Tropical Fruit World is worth a visit. There's a miniture train ride, jungle river cruise, fruit show and nice restaurants to eat at. It has a tropical outlook but beware, the fruit can be a bit expensive there.
We used to know it as Avocadoland and I must say, the place has expanded and developed since we have been.
On the whole, a wonderful day out for the whole family.
In Australia, “people watching” was not only uncommon but was considered positively antisocial. I am sure most Australians of my generation were told by their mothers “not to stare at people”. With the advent of outdoor coffee shops and restaurants, not to mention greater overseas travel to places where “people watching” is standard practice, things have changed.
I’d have to say that the Gold Coast, in particular Surfers Paradise, is the ideal place for ‘people watching’. In Cavill Avenue, the main street of Surfers, you will find the rich (and famous?) wandering around upmarket shops, alongside the suitably casual young and uninhibited, some wearing only a pair of board shorts (photos 1, 2). Come to a point, “people watching” on the Gold Coast beaches also has its attractions (photo 3).
This was the main destination of the former rail line and sits just on the Queensland side of the state border. In days gone by, when trains were the main transport and people stayed in guest houses, this was the ‘happening’ end of the Coast. With the subsequent promotion of Surfers Paradise and developments in other areas, it became the ‘quieter’ area, though it can still rock at times. Admittedly we were there fairly early in the morning, but it seemed to still retain some of that relaxed feeling and despite the arrival of high rise buildings had quite a different feeling to Surfers Paradise (later tip). Yes, it still is worth a wander around and remains my preferred end of the Coast.
We made Coolangatta’s main street our first stop after leaving the airport, for a bite of breakfast (it had been a very early departure and Queensland does not have daylight saving time, so though it was later for us it still was fairly early there). Breakfast was at a footpath table of a coffee shop where we could watch the passing parade. When the predatory gull landed alongside me, scavenging for my breakfast, I must admit I was so taken aback that I forgot to take my usual food photos! So it became my main photo for this tip, the others are of Coolangatta’s main street, just one block back from the water.
Honey World is an outlet of Superbee Honey Factory. Not only can you see a live bee show here, but you can sample the different varieties for free, and then buy lots of yummy souveneir honey to take home for you and your friends. My favourite is the gift pack of 10 sample pots for AUD$20. Flavours include macadamia, eucalyptus, rainforest, floral blend, tasmanian leatherwood and others. There is also the medicinal 'Jelly Box', Australia's answer to 'Manuka' honey.
It is open every day of the year (except Xmas). Entry is free.
OK...not really my thing...but when in Rome...and it did seem that every other girl we passed on the beach had sparklies dangling from their navels...! What is a mum to do? teenage daughter's can be very convincing...
Anyway...I did a bit of research and found this place...they cover all bases health-wise,
* Autoclave sterilisation
* Single use needles
* Follow up service
They are also very calm and professional...explaining everything in detail and answering all my questions. There was absoluytely no pressure, (my son was going to get an ear pierced and backed out at the last second...they gave him his money back with a smile and no questions, reassuring him that he was not a wimp and that it is a big decision not to be taken lightly...12 year old ego left intact!)
So...Alex has a sparkly belly button to remember her holiday by...me? I'll stick to photographic souveneirs thanks!
By the way...3 weeks later and the healing process has gone exactly as we were told it would. No probs whatsoever.
For fabulous 360 degree views of the Gold Coast a visit here is an absolute must! The elevator whisks you up to the 77th floor in under 43 seconds! Once there, you can have a refreshment at the bar and just enjoy the spectacular scenery. You can see from Byron Bay to Brisbane!
It is the tallest residential building in the world. The people on the beaches below look like little ants running around. We saw a sea-plane fly past way below us..that was kind of creepy for me...I hadn't really registered how high up we were untill then!
A family ticket will set you back AUD$47...a bit pricey...but well worth it.
Their website (below) has some great night shots if you're interested.
This lookout has great 360 degree views over the Tweed canals, Mount Warning, Tweed River, Terranora creek and inlet, its a great lookout. There is a direct path up, or a windy bush track up the hill.
