This is the Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse located on Point Danger Lookout.
This Lighthouse claims to be the first in the world to experiment with laser technology but the experiment - carried out in 1971 - proved unsuccessful and it returned to the more conventional mirrors, magnifying glass and powerful electric lamps.
The18-metre memorial to Captain Cook which takes the form of a capstan moulded from cast-iron ballast jettisoned from the Endeavour and recovered in the 1960s.
There are four supports that lie exactly on the compass points.
There are picnic spots and a walk along the cliff-edge and sometimes, Dolphins can be seen out to sea.
Excellent views of the coastline from Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay, and you can also watch the Surfers at Duranbah beach, its a favorite spot for them.
It is located right on the New South Wales and Queensland border, so you can have one leg in each state!
We took the bus out to Carrumbin and more or less spent the entire day there.
There are the standard Aussie animal staples such as koalas, crocodiles and kangaroos, and we were also able to view an Aboriginal show.
The lorikeet feeding is a keenly awaited attraction as well.
At $49 it is slightly overpriced I feel, but that is the Gold Coast for you. What I did like was that there were a lot of volunteers in the park, all of them very keen to share their passion for Australia's native animals.
I thought it may be helpful for visitors to this page (and maybe to the Gold Coast) if in my tips I follow the sequence of beaches (some, not all) northward up the Coast from the Queensland border. Head eastward from the main street of Coolangatta in the previous tip for about a kilometer and you will find yourself at Point Danger - and away we go!
The border of Queensland and New South Wales reaches the coast at Point Danger. Captain Cook named this point, to indicate a risk to mariners, during his 1770 voyage of discovery along Australia’s east coast. It since has been surmounted by a warning light, rebuilt in stylised form in 1971 as the Captain Cook Memorial Light and fitted with the world’s first laser navigation light (but since replaced with a conventional light) (photo 1).
If you look southward from the light you will see the mouth of the Tweed River with its two substantial breakwaters (photo 2). In the early 1960s these were extended to overcome silting problems – and caused a sand build-up southward with a severe reduction of beaches on the southern Gold Coast. In the early 1990s,the strange cantilever structure was built to the south, feeding underground bypass pipes to enable sand to move northward. Not only are the beaches of Coolangatta now sandy, they are absurdly wide While we were there, a surfing contest was under way at Duranbar Beach, between the Tweed and Point Danger (photo 3).
The website below gives details about overcoming the sand problem
Just northward of the navigation light on Point Danger, you will find the memorial to the Centaur, a wartime Australian hospital ship sunk while en-route to New Guinea with medical staff and supplies. In accordance with Geneva Conventions, it was fully lit at night with spotlights on the freshly painted red crosses: that meant nothing to the Japanese submarine I-177 which torpedoed it not far north of here in the pre-dawn hours of 14 May 1943.
The Centaur sank within minutes, with the loss of 268 lives. The 64 survivors were found by chance after 35 hours in the sea: there had not been time for even a distress call. The Japanese submarine captain survived the war and was given four years in prison for firing on the survivors of a British merchant ship he had sunk, but no charges were laid over the sinking of the Centaur.
Hi Anna, my name is Linda, while you are in Sydney make sure you go to the Blue Mountains, you will obviously spend time on the beautiful beaches around Sydney.
Do a harbour cruise (these can be lot's of fun)You can travel about 1 hour north to the Central Coast, New South Wales, and go to the Reptile Park to see snakes, spider milking for the venum, and a huge crocodile, Kangaroos that you can feed and pet. Lot's to see, I recently took my German visitors to the park and they loved it.
Now in relation to Darwin (this is in the Northern Territory) This is a huge place to visit and absolutely worth the experience. Catch a cheap flight (you will arrive about 1.30am) and spend a week there. Join a tour and go in a 4 wheel drive with a group of young people or if you have comapny you can hire a mobile home and drive yourself. www.northernterritory.com.au will help organise a tour.
Personally I would recomend a tour as you will miss out on the expanations about the area (very ancient) Darwin is heaps of fun with Kakado the highlight, do not miss the Yellow Waters boat trip very beautiful and full of crocodiles, if time Catherine Gorge, and Litchfield National Park. I think you should not miss Darwin it will be the highlight of your trip.YOU DO KNOW YOU MUST!!! NEVER SWIM ANYWHERE AROUND DARWIN AS THERE ARE CROCODILES EVERYWHERE.
You then could fly back to the Gold Coast and spend 4 days on the best beaches you will ever see, then fly back to Sydney (book early flights can be as cheap as $49) www.virginblue.com.au for your flight home to Germany.
I have been myself and can't wait to go back again.
Infinity is a walk through maze filled with sound effects, funky music and illusions that seem to go on forever.
You will be provided with cotton gloves and socks for when you need to "feel" your way around the maze. The Infinity journey takes around 30 minutes and will challenge your senses and imagination.
No photography is allowed.
Open daily from 10am to 10pm except Christmas Day.
Entry Prices to Infinity -
Children:(12 Years and Under) $15.90
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $67
The all popular Ripleys believe it or not Museum at the Cavill Mall in Surfers Paradise is a good time pass with family, where you can spend 1 hour viewing all the startling facts of life. It is open from 09:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs and there are more then 100 exhibits. This is the only Ripleys museum in Australia.
White Water World is the newest theme park to hit the Gold Coast, it is from the makers of Dreamworld and is situated right next door to Dreamworld, just opened about 3 months ago.
