Coast Hinterlands Points of Interest
visiting places like Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, one would do well to
take a drive or tour through the green fertile hinterlands. In complete contrast
to the long sandy beaches, ocean blue and luxury hotels and resorts, you will
find small villages to explore and sweeping lush green vistas.
area has wonderful National Parks, including the stunning World Heritage Listed
50,000 acre Lamington National Park. Other scenic Gold Coast tourist spots
include the Tamborine National Park and the Springbrook National Park.
over 50,600 acres of abundant wildlife and flora. Lamington National Park is
comprised of two areas, Binna Burra and Green Mountains. A World Heritage Listed
Area, this stunning park is a must see for Gold Coast Visitors.
include bird watching, spotlighting to look for nocturnal animals,
naturalist-guided wildlife and rainforest walks through the surrounding World
Heritage-listed Lamington National Park’s 160km of walking tracks.
National Park is actually made up from three separate parks, including Witches
Falls, great for families and kids, MacDonalds National Park (note spelling: not
McDonalds National Park) and Joalah NP.
30-minute drive from the Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain is a rainforest oasis
nestled high on the range. It has attracted a community of interesting artists
and their work captures the beauty of the area. Their artwork features an
interesting blend of colour, texture and shape, and includes ceramics, designer
silks, sculpture, painting and leather work.
the Gallery Walk located on Long Road, Eagle Heights. There is also a popular
community market that is held from morning to afternoon on the second Sunday of
National Park has sweeping vistas of the Gold Coast, ancient trees, waterfalls
and plenty of walking trails to explore. Take a hike to Natural Bridge - a
waterfall with cool waters and a swimming spot below.
Coast Food and Wine Trail
enjoyable day out is to follow the Gold Coast Hinterland Wine Trail. You will
find some fabulous boutique wineries and cellar door outlets between Tamborine,
Canungra and Springbrook.
at these National Parks include the impressive Alberts Lyrebird which can mimic
the sound of nearly every other forest dweller and of late, the ringing sound of
a mobile phone! Hello?
are Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots which always delight visitors with cameras
and those who wish they brought them, and the strikingly beautiful, yellow and
black Regent Bowerbird, the favourite of noted British naturalist, Sir Richard
Attenborough. At dawn and dusk, the pademelons (which are cute marsupials) come
out into the open to nibble on the green grass.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a National Trust Reserve, open since 1947. There
you will find huge flocks of Rainbow Lorrikeets and plenty of other Australian
birdlife as well as other Australian marsupials and mammals. Kangaroos,
Heads, New South Wales
the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre at South Tweed Heads to learn about
local Aboriginal customs.The Cultural Centre has exhibits, displays and videos
showing all aspects of Aboriginal life and lifestyle on the north coast of New
Aboriginal Cultural Centre has tours which include dance displays and a bush
tucker (food) talk. Explore the Aboriginal trail along the adjoining mangrove
Heads straddles the NSW and Queensland border. Which, since there is no daylight
savings (summer time) in Queensland, can be fun at New Years. Experience the big
New Years Celebrations at Surfers Paradise at 12pm, then head to South Tweed
Heads to do it all again, at 12pm!
Stradbroke Island Tours and Cruises
one of a number of cruises to South Stradbroke Island Resort, Couran Cove, or to
Sanctuary Cove. This allows visitors to enjoy the splendour of the Southport
are a number of Ferry services that operate from Runaway Bay Marina to South
Stradbroke Island. The short 20 minute ferry trip will take you to some of the
Gold Coast’s most beautiful and unpopulated beaches. The island offers some
wonderful up close and personal wildlife experiences with birdlife, wallabies
Coast Tours and Cruises
Wheel Drive safaris is a good way to enjoy the lush rainforests and coastal
areas, another, is to take a scenic flight, whether in a hot air balloon,
helicopter, seaplane or even a Tiger Moth. Another different way, take a
Harley-Davidson motor bike tour and farm resorts offering more traditional
Australian experiences. On the water there is jet skiing, amphibious tours, game
fishing, speedboat rides and boat hire.