Its located at the end of Razorback Road, in Tweeds Heads, New South Wales, nearly on the border, at the bottom end of the Gold Coast.
Enjoy the beach and the "glitter strip" by all means, but also spend some time in our beautiful hinterland. Easily accessible and free are Springbrook National Park and the Numinbah Valley which includes Natural Arch. A little further afield in norhtern NSW is awesome Mt Warning and its National Park and the magnificent Border Ranges National Park.
The best time to see the theme parks is probably during the week but the parks are geared towards the tourist market so they will be at least steadly most times .
Theay are all different some have tigers and animals eg "Dream World" and others are geared more towards thrill rides and such eg "Movie World".As to tickets well shop around sometimes on the back of shopping dockets u can get 1/2 price vouchers and there also are theme park booths around some major shopping centres.
ps and remember the beaches are free
Have a spare day to kill? Don't mind a bit of an occasional punt? Want to experience horse racing the Gold Coast way? Then head to the Gold Coast Turf Club! The track is only 5 minutes from Surfers Paradise and has been in operations for over 50 years.
The track welcomes everyone from young to old, even catering for the littlies. Every Saturday children can expect free access all day to the on site jumping castle. The track also has some great spots within its ground to bang down a picnic blanket and relax for the day.
The Gold Coast Turf Club is open every Saturday from approximately 11am with most races commencing around noon. There over a dozen seperate bars, restaurants, cafes and bistros available to the public and general members.
If you are on the Gold Coast during a Carnival Day, I definitely recommend going. Even if you aren't a big gambler. Its a great chance to dress up, get glamorous and enjoy a fantastic day out!
General admission is approximately $6 while all children under the age of 18 are free.
It provides the opportunity to experience farm life and outback adventure, has been reconstructed in the serene peaceful hinterland area. People of all ages can enjoy activities which reflect the Australian bush culture including koala cuddling, boomerang throwing and whip cracking demonstrations, sheep dog mustering and stock horse roundup, and billy tea and damper around the camp fire.
Wakeboard and Waterski Park just 30 minutes north of the Gold Coast.
Haven't been there myself, but am planning so very soon, but I've heard good things about it!
Cable Ski Features:
* Ski around and around until you just can't take any more
* Kiosk on site
* Basic Equipment & coaching included with Ski ticket
* BBQ facilities
* Group & Corporate events
* Free spectator admission
* Various Obstacles for Experienced Riders
NOTE: You must have your own equipment, including helmet, to use any of the obstacles.
1 Hour - $25
2 Hours - $35
All Day - $49
1 Hour - $10
All Day - $35
This is two attractions in one featuring the World in Wax and the Chamber of Horrors.
At the World in Wax you can meet lifelike celebrities such as Elvis, Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue or famous people like Mahatma Gandi and Albert Einstein.
Most of them look a tad pasty except for Mahatma Gandi. After staring at his very realistice likeness I could have sworn that he winked at me ;~)
The Chamber of Horrors is clearly for those who relish in the macabre world of torturers and the tortured along with torture instruments including the Dis-emboweler and the Flesh Tearer!
Mariners Cove is a touristy shopping-come-restaurant complex with a commercial marina and is situated on the Southport Spit.
It is close to Seaworld and top class modern hotels including Palazzo Versace which is Australia's only 6 Star Hotel.
So come and rub shoulders with the rich and famous by taking a wander around the marina and be envious of their lifestyle.
The marina is also the starting point for many boat cruises and various other water sports such as Jet Boating.
There is also the nearby Sunset Bar & Grill at the Mirage Marina where you can enjoy a coffee with cake on the waterfront.
Zorbing is a unique ride where you are loose or strapped into a 3.5 metre PVC ball which is rolled down a 140m long hill.
There are two ways of Zorbing -
Dry - where you are strapped into a padded harness for the ride and you will rotate with the Zorb.
Wet - you are strapped to the Zorb with 60 litres of water and as you roll down the hill you tumble through the water.
Me and my behind,
Here we go a-Zorbing.
Upside down you’ll find,
Me and my behind.
Zorbing is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5.00pm
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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.