One of the primary reasons for the Tamborine mountain being a holiday attraction for both tourists and locals alike is that it is one of the greenest and calmest places in Australia. It is known for offering people the opportunity to escape the busy streets of the city while also being relatively close to it.
The deep volcanic soils of the mountain sit 550 m above the sea level and create excellent conditions for exotic flora and fauna. The subtropical climate of the hill is pleasant with appropriate rainfall throughout the year. If for nothing else, tourists visit the mountain just to have a look at the fantastic variety of plants and animals living in the region.
With some gorgeous waterfalls, beautiful botanic gardens, and walking trails, Tamborine mountains offer tourists a host of choices when it comes to activities. The view from the mountain and the surrounding highlands is equally appealing, for a bird’s eye view of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Mount Warning are seldom available elsewhere.
For the residents of this slightly rural area, several facilities are available including ambulances, schools and recreational means. As a tourist, you are sure to love the rustic yet modern outlook of the region.
Alfresco dining at the cafes or restaurants next to the beach or surfing the lifesaving clubs have so much to offer. Local shops take care of the shopping needs with the shopping centers located within easy reach. The James Street with boutiques as well as and other shopping and dining options is mesmerizing for shopaholic souls as well as non-shopaholics.
Location: It is bordered by the breathtaking Miami Beach and Palm Beach and the mountains reaching the Gold Coast.
Location: SkyPoint Observation Deck located on the Levels 77 and 78 of Q1 Building at Surfers Paradise. The one-time entry starts at $24 while day and night admission is priced at $19.
Location: Located on the Pacific Motorway on Gold Coast, Queensland. The best time to visit would be during holidays specifically before Christmas and during 1-7pm.
You can spot here a prolific variety of birds, reptiles, insects, and mammals. It offers an unrivalled opportunity to watch the native species of animals in their natural bushland setting. The best thing about this wildlife sanctuary is that you can have an interactive session with the birds and animals that you haven’t even heard of before.
You can hand-feed the kangaroos, cuddle up with a koala and get up close with the crocodiles and fishes here. You can also spot the koalas curled up in the trees, pelicans lying by the lake, wallaby and kangaroo feeding, and a hungry skippy looking for food here.
If you’re someone who is not just happy wandering along the well-marked paths and gazing at the wildlife species, then you can even take part in the adrenaline pumping tree-top challenge course here. A wildlife hospital is also located in the sanctuary to ensure the good health of the wildlife species.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has recently added a new section to its vast expanse known as the Lost Valley. Here you can collect information about the supercontinent of Gondwana, and you can witness here distinct species of flora and fauna.
Spread over an area of 9.9 acres of land, White Water World hosts about 10 exciting water rides, a large wave pool along with two areas especially for children. The toddlers and kids can even meet some of their favourite fictional cartoon characters inside the park. All the rides follow the theme of Australian beaches which makes them even more attractive to the locals as well as tourists from abroad. Currently, White Water World has been denoted as the most efficient water park essentially due to its effective water management and environment friendly procedures and technologies. Also during the winters, the water is heated to avoid the riders from being chilled out of the cold.
The exhilarating water rides attract millions of visitors every year, who enjoy spending an entire day at the park. Other than the rides, there are numerous food and beverage outlets, retail stores and a venue for conducting events. So, if you really want to go wild with the adrenaline push rides then do not forget to add a visit to the White Water World park in your bucket list.
This is for the reason that, in the year 2009 it has received almost 1,095,000 visitors, which made it rank first in Australia and eighth in the whole world. The park was opened for public in the year 1984. The park remains open for visitors all over the year with heated water in the winter season.
There are four water pools, seventeen different water slides for adults, and two specially constructed places for children inside the park. Some of the major attractions of the Wet 'n' Wild Gold Coast are Kamikaze, Tornado, Blackhole, AquaLoop, Buccaneer Bay, Calypso Beach, Constrictor, Flowrider, and many more.
Finally yet importantly, to keep the memoirs alive all the time, you can opt to go for souvenir shopping and take some of the collectibles that will keep the memory of this trip to the park alive all through your life.
Highlights: Do not forget to book an appointment with the Springbrook Observatory to watch the mysteries of night sky through powerful telescopes. Also, visit the largest glow worm colonies of Australia.
Location: Located at the centre of Springbrook National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Highlights: Art and Craft Markets, Jupiter Hotels and Casinos, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.
