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What to see in Gold Coast, Queensland

Gold Coast, Queensland Attractions

One of the best destinations in the world for fun in the sun, the Gold Coast is all about beaches, glitzy hotels, theme parks, and a riotous nightlife. Surfer's Paradise is the holiday hub on the Gold Coast and the main lure for travellers, with glorious shopping, partying and dining options to tantalise visitors. For a brilliant view of Surfer's Paradise, climb up to the Observation Deck of the Q1 building, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

Favourite theme parks along the Gold Coast include Sea World, Movie World, Wet n Wild, WhiteWater World and Dreamworld.

Those who want to meet the local (non-human) wildlife, should head to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, David Fleays Wildlife Park or Paradise Country for close encounters with animals like koalas. And those wanting a break from the beach festivities and the serious business of getting a perfect tan, should explore the beautiful national parks in the region, which include Lamington and Springbrook. A visit to Tamborine National Park is another popular excursion from the coast.

Fraser Island

This is the world's largest sand island, situated a two-hour drive north of Brisbane. Fraser Island has a unique ecological system of giant dunes, forests, streams and freshwater lakes, and in 1993…

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Sanctuary Cove

Billed as 'Australia's first fully integrated tourism resort' the Sanctuary Cove holiday resort is situated on 474 hectares in picturesque surroundings around four man-made harbours on the Coomera…

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Surfer's Paradise

Formerly a small coastal resort town, the Surfer's Paradise holiday resort has blossomed into the pulsating heart of the Queensland Gold Coast. Set on a peninsula, about 50 miles (78km) from Brisbane,…

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Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain is inland from the Gold Coast, about 21 miles (34km) northwest of Nerang and about 40 miles (62km) from Brisbane. It is a popular scenic drive destination, as the area includes seven…

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Wet 'n Wild Water World

This premier water theme park was recently voted Brisbane's best tourist attraction. Situated at Oxenford on the Pacific Highway, in 20 acres of tropical parkland, it incorporates a wave pool, children's…

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