Coast Airport, located at Coolangatta, is the major domestic and international
gateway to the region.
Coast and Surfers Paradise Shopping
much to choose from on the Gold Coast, with some of the best shopping in
Australia to be found under the sun.
your shopping for the latest fashions, chic beach gear or for special gifts and
souvenirs for friends and family, you’ll find them here.
the largest shopping centre in Queensland is to be found at Pacific Fair.
can catch a water taxi from the wharf at the river-end of Cavill Ave in Surfers
Paradise. Travel through the residential canal estates to Queensland’s Pacific
Fair. This centre is laid out in a village style, without the trucks or cars.
is also the Robina Town Centre; an extravaganza of department stores and scores
of speciality shops. In Surfers Paradise itself, there is the Raptis Plaza.
Fair, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach. Phone (07) 5581 5100.
Town Centre Drive - (exit 79 or 82 on the Pacific Highway/ M1 off Robina
Parkway), Robina Gold Coast
Plaza 4 The Esplanade Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
in Surfers Paradise
Paradise is one of Australia�s leading retail areas with shopping until
9pm every night. Hundreds of boutique, department and domestic stores to peruse,
while the tree lined boulevards shade international brand names like Cartier,
Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Bally Hermes, Paris and Salvatore Ferragamo.
boats meander north from the centre of Surfers Paradise along sheltered
waterways to Sanctuary Cove. Here the waterfront marine village has shops
selling the best of Australian designer labels and creative handicrafts. A good
place if your looking for some great quality souvenirs, including paintings,
sculptures, Aboriginal originals and crafts.
Cove has the waterfront Marine Shopping Village, with a number of world-renowned
artists in residence. Visitors can browse through the galleries or take a more
interactive role at the Jabiou Gallery of fine Arts. Here, you can try a unique
chance to work with some of the artists.
Gold Coast Arts Centre on Bundall Road in Surfers Paradise is the largest
regional arts and entertainment complex in Australia. The art gallery is open
Monday - Friday 10am to 5pm, and weekends 11am to 5pm. The complex also includes
a theatre that hosts a number of major productions each year. There is also a
cinema, restaurant, and function/community rooms.
Southport, The Marina Mirage shopping complex, located on the Spit merges the
arts and shopping into one experience. Dress and fashion boutiques are alongside
world-renowned art galleries. These include the large Schubert Gallery which
deals in a broad variety of Australian talent.
30-minute drive from the Gold Coast will find you at Tamborine Mountain; a
rainforest oasis nestled high on the range. It has attracted a community of
interesting artists and their work captures the beauty of the area.
artwork features an interesting blend of colour, texture and shape, and includes
ceramics, designer silks, sculpture, painting and leather work. Visitors are
invited to enter this community through the Gallery Walk located on Long Road,
is also a popular community market that is held from morning to afternoon on the
second Sunday of each month.
on the Gold Coast
Gold Coast is renowned for buzzing outdoor markets for the best buys staged
regularly throughout the region. Markets are held as follows:
Paradise beachfront - every Friday evening
- first and third Sunday
- last Sunday
- every second Sunday
Mountain - second Sunday
country market - first Sunday
Point Art and Craft Market - fourth Sunday
biggest market on the Gold Coast can be found at Carrara every weekend.
the avid shopper, the Gold Coast is an experience of a lifetime perfectly
supplied with an amazing array of shopping resorts, innovative boutiques and
the Gold Coast you will find beaches with attractive names like Palm Beach,
Rainbow Bay, Mermaid Beach and Surfers Paradise. They have soft golden sand,
rolling waves and are the perfect setting for a sunset walk along the shoreline.
clean, uncrowded beaches may be the main thing visitors are looking for in a
holiday and the Gold Coast has them all in abundance. Enjoy and relax.
