Gold Coast Queensland Touring Information
(70km south of Brisbane)
Trip duration: One day or longer
On the road
Just one hour’s drive south of Brisbane via the Pacific and Gold Coast Highways.
The Gold Coast, Australia’s premier holiday destination, boasts 42 km of golden, unpolluted beaches stretching from Southport in the north to Coolangatta in the south, with a lush subtropical hinterland. This international resort city offers a multitude of man-made and natural attractions. Superb surfing beaches include Main Beach, Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Miami, Burleigh Heads, Tallebudgera, Palm Beach, Currumbin, Tugun, Kirra and Coolangatta.
The Gold Coast hinterland is a subtropical hideaway with 7 national parks complete with massive trees, spectacular views, cascading waterfalls and bush walks only thirty minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Surfer’s Paradise, with it’s towering skyline, beachfront esplanade and glamour, is the hub of Gold Coast high life. You will find nightlife, entertainment, sporting facilities, shopping and restaurants galore.
Mermaid Beach has a huge cinema complex close to family restaurants.
At Miami Beach, the Miami Hotel features live music and dancing, food and beer.
At Burleigh Heads, with Burleigh Knoll Environmental Park, Burleigh Heads National Park and Fleay’s Fauna Centre are all worth a visit.
Inland at Mudgeeraba are the Gold Coast War Museum, Skirmish, Movie Militaria and the Boomerang Farm.
Sea World, Sea World Drive, Main Beach, is a marine complex with displays by dolphins and sea lions and many fun rides.
Warner Bros Movie World, Pacific Highway Oxenford, is a movie-based theme park with recreation movie sets. You can look behind the scenes at special-effects creations, as well as visit the many attractions and thrill rides.
Dreamworld, an Australian theme park, has nine theme areas of rides, shows and attractions. Koala Country allows visitors to cuddle koalas and feed kangaroos.
At Fisherman's Wharf Marina, Sea World Drive, sit on the dock of the bay and enjoy fine food and wine, overlooking the broadwater. Browse in the shops and boutiques; children can play safely in the floating pool; and fresh seafood from the market is available daily.
Wet’n’Wild Water Park contains a giant wave pool, waterslide, adventure pool and play areas for children. Poolside movies are shown and a speed slide stunt team performs daily.
Currumbin Sanctuary offers an exciting look at Australian fauna in 70 acres of bushland and gardens. Flocks of rainbow lorikeets swoop around to be hand-fed.
Moving west from the coastline into the hinterland, the terrain climbs steadily to 1000 metres to the breathtaking scenery in the Numinbah Valley at Springbrook. Highlights here include the 190 metre high Purlingbrook Falls, Winburra Lookout and the Hinze Dam.
In the Numinbah Valley on the southern Queensland border is the Natural Arch, a spectacular waterfall that plummets through a stone archway into a rock pool below. This is an excellent spot for picnics, barbecues and bush walks.
For further information, contact:
Gold Coast Tourism Bureau
Level 2,64 Ferny Ave
SURFERS PARADISE QLD 4217
Tel: (07) 5592 2699
Fax:(07) 5570 3144
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