The Gold Coast is a hub of exciting entertainment, sunny beaches, stunning wildlife and fun attractions. Basically, there’s plenty to do and see here, which makes it one of Australia’s most popular holiday spots. However, some Gold Coast tourist attractions are simply more exciting than others. Below are four of the hottest tourist attractions in good ole “Goldy”.
Soak Up Some Sun at the Beach
Australia’s Gold Coast is famous for its beaches. In fact, Goldy has 57 kilometres of these beautiful, sandy attractions. Some of the most famous and attractive beaches include, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin, Broadbeach, Duranbah, Palm Beach, Kirra, Coolangatta, Nobby Beach, Surfers Paradise and Main Beach. They’re a source of pride for Gold Coasters and a source of awe for tourists.
The beaches are clean, feature convenient walking trails along the coast line, are close to restaurants and cafés, offer barbecue and picnic areas, are home to interesting wildlife and have some of the best surfing spots on the planet. They’re perhaps the greatest attractions on the Gold Coast and certainly the best spot to relax while on holiday.
Take in the View atop the Q1 Building
The Q1 Building in Surfers Paradise is the most iconic building on the Gold Coast. And, the most iconic part of Q1 is the SkyPoint Observation Deck on the 77th or top floor. The deck offers 360-degree views of the entire coastline, as well as views of Hinterland, the ocean and the Surfers Paradise skyline. Not to mention, there’s a restaurant/bar on the deck, so you can have dinner with an unbelievable view.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, then you might try the SkyPoint Climb. On the climb, you’ll be strapped into a harness and given a different view of Surfers Paradise, going up and down the glass structure with a tour guide.
Play with the Animals at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest and most beloved attractions on the Gold Coast. It offers some of the most exotic wildlife in Australia and is a time capsule for indigenous culture and heritage. Not to mention, home of the best wildlife hospital in the country.
The sanctuary features open wildlife enclosures and interactive displays all in the middle of a rainforest lined with eucalyptus trees. It’s family-friendly, and you and the family can take a trip around the park in a little train, go on a Segway Safari, learn about the native culture during the Aboriginal Dance Show, get a lesson from Dr. Doo-Lots, take the Treetop Challenge or simply play with the animals. You can cuddle the koalas, hand feed the kangaroos, take a picture with the animals, watch the Birds Flight or Crocodile Behaviour Show or wave to the emus and wombats. There’s surely a wide array of Wildlife Shows & Events to choose from at Currumbin.
Do Some Whale Watching
The Gold Coast is one of the best whale watching destinations in Australia. From May to November the whales make their yearly migratory trip and swim from the east in search of warmer waters. The Gold Coast happens to be the perfect spot, as the Coast sees 300 days of sun each year, and more than 10,000 whales pass through during the 5-month migration season. A whale watching trip is simple: you choose an operator, book a trip, then take a boat out to one of the “watching locations”, including the infamous Great Barrier Reef. Operators offer several trip packages and some even come with money-back guarantees in case you don’t see any whales.