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One week on Gold Coast in August - help!


I'm visiting Australia with my 13 year old son next August and we plan to spend one week on the Gold Coast as part of a 3 week holiday (which takes in Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru and GBF). I have a number of questions which I'd be really grateful if you could help me with.

1. We intend flying in and out of Brisbane and hiring a car as the flights are easier than Coolangatta. How far would it be to Broadbeach, both in mileage and time??

2. The theme parks are going to be the highlight for my son, but I'm also interested in Tangalooma Island as he loves Dolphins. Is the resort a good place to go in August, as I'm assuming it won't necessarily be beach weather?

3. If we stay at Broadbeach, how far is it to Surfer's Paradise, and is there good/easy parking at the theme parks? Is there enough at Broadbeach to entertain a 13 year old in August?

Many thanks for your help.

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1. Re: One week on Gold Coast in August - help!

Hi jetix!

To answer your questions:

1. Brisbane to Broadbeach is approx 85km. It will take you about an hour. The drive is very easy, you will be on a four lane highway most of the way. Just follow the exit signs that say Broadbeach.

2. I went to Tangalooma a few years ago on a day trip. I loved it!! From memory I actually think that I went there in August/September and the weather was pretty good. Have a look at http://www.tangalooma.com/info/day_cruises/ as there are a few options for the day cruises. Feeding the dolphins is a highlight and well worth it! We also paid and did the Desert Safari Tour. You get to go sand tobagganing! Make sure that you pack a day bag with a change of clothes as you will get wet if you feed the dolphins.

3. Broadbeach to Surfers Paradise is no more than 5 minutes (about 3km). You can walk, drive or get the bus. The furthest theme park is Dreamworld and that is about a 25 minute drive (you will actually pass 3 of the theme parks on your drive from Brisbane to Broadbeach). There is plenty of parking!! And yes, there is plenty to entertain your son. Walk up to Surfers Paradise, there is a wax museum, Ripleys Believe It Or Not, the beach etc.

Also, one evening you might want to do the Australian Outback Spectacular. It is located next door to Movieworld. It is dinner and a show.

You can purchase tickets to the Theme Parks at http://myfun.com.au/ and if you become a member you will save 10%.

I hope that you enjoy your holiday!! You are going to see some amazing parts of Australia!!

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Some good info above. I would only add that if you are hiring a car, it is very easy to get around the Gold Coast. Most attractions are well sign posted.

As far as things to do (apart from the beach) - there are HEAPS!

1. Dreamworld


A great all-rounder theme park. Plenty of scary heart stopping rides and shows for the young kids to the young at heart. Includes Tiger Island, Wiggles World and Nickelodeon Central.

About a 1/2 hour drive north west from Broadbeach/Surfers Paradise along the M1 Freeway.

Just follow the signs to Brisbane. Check out the Big Brother House whilst you are there!! $69 adult entry. www.dreamworld.com.au/ & www.yourcoast.com.au/ for discount vouchers.

2. Seaworld


The closest theme park and more for shows and attractions but with plenty of rides.

The kids love it! www.theme-parks.com.au/

Located in Main Beach, 10 mins directly north of Surfers Paradise and just up the road from the Sheraton Mirage and Palazzo Versace Hotels. This is the place to see the dolphins, Polar Bears, sharks and acrobatic water skiing show. $69 adult entry.

3. Movieworld


Hollywood on the Gold Coast?

Well, not quite but a good family day out anyway. See the Looney Tunes Village, Shrek 4D Adventure, Superman Rollercoaster, Batman Ride and Police Academy Show.


Find Movie World on the M1 Freeway on the way to Brisbane from the Gold Coast, beside Wet N' Wild and the Outback Spectacular. $69 adult entry.

4. White Water World


Gold Coast's newest water park and attached to Dreamworld. An exclusive water ride park and costs extra to get into.

Check it out on whitewaterworld.com.au/

5. Wet 'n' Wild Water Park


The original and biggest water park. www.theme-parks.com.au/

Wet 'n' Wild is located on the M1 highway beside Movie World. Follow the signs to Brisbane if travelling from the Gold Coast.

6. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


Located on the Gold Coast Highway at the southern suburb of Currumbin. Its about 20 minutes drive south of Surfers Paradise or about 5 minutes north of the Coolangatta Airport.

Check out over 1400 Australian Animals (including koalas) up close and personal. Feed the lorikeets and actually get to touch and hold some natives.

Free flight bird show, cuddle koalas and feed kangaroos.

Ph. 1300 886 511

7. Tamborine Mountain


This beautiful plateau, situated 70 Kms South of Brisbane and 25 Kms inland from Surfers Paradise. Rising up to 580 meters above the surrounding countryside, flat-topped Tamborine Mountain (often referred to as Mount Tamborine) has long been a favourite weekend retreat for city dwellers, and is home for approximately 5000 lucky residents.

