Gold Coast brims over with tourists throughout the year who visit this gorgeous Queensland city to have fun at the beaches but also to have the time of their life at the many renowned theme parks here. Apart from swimming and surfing, some of the things to do in Gold Coast include hiking in the national parks, dining at the excellent restaurants or getting close and personal with some exotic animals.
Here’s a short list of Gold Coast attractions to make it easy for you to decide.
Known as Australia’s largest theme park, Dreamworld is a key Gold Coast sightseeing spot. Thrilling rides, gorgeous vintage cars to drive around, a chance to see tigers from up close at Tiger Island and giant water slides at WhiteWater World make this an excellent family outing. Some of the goose bumps inducing rides here include The Giant Drop, Tower of Terror and BuzzSaw and they’re all as deliciously terrifying as their names sound.
A holiday is a great time to learn something new. Check out the many surfing schools and learn how to ride the surf board so you too can enjoy surfing the waves. There are lessons for children as well. Once you’re confident, you’ll be amazed that you didn’t learn surfing all this while! The sense of freedom that surfing gives you is simply immense.
Scuba Diving off the Gold Coast brings you face to face with exotic marine life that swims all around you. The tours are perfect for even novices, and once you’re underwater, you’ll be stunned by the colourful fish and coral that you’ll see. Certified instructors will be at hand to show you how to snorkel if you don’t already know how to.
If you love the adrenaline rush, then skydiving is certainly a Gold Coast attraction. Look down at the Gold Coast while you take the plunge from the passenger jet and go into a freefall. All you see is the seafloor directly below you, but the parachute opens up and lets you float gently onto the white sands of the beach.
You won’t go hungry here, because one of the things to do in Gold Coast is to sample the exhaustive dining scene. From coffee shops and breweries to fine dining restaurants, it’s all here. With its proximity to the sea, it’s no wonder that the food you mustn’t miss is seafood. So, indulge all you want in calamari, Moreton baby bugs or ocean trout.
Other things to do in Gold Coast include, shopping at Harbour Town and visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
A heart-stopping experience such as the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is one of the top Gold Coast attractions. Certainly not for the fainthearted, the walk takes you through one and a half kilometres of rainforest which includes the Skywalk Bridge and Skywalk Cantilever which are both steel structures.