Our top five things to do
Queensland’s stunning Gold Coast is an adventure playground for children and adults alike with a vast range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking daredevil, an avid water sports fan, or a budding conservationist, the Gold Coast provides unlimited entertainment in a spectacular setting unrivalled anywhere else in the world. Even the locals confess to still uncovering some of the Gold Coast’s best-kept secrets, here are five experiences no trip to the Goldie would be complete without.
1) Get up close and personal with native wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 22 species of native Australian birds and mammals including koalas, crocodiles, bilby’s, and of course the nation’s favourite, kangaroos and wallabies. While the crocs and deadly snakes are housed at a safe distance, the wildlife sanctuary has a big focus on interactive experiences. Feed the rainbow lorikeets that fly in between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm or hang out with the kangaroos who pose obligingly for photo opportunities.
No visit to the Sanctuary would be complete without taking home a professional photograph of you holding the cute and cuddly koala. The sanctuary provides daily shows for entertainment including a pelican and eel show and Blinky Bill’s Studio Adventure for the tiny tots.
See a Tasmanian devil, some of Australia’s most deadly snakes, and take in the croc show where you’ll learn about the behaviour of the salty dogs who are not averse to spending time in the ocean. Don’t worry there are none off the waters of the Gold Coast!
All these activities and more are included in the entry fee for the day which is $49.95 for adults, $39.95 for children. Visit the website to find out more.
2) Immerse yourself in nature on a South Stradbroke Island adventure
A day trip to South Stradbroke Island has something for everyone. Take a boat trip across with a surf board to ride the crest of some very impressive waves. For those who want to kick back and relax, laze on some of the 22 km of secluded beaches, snorkel with the marine life, or take a gentle hike and explore the Livistona (cabbage palm) rainforest and melaleuca swamps.
With wildlife aplenty, you may be lucky enough to spot whales as they migrate north in the winter months or see a dugong among the seagrass beds on the Broadwater side. To make the most of everything South Straddie has to offer in a short amount of time, join an intimate 2.5-hour tour that will show you the highlights of the conservation area including a boat trip to the island, wildlife watching, and ending with a cold drink and snack at the local resort, Tipplers.
3) See the Gold Coast sights with an air-conditioned minibus tour
A minibus tour is an excellent way to cover a large amount of Gold Coast ground in a short amount of time. Guided by those with in-depth local knowledge, minibus tours are personal, engaging and provide an opportunity for you to get to know like-minded tourists.
Various tours will take you past all the landmarks around the Surfer’s Paradise area of the Gold Coast with expert commentary provided. The Mount Tamborine Winery Tour is a popular minibus tour with stops for tasting at some of the beautiful estates. Maybe try a Gold Coast rainforest four-wheel drive tour with stops to view beautiful waterfalls and creeks among the ancient forests.
4) Experience an array of water-based activities at Currumbin
From the viewing platform at Currumbin RSL, your place above the ocean provides a million-dollar view that takes in the surfers on the breaks, kids and parents frolicking in the waves, and views to the bright lights of Surfers Paradise. Boats head in and out of Currumbin Creek for deep-sea fishing, and if you walk inland alongside the creek, you’ll come across places with paddleboards and kayaks for hire, plus some coffee shops.
Grab a board and head for the waves, but if new to the sports Currumbin Alley Surf School has a vehicle kitted out with all the boards and wetsuits in the parking lot at Currumbin Beach. The professional instructors will often help newbies get up and onto a wave in just one lesson. For a change of pace, head down to Currumbin rock pools in Currumbin Valley where you can swim in the freshwater lakes, swing on the ropes or enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the embankment.
5) End the weekend at Burleigh Heads parklands
As the sun begins to set on the weekend, locals and tourists gather on the grassland at Burleigh Heads Beach with their blankets and picnic baskets to listen to the bongo drummers swing into action with a mesmerising beat. Some people get up and dance, and the children join in the fun with hula hoops and ribbon wands. Adding to the atmosphere are the thousands of rainbow lorikeets in the trees above, chattering over their particular section of a branch to perch for the night.
After sunset, wander over to the north side where you’ll see the fire-dancers both amateur and professional getting busy with their flames. It’s laid back, free entertainment and the perfect way to end a weekend spent on the Gold Coast beaches. The Gold Coast quite literally has something for everyone. From action and adventure to relaxed and serene. To find out more about SEA the Gold Coasts tours, contact us today.