There are fantastic bush walks, B&B's, devonshire teas, Weekend Markets, Antique Shops and breathtaking lookouts. You would be mad to miss it.

Head west on the Broadbeach Nerang Road and follow the signs.


8. Springbrook


Springbrook National Park - Waterfalls, Forests & Look Outs.

Plunging waterfalls, cool forests, rugged gorges and remnants of early foresting history are the go at Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Covering land on and around Springbrook Plateau, the 2720ha park protects rainforests, eucalypt forests and the headwaters of rivers flowing to the Gold Coast.

Springbrook lies on the Scenic Rim, a chain of mountains stretching across the Queensland-New South Wales border. Walking tracks ranging from easy to challenging take you to lookouts, waterfalls and ancient forests.

Springbrook is about 90 minutes from Brisbane and 45 minutes west of Surfers Paradise. The park has three sections: Springbrook Plateau, Mt Cougal to the east and Natural Bridge to the west.

At 900m above sea level, Springbrook can be cool even in summer. Holidays and weekends can be crowded.

A fantastic place to go for a country drive when holidaying on the Gold Coast!

Plenty of Accomodation Options are available both around Springbrook and Mt Tamborine.


9. Lamington National Park


World Heritage status was bestowed on Lamington in 1994 in recognition of its high biodiversity, and the fact it contains a living museum of the evolutionary steps taken in the development of Australia's modern day flora. It now includes 20,200 hectares of varying forest types, from temperate Antarctic Beech forest high on the border ranges through the sub-tropical rainforests, to the dry eucalypt forest of the northern escarpment.

Lamington National Park provides food and shelter for a huge array of sub-tropical birdlife (over 160 species), reptiles, frogs, mammals and invertebrates.

10. Outback Spectacular


An evening dinner show filled with outback music, drama and action.

It's a 2 hour show with an enjoyable 3 course meal costing about $97 per adult. This also includes free beer, wine and soft drink. It may be little cheesy in places but good value and good clean fun.

A must for the international visitor to the Gold Coast.

Book on outbackspectacular.com.au or call 13 33 86.

(And you even get to keep your "R M WILLIAMS" cowboy hat! - yee Haa!)

11. Q1 Observation Deck


Travel to the top of the world's tallest residential tower in one of the fastest elevators!

Located in central Surfers Paradise and offering the best view of the Gold Coast in every direction. See from Brisbane to Byron Bay (Or so they say lol)

Costs about $18.50 AUD for an adult, which includes a short movie about the development etc.

Purchase a family pass for 2 adults and 2 children to save on admission.

There is a cafe/bar up there on Level 77 and you can get your photgraph professionally taken.

www.Q1observationdeck.com or Ph (07) 5630 4700 & www.yourcoast.com.au/ for discount vouchers.

12. Conrad Jupiters Casino


A great adults night out on the Gold Coast. Plenty of restaurants and bars to satisfy every taste. Situated on Broadbeach Island it's impossible to miss as you enter the Gold Coast from Nerang along the Broadbeach/Nerang Road, or travel north along the Gold Coast Highway from Coolangatta Airport.

The "Food Fantasy" buffet there is great value and the dinner/show/accomodation packages are definately worth consideration.

Enjoy feasts from all around the world including a range of hot and cold dishes, prawns Sunday - Thursday for $39.95 and a spectacular seafood buffet on Fridays and Saturdays for $49.95.

Make sure you see the professional "Las Vegas" style shows. The current show is called "DANCE OF DESIRE" and they change completely every year or so.

Check out the entertainment section in: www.conradjupiters.com.au or phone the box office on 07 5592 8303

13. Dracula's Cabaret


An explosion of Gothic Rock, Mad Comedy and Creative Insanity. A great night out with friends. The show really is professionally done and goes for several hours. The 3 course meal is included in the price, as is a "ghost rain ride" to get in to your seat!

The current show is "VAMPIRATES!"

A great fun night out and highly recommended!

You are well advised to book well in advance if you want to get a good seat. This place gets booked out pretty much every night.

Particularily towards the end of the week and through the school holidays.

Book on www.draculas.com.au/ or (07) 5575 1000.

1 Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach directly between the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Jupiters Casino.

Lon Chaney - B RESERVE Dinner & Show

Standard ticket for the full Dracula?s experience.

Monday to Friday - $84 per person

Saturday - $89 per person

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays : $84.00 per person (Sunday and Mondays performances are dependant on the season. Dracula's box off will provide you with these dates)

( Book by phone only)


Experience Dracula's as only a Vampire can!

