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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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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.