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Top Attractions on the Gold Coast

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Published May 10th 2018
There is no shortage of things to do, see and experience…
Gold Coast is an attraction hub for all ages and interests. There are plenty of attractions from theme parks to national parks, gardens to museums, galleries to shopping and much more to keep everyone entertained.

The list below features free & ticketed Top Attractions across the Gold Coast region:

1. Beachfront Markets
Where: The Foreshore, Surfers Paradise (Esplanade at the end of Cavill Mall)
When: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday nights: 4pm-9pm
Cost: Free
Details: These markets have been operating since April 1995 and offer a unique shopping and cultural experience. There are more than 100 market stalls featuring a variety of premium and unique products, fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products, homewares and much more. The markets also feature live entertainment. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets Facebook


2. 7D Cinema
Where: Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: 9am-10:30pm
Cost: Adults: $15pp, Children & Concession: $13pp & Family (2 adults 2 children): $56
Details: Discover a new experience and a new dimension to virtual reality with this 7D Cinema Experience. Enjoy the latest movie entertainment with thrilling special effects. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from 7D Cinema Facebook


3. Aquaduck Tours
Where: 7A Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: See website for tour times.
Cost: Adults: $38pp, Children (4-16yrs): $30pp, kids under 3yrs free & Family (2 adults 2 children): $120
Details: This "ducktastic" attraction is a land and water tour and begins with a bit of ducking and weaving around the streets of Surfers Paradise, followed by a waddle along the spectacular Gold Coast beaches. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from AquaDuck Facebook


4. Australian Shooting Academy
Where: Paradise Centre, Level 1, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: 10am-10pm
Cost: See website for pricing.
Details: Get your adrenaline pumping with this fun and entertaining experience attraction. Perfect your aim and learn to shoot in a super-safe, fully supervised environment. You can choose from pistols, rifles, handguns and shotguns. No experience is necessary. Click here for the website.

5. Surfers Paradise Ghost Tours
Where: Depart from Fiddlers Green, 39 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: 8pm-9:30pm
Cost: Adults: $29, Children: $17pp, Family (2 adults 2 children): $75
Details: Discover the eerie streets of Gold Coast. Peel away the glitz, glamour and showgirls of the past to reveal a dark, seedy undercurrent of greed, gluttony and betrayal and the ghosts that still linger in Australia's favourite playground. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Lantern Ghost Tours Facebook


6. Build-a-Bear Workshop
Where: Paradise Centre, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: All year round: 9am-9pm (Closed Anzac Day & Christmas Day)
Cost: See website.
Details: There are over 30 animals to create. Select your animal, then add a sound or even record a personalised message or heartbeat, then give your new furry friend a heart filled with specials wishes, accessories, dress and much more. Click here for the website.

7. Checkpoint Esports Arcade Bar
Where: 3090 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
When: All year round: 10am-12am
Cost: See website.
Details: If you love gaming and sports then this attraction is for you! This attraction features 16 gaming PC's, Xbox One and PS4 consoles, retro arcade, live streaming of eSports and all other major sporting events, licensed bar, weekly tournaments, and more. Click here for the website.

8. Dracula's Haunted House
Where: 3177 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: 10am-10pm
Cost: Adults: $18.75pp, Children: $14.25pp & Family Pass: $66
Details: This family-friendly attraction features interactive spooky fun house exhibits that will certainly bring terrifying fun for all ages! Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Dracula's Haunted House Facebook


9. Hot Air Balloon Down Under
Where: 2c / 3070 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
When: See website for tour times.
Cost: Tickets range from $189-$299
Details: Experience the stunning Gold Coast from a different perspective with this attraction. Float peacefully on Sunrise, over unforgettable panoramic views of the Gold Coast City and surrounding Hinterland. There are Flight Tours only or Flight Tour with Champagne Buffet Breakfast. Click here for the website.

10. Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast
Where: Chevron Renaissance Towers, 23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: See website for tour times
Cost: From $280pp
Details: This Hot Air Balloon attraction features daily rides inclusive of gourmet champagne breakfast at O'Reilly's Canungra Vineyard followed by wine tasting. All flight packages include door to door transfer service from all accommodation stays in Surfers Paradise. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Hot Air Balloon Brisbane Facebook


11. iFLY Indoor Skydiving
Where: 3084 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
When: Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Friday: 10:30am-9pm, Saturday: 8:30am-9:30pm & Sunday: 8:30am-7pm
Cost: Prices range from $69-$419
Details: This exhilarating attraction features state-of-the-art, fully controlled and safe environment to learn how to fly and the all-round viewing platform lets you share the magic with family and friends. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from iFLY Indoor Skydiving Facebook


