The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the southeast corner of the state of Queensland in Australia. The year-round warm weather and positioning as a large coastal city just south of Brisbane has made it a popular destination with travellers. Surfers Paradise forms the glitzy hub of tourist activity. Each year thousands of Australian students complete their secondary education by indulging in Schoolies Week by travelling to the Gold Coast for a week of partying.
The Gold Coast region is big on theme parks. During peak season expect them all to be quite busy. Before you go, investigate ticket discounts for combined travel and entry, multi-park and multi-day passes. Members of Australian motoring associations can purchase discounted tickets from them before you travel.
A short list of attractions and admission prices.
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary: koalas, kangaroos, birds, snakes, crocodiles. Admission $40-50.
- Sea World: Marine park with rides, sharks, dolphins, penguins, polar bears. Admission $50-80.
- Warner Bros Movie World: Movie-themed rides and photo opportunities with famous characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Admission $50-80.
- Dreamworld: Amusement park, rides, themed lands and animals. Admission $50-80.
- WhiteWater World: Water park with pools, slides. Admission $30-50.
- Australian Outback Spectacular: horses and unique Australian lifestyle (dinner provided). Admission $55-110. Next to Movie World.
- Wet ‘n’ Wild: Water park with pools, slides, rides. Admission $35-60.
- Tropical Fruit World: Fruit plantation orchard, with tour, shows, tasting. Admission Adults $44, Children $25 (ages 4-16), Concession $35, Family Pass $110 (2A+2C) or $120 (2A+3C).
Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild are owned by the same company, so check out one of their combo tickets if you’re planning on hitting two or more of them.
Dreamworld and WhiteWater World offer the same kind of deal.
Almost all beaches between the Gold Coast Seaway and Coolangatta are patrolled by volunteer and professional lifesavers. The patrolled areas are marked by red and yellow flags. Signs on the beaches will show you the closest patrolled beaches at any particular time of year.
Always swim between the flags. The flags have been lined up with the safest parts of the beach and are patrolled by lifesavers. If you do get into trouble or feel yourself being pulled out of your depth by a “rip”, don’t try to swim against the water. Swim parallel to the beach and raise your hand to attract the attention of a lifesaver. Always check the lifeguard chalk board near the (usually) yellow flag for up to date swimming conditions, water temperature, tide times and other information.
Gold Coast information from wikivoyage.