- Priority entrance queue

- Priority Seating in the Dress Circle

- VIP gift bag, including a Souvenir Programme

- Gourmet Finger Food canap

- Complimentary Tea or Coffee

- Complimentary Champagne Cocktail

Monday to Friday - $109 per person

Saturday - $119 per person

14. Pacific Fair Shopping Centre


Well over 300 Speciality stores including Myer, Kmart, Target, Coles etc and a modern 12 screen (BCC) Cinema. Located centrally on Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach, directly across the road from Jupiters Casino. (Broadbeach/Nerang Road)

This is the Gold Coast's premier Shopping Centre. If you can't find it here then forget it!

Check out www.pacificfair.com.au/ or call (07) 5581 5100.

15. Robina Town Centre


Conveniently located adjacent to the M1 Motorway, Robina Town Centre has been undergoing a $300 million expansion. With stage two now complete, the centre features the Gold Coast's only David Jones department store as well as Australia's largest Big W, Target, Kmart, Coles, two Woolworths supermarkets and over 300 specialty stores, Movie Cinemas and Restaurants.

16. Infinity


An amazing, dark, fun-filled (sometimes scary) journey through 20, hi-tech, maze-like rooms.

Located underneath the Chevron Renaissance building Surfers Paradise Blvd - Surfers Paradise.

www.infinitygc.com.au or Ph. (07) 5526 8935

17. Sanctuary Cove


Shops, Cinema, restaurants and bars! What more do you want?? ; )

Sanctuary Cove is found at the most northern tip of the Gold Coast, just keep heading north on the Gold Coast Highway from Surfers Paradise for about 1/2 an hour and follow the signs.

A great place to chill out, window shop and listen to a band on Sunday afternoons. You can also hire house boats from here.


18. Aqua Duck Tours


Tour Surfers Paradise Beach Road and High Rises before nose diving straight into the river to explore the Broadwater and River front mansions.

Takes about 1 hour with commentary along the way. 7 days.

www.aquaduck.com.au or 07 5539 0222

19. Gold Coast Racing and Turf Club


Australias busiest racecourse - a must for all the racing buffs. Racing every Saturday in Bundall.

Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions in January is a great week and Carlton Draught Prime Ministers Cup is worth a look in May. Just 2 kilometres west of central Surfers Paradise. Plenty of buses available.

Gates open 10am every Saturday Ph. (07) 5538 1599.

20. Carlton Brewery Tours


See first hand brewing in action on guided tours. Sample the beers and enjoy lunch there also.

Easy to find between Gold Coast and Brisbane on the Pacific Motorway M1, Yatala.

21. Le Mans Go-Kart Racing


232 Old Pacific Hwy, Pimpama. A couple of minutes past Dreamworld. Take exit 54 on the Pacific Motorway (M1).

Ph (07) 5546 6566700m circuit with dual karts available. Good Family fun. Free admission and food available.

22. The Adrenalin Park


A "free entry thrill rides park" located just to the north of central Surfers Paradise.

Located in Cypress Avenue across from Crown Towers Resort and the Holiday Inn.

Includes the reverse Sling Shot Bungee, traditional Bungy Jumping, Fly Coasters, Bungy Trampolines for the kids, and the infamous VOMATRON! (Exactly - say no more lol) 120 k/ph, Altitude 45 metres, 4G's of acceleration.

Open daily from 10am -> 10pm.

23. TimeZone Surfers Paradise


No, its not as bad as it sounds - really!

Located on Level 1 of Centro Surfers Paradise until 12 midnight 7 days.

Locals will know this area as the famous "GRUNDYs" before Timezone took over (unfortunately).

Includes - Driving Games, Interactive games, Prizes, Dodgems, Air Hockey, Mini Golf, Laser Skirmish and Glow in the dark Disco Bowling under black light. (Drinks available at the bar! lol)

Most visitors to Surfers Paradise will find Grundys and it really is worth a look. Kids will have a great time - trust me.

07 55 399 500

24. Mermaid Beach Putt Putt Golf


There are quite a few putt putt golf places on the Gold Coast, but one of the best is at 2492 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach - about 10 mins drive south of Surfers Paradise.

3 Fun Filled 18 Hole Courses.

Jungle Trail


Fun Run

Ph. 07 5575 3381

25. Tropical Fruit World


Large variety of tropical fruits, river cruise, train & tractor safari. 15 mins south of Coolangatta on the Pacific Highway.

Turn off the Pacific Highway at the Murwillumbah Exit 40 and follow the signs.

Check out www.tropicalfruitworld .com.au/ or call (02) 6677 7222

26. Zorbing


Jump into a 3.2 m high clear plastic inflated ball and descend custom desgined tracks speeds of up to 35kph.

Transfers are available Monday to Friday only from Dreamworld or Coomera Train Station to Zorb Park return. Just call 5547 6300 when you arrive at Dreamworld.

Simply make your own way to Dreamworld via Surfside Bus TX2, then call Zorb Park on 5547 6300 and they will send a vehicle to collect you. A $5 charge applies per person for your return transfer. Payment for transfers will be collected at Zorb Park. You are advised to arrive in the morning as the buses to Dreamworld are less frequent in the afternoon.

