Top 10 Things to do in Gold Coast, Australia

July 28, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Discover the best top things to do in Gold Coast, Australia including Brisbane Whale Watching, Burleigh Heads Beach, Seaway Kayaking Tours, Coolangatta Beach, Aria Cruises, The Rockpools, Springbrook National Park, SkyPoint Climb, G:link, Tamborine Mountain Distillery.
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1. Brisbane Whale Watching

Redcliffe Jetty, Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe, Queensland 4020, Australia
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5 based on 389 reviews

Brisbane Whale Watching

Brisbane Whale Watching invites you to come on board the magnificent Eye-Spy for an encounter with the whales. There’s no better place to observe the mighty Humpback than Brisbane’s Moreton Bay.

Reviewed By CJFallowfield - Llandrinio, United Kingdom

I was scheduled to go on this trip on a Friday, and sat at the meeting point for over 40 minutes waiting to be collected, only to find that it had been cancelled, so instead it was rearranged for the following Monday. By the time the tour bus had stopped to pick everyone up, it was just over an hour before we arrived in Redcliffe to walk out to the jetty to board the lovely Eyespy. I'd paid for the VIP ticket, which meant a separate air-conditioned cabin with a table and guaranteed window view, and it included a free drink and buffet lunch (I didn't partake in lunch so can't comment on this side of the trip). As it was almost the end of the season, and a week day to boot, there was probably no more than 60 people onboard, which meant that over the three decks there was plenty of room for people to spread out to get good shots of the whales. I'm not sure how easy that would have been if the ship was at full capacity. We were lucky enough to see three pods of whales during out time out, though the coveted "breaches" where the whales jump right out of the water, were at a distance, so you'd only have been able to capture those shots with a professional camera and zoom lens. We did see lots of rolling, slapping of tails and fins though - It's easy to get too wrapped up in trying to capture the perfect shot and not just taking the time to appreciate the beauty of witnessing this once almost extinct creature in all of its beauty - so I actually put my camera away and chose to be in the moment. A word of warning, it was a cloudy day with a strong breeze out on the water, so I didn't notice how strong the sun actually was and came away with quite painful sunburn - always put your suncream on when out on the water! It's heartbreaking to think that these magnificent creatures were hunted and killed in such a barbaric manner, thank goodness they are now protected and their numbers are increasing year on year. A very enjoyable day out, sunburn aside!

2. Burleigh Heads Beach

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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5 based on 1 reviews

Burleigh Heads Beach

Reviewed By Gena5 - Brisbane, Australia

With views back to surfers paradise, this beach is for everyone. Parkland nearby with kids play ground. Golden sand beach, also popular with surfers.

3. Seaway Kayaking Tours

Marine Pde, Biggera Waters, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia
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5 based on 237 reviews

Seaway Kayaking Tours

Come with us to embark in a mesmerizing kayaking adventure by exploring Gold Coast's hidden treasures. We offer different tours visiting South Stradbroke Island, Wave Break Island, and Hinze Dam. You will enjoy exciting and unique activities such as Clear Bottom Kayaking, Kayak and Shore Fishing, Wildlife Encountering, Snorkeling, Bush and Beach Walking, Beach Activities (soccer, racquets, rugby), or just relaxing on our Chill-Out Zone. Food is included in all our tours. We offer courtesy transfer service (Conditions Apply). We also hire our kayaks, stand up paddle boards and other equipment.

Reviewed By galitjona

We (2 adults + 2 children) took the 2 hours kayaking and snorkeling activity and it was great, we had so much fun!! It is highly recommended to anyone visiting or living in Gold Coast. The service and the staff were excellent.

