|The main attraction for all visitors to the Gold Coast is the weather and the beaches! The northern end is the more built up and commercialized section, whereas the southern end is a little quieter and perhaps more suitable for families. Away from the coast are mountain ranges, a lot of which is national park land.
There are 40 kilometres of beaches here, and they do differ in some respects! The most picturesque is said to be at Coolangatta, called Greenmount. Here you can see for miles along the coast. The most popular with backpackers and many of the tourists is called Surfer’s Paradise as this, along with Burleigh Heads and Kirra have some great surfing waves. If you want to get involved in some action other than surfing, join in with one of the beach volleyball matches being played all along the beach.
Away from the beach, the Gold Coast is a great place for theme park lovers too. Not surprisingly, many of these are water themed parks. Sea World is the oldest theme park in Australia and is definitely worth visiting. There are of course many marine attractions, including Shark Bay, Penguin Point, Polar Bear Shores, the Sea World Aquarium and the Dolphin Nursery Pool. In addition to these Sea World Gold Coast also has a variety of thrilling rides including roller coasters, log flumes, pirate ships and kids rides too.
Wet ‘n’ Wild is a water park and hence all of the attractions here are water based and include lots of slides and chutes as well as giant wave pool and a beach. There’s also Warner Bros Movie World which is a movie themed park and includes rides, shows and other attractions.
Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and Warner Bros Movie World offer a combined entrance ticket so if you’re planning on visiting all three this should be the most economical way of doing so.
Dream World combines a theme park with tiger zoo and is said to be the largest theme park in Australia. It offers large thrill rides, family rides and kids rides as well as a variety of other attractions including Tiger Island and other Australian wildlife.
For a different experience, the Australian Outback Spectacular is a fun dinner show which includes a show, stampeding cattle, wild horses and an Australian dinner.