Surfers Paradise., Gold Coast
Ripley's Believe It Or Not is a museum featuring hundreds of believe it or not exhibits, amazing stories, magic, mystery, incredible illusions, interactive displays and a couple of movies.
It is a self guided tour which takes you through twelve individually themed galleries and it takes an hour or so to complete the circuit.
Open between 9am and 11pm daily.
Admission Prices -
Child (5-12): $8.00
Under 5: Free
Surfers Paradise is a suburb of the Gold Coast and is colloquially known as 'Surfers'. It is one of the many golden white beaches that stretch for over 60km's from Beenleigh near Brisbane to Tweed Heads on the New South Wales border.
It is a premier holiday destination for families or for couples looking for a romantic getaway.
The most unique feature of Surfer's Paradise is that you can walk off the beach right into the heart of the CBD with shops, restaurants and cafes close by.
At 322.5m, Q1 is the world's tallest residential tower and it dominates the Gold Coast skyline. There aren't many spots where you can't see this imposing glass encased structure.
It is possible to take the lift to the Observation Deck on level 77 for a 360 deg view of the Gold Coast and hinterland and coffee with cake in the Skybar Café and lounge bar.
Child (5-14 years) $10
Family (2 adults/2 child) $45.00
Imagine being strapped into a harness, attached to steel cables and then hauled 35m into the sky only to be released so you can fly at speeds of up to 130km/h!
If this is you then the Fly Coaster is your thrill.
Three intrepid thrillseekers
Trembling on their toes,
And taken to the toppermost,
Before they down they goes,
Screaming lungs for thrilling funs,
And adrenalin afterglows.
AU$39pp single fly
AU$35 double fly
AU$29 triple fly
Along the busiest stretch of the Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise, a great spot for families with its perfect swimming beach. The Surfers Paradise beach can get very crowded though, so if you are willing to go a bit further north or south you will find some less populated beaches all along the coast.
Free beach volleyball competitions offer fun for all ages, while the nearby cafes and shopping areas make it easy to take a break from the beach.
The Paradise Centre on the main shopping street Cavill Ave, has enough games and rides to keep everyone entertained.
Every Friday night a craft market is set up along the beach esplanade where you can find quality handicrafts and gifts.
If you visit the Gold Coast Arts Centre building you will notice some sculptures in the nearby park.
They're part of a sculpture walk with about 30 works available for viewing.
Gold Coast City Art Gallery opened in 1986 and subsequently had its collection focus broadened in March 1990, when Gold Coast City Council approved the concept for the Evandale Sculpture Walk. The Sculpture Walk is situated on the triangular peninsula of land that divides the waters of the Nerang River in Surfers Paradise.
The site (rated by the council as "spectacular") is in effect a microcosm of the original habitat of mangroves and casuarinas on the river. The Evandale Sculpture Walk presents to the City's citizens and tourists an alternative to the concrete fringe and the throb of commercial endeavour that surrounds Evandale. Unfortunately you can't get away from the "throb" part. The Evandale Sculpture Walk has the potential to provide the City with an extremely high profile environment and cultural project though there's alway motor traffic within earshot.
"In the midst of the Evandale Sculpture Walk is a large man made salt water recreational lake and surrounding the Walk a meandering walking, running and riding path which takes visitors into close proximity of the sculptures and the stunning mangroves, clear blue water and natural vegetation and trees." Frankly, how anyone can describe a mangrove as "stunning", unless they've just been hit by a branch, is beyond me.
Sandstone, timber and steel are the principal materials utlilised by this group of artists. Since 1990 the profile of the Evandale Sculpture Walk has continued to grow amongst curators, sculptors and art lovers.
Several works are on long term loan including Richard Goodwin, Kenneth Armitage, Philip King, Fumio Nishimura, Paul Bacon, Kevin Norton, Angela Nagel and Sandra Lancaster. Clearly the Evandale Sculpture Walk has become, similar to Gold Coast City itself, a cosmopolitan depository of some of Australia's and indeed the worlds, highly regarded sculptors.
Infinity is like a mazy thing that you walk through, it is made up of different rooms.
at the start you get given some white gloves, and as you go through, you have to feel your way around the rooms to the next push door that will take you to the next room.
each room is a totaly different experience...
for example, there's a wobbly room, which has a wobbly floor like jelly and wobbly walls. very strange to feel your way around there.
there;s another room which i think is called heaven, this one is all mirrors and laserlights.. veryyyyyyyyyy pretty
The main tourist area of the Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise. Why? Because this is where tall high rise accommodation rests alongside the Pacific and attracts tourists due to its location and easy access to everything one needs... entertainment, dining, beaches, shopping, transportation, and an abundance of places to stay.