27. Go and see a Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Game!


Professional rugby league has had a tumultuous history in this region - having had, then lost National Representation on three separate occasions. Despite this, the Gold Coast and surrounding region is a rugby league stronghold, with over 11,000 registered juniors, and a population now in excess of 500,000. In addition, the growth of South East Queensland over the past twenty years merits additional representation, with a total of 2.9 million people living in an area represented by only one club.

The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans new home at Skilled Park was officially opened on Sunday February 17th 2008.

Skilled Park is located in Robina and has a capcity of 27,000.

Ticketholders travel FREE to and from Skilled Park on public transport. Buses are available and Robina Train Station is beside the stadium.



28. Surfers Paradise Ten Pin


Glow in the dark Ten Pin Bowling.

A good night out for the family or a group. BYO drinks and food if you want and save $$$$.

Look for the discount vouchers in the Gold Coast Tourism Magazines - Buy 1 game get 1 free!

Located on the first floor of Centro Surfers Paradise at the beach end of Cavill Mall

29. Strike Bowling Bar


Strike Bowling Bar is located under the "Circle on Cavill" building. It offers socialising at the bar with friends, games of pool, a karaoke night or ten pin bowling with mates.

Circle on Cavill Car Park: enter via Circle on Cavill entrance on Ferny Ave or via 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard. Validate your ticket at Strike to receive 2 hours free parking

30. Adventure Parc!


Adventure Parc takes it to the top with 76 elevated challenges spread over four courses of varying difficulty. The courses stretch through almost 1000 towering trees at heights of up to 18 metres above the ground.

Join in more than 30 different jungle games. Some games are suitable for older children, others for adults only. Height requirements apply.

Cnr of Tamborine Mountain Rd and Cedar Creek Falls Rd,

North Tamborine 4272.

Follow Tamborine Mountain Road to the junction of Cedar Creek Falls Road and take the entrance to Thunderbird Park.

31. Jet Boats in the Broadwater


The Ultimate Adventure: Experience the Broadwater with spins, slides and speed. Its extreme jet boating. Departing Surfers Paradise and travelling through Paradise Waters passing million dollar mansions.

Jet Boat Experience with a Seaworld Drop Off: Experience a 55min ride with a Seaworld Drop off. Do it all in one Day. Departing from the Heart of Surfers Paradise viewing the prestige homes of the Rich and famous. Up through the broadwater passing The Gold Coast's famous Southport Yacht Club and Versace Hotel. Experiencing speed, 360 spins in Gold Coast's largest jet boat.

Departs: 10:30am to 4pm every day from 30-34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Boarding behind the Titanium Bar (next door to the Vibe Hotel)

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3. Re: One week on Gold Coast in August - help!

Wow, thank you SO much for all this helpful information. There's so much to do and see!!

Just a couple of final questions based on the above. With Tangalooma, we were thinking of staying there for a couple of nights - is there enough to do to warrant the cost of accommodation or is a day trip enough to see everything? Also, we'd like to go to Australia Zoo at some point. What would be the best way to do that from Broadbeach? I've read other posts that say that a day trip is a really long day and staying up there would be best. There' s also mention of the Australia Zoo express? Do you know what this is?

Many many thanks for all the information provided so far.

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4. Re: One week on Gold Coast in August - help!

just a question,why are the lights easier to Brisbane? is it cost or times or airline availability?

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The best way to Australia Zoo from the Gold Coast is with a hire car. 2 hours easy freeway driving each way.

From the website:


Australian Day Tours

Operating seven days a week, the Croc Express is a fantastic way to get to Australia Zoo from the Gold Coast or Brisbane (pick up from all the major hotels). This friendly service allows you to relax in air-conditioned comfort while learning about all the sights along the way.

The tour departs Gold Coast at approximately 8.00am, and departs Brisbane Transit Centre (Roma Street) in Brisbane at approximately 8:45am. The bus arrives at Australia Zoo around 10.15am in time for all the wildlife action. The day is then yours to spend exploring the Zoo at your leisure, before departing at 4.30pm.

Return transport and Zoo entry costs: Adult $115pp, Pens/Student $110pp, Child $74pp and Infants free. For an extra wildlife adventure, the Australia Zoo Travel team can add an Australia Zoo Animal Encounter to your day.

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6. Re: One week on Gold Coast in August - help!

Hi Lilyana - the flights are easier to Brisbane because we'll be flying in probably from Ayres Rock and then flying up to Cairns. It looks like there's really limited passage into Coolangatta and most journeys have to go through Melbourne or Sydney. If you know of any airlines that provide a better routing through Coolangatta, please let me know as the fact that it's only 25 mins away from Surfer's Paradise is very attractive!!

Thanks very much.

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