels blast you across the water at up to 80km per hour.
The Gold Coast Hinterland also offers unique Segway experiences, go to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park and embark on a Segway Solar Tour through the magnificent rainforest. Or if you’ve ever dreamed of feeding sharks, cuddling a dolphin or stealing a kiss from a seal, SeaWorld’s trainers will make the introductions on an Animal Adventure.
Gold Coast dining
Be sure to pop by the all-new Citrique restaurant at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa or if you’re looking for a unique buffet experience it’ll be hard to go past the recently opened Bazaar within QT Gold Coast. Pizza, pasta and salad are on the menu at the newly opened Vapianos in Cavill Mall; head to the Hilton Surfers Paradise complex and enjoy the delights of the all new Groove Train or indulge in Mediterranean cuisine at La Rustica Surfers Paradise.
Main Beach’s Tedder Avenue is where Chill and Goa Indian Fusion are on the mustdo dining list, as is Glass just up the road at Marina Mirage, plus fine dining at Vie, Palazzo Versace.
Try the Watermark’s Amalfi Restaurant or you may prefer to settle in at Broadbeach where Moo Moos, Lauxes, 1two3 Mediterranean and Room 81 at the Sofitel come highly recommended. Also worth noting are Oskars on Burleigh, the Alleys Restaurant at Currumbin RSL or for those wanting to sample some local delights of the Hinterland book in at Songbirds or try Liquid Amber within the Witches Chase Cheese complex at Mt Tamborine. [member]
Looking for a complete night out? Take in dinner and show at Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant, the seasonal on-stage performances at Jupiters Hotel & Casino or all-time family favourite Australian Outback Spectacular.
Gold Coast Theme Parks
When it comes to man made attractions that stimulate the senses, the Gold Coast is unmatched as home to the southern hemisphere’s largest collection of theme parks. Sea World has just introduced the new Jet Stunt Extreme Show featuring some of the world’s best jet-ski stunt riders performing a mind-blowing range of adrenalin charged aerial acrobatics. And already proving popular within the precinct is Penguin Encounter – an amazing frozen world which is home to the world’s second largest penguin species, the King plus Gentoo penguins: Make it a hands on experience and go back of house during an Antarctic Adventure.
Dreamworld’s bone chilling new thrill ride is BuzzSaw which is so extreme it’s been added as part of the Big 7 must-dos while visiting. Dreamworld has also added a new exotic animal exhibit, ‘The Lair,’ and adventure ride, ‘Shockwave’ where you experience 360 degree spins of fury at over 50km/h. SkyCoaster is the newest heart pumping attraction to hit Wet’n’Wild, promising to challenge even the wildest thrill-seeker! From 53 metres off the ground, riders plummet face first on a suspended cable reaching speeds up to 100km/h.
Escape to the Hinterland
The Gold Coast hinterland to the west is shaped by unspoiled rainforest offering visitors an extensive range of activities. Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook villages offer truly unique local arts, crafts and produce. Particular interest should be paid to the district’s jewellery, gems, wine, cheese, fudge and chocolate varieties.
Discover antique shops plus more wineries and restaurants on Gallery Walk or sample internationally acclaimed schnapps and liqueurs at Tamborine Mountain Distillery. Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard, home to the recently opened Queensland Wine Centre at North Tamborine, has a cellar door which specialises in premium home state wines. Enjoy award-winning wines and lunch on the verandah of an historic Queenslander homestead at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.
If you’re feeling active take the opportunity to visit Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk and be captivated by the amazing flora and fauna that cohabit along a nature trail that takes you from tree top level, deep into the rainforest proper.
We welcome you to Australia’s Gold Coast where fun filled adventure comes guaranteed and life long memories come thick and fast. [/member]