Holiday at the Gold Coast of Australia
The Gold Coast is Australia’s premier holiday destination and is famous for its theme parks, stunning beaches and subtropical rainforests, the Gold Coast boasts 70 kilometres of uninterrupted coastline and 26 patrolled beaches. Follow the roads inland from the sand and surf and a magical world unfolds. A world of lush rainforests, national parks, quiet villages and craft shops and spectacular views.
Wander through the magnificent wilderness area of the Gold Coast Hinterland for the day or stay awhile in a cosy mountain retreat. A modern transport network links the hinterland and coastal areas with fantastic shopping centres, accommodation, dining and nightlife. And a new rail service and motorway connect the Gold Coast with Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane. Fresh seafood and contemporary Australian cuisine are the Gold Coast’s specialities with over 500 restaurants to satisfy every taste.
Whether you choose dining out, a canal cruise, stage show, nightclub or dinner theatre, the nightlife on the Gold Coast should not be missed. Jupiters Casino features over 100 gaming tables, 6 restaurants, 9 bars and an International Showroom featuring spectacular stage productions.
The Gold Coast has 54 International standard golf courses featuring picturesque lakes and waterways catering for the beginner to the professional.
Surfers Paradise offers something for all visitors of all ages and from all parts of the world. The area is also noted for its family environment, Eco tourism and sporting events such as the Indy car race, golfing and tennis tournaments.
Accommodation varies from modest apartments and motels through to five star deluxe accommodations such as the Q1 Resort & Spa, the Palazzo Versace, the Sheraton Mirage, Marriott Hotel and apartments such as Belle Maison .
Main Beach is a delightful area with a variety of apartment buildings, some of which have ocean views. The area of Main Beach boasts one street – Tedder Avenue, which is noted for its elegant restaurants, charming cafes, several excellent boutiques and other shops.
Broadbeach is the area adjacent to Pacific Fair, the Oasis shopping centre, Niecon Plaza and the Casino. There is a range of excellent accommodation ranging from the Phoenician Health and Spa Resort, Grand Mercure Broadbeach Hotel, Conrad Jupiters Hotel, and the Aruba Sands Resorts, through to the more modest South Pacific Plaza.
A little further south is the area of Mermaid Beach/Miami. Magic Mountain Quest Resort is situated here. This complex, built on the top of a hill has great views of either the hills or the ocean. The three bedroom apartments are well sized for longer stays.
Still further south are the areas of Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta. These areas are around 30 minutes from central Surfers. The beach at Coolangatta is especially safe for children. Coolangatta now boasts some excellent shopping and cafes and is close to all the tourist attractions of northern New South Wales.
SELECTED TOURS – THEME PARKS
The Australian Outback Spectacular:
From the fully themed Australian landscape with great iconic Australian natives and scenic backdrops, the Arena sand which evokes Australian outback, the corrugated iron roof and galvanised railings and heavy timbers that are used throughout the arena to the old fashioned wagon wheel light fittings, and the winding billabong located under the entrance bridge – the venue truly feels and looks like a traditional outback shearing shed located in the Outback.
Seaworld: Dolphins, whales, penguins, sea lions, Polar Bears, roller coaster rides, water skiers. Feeding the mammal shows, entertainment, restaurants.
Movieworld; A full day of fun for all the family. See your favourite cartoon character, learn how movies are made and enjoy the entertainment. Wet & Wild -Wave pool, waterslide.
Dreamworld: Home to the Claw, The Tower of Terror, the tallest ride in the world, the white tigers, a koala sanctuary, and animated theatre. Rides for all ages and often special entertainment during school holidays.
Currumbin Sanctuary: Situated 18km south of Surfers Paradise The Park has a great collection of Australian animals and birds. See endangered species, feed kangaroos, ride the miniature train, see Aboriginal dancing and visit the animal nursery and orphanage. The Birds & Bees package includes a visit to the nearby Superbee Honeyworld for the exciting bee show .
Tropical Fruit World: Although situated in the Tweed Valley this is an easy drive from the Gold Coast. Taking around 30 minutes. It is an adventure, taking you on a tour of 50 hectares of tropical fruit trees with nearly 300 hundred types of rare and exotic fruits, many not yet widely known. You have the chance to try such exotic delicacies (if in season) as the Chocolate Pudding Fruit, The Miracle Fruit which changes your taste buds making sour fruits sweet, papaya, Custard Apples, Carambolas, Mammey Sapotes, Jak Fruit, Avocado and many more. Visit the Garden of the Lost Inca Crops (the only one of its kind outside the Andes) and take a tropical canal cruise. Visit the Animal Park and feed the animals and ride a miniature train past the Water Lily Lagoon and feed the fish in the Koi Fish Dam.
Glow Worm Evening Tour: Night walking tour behind the naturally made waterfall and into the caves of the Natural Bridge for Glow Worm Viewing.
Southern Cross 4WD Tours
Visit the World Heritage listed rainforests of Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain. The “Tamborine Tracks” tour provides morning tea, Lunch, wine tasting and you will also visit a wildlife sanctuary where you can see the Australian Native animals including the Koala and Kangaroo.
Optional horse riding and gem fossicking available on request and wonderful views of the Mountain ranges. Afternoon tea is by the river where the children can play and swim.
Other excursions and tours include:
Tandem Skydive: Skydive with an experienced instructor as you freefall 8,500feet over a scenic panorama. At 4,500 feet the instructor opens the large parachute built for two. This is one of the most exciting sports available on the coast.
Tiger Moth Joy Ride Flights: Take a joy flight over the Gold Coast in an open cockpit Tiger Moth and experience the freedom of open cockpit flying and the sound of wind on the wires!
Red Barron Down Under: Take a trip back in time to a bygone era and experience the golden age of aviation in an open cockpit Biplane, Seaplane. Daily flights.
The Wax Museum: See famous people who made history all presented realistically and dressed in the costumes of their times. See the macabre collection of mythical characters such as Count Dracula, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.