Unique Places in Gold Coast

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    Hire a BBQ Boat

    by goldcoaster Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A very relaxing and different way to see the Gold Coast is to hire a BBQ pontoon for a day and cruise the waterways.

    It is not very expensive as long as there are a few of you. It is about $150 a day. Take all your food with you, some steaks, snags, chicken kebabs and a few bread rolls and you are set for a day on the water.

    You can cruise the canals and look at the houses that sell for $3m or head out into the broadwater and take a look at the more natural side of the Coast. You can do some fishing as well.

    You don't need a boat licence as they give you all the instruction you need. There are a few places that do this but all are close to Surfers Paradise and Main Beach.

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    Sensory Overload!

    by Jez79 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you're in Surfer's Paradise and you'd like to try something different, check out 'Infinity'. Located in the Chevron Renaissance Centre, on the corner of Surfers Paradise Blvd. (Gold Coast Hwy) and Elkhorn Ave, Infinity is a maze-like experience full of lights, sounds and tactile delights. The experience takes about half an hour (or longer if you like). Basically, you get some glow-in-the-dakr white booties and gloves, enter the start of the maze, and work your way through a series of different rooms, hallways and mazes. If it's dark, you can use your hands to guide the way. Infinity is a lot of fun, and certainly something different to check out. If you're claustrophocic, sensitive to flashing lights, or don't like the dark, Infinity probably isn't for you.

    Infinity Light Canyon

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    SANCTUARY COVE

    by balhannah Updated May 9, 2010

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    Sanctuary Cove is situated close to South Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay and Wavebreak Island.
    It is well known for its world-class Marina with access for super-yachts. The marina has direct access to the Pacific Ocean via the protected waterways of the Gold Coast Broadwater.

    The marina is the arena for the world-renowned Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. I haven't been to the show, but my husband has, he has an interest in boats, and thoroughly enjoyed the show.
    It is held in 20–23 May 2010.....Open 9am to 5pm daily
    So, if you are a Boat lover, then come to the show, it is held yearly.

    We also come here just to stroll around at look at the 90 specialty shops. You must try an Ice-cream from the Ice-cream/lolly shop, very nice!!!
    Outdoor dining, with lovely views over the harbour is real nice too, and prices aren't bad.
    A roast beef lunch with Yorkshire pudding and vegetables was $17.95. [2010]
    There is a real nice ambience, with pleasant music to listen to.

    LOCATION......
    By car - Exit 57 both north and south direction on the M1.

    By bus - Surfside Buslines operate regular services to Sanctuary Cove from major Gold Coast points

    Located the northern end of the Gold coast

    Large boats in the Marina A beauty! Outdoor eating at the Marina
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    PANORAMA DRIVE

    by balhannah Written Jan 2, 2010

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    This tip is for all those people that have a Hire Car.

    Panorama Drive is just that, it is up a very steep hill where some Mansions are located. At the top, it levels, and here you get the most wonderful views of the Gold Coast.

    Also, a no through road off Panorama drive, affords you very good views of the Hinze Dam.

    To find Panorama Drive.......

    On the Pacific highway, take the turnoff to Mudgeeraba and follow Mudgeeraba road until you reach Worongary (Advancetown) road. When you reach the Tallai country club, take the Panorama road turnoff to the left.

    Views of the Gold Coast from Panoram Drive More views
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    Cabarita Beach

    by iandsmith Written Nov 16, 2007

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    Imagine a long stretch of beach. The sand is firm because there's no steep drop-off. There's just you and your partner strolling along on a spring afternoon. There's nary another soul in sight.
    Well, if you're at Surfers Paradise, that's not going to happen. Should you choose however, to journey half an hour south, it could all happen for you at Cabarita Beach.
    I'd like to say this is a town that hasn't changed much but, sadly, the old pub has gone and been replaced by a 5 star resort although a modern hotel will also grace the area.
    One suspects Cabarita's proximity to the Gold Coast will mean that ultimately it will head down the same path but, for the time being, it's still a manageable place (albeit not yet acknowledged by VT which is why the tip is here) that I still recognize from my youth.
    It basically has everything you need at a beach resort except the crowd.

    Put yourself in the picture View back from the headland Storm clouds gather An idyll of sand The raised walkway on the headland
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    Byron Bay

    by robertgaz Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    Beaches are the main attraction in Byron Bay which is about 2hrs drive from the Gold Coast along the Pacific Highway.