4. Coolangatta Beach

Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Coolangatta Beach

Reviewed By Elizabeth S - Sydney, Australia

We hired a car for one week with Atlas Great service and value for money They collect and bring you back to airport Very quick and efficient Reneigh and team were great Thank you

5. Aria Cruises

146-148 Shore St N | The Public Pontoon Raby Bay Harbour, Cleveland, Redland City, Queensland 4163, Australia
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5 based on 203 reviews

Aria Cruises

Aria Cruises will take you on a sailing adventure like no other aboard a purpose built seawind catamaran. As you sail through the pristine waters that Moreton Bay has to offer, the boat will take you to some of the most scenic beach locations just of the Mainland of Brisbane. On board you can also keep a look out for the different marine life in the area such as dolphins, turtles, dugongs and much more. Check out Aria’s Facebook Page for latest photo and news updates.

Reviewed By Kate S - Brisbane, Australia

We had a wonderful birthday morning with Aria cruises! The staff were friendly and helpful, nothing was too hard. Had the most beautiful swim/float at Horseshoe Bay, absolutely stunning. Yummy lunch and smooth trip back to Cleveland. Looking forward to going again and taking some...MoreThank you so much Kate for joining us on your birthday. It was a pleasure having you. We look forward to you joining us again. Next time maybe do an afternoon cruise and enjoy the sunset on the way back.

6. The Rockpools

Broadwater Parklands | Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia +61 7 5581 1615
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5 based on 324 reviews

The Rockpools

Reviewed By battlek2017 - Gold Coast, Australia

The kids pools have heaps to Entertain them, there is shaded Seating areas for Adults, lovely paths to walk through, so caters for all! Can get lunch close by or bring own snacks. Great day out for families & you don't have to spend a lot

7. Springbrook National Park

Carricks Road, Springbrook, Gold Coast, Queensland 4213, Australia +61 7 5574 5041
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4.5 based on 403 reviews

Springbrook National Park

Reviewed By Mon55 - Brisbane, Australia

There are so many wonderful walks to select from offering fantastic views both of the Gold Coast and the ranges. Some involve a moderate level of fitness others are easy. Lots of well maintained picnic areas with lots of native birds and other wildlife. Plenty of Lookouts too, if walking is not your thing.

8. SkyPoint Climb

Level 77 of Q1 Resort | 9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia +61 7 5582 2700
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

SkyPoint Climb

SkyPoint Climb takes place on the top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise and at 270 metres in the air, it is one of Australia's highest external building walks. Starting on level 77 of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Climbers will enter the open air dressed in a full body suit and harness. Following their Climb guide, participants will then traverse up towards the crow's nest located at the highest point of the Climb at around 270 metres above the ground. Regular stops will be taken to admire the stunning 360 degree views of the Gold Coast region including the golden Beaches, city skyline and lush green hinterland. Climbers will then descend to level 77. Altogether the experience takes approximately 90 minutes including a briefing session and the time on the Climb course.

Reviewed By johndoc98 - Perth, Australia

I really had a great experience as our tour guide was Tayla and complemented with some great commentary and Facts.Tayla made everyone feel very comfortable within the group.I would definitely recommend this Experience to anyone that is on the Gold Coast.

Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia +61 1800 064 928
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

G:link

Reviewed By langleyd2015 - Adelaide, Australia

Visiting Gold Coast for first time since teams installed & found they make getting around GC so much easier! Very clean and reliable service with digital countdown clock on all platforms letting you know how many minutes before next tram.

10. Tamborine Mountain Distillery

87-91 Beacon Rd, North Tamborine, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland 4272, Australia
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4.5 based on 181 reviews

Tamborine Mountain Distillery

The Tamborine Mountain Distillery (“the Company”) is a successful Queensland, based business, that for the last quarter of a century has produced and distributed several specialized liqueurs and spirits for local, regional, national distribution, although has had significant interest shown for the international market. The Company was founded in 1993 by Michael and Alla Ward and has grown over the years into an iconic tourism facility and award winning liqueur brand.

Reviewed By gilld969 - Pottsville, Australia

Since our last visit the distillery has changed hands. The new owners were very welcoming and seem to be settling in well. We enjoyed a sample of the wonderful selection on offer, it was so hard to decide which to purchase. a visit is highly recommended.

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