The Gold Coast attracts many thousands of tourists every year with its bright lights, stunning views and many attractions. Part of the Gold Coast’s appeal is in the diversity of its attractions; across the Gold Coast there are natural attractions, entertainment precincts, nightlife and much more. With all of this, tourists on the Gold Coast get a truly spectacular combination of natural and man-made beauty and this is something that we strive to make accessible with our amphibious Quack’rDuck duck bus tours.
The Gold Coast offers over fifty kilometres of pristine beaches, including the world famous Surfer’s Paradise, Southport, Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta. Contrary to popular opinion, however, the Gold Coast offers far more than beaches alone. Beyond the incredible coastlines and white sand beaches are many attractions that offer their own unique beauty and, of course, much of the entertainment for which the Gold Coast is well known. If you are interested in the historical features of the Gold Coast, you will be well catered for, with a number of historical sites spread across the area. You can visit Mermaid Beach, where John Oxley landed his vessel ‘The Mermaid’ in 1823, or you can take a self guided heritage walk in Coolangatta and its surrounding headlands that are known for their historical laneways, monuments and points of interest. If your interests lie in the natural landscape, then there is an abundance of national parks and scenic walks that are sure to appeal to you. There is something for everyone in the Gold Coast and some of the most prominent attractions include:
- Sandy surf beaches with crystal clear water and internationally renowned surfing opportunities
- Historical sites that provide you with an insight into the history and foundation of communities throughout the Gold Coast
- Beautiful scenery including Springbrook, Burleigh Heads and Lamington National Parks, Mount Tambourine and the Currumbin Rock Pools
- Self-guided touring opportunities throughout the national parks, as well as the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk
Not everyone will have the same interests when holidaying and if you are traveling with your family, it can be challenging to make sure everyone is happy. If you are familiar with the struggle of trying to find attractions that appeal to everyone, then the Gold Coast is the perfect destination for you. The Gold Coast area has fantastic opportunities for all adventurers – from active children, to adults who are just looking to relax and take in the sights. The beauty of the Gold Coast is not restricted to the day time either; the region is well-know for its bustling and vibrant nightlife and if you are looking to explore some of Queensland’s best bars, clubs and restaurants, then the Gold Coast is perfect for you.
Tourist attractions by day
If you spend a day on the Gold Coast, you can be rest assured that you will not be struggling to find things to do. The region is home to some of Australia’s premier theme parks and, despite what you may think, they are a fantastic attraction for tourists of all ages. Sea World, Dream World, Water World and Movie World are all on the Gold Coast and you can easily dedicate a day to experience the fun and entertainment of these parks.
For an even more extreme experience, you can try your hand at go karting at Slideways, or even jetpack riding at Jetpack Flyboard Adventures. If you are more interested in relaxing or seeing the local wildlife, you can visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – a great place for families – or you can go on a whale watching tour in the pristine waters off the Gold Coast. These activities can be coupled with a relaxing morning at the Coolangatta or Carrara markets, which offer the perfect opportunity to experience some of the laid back local culture.
Finally, you could end your day with some retail therapy at the Gold Coast’s foremost shopping precincts, including the famous Harbourtown Outlet Shopping Centre. The Gold Coast truly does have something for everyone.
Tourist attractions by night
The Gold Coast is home to the most vibrant and robust nightlife one can experience in Australia. There is an abundance of choice, which ranges from family-friendly restaurants, to bars, casinos, clubs and more. If you are looking for a place to suit your whole family, then you can choose form the Gold Coast’s range of restaurants, which includes Longboards Laidback Eatery & Bar and Cav’s Steakhouse. These are popular amongst the locals and are not too far from the Night Markets, which consists of the night quarter and Miami Marketta.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a slightly faster paced Gold Coast experience, you can explore the bars on offer throughout the Gold Coast including Love Nightlife, Sin City, Cocktails & Dreams, Sin city and Platinum Nightclub. Finally, if you are after something a little bit different, you can visit Dracula’s Comedy Cabaret Restaurant, before finishing your Gold Coast night adventure at Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino – your options are endless.
The natural beauty of the Gold Coast is often overlooked in tourist brochures and websites, which is a shame because the region is home to some of the most amazing natural scenery in Australia. Stunning national parks including Springbrook and Lamington offer incredible walking tracks including the ‘Natural Bridge’ at Springbrook and the ‘Tree Top Walkway’ at Lamington. Both of these walks provide you with a unique perspective of the natural beauty in both national parks.
If you are interested in the regions remarkable geological history then you can visit Tamborine Mountain with the Tamborine rainforest skywalk and the famous Curtis waterfalls. You can also experience the prehistoric ambience of Burleigh Heads National Park, where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea. This area also offers an ocean view walk along Tallebudgera creek, the museum of plants and even the opportunity to see humpback whales from land, as they migrate during winter and spring.
Finally, the Coolangatta Heritage walk offers great fun and an educational experience for the whole family. Coolangatta is a town locked between the headlands of Kirra and Greenmount Hills, with the mountains to the west and the sea to the east. The walk is a self-guided trail and you’ll discover many places of interest that all tell the story of Coolangatta.