This water park is made for the whole family not just the older kids!!!
Water Rides they have are:
The Green Room
The Temple Of Huey
Cave Of Waves
Nickelodeon Pipline Plunge
Wiggle Water Bay
Super Tubes Hydrocoaster
White Water World is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day and Anzac morning (25 April).
Hours open are 10:30am to 4:30pm every day of the year. Hours may be extended during Summer and frequently in Autumn and Spring, and during school holiday periods.
White Water World has a number of burger joints in the water park plus drink stands and retail shops to buy some souvenirs.
They have a number of facilities from ATM's to Lockers also a number of services to help you round the water world.
You can also get a day pass or yearly pass for the both worlds Dreamworld and Whitewater World, unlimited access, for usually a great discounted price.
Also medical and cultural information is provided.
On the Gold Coast we have 5 main theme parks where family and friends get together to have a great day of fun.
Dreamworld is my favourite, the rides are awesome and the atmosphere is great.
Dream world has a number of fun thill rides from:
Tower Of Terror
Tower Of Terror 2
Family Rides are:
But we cant forget the great children rides which are:
Reptar Roller coaster
Slime Bowl Theatre
Spoungebob Water Play
Marry Go Round
The Wiggles Bay
Plus Also many shows and attractions from:
Big Brother 2007
Also dont forget the wildlife which is:
Dreamworld has also a number of cafes, restaurants & drink stops located all around the park. Dreamworld's Opening hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm for 363 days of the year, except Christmas Day and Anzac morning (25 April).
Hours may be extended during Summer and frequently in Autumn and Spring, and during school holiday periods.
Dreamworld has a number of retail shops selling all types of things from clothing to drink bottles to key chains and many many more.
This is a nice, scenic drive to Tamborine Mountain if you happen to be staying on the Gold coast.
On the Pacific Highway heading to Brisbane, we took Exit 57 at Oxenford and then Route 95 for Mt Tamborine.
Climbing all the way, we reach Tamborine Mountain plateau and Eagle Heights where the Gallery Walk is. Parking the Car, we went for a walk, browsing at the interesting Art & Craft shops, and Souvenir shops where you can buy Aboriginal art and all sorts of different souvenirs.
Back in the car, we turned right at the roundabout at the far end of Gallery Walk onto Eagle Heights Road and headed to Curtis Falls. A 550 m track leads to a pretty waterfall and a rock pool.
Back on the main road, turn left at the end of Eagle Heights Road onto Gleissmann Drive, then right at Main Street into North Tamborine. Follow this road onto Knoll Road to the lookout & more walks. [see other tip]
In the car again, and back at the Main Street, we turn right at Beacon Road for The Beacon Lookout. On your right, opposite Tamborine Mountain Cottage is the Tamborine Mountain Distillery. On the main Western Road, there are more Wineries
To return to the Gold Coast, take Henri Roberts Drive. This has fantastic views of the Coast, unfortunately, no places really to stop for photo's.
It is best to turn off onto Golf Course road, this is before descending the mountain. This is your best chance of getting some photo's, and being able to stop and enjoy the views.
This is about a 60 km round trip.
If you hire a car make sure you get a child seat because Australia has strict child restraint laws.
I agree Seaworld would be great for a toddler but also suggest as well the suggestion regarding the Currumbin bird park and wild life,this is very interactive for children and they can pat/feed a wallaby and other animals.
Elephant Rock is a huge outcrop in the middle of a beautiful, clean sandy Beach. Steep steps lead to the top, where the views are great in both directions. You can easily see the Skyscrapers of Surfers Paradise.
It is a good area for fishing, just make sure you know the tides, don't want to get washed away!
A dawn Anzac service is held at Elephant rock on each Anzac day, and has been done so since 1949.
There is a free carpark, and nice walks in either direction.
The Walk of Remembrance, which honours the ships and the brave men and women who gave up their lives for Australia, was unveiled on 14 May 1993.
It was opened co-jointly with the Centaur Memorial which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the hospital ship "Centaur" by the Japanese submarine 1177 on that date in 1943 off Moreton Island with the loss of 268 lives.
A total of 41 allied ships were sunk adjacent to our shoreline by the actions of mine laying German surface raiders and Japanese submarines, with hundreds of servicemen/women and merchant seamen being killed in these tragedies.
Few people today are aware of the war at sea which raged along the Australian coastline during World War II. Naval and merchant seamen were losing their lives only a few kilometres beyond the beaches.
This silent war was kept from the knowledge of the Australian public at the time to prevent panic, and probably, still not a lot of Australians know about this piece of history.
The most tragic loss on the eastern coast was the torpedoing of the hospital ship, AHS Centaur on 14 May 1943 with the loss of 268 lives.
Take the walk along the path, read the interesting Plaques detailing these disasters, I found them very interesting and learnt about times in Australia's history, that I knew very little about before.
Visiting the Captain Cook Lighthouse, make sure you go for a walk on the path overlooking the ocean.
Take a peek over the edge, because you most probably will see the
EASTERN WATER DRAGON there are a few of them located in this area.
Want some peace and quiet, but still nice beaches, Picnic areas with BBQ's, Playgrounds, plenty of shady spots to sit under and enjoy the surroundings, then head to PARADISE POINT, the quiet end of the Gold Coast.
This area is becoming quite trendy with quite a few outdoor Cafes, and these are rather busy on weekends.
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Check out other "Things to do" on the Coast, including the quieter southern end of the Coast which borders New South Wales.