12. Infinity
Where: Chevron Renaissance Centre, Cnr Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: 10am-10pm
Cost: Adults: $26.90pp, Children (4-13yrs): $17.90pp & Family (2 adults 2 children): $75.90
Details: This mind-blowing 30-minute journey takes you into 20 futuristic, maze-like worlds filled with special effects, atmospheric sound fields and illusions. This family-friendly interactive experience is certainly one not to miss out on! Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Infinity Attraction Gold Coast Facebook


13. Jet Boat Extreme
Where: 30-34 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: From 8am
Cost: From $58pp
Details: Jet Boat Extreme is the Gold Coast's largest and most powerful Jet Boating adventure ride. The ride is action-packed and exhilarating and certainly offers a different experience. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Jetboat Extreme Facebook


14. King Tutt's Putt Putt
Where: Cnr Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Pandanus Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: See website.
Cost: Tickets range from $10-$67
Details: This family-friendly attraction offers plenty of fun with over three individually themed 18-hole mini golf courses offering the ultimate mini-golf challenge experience. Themed courses include Ancient Egypt, Tutt's Challenge, and Jurassic Course. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from King Tutt's Putt Putt Facebook


15. Padlockd Escape Rooms
Where: 36 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: 12pm-9pm
Cost: 2 Adults: $40pp, 3 Adults: $38, 4 Adults: $36pp, 5 Adults: $34pp & 6 Adults and more: $32pp
Details: This physical adventure game features a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy, which players need to solve in order to complete the objectives in 60-minutes. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Padlockd Escape Rooms Facebook


16. Planet Chill
Where: Paradise Resort Gold Coast, 122 Ferny Rd, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: 9am-8pm
Cost: $ 20pp- price includes skate hire & up to 2 hours of skating.
Details: This attraction is Australia's only resort-based permanent Ice Skating Rink and it offers all year round family-friendly entertainment. Click here for the website.

17. Quack 'R' Duck
Where: Shop 35A Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: 9am-5pm
Cost: Adults: $38pp, Children (4-17yrs): $ 30pp & Family (2 adults 2 children): $120
Details: This fun and exciting land and water experience features rides alongside Surfers Paradise idyllic beaches, past Narrownecks manmade surfing reef and Sea World. Experience splashing around into the Broadwater, cruise past Marina Mirage and the mllionaire dollar homes of Paradise Waters and much more. Click here for the website.

Have a 'quacking & splashing' time with the Quack'R Duck! Image Courtesy from Quack'R Duck Facebook


18. Ripley's Believe it or Not!
Where: Soul Boardwalk, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: All year round: 9am-10pm (last admission)
Cost: Adults: $26.90 & Children (5-12yrs): $16.90
Details: This unusual and unbelievable attraction showcases fifteen individual themed galleries of unbelievable artefacts and interactive exhibits. The self-guided adventure allows you to come face-to-face with remarkable relics and rare treasures from around the world and with almost 900-square metres to explore. Over 400 genuine artefacts, amazing stories of history and adventure, magic, mystery, incredible illusions, life-size figurines, and more, makes this attraction one not to miss! Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Facebook


19. SkyPoint Climb
Where: 3003 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
When: See website.
Cost: From $75pp
Details: This must-do attraction adventure lasts 90-minutes and takes you on a spectacular journey offering breathtaking views as you climb on Australia's highest external building climb. Be in awe with unparalleled 360-degree views of the Gold Coast and beyond. There are morning, day and twilight climbs. Click here for the website.

For a 'once in a lifetime' experience, climb the Skypoint Bridge! Image Courtesy from SkyPoint Australia Facebook


20. SkyPoint Observation Deck
Where: 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Sunday-Thursday: 7:30am-9pm & Friday-Saturday: 7:30am-12pm
Cost: Tickets from $25pp
Details: Located on Levels 77 and 78 of the Q1 Building. SkyPoint is Australia's only beachside observation deck where you can sit back, relax and grab a bite to eat and enjoy unsurpassed 360-degree views of the Gold Coast beaches, Hinterland and beyond. Click here for the website.

Feel like you are standing on top of the world at the Skypoint! Image Courtesy from SkyPoint Australia Facebook


21. Sling Shot & Vomatron Amusement Rides
Where: 6 Palm Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: 10am-10pm
Cost: See website.
Details: This no-ordinary ride will certainly get your mind racing, your heart beating like a drum and your throat dry. Prepare to be catapulted vertically at over 160km per hour. The Vomatron features a ride powered by two huge electric motors - the giant 45m arm rotates forward at great speed. Click here for the website.