Miami Marketta is the original street food market on the Gold Coast and is simply a blend of various nationalities. Located in the beautiful coastal suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, it attracts a lot of people through its scrumptious dining, dynamic lively music, incredible atmosphere and eccentric entertainment. With seating for over 650 people at any given time, the street food dining area here is extremely international and also known for its extravagant music.
With over 25 vendors from assorted nationalities, Miami Marketta Street Food is a heavenly place for both tourists and locals. It is truly a family-oriented dining service which even includes a designated play area for kids to satisfy their entertainment through arts and crafts. Also available for private hire, the Miami Marketta frequently hosts extensive concerts, poetry slams and various other events. It is open to the public three days a week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The timings and the number of vendors, however, differ from day to day. This outdoor dining experience also has four on-site bars that serve boutique wines, organically Australian brewed beer and their exceptional cocktails. Miami Marketta is also the first-ever street food hub in the entire Gold Coast that hosts independent artists and local musicians.
Surfers paradise is the home of 20,000 Australians. The 'Cavill Mall' is the bosom of the city which authentically blends the Australian culture with the tourist through its exotic Australian cuisine and nightlife. Surfers Paradise is recognized as the soul of Queensland, particularly because of the comportment of the wide surd beach. Tourists from all over the world, visit the place to relish this colossal destination. The great Surfers paradise festival, is celebrated every year in the month of March or April to celebrate the exuberant beauty of Gold coast's authentic cuisine, fashion, artistic production and craft, culture and local music.
Location: Surfers Paradise is situated in the suburbs area of Gold coast in the Queensland, Australia.
Price: Entry to Surfers paradise is free of monetary value. Only the festival time charges $15 to $25 as an entry fee.
Ideal time to visit: As Gold Coast always packs a punch throughout the year; it does not matter when you're going. Unlimited entry to Dreamworld, Skypoint Observation Deck or Whitewater world for 1, 7 or even 21 consecutive days begin at $85, $89 and $95 respectively.
Location: Dreamworld spanning over 30 hectares is located in the South East of Queensland at the north end of Gold Coast, on Pacific Hwy, 17kms north from the Surfers Paradise and 48kms south from Brisbane.
The Echo Beach towards the north is the perfect spot to take a cool dip on a hot, summer day. This part of the creek is usually peaceful and quiet and you can swim anywhere down the river. Tallebudgera Creek is also known for ‘good fishing’ as the ancient Aboriginals used to call this place.
Flathead, small barracuda, mangrove jacks, bream, and whiting are some of the common fish varieties found in the Creek. The major attractions of Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park include the three outdoor swimming pools, beach campground, and self-parking at no cost.
This campground is so much admired that families return to this coveted tourist destination in Queensland every summer. The camping ground is very very touristy and therefore vacationers return every summer to claim their most desirable spot at Tallebudgera Creek seated on the edge of this scenic estuary.
If you would like to stay here, the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park has comfortable accommodations close by with flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee makers, microwaves, and housekeeping facilities. There are amusement options for the guests staying at the luxurious hotels, where you can play at the outdoor tennis court, spend time near the kid’s pool, and even get easy access to the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park playground.
The Creek waters are calm and balmy, and tourists looking for some thrill or adventure need to take a walk towards the Tallebudgera Beach close for sea surfing. For a taste of Tallebudgera Creek coast, visit the Club Talle or Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club for a sumptuous meal with your loved ones.
Highlights: Swell Sculpture Festival, Gold Coast Titans Club, and Gold Coast Rugby League, The Bin Short Film Festival.
The Glow worm caves in Gold Coast are a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors mainly due to its unique natural features. The Glow worm caves are a man made beauty, constructed in a naturalistic style, complete with stalagmites, flowstones and stalactites.
These caves have been built with the purpose to provide a near natural habitat for the local glow worms of the variety, Arachnocampa Flava. A guided tour takes visitors through the glow worm alley, visible to the onlooker under a red torchlight, and the man made rocks, where photographs can be taken. Visitors also get a chance to purchase various merchandise related to the tour at the souvenir shop located outside the caves.
The caves were thrown open to the general audience in March 2005, before which, construction work in the cave was up in 2004. The caves are designed with complete control systems, which collect insects for the worms and also maintain the level of moisture and humidity within the caves. The caves are designed so that it is possible to visit them at any time of the year.
The experience of taking a stroll inside one of these caves is a unique one that tourists can get only at select places in Australia. A guided tour to these caves takes no longer than one hour, and this makes it a perfect fun activity that you can enjoy with kids and elders as well, making it the perfect family outing destination.
