Surfers also has a few night markets.
On a Wednesday & Friday, Surfers (Cavill Ave & in Broadbeach). This could be seasonal and/or rotational so check the local tourist guide (Cavill Ave info centre or most hotels have a copy).
There were a lot of the same stalls at the night market that were at the Sunday market; local art, photos, paintings, kids toys etc. But there were a few new things and it was pretty seeing it all at night.
Any market lover would get a kick out of it.
So the Gold Coast has this rotating Sunday market (the week we were there it was in Burleigh Heads). Awesome day out for everyone.
The market itself was a lot of craft and local art, but one the end of the market they had a few kids rides (bouncing castle/ pony rides etc), huge food area (usual carnival food vans & local businesses - go the Indo satays!!!) as well as an adults only drink area (which may have been hosted by the surf club).
Lots to see and lots to do!! See any of the local tourist booklets to find out where it is when you're there!!
"Infinity" is an amazing walk through a lazor light maze of the future!!I It takes around forty minutes and it really challenges you at times..Find out how to escape certain rooms or cross the bottomless canyon..Its very clever and is well worth a visit.
Children 12 and under $14.90
Family pass (2adults and 2 children) $61.90
So this is the third time i've been to Dreamworld but the first time it's been out of school holiday season. My big tip, go in off peak. The other two times we waited up to an hour for some rides, this time we virtually walked on to everything.
Dreamworld is mainly just there for ridesand animals (Movieworld and Seaworld are the place to go for 'shows'). There is a really good range of rides. We took our 4 year old and the Nickledeon and Wiggles sections were enough to keep him occupied most of the morning. There's dodgems, mini rollercoaster plane rides, big red car ride and heaps more. A few of the regular rides he was able to go on, the log ride and the other water one. And enjoyed the animals especially the tiger show and the petting/feeding section. For parents of younger kids it seemed to be the Themepark that's keep them most entertained.
For other thrillseekers there are plently of rides (Tower of Terror, Giant Drop, WipeOut) to play all day.
Although the ticket says you can't take in food or drink we took our own lunch and nobody checked our bag. i'd risk it, as food is at Themepark (ie. fairly pricey) prices.
So it's the tallest residental building or something like that. Well at least it is for the moment...
There's the observation deck that costs almost $20 to visit. So we passed on that tour.
But it does look impressive and I'm sure that the price would've have dropped by the time we get there again.
There is also a day spa and restaurant etc.
Would love to see what others think, we just didn't think the tour was worth that much.
The Q1 Tower is the highest residential building in the world. It is the 20th tallest building in the world. It is 322 mtrs high and is located at Surfers paradise. If you dont want to do the Helicopter ride, you can give this a try. One can get a stunning view of the Gold coast and also the hinterland, if the weather is clear.
The observation deck is located at 77th (230 mtrs from the ground level) level and there is a Skybar Cafe restaurant at just the next level, where you can have coffee with the wonderful views. The accessibility is offered by super high speed lifts that takes just 45 secs to reach the 77th floor.
Admission ticket: A$16.5 per adult and A$9.5 per child 5-14 years. Children under 5 free.
The Gold Coast now boasts the tallest residential tower in the world: Q1.
Q1 houses a stunning observation deck on their 77th and 78th floors, with spectacular 360 degree views of the gold coast and the pacific ocean.
Access to the observation deck is about $17 and a high speed direct elevator will get you there in about 45 seconds. There is a coffee shop up on the 77th floor if you'd like to linger over the views. I went up during the afternoon and the views were amazing, but I also think it would be nice to see the night lights from up that high - I would recommend early evening as the best time to go, that way you get to see it in the day light and if you wait around a bit you'll get to see the night view too :)
There is a little store selling Q1 merchandise on ground level.
Someone told me there's 2 girls for every guy in Brisbane and I it's prevelant here I'd say. Walking around the city, I couldn't believe how many women there were. Fashion seems very important, especially for the young crowd, they really seem to go all out.
If you are around in October, check out the Indy, Champ cars, and V8 super cars race that goes through the city, right next to the beach. Also, the Australia Zoo was a great experience. They've got the Roo Heaven where you are in the "wild" with kangaroos, you can walk right up to them and pet them or whatever. There's also a Koala place like this. They've got some great shows, showing off their selection of Bengal tigers (only 2000 left in the world I think), Crocidiles, snakes, birds, etc. Great experience!
The sand at the beaches squeaks! The sand is so fine that it makes noise when you step on it.
Sanctuary Cove is Australia’s first integrated tourism resort. This region offers prestige housing, riverfront properties, two championship golf courses and The Marine Village. The Village has a choice of restaurants, an international marketplace and food hall. The Marine Village also has a brewery, licensed cinema, more than 80 specialty stores including fashion labels, art galleries, gift stores and cruises from the marina.
Open daily to the public, Sanctuary Cove is a day destination in itself and accommodation is also available.
The Marine Village offers a year-round calendar of events including the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May. Free entertainment on weekends and public holidays.
Take a boat trip to Sanctuary Cove...We were lucky enough to stay with friends that live near here and own a boat...They showed us the gorgeous water front homes and then took us to the hotel at Santuary Cove.This is called the Waterfront Tavern...First time Ive ever gone to the pub in a boat..No car park for us there.Absolutely gorgeous area...worth a visit..
You can stay there..The Hyatt Regency have a magnificent hotel there...Its built like a huge 1940s colonial homestead....Take time out to visit.
We had lunch at the Arts Cafe, so I thought I would take a look at the Art Gallery while I was there.
Entry to the Gallery is by donation. The exhibits are quite extensive and a lovely collection of aboriginal art is on display, along with the stories attached to the characters.
The Art Gallery is actually more of a complex, with function rooms, theatre and cinema.
The cinema is fully licensed, so you can enjoy a drink while you watch a movie. Prices are as follows:
Children (3-15 years) $ 8.50
Movie Club Members $ 8.50
Students/Concession $ 9.50
Pensioners $ 7.50
Concession Member $ 7.00
All Movies $ 8.00
Conc/Stud/Member/Child $ 6.50
The Movie Info Line: 5588 4008
...more to come.
Take a trip to O'Reilly's Rainforest Guesthouse, and take the short walk to look closely at a natural rainforest canopy. There is a treetop walk.
After the walk you can stop at the restaurant for refreshments etc.
Photo by joanj
You must make time to head up to either Binna Burra or O'Reilleys when you are on the Gold Coast. It truely is worth the drive to experience rainforest this pristine so close to a city of half a million people.
Take Binna Burra if you are really into bushwalking or head to O'Reilleys if you want a more tourist oriented feel but both are a good time.
You can also head across the Border Ranges into the world heritage Nightcap Ranges. Much less developed and abit further but more natural.
Sanctuary Cove?s Marine Village is world famous. The Village is situated on the waters edge of the Coomera River and has over 80 specialty stores including cafes, bars, restaurants, fashion boutiques, art gallery stores, movie theatre and boutique brewery.
This is also the place where I had the best Pina Colada I have ever tasted.. probably the most expensive also. ;-/
Shop hours are 9am to 6pm and the Village is open to everyone every day.
Entry is free and there is ample parking.
Ripleys Believe it or Not, is a fun experience.. and as far as I know, the only one in Australia is at Surfers Paradise.
It is located centrally on the Gold Coast, right in the heart of the main shopping area, and close to the main beach.
Child 5 -14... $8.00
Child Under 5... free.
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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.