If you come into the Gold Coast on a package tour, be aware that the guides are not paid very well and top up their income by taking tourists to highly overpriced stores that pay a commission. Many will take your passports and tell you the local shopping centres are unsafe. They are really just trying to get you into the shops that pay.
Jump into a cab and go to any of the three big shopping malls on the Gold Coast, Pacific Fair, Harbourtown or Robina Town Centre, and save yourselves alot of money.
Unique Suggestions: Don't buy anything!!! I have seen a 12 pack of Tim-Tams, an Australian chocolate biscuit, sell for over $40. The are less than that in the supermarket. The only way this will stop is if you don't buy at the shops you are taken too.
Fun Alternatives: Go where the locals go. Harbourtown is a large factory outlet mall and has a Nike store, many fashion labels as well as homewares.
I suspect this category is always going to be a matter of perception. The old story of “one man’s meat being another man’s poison”. So feel free to disagree.
The Gold Coast, particularly at the northern end, is positively verminous with “Theme Parks’: “Wet & Wild”, “Movieworld”, Dreamworld”, “Seaworld”… the list goes on. My grandkids love them and, I’m told, always ensure that they spend as much time there as possible. I guess most kids would be the same. If your need is for synthetic entertainment, then these are just the place for you! Parents be warned, these are not an inexpensive day out.
On our trip to the Gold Coast, we ventured out toward Lamington National Park for the day, and were sad to find this heavily advertised historical park, Lahey's tramway to actually be little more than a dug out cave in the middle of nowhere!
Although there is a rich history of the tramway, there really is nothing left of it to see. Its last use was as a weapons depot during WWII.
Check out the following webpage if you would like more on the history...
Unique Suggestions: Keep heading into Canungra, and have lunch instead.
Organised Tours. I've seen it happen. So many overseas visitors do the organised tour with their tour group (won't name any particular Tour Companies). They charge AT LEAST DOUBLE the entry prices to the Theme Parks and to Shopping Areas, etc. If you can, do it yourself. You will find that you can organise a Theme Park entry ticket along with a bus transfer - will save you heaps of money!
It's not really a tourist trap, but just a warning... When I visited the Gold Coast there are piles of people standing on the streets wanting to sell you land in the area. As soon as you look at them they'll want to grab hold of you and take you inside and waste valuable time! Ignore them and they'll leave you alone... :)
Okay, we had an enjoyable day at Seaworld, but I am going to put it in the tourist trap section as it is overpriced for what it is. AUD80.00 for a day pass is what it costs for adults.
There are a couple of decent rollercoaster type rides, the dolphin show was great, and the exhibits are decent, but the park is overpriced for what it is.
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