Highlights: Tweed Heads New Year’s Festival.
Highlights: The Cavill Avenue Mall houses some of the best restaurants that offer a wide array of mouth watering cuisines from all over the world. The close by streets is the major attraction of the Cavill Avenue Mall. The street has some of the best night clubs, tattoo shops and economical yet incredible food.
Location: The Cavill Avenue Mall is located in Surfer’s Paradise and is just a little more than hour an hour’s drive from Gold Coast International Airport.
Location: WhiteWater World is situated in the South East of Queensland at the northern end of Gold Coast, on Pacific Hwy, about 17kms north of Surfers Paradise and about 48kms south of Brisbane. The best time to visit would be during autumn and spring.
Highlights: Cavill Mall, Cavill Avenue, Surfer’s Paradise Meter Maids.
surfing enthusiasts and is popular nationally as well as internationally. The Kurrwa Surf Life Saving Club is one of the leading clubs of Kurrwa known for surfing sports and at the same time is popular amongst the locals for its bistro and bar. The trippers across the world come here for spending their holidays and relish a full dose of entertainment along with mouth-watering meals and refreshing cocktails and beers. To the north of the main beach area is a playground and a duck pond for progeny, which is also meant for picnic purpose and barbeques. Activities like cycling, rollerblading, walking, and watching the alluring view are famous things to do here.
Highlights: Pacific Fair, Kurrawa Surf Club, Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant.
Highlights: Enjoy a cup of coffee and relax at the Food Atrium. After shopping enjoy the latest movie on the comfortable chairs of the Events Cinema. You can also spend some fun time at AMF Bowling and M9 Laser Skirmish. Finish your day with a delicious meal from one of the beautiful lakeside restaurants of The Promenade.
Location: The Robina Town Shopping Centre is located next to M1 Motorway. It is less than a kilometre away from Queensland Rail Robina Station. The free shuttle service from the Centre is operational on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Timing: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Highlights: Enjoy the one of its kind cinema experience at the Reading Cinemas in Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre. There are fourteen big screens running the latest blockbusters. If you wish to experience the exclusive luxury and comfortable environment, the Gold Lounge has two separate cinemas with bar and dining.
Timing: On most days the centre is open from 9.00am to 5.30pm
Highlights: Greenmount Beach Surf is located at the southern corner where you can enjoy refreshing drinks. Grab a delicious meal at the Rainbow Bay, overlooking the picturesque beach with lapping waves and warm sand.
Location: The beach starts at the eastern end of Coolangatta Beach, at the suburb of Coolangatta, south of Gold Coast.
One of the major highlights of the beach is the presence of Pavillion 34 which is a casual beach cafe replete with a lot of delicacies like pineapple fritters, fish and chips and a lot more. You will find a lot of vintage memories and photographs which will help you understand what the Main beach was in the olden times.
The bathing pavilion is located adjacent to the Southport Surf club which was established in 1936. In the peak season, the Main beach becomes extremely popular among surfers as it has an open shore break. The Main beach provides a great experience for those who want to sit here with peace and also for adventure lovers.
It also has a large strip of land devoted to cafes, bars, and pubs with classy restaurants to fire up your night. If you want to fill your shopping bags, then you can wander towards the Southport Spit and discover some cool items you can own. To explore and delve into the niceties of Modern and traditional Gold Coast and its adjoining towns, this beach sure presents a golden opportunity for travel-lovers and influencers.
Highlights: the nocturnal tour of microbats and glow-worms, walking, bird watching.
Highlights: Many of these boat tours offer you a range of water activities including dolphin feeding, whale watching, snorkelling, kayaking, and sand tobogganing etc. It is excellent opportunity for those who want to enjoy their time at a quiet pace.You can also explore the islands and parklands with their unique shopping centres, art galleries and restaurants.
Location: The boat tours are operational at multiple locations across the Gold Coast.
The famous Pizzey Park is another attraction why visitors would love this place, which is a 5 star Olympic training pool of great Australian swimmers like Hackett. This beach does not lag behind when it comes to recreational activities. You can go shopping, surfing, swimming, or just walk around the beach side. In addition, there are cafes, restaurants, bars that provide excelling dining facilities making it a complete package of fun and joy. Highlights: shopping outlet, restaurants, café, Ocean Beach Tourist Park.
Highlights: air-conditioned trams, space for prams and wheelchairs, covering destinations of Gold Coast.
Highlights: Quicksilver pro surfing tour, Super Bank.
Highlights: Rockpool Café.