    Main Beach is a beautiful stretch of curved beach with cliffs and the lighthouse to the south which are near Australia's most easterly point on the mainland.

    There are many cafes, restaurants, arts & crafts and boutique shops here so make some time to take a stroll around town.

    After lunch take a short drive south towards Watego Beach and check out the coastal cliffs near the Byron Bay Lighthouse.

    The Pacific Ocean views from the cliffs near the Lighthouse are totally awesome but it is a busy little spot so you may not be able to drive all the way to the top in your car.

    You could leave your car at Watego Beach at the bottom of the cliffs and walk the 15 min's to the Lighthouse and another 10 min's to Australia's most easterly point to say you've done that too.

    Byron Bay Beach Byron Bay Beach Byron Bay Beach Byron Bay Lighthouse View from Lighthouse
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    Byron Bay

    by aussirose Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Byron Bay is about 1and half hours south of the Gold Coast. It has great surfing beaches, shopping, markets, lighthouse viewing, alternative stuff, nightlife and blues festival. Plus you might get to see some movie stars there as it seems to be a popular spot to build their flash houses. Anyway, Byron's a great place for a day's sightseeing.

    Byron Bay
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    Wine tasting

    by joanj Updated Aug 26, 2004

    If you do take a tour which Includes O'Reilly's and Tamborine Mountain, you will probably have the Canungra Valley Vineyard as a stopping point. Here you can taste the wine, take tea on the verandah, indoors, or in the gazebo. Take a walk down to Canungra Creek and see the platypus' if you are lucky (we were not on this occasion).

    Take a tour of the homestead & grounds.

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    Vineyard Entrance
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    A Beach Not To Miss

    by Wren12 Written Apr 18, 2004

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    If you're thinking about visiting the Gold Coast, there's a beach called Fingal Head near Tweed Heads that you must see. It's very quiet, with great surf and views from the lighthouse that are not to be missed.

    I have been fortunate enough to see dolphins and manta rays swimming past while sitting atop the hill where the lighthouse is situated.

    Absolutely beautiful.

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    Fingal Headland

    by Jez79 Updated Oct 11, 2002

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    If you want somewhere out of the way to go for a picnic lunch, fishing, hiking or a swim at the beach, Fingal head is really beautiful. Once you get to the carpark and the fingal surf club, you walk up to the right along a path that takes you up to the headland. There's a small light house and some beautiful scenery. On the southern side of the head there's a beach which is usually pretty deserted. Off shore is Cook Island. There is some good fishing in the Tweed River or off the various beaches, and the place is a bit quieter than some other areas along the coast. Check the weather report before you go as the wind can be a bit unpleasant if it's blowing in right offshore.

    Offshore towards Cook Island, there are often scubs divers, but I'm yet to work out which companies go there. Fingal is in NSW, so it's possible that companies from there run trips. If anyone has a burning desire to find out, I can look into it.

    Cook Island

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    If you want natural beauty,...

    by bdschobel Written Aug 24, 2002

    If you want natural beauty, keep traveling north, along the Queensland coast. You will find a series of small resort towns and beautiful islands, cross the Tropic of Capricorn, and have access to the Great Barrier Reef -- a must-see! It's a long drive on some not-so-good roads (or at least not-so-BIG roads), but definitely worth it. The Australian people are terrific, and they love to talk to visitors. Every time you refuel your car, you will meet someone interesting. Don't drive at night (because of wildlife), and beware of the 'road trains' (triple tractor-trailers that barrel along the 2-lane highways).

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    For those that wish to spend a...

    by loobear Written Aug 24, 2002

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    For those that wish to spend a day away from the city, check out Mount tamborine or take a drive up to Noosa Heads and along the way, check out the BIG PINEAPPLE, a pineapple plantation that's fills with goodies!! Operating hours from 9am to 5pm. BIG PINEAPPLE is located along Bruce Highway, MS2071, Nambour, Qld 4560. Tel: 61074421333, Fax: 61074421717. Also check out the UNDERWORLD WORLD, with one of the largest underwater glass tank that is fill with marine lifes of varying size!!

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    Parts if Queensland is very...

    by RamSter Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Parts if Queensland is very Miama style ive been to Miami, to me though they barely compare, QLD is jut too good.

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