the Gold Coast there are 42km of beautiful sandy beaches, from Currumbin to
Cabarita Beach in northern NSW. 40 of those beaches are patrolled by lifeguards
throughout the year. On South Stradbroke Island you can find untouched
Beach, located just south of Southport is where you can find a less crowded
beach. A favourite with the weekend Brisbane set, it has a very trendy and
upbeat cafe culture on Tedder Ave.
has play equipment for the kids and picnic areas for the family. There are
plenty of places to eat, including international and noveau restuarants, a good
assortment of budget hotels and other accommodation, as well as luxury hotels
and resorts. Good shopping can be found here, including at Pacific Fair,
Queensland’ largest shopping centre.
Paradise has its own beach, a wide stretch of sand that is patrolled by
South of Surfers Paradise
south of Surfers Paradise, Mermaid Beach is a good family beach with picnic
areas, bicycle tracks and a childrens playground.
Beach has been home to the annual Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles. Plenty of
convenient eateries and has picnic areas.
has gentle surf and small rock pools, making Currumbin’s beaches great for
young families. It�s also a paradise for photographers, with stunning
views and an eye-catching trio of rocks, named Elephant, Flat and Currumbin,
standing guard in the rolling surf.
along Currumbin Creek or join the locals for a run along the golden sands of
Palm Beach � multiple winner of Queensland�s cleanest beach award.
the coastal Burleigh Head National Park you will find paths through cool
rainforest to the headland. There are some great coastal walks to be had here. A
popular surfing beach for a long time and shaded by the tall pine trees.
is the David Fleay Wildlife Park, a refuge and breeding centre for endangered
Beach is the Gold Coast's most famous surfing beach - the place to watch the
experts at work. Surfing spots here include names known to surfers around the
world, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay and Coolangatta.
not hire a longboard for the day - fun for all ages. Kirra is also home of
Queensland’s first surf club and training ground for many of the Gold
Coast’s champion surfers.
- Tweed Heads
has some of the prettiest beaches and joins Tweed Heads in New South Wales, just
over the Queensland / NSW border.
enjoys both an ocean beach and the calm Tallebudgera Creek estuary. The
Currumbin Rock Pool is fun for families and the Mt Cougal National Park, a tiny
gem - just 800m square, is filled with cascading waterfalls. Palm Beach is just
to the north with a boardwalk and nearby places to picnic.
for some reason the surf is smaller than you wanted try Wet ‘n’ Wild’s
newest adrenalin pumping thrill, Surfrider. Hold on as you plummet 30 metres
through wild water sprays while spinning on a giant surfboard. Experience the
feeling of surfing some of the world�s largest waves without risking a
more: Cable Ski World at Runaway Bay - go water skiing without a boat, enjoy a
cruise to the South Stradbroke Island Resort, Couran Cove, or to Sanctuary Cove
and take in the beauty of the Southport Broadwater.
Coast Places to Visit and Points of Interest
the premier places to visit in Australia - The Gold Coast has plenty of fun,
surf and sun, there is also adventure exploring the historic rural communities
in the north to border towns and coastal centres in the south and of course the
top end of coastal New South Wales.
of the places on the Gold Coast have an excellent array of choices for
accommodation. The growing popularity of the southern Gold Coast has led to the
development of some impressive new resorts, apartments and hotels. A vast
selection of accommodation is situated within an easy wander of local beaches
and shopping centres.
Among the northern stretches of sugar cane and just off the highway to Brisbane
you will find the historic town of Beenleigh QLD. This rural Gold Coast area was
settled in 1864 and has been celebrated for its agricultural produce and rum
producing expertise, complete with a historical distillery.
has a real country town feel, main street pubs and historic village, Beenleigh
offers a different experience for Gold Coast visitors.