You can walk all throughout Surfers Paradise and always find something of interest. Cavill Mall, Raptis Plaza and Orchid Avenue are the most popular sections at the heart of Surfers.
Traditionally I haven't bee a fan of Surfers Paradise, with it's endless tourist shops and high rise accommodation. I still stand by my statement that Surfers isn't a good representation of the Gold Coast, but it does have some positives:
- the outdoor markets (friday nights, Surfers beachfront)
- an abundance of cheap trashy shops to pick up some bargain souvineers
- loads of restaurants, bars and cafe's (esp. around Cavill Ave mall and surrounds or nearby Tedder Ave at Main beach)
- nice beachfront walkway to wander along
And lots of other activities to amuse you (Iceworld, bungy jumping, scooter hire, tours). And of course, there's the beach, which is lovely but busy. The open beaches along the coast can also be rougher than some of those shelterted by headlands.
I prefer to go to Surfers to eat or to just sit at a cafe, have an ice cream and watch the world go by. If you sit on the main drag you can watch all the car lovers do laps to show off their pride and joy.
The idea of going to the Gold Coast and not hit the beach is like you saying you want to climb a mountain and yet refusing to lift one foot to do so. Of course, hit the beach! Everyone's have an opinion on which part of the Gold Coast has the best beaches (there are 21 patrolled beaches along the 60km stretch; now try walking that from end to end!), but since I was at Surfer's Paradise, my opinion is thus limited to that stretch.
Once known as Elston, Surfers Paradise had a name change in the 1920's. Even though Surfers Paradise is a busy beach, the crowd doesn't really take away any of its amazing natural beauty.
The beach was fantastic. Soft and comfortable to touch; my only complaint was that the sand wasn't white enough! (Basic human flaw, folks) With the name, yes, the stretch is popular with surfers. The sea is never devoid of them! Come here to be seen: you'll see plenty of well tanned surfer dudes and gals with washboard abs, flaunting their assets!
And never fear, cafes and shopping areas are just a short walk away if you are ever done with the beach!
Surfers Paradise is not only a great beach, it is a great entertainment center with loads of things to do, see, eat, drink and buy. And it's close to the major themeparks as well. You will never be bored here.
For something different to do one weekend we went to "Ripleys Believe it or not." I had found discount tickets on the net which made entry half price.
There are 16 galleries altogether, all them with different themes and quite a few are interactive exhibits for adults and children. Some of these were great fun! There is no tour, you just walk around and take as long as you want. Beside each attraction, is details about it.
Like, the Tallest man in the world, "Robert Wadlow" @ 2.72 metres high. We all took a turn of standing beside him just to see how tall he was! Then there were a few creaks and he sat down in his extra large chair.
Not all is like this, there are real rare treasures that Ripley collected on his round the world trips and some amazing stories. Ripley was travelling the world when hardly anybody else was, as such, when he returned home to England and told people what he had seen, they didn't believe him, so from then on he brought his treasures back with him.
We all thoroughly enjoyed Ripleys and found it a very pleasant way to spend approx. 1.5 to 2 hours.
OPEN every day and night 9am till late
Cavill Mall is a great place to shop, eat ,drink or just watch the many varied people walking by....I love this place...Its alive both night and day...and the shops are open until after 9.00.
You can buy all your gifts here, as there is a multitude of shops and something for everyone..Restaurants around the area range from Spanish to whatever you may fancy...
My favourite pastime is to sit at a bar and just watch and marvel at all the different people around...
You can't miss the Q1 building along the skyline of Surfers Paradise. This is the world's tallest residential tower. There's an observation desk, open to the public, offering 360degree views of Surfers Paradise, and beyond.
Theme parks - Movie World, Sea World, Dream world, Wet n Wild and Paradise Country.
Tallship cruises - I recomend the full day, they also do whale watching from July to November
Gumnuts Farm - full day tours to feed the animals and horse riding.
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort - feed the dolphins at sunset and go quad biking, swimming, sand tabogganing and many more free activites for the children. Great for a long weekend.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - great for everyone, try the green challenge it is so much fun.
Paradise Jet Boating - they run 45 minutes adrenalin rides and they are so much fun.
Visit Infinity, wax museum, haunted house. Take a day trip to Australia zoo or visit Mt Tambourine for the day, O'Riellys is another stunning place to visit provided you have more time.
Can do most of the above and in addition to gondolas cruise in the waterways dining and sipping wine great and very romantic - highly recommended. Gone fishing great for those who love to go fishing, Australian Outback Spectacular is an evening show not to be missed very entertaining and the food is great. If you love adrenalin try the Tiger Moth or go sky diving over the spectacular beaches of Surfers Paradise, take suring lessons, or go jet skiing in the waterways, hot air ballooning is a wonderful experience I did it with "Balloons Down Under" and was wonderful!!