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Gold Coast is a city in the Australian state of Queensland. It is the second most populous city in the state and the sixth most populous city in the country. It is also the most populous non-capital city in the country. The Gold Coast is known as a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches .

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» Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads

A prosperous suburb on Australia's famous Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads boasts a population just shy of 8,000 people, making it a cozy destination for travelers seeking rest and relaxation in the region. The main commercial center in Burleigh Heads is James Street, a village of sorts that is packed with cafes, delis, hairdressers, retailers, chemists, restaurants and charity stores. The main attraction for many visitors is the main surf break, a welcome opportunity compared to other quality spots that have become overrun with flocks of tourists and adventure-seekers …

» Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

There are many critters nestling in the rainforest setting of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, but the prettiest - and loudest - are the flocks of rainbow lorikeets that cluster round visitors for twice-daily feeds. If you've never seen these birds before, you're in for a treat - they're a photogenic patchwork of emerald green, sapphire blue and sunset orange. They're not shy, and will perch on your head or arms to eat. The rainbow lorikeets were the ones that started it all - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was begun by a beekeeper and gardener …

» Dreamworld


Shout your lungs out at Screamworld after dark, battle aliens at AVPX, see the light and laser spectacular of Illuminate, or watch virtual V8 supercars in action at Red Line. Learn the mysteries of boardsports with Flowrider, or be amazed by the shows screening at the IMAX theater …

» Infinity


A multimedia experience engaging all of the senses, Infinity is a journey through mazes of special effects that create a dream-like atmosphere. Sound fields, lights, music, and visual illusions challenge the mind and stretch the imagination of those who navigate the funhouse. There are 20 different environments, each with its own unique interactive experience. Ranging from a laser room to a time warp, electron maze, and inter-dimensional space, visitors are treated to a feast for all the senses throughout …

» Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park

One of Queensland, Australia's absolute gems, Lamington National Park exemplifies what it means to explore Australia's markedly majestic natural life. Full of waterfalls, hiking tracks, rainforests and expansive plant- animal-life, it is no wonder that Lamington is considered one of this continent's premiere destinations. Covering over 20,500 hectares, Lamington has a diverse flora life, housing majestic plants that are not found anywhere else in the world and has tree-roots that have been in existence for more than 5,000 years …

» Mt Tamborine National Park

Mt Tamborine National Park

Visit Queensland's first national park on Mount Tamborine, in the Gold Coast Hinterland region, to enjoy the natural wonders of eucalypt forests, palm groves, prehistoric volcanic rock outcrops and lush subtropical waterfalls. Mount Tamborine National Park originated with the protection of the Witches Falls and has since expanded across the Tamborine plateau and surrounding foothills. Popular national park activities include walking the many mapped and marked bush trails …

» O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk

O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk

Rainforests are some of the world's most fascinating ecosystems, yet humans usually only experience them from the ground. O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk provides a new point of view, allowing visitors to experience the world of the rainforest from inside the canopy. O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk is a 590-foot (180-meter) walkway through the rainforest of the Gold Coast hinterland that consists of nine suspension bridges and two observation decks. Sitting right next to the incredible landscape of Lamington National Park …

» Sea World

Sea World

The Gold Coast means theme parks, and one of the most popular is Sea World. The emphasis is on educational animal encounters at Sea World, with the interactive fun of dolphin adventures a particular highlight. Watch polar bears in action, go on a seal safari, see performing dolphins, and meet Bert and Ernie at Sesame Street Beach. Sea World isn't just about wildlife, it's also the home of roller-coaster action on Jet Rescue. Ride the Bermuda Triangle, lose your lunch on the Corkscrew Rollercoaster …

» SkyPoint Observation Deck

SkyPoint Observation Deck

You won't have to sign a lease to experience the incredible 360-degree views from atop one of the world's tallest residential towers. Visitors to the SkyPoint Observation Deck, a glass-encased wonder located on the 77th and 78th floors of the iconic Q1 building, can look out some 230 feet above sea level at the scenic Surfers Paradise. These epics views are some of the most memorable in the city, but travelers agree, a trip to this architectural destination is not for the faint of heart - or anyone afraid of heights …

» Southport


Slightly north of the internationally popular party destination, Surfers Paradise, on Queensland's Gold Coast, Southport offers coastal relaxation with water and city skyline views. Queensland's famous marine theme park, Sea World, is the main attraction of Southport, offering live shows and up-close encounters with seals, dolphins, penguins and polar bears, among other marine life and theme park rides. Parkland spans along the calm sea inlet at Southport, making it a perfect place for families with young children …

» Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is the lush, water-trickled remains of a prehistoric volcano. An explosion some 20 million years ago is what made this impressive plateau that looms over the Gold Coast skyline. All that rock is just perfect for hanging a heap of cool temperate rainforest vegetation - strangler figs, trailing vines, palms. It also makes the perfect launching place for countless waterfalls and cascades, and it's this that the park is famous for. Hike to one of the many vantage points for stunner views across to Mount Warning, the most spectacular of the volcano's remnants …

» Stradbroke Island

Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, nicknamed 'Straddie' by the locals, offers a low-key escape from Brisbane. The picturesque island, the most popular of all the islands in Moreton Bay, is lined by white sand beaches on its eastern shores, while the interior is dotted with freshwater lakes. The first inhabitants of the island showed up some 40,000 years ago, and members of three Australian Aboriginal groups call the island home today. Before you begin your explorations of the island …

» Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is a lot like what the Gold Coast used to be before the developers and the swarms of tourists moved in. Not that the Sunshine Coast is tourist-free - when you're flaunting more than 100 km (62 mi) of peerless surf beach, come-hither hinterland and a mix of upmarket and laid-back scenes, you've got to expect a few visitors. Highlights - aside from the average of 300 sunshiny days a year - include Noosa, with its frothing surf and frothing latte scene, the kick-backed backpackers feel of Maroochydore …

» Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise

On the sandy coast of Queensland -- known as Australia's Gold Coast -- you'll find a suburb appropriately named Surfers Paradise. In a country where surfing is somewhat of a religion, the beaches of Gold Coast offer some of the best breaks and hollow waves in the country. Thanks in large part to the sun-kissed beaches, the Gold Coast has earned a spot as one of Australia's top tourist destinations, and nearly half the accommodation options in the region are found in Surfers Paradise …

» Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk offers a whole new perspective on the forest - from within and above, as if you were a bird or a sugar glider. You'll walk on a delicate steel structure (vertigo sufferers need not apply - this thing sways!) through 12 hectares (30 acres) of the divine Mount Tamborine Rainforest. What will you see on the way? The walk, which takes about an hour (you can pace yourself), starts off in the middle and upper canopies and descends, via a cantilever lookout, to rock pools and butterfly hotspots and then the rainforest floor …

» Warner Bros. Movie World

Warner Bros. Movie World

Hollywood comes to the Gold Coast at Warner Bros. Movie World! Catch your favorite characters at the Star Parade down Main Street with the Looney Tunes Gang, Scooby-Doo and Shrek. Watch cars collide with the Hollywood Stunt Driver show on a real-life movie set. If you dare, try the thrilling new Batwing Spaceshot ride - the breathtaking drop goes way beyond freefall! Thrillseekers will also love the Superman Escape, Roadrunner roller-coaster, the huge Wild West Falls adventure and Lethal Weapon: the Ride …

» Wet 'n' Wild Water Park

Wet 'n' Wild

Cool off after a hot day under the Australian sun with a trip to the Wet'n'Wild Water Park. This colorful and chaotic Gold Coast wonderland is filled with myriad ways to escape the heat - from adrenaline-pumping slides to relaxing pools for floating fun. Popular attractions like the Blackhole and Kamikaze shoot travelers down surging water slides at 30 kilometers an hour and attract daredevil visitors in search of serious speed. But shallow lagoons, giant cold-water dump buckets and splish-splash play areas …

» WhiteWater World

WhiteWater World

WhiteWater World, on the Gold Coast, is a water paradise with more than 140 slides, rides and watery activities - the best place on the coast for water activities! Test your nerves on The Wedgie, Australia's first drop and loop coil water slide or hit the biggest tubing funnel around in The Green Room. If you're really brave, hit up Night WhiteWater World when the sun goes down to experience some amazing water slides in the dark! People of all ages will love hanging out and relaxing in the Cave of Waves or learning to surf at the Surf School …

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Heady, wild and pure fun, the Gold Coast is Australia's very own whiff of Las Vegas. This commercial overload doesn't appeal to everyone, but the Gold Coast receives more than two million visitors every year. Most are drawn by the surf, sun and fun, but there is also a spectacular hinterland less than 19 miles (30km) from the beach. The Gold Coast also has some excellent surfing breaks, particularly at Burleigh Heads, Kirra and Duranbah …

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Especially around Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, the Mecca of Surfing, you'll find a high concentration of anything that will please the tourist, ranging from hotels and restaurants to discos and theme parks. Other beaches in the vicinity are Broadbeach, Palm Beach and Currumbin Beach …

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