Stradbroke Island, just here off the Queensland coast, is but a world away from
the bright city lights. Left in its natural island environment, South Stradbroke
is a beautiful retreat destination, complemented by the award winning Couran
Cove Island Resort and the South Stradbroke Island Resort.
short boat ride will take you back to the mainland, stopping off at Sanctuary
Cove, complete with restaurants, marine facilities, speciality shops, beautiful
hotels and two of the Gold Coast’s best golf courses.
is regarded as the Central Business District of the Gold Coast, yet the rows of
tree-lined streets and long established gardens characterise the area with a
inviting array of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs cater for the locals and
visitors. Southport is a charming central business district with its waterfront
location and leafy personality with flourishing parks and meandering pathways
and beach front playgrounds.
far from Southport, just south across the river is another of the Gold Coast’s
adored districts, Main Beach. Plenty of coffee culture cafe’s along the
boulevards with plenty of chances for boutique shopping. Fashion, jewelry and
accessories fit for a princess, or heiress, as is often the case.
Avenue is the destination of choice for the chic to enjoy a drink, a meal and
soak up the atmosphere that make up this place.
Tedder Avenue is an assortment of the Gold Coast’s best appointed apartments
and hotels, a short walk away from sands of Main Beach. Positioned on the verge
of the Southport Broadwater, Main Beach offers a vista of multi-million dollar
elegance as the calm water area hosts an array of extraordinary vessels and
Paradise is the center attraction on the Gold Coast. It has long been regarded
as Australia’s most popular holiday destination with its fun in the sun beach
Gold Coast itself hith a unique concentration of attractions, natural
hinterlands, with lots of things to do. Great restaurants and eateries,
activiities, places to explore, cruises and joy flights, bungee jumping, world
class theme parks, aquatic and wildlife sanctuaries await, which is why many
choose to base themselves in Surfers Paradise.
course, that being said, there is plenty of places for accommodation to be found
elsewhere along the Gold Coast. With Surfers Paradise being playground of the
Gold Coast, it is inevitable that visitors end up spending time here.
restaurants, bars and nightclubs fill Surfers with 24-hour excitement. Events
run all year round in the lively city centre. Activities range from musical
events, entertainment and cinema on the beach to international sport like
traithlons, surfing and lifesaving.
further south from Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach is becoming the new cosmopolitan
hub of the Gold Coast. Featuring an even more diverse and select range of
restaurants, stylish cafes, shopping boutiques and beachside accommodation
offering sweeping ocean views.
of the Gold Coast’s most modern dining establishments and premier nightlife
venues can be found in Broadbeach.
cosmopolitan feel of Broadbeach is further distinguished by the area�s
fashion venues. As one of Queensland's shopping destinations, Broadbeach is open
year-round with an enviable measure of fashion and accessories, brand names,
giftware, lifestyle and major department stores.
also entices the touring international shows, events and acts with landmark
facilities such as the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and Conrad
Jupiters Casino positioned in the heart of the district. and within easy reach
of accommodation and night spots.
laid back than the cosmopolitan Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, the southern
Gold Coast expanse stretches to the border of New South Wales and has some of
the area’s most beautiful beach environments.
charms has brought many Australian families to this area for many years and.now
is beginning to attract an increasing number of international visitors.
areas with safe swimming conditions across the southern section include Mermaid
Beach, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin and Coolangatta. Every beach offers a unique
and sweeping view of the coast. Most have adjoining green areas dotted with
large pine trees and pandanus palms, providing shady spots in which to relax.
the famed board-riding beach of Kirra, the coastline curves around to the broad
white sands of Coolangatta and the striking tree-studded headland of Greenmount.
Bay carries a vista of natural beauty around to the rugged headland of Point
Danger. Greenmount and Rainbow Bay are probably the most popular swimming and
surfing beaches for locals and these spots are still considered two of the Gold
Coast�s best-kept secrets.
Coast Theme Parks
Gold Coast is Australia’s premier holiday destination and home of Australia
Tourist Attractions Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet'n'Wild Water World,
Australian Outback Spectacular, Paradise Country and Sea World Resort.