Get your adrenaline pumping with the Slingshot attraction- Image Courtesy from Slingshot GC Facebook


22. Surfers Paradise Mini Golf
Where: Cnr Cyprus Ave & Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
When: All year round: 10am-10pm
Cost: Adults: $12pp, Children: $8pp & Family: $30
Details: This mini-golf features 18 holes with Great Western themes. The interesting surroundings include lighting effects to make your putting experience one to remember. Click here for the website.

23. Surfers Paradise River Cruises
Where: Cavill Ave Public Wharf, 63 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: See website.
Cost: From $20pp
Details: Experience Gold Coast waterways, canals and Broadwater with the daily river cruises. Cruises depart from Surfers Paradise and offer morning tea, lunch, buffet & sunset river experiences. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Surfers Paradise River Cruises Facebook


24. The Wax Museum
Where: 56 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: 10am- late
Cost: Adults: $32pp, Children (3-12yrs) & Family (2 adults 2 children): $96
Details: Be amazed as you experience the entertaining and unique wax museum. Meet people who made history, movie stars, scientists, explorers, villains, royalty and world leaders. Witness our past and present heroes and mythical creatures. The Chamber of Horrors is a staggering record of human cruelty throughout the ages. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Wax Museum Gold Coast Facebook


25. Timezone
Where: Paradise Centre, Level 1, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: Daily: 9am-12am
Cost: Packages start from $25pp
Details: Experience 5000sqm of family-friendly entertainment with the largest and latest range of games, activities and experiences for all ages including Laser Skirmish, Bumper Cars, Mini Golf, vintage shooting gallery and basketball games as well as plenty of more innovative attractions. Click here for the website.

Have fun at Timezone! Image Courtesy from Timezone Surfers Paradise Facebook


26. Wyndham Cruises
Where: Cavill Ave, River End, Gold Coast
When: Daily: 8:30am-5pm
Cost: Tickets range from $25-$249
Details: Wyndham Cruises offer sightseeing cruises with a wide range of cruises, including morning tea, buffet lunch, afternoon platter cruises as well as function cruises. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Wyndham Cruises Facebook


27. Gold Coast Theme Parks
Below is the list of theme parks across the Gold Coast. There is a theme park for all interests and ages to enjoy:
- Sea World
- Movie World
- Wet 'n Wild Water World
- Dreamworld
- Paradise Country
- Australian Outback Spectacular Show

There is a Theme Park for all interests & ages.


28. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Where: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin
When: Daily: 8am-5pm
Cost: Adults: $49.95pp, Children (4-14yrs): $39.95pp & Family (2 adults 2 children): $149.95
Details: Enjoy close encounters with Australia's native animals. The Sanctuary features exhibits, displays, daily keeper talks, animal shows, nature walks, animal encounters at this 67-acre (27 hectares) attraction. Do not forget to walk through the spectacular 5-acre forest of the Lost Valley and see unique flora and wildlife such as lemurs, red pandas, capybaras and other exotic reptiles. Click here for the website.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect family-friendly attraction.


29. National Parks & Nature Attractions
The list below features the spectacular National Parks surrounding the Gold Coast Region. Explore and discover hidden gems, nature walks & treks, lookouts, swimming holes and much more outdoor experiences:
- Springbrook National Park
- Tamborine National Park
- Lamington National Park
- Burleigh Head National Park
- Federation Walk Coastal Reserve
- Glow Worm Cave
- Macintosh Island Park
- Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

Explore the many natural wonders across the Gold Coast.


30. Beaches
The Gold Coast is renowned for its spectacular, unique and beautiful beaches stretching from southern end at Rainbow Bay to South Stradbroke Island in the north. The website offers a list of Gold Coast beaches to explore. Click here for the website.

Explore the many beaches surrounding the spectacular Gold Coast


31. Burleigh Brewing Company
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads
When: See website for times.
Cost: Entry Free
Details: Burleigh Brewing Company is built on balance, character and soul and was established in 2006. The Brewery and Tap House offers tours, food trucks, restaurant, local live music on Friday nights and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Burleigh Brewing Co. Facebook


32. David Fleay Wildlife Park
Where: Loman Lane, West Burleigh
When: All year round: 9am-5pm (Closed Christmas Day)
Cost: See website.
Details: This Wildlife Park features strolls through natural habitats, nocturnal house, self-guided and guided tours, daily wildlife shows, exhibits and more. You can also explore nearby the Tallebudgera Creek Mangrove Boardwalk. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Queensland National Parks Facebook


33. Gallery at HOTA
Where: 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise
When: All year round- see website for times (Closed Christmas Day)
Cost: Free
Details: This Gallery showcases 12 exhibitions featuring more than 400 artists, multi-million dollar art collections, including one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia, hands-on art activities for all ages, workshops for kids and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Home of the Arts Facebook
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