Coast fun for the children and families - Kids of All Ages will enjoy these.
Parks on the Gold Coast Queensland
the northern end of the Gold Coast you will find Sea World; a 24.6 hectare
comprehensive marine zoological park and one of Australia’s best known theme
parks. It offers visitors unique entertainment and an educational window to the
underwater world. There are daily exhibitions of stunt water skiing on a lake
that occupies almost one-third of the park.
Bay, gives people the chance to view the tiger sharks (as well as others) from
the underwater viewing chamber. For the brave and the adventurous, visitors can
scuba dive with the sharks.
attractions at Sea World include the seal and dolphin presentations. They keep
both children and adults on the edge of their seats - these beautiful marine
creatures go through a series of complicated and entertaining jumps, flips and
Bay and Polar Bear shores, dolphin and seal shows, penguins, rides, a roller
coaster and water slides. Adjoining Sea World is the Sea World Nara Resort - a
405-room low-rise resort with four restaurants and a heated lagoon pool.
underwater viewing chambers make it easy for guests to see the four bears in the
naturalistic and stimulating environment. Sea World also has a water park and a
series of exciting rides such as the Corkscrew Roller Coaster and Bermuda
through the impressive gates of Dreamworld, another of the big theme parks on
the Gold Coast. A day of excitement for the family.
IMAX movies, get up close to cuddle koalas, Tiger Island, which has gold and
white bengal tigers, Thunder River Rapids, ride a white water raft for a wet
soft? jolting, or for those who love heights, the thrilling Tower of Terror and
the Giant Drop. You can choose from 16 family rides and another 20 rides and
attractions for a great day out.
are eight super 'thrill' rides for those with little or no fear.
the little ones, Nickelodeon Central Kids Zone, Tiger Island, Wiggles World,
Australian Wildlife Experience are bound to amaze. For the bigger kids, go the
Thrill Rides and the FlowRider boardsport attraction.
Parkway, Coomera, Gold Coast. Open daily, 10am-5pm
door is the the Coast region’s latest theme park - WhiteWater World, with
claims to the 4 hottest waterslides available today.
Motorway, Oxenford. Open from 10am daily, closing times vary
Bros. Movie World
the Australian Tourist Attraction of the year a number of times. At Warner Bros.
Movieworld, visitors can watch Warner Bros. movies being made and see a variety
of dramatic stunt shows. Rides such as the Lethal Weapon and the Wild West Falls
Adventure Ride and the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster, make it a day to remember.
attractions include The Superman Escape, Shrek 4D, Batman - The Ride2 , The
Police Academy Stunt Show and the Batwing Spaceshot.
n Wild Waterpark
the best water slides, wave pools and fun for the whole family. Australia’s
largest, this water theme park has slides, pools, rides and entertainment.
Heated during the cooler months of the year (April through to September). Note:
Seasons in Australia are reversed to those in the Northern Hemisphere.
the Gold Coast, adventures and fun are not limited to theme parks. You can find
all kinds of excitement from a bungee jump in the middle of Surfers Paradise to
a sky dive, paraglide, parasail, hang glide, abseil, hot air balloon,
hang-glider, helicopter or even an old-fashioned bi-plane along the coast.
travellers can get onto the racetrack in a go-kart, performance Commodore or V8
Supercar before heading off-road to one of the 4 wheel drive circuits. Maybe
leave the road altogether with a private seaplane charter to an island or heli-tour
to a local winery, golf course or rainforest. The Great Barrier Reef is also
within easy reach and scenic flights from the Gold Coast offer a full day of
snorkelling and diving before returning in time for dinner. For something a
little offbeat step into the sensory labyrinth of Infinity funhouse, experience
the universe at Spacewalker or be truly amazed by the displays in
Australia�s only Ripley�s Believe It or Not! Museum.