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If you want attractions and activities, then look no further than the Gold Coast. From the adrenaline of skydiving to the relaxation of kayaking on the Gold Coast backwaters, there really is something for everyone. Backpacking and travelling in the Gold Coast is fantastic because there are some truly unique gap year activities, such as hiking in the world’s largest subtropical rainforest. There may even be more activities than you have time for! That’s why we’ve selected our top five to help you on your way…
1. Beach Bum Australia
(07) 0422 916 866
Beach Bum is the most exciting learn to surf and surf tours experience in Australia! Enjoy all inclusive 1, 2 and 3 day surf safaris with lessons and free tours to some of Queensland and Northern NSW’s most beautiful natural icons all in the same day! If you’re looking to surf in the Gold Coast, then look no further than Beach Bum Australia.
2. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
(07) 1300 886 511
Experience an unforgettable native wildlife and coastal rainforest experience. Enjoy wildlife shows and displays, getting up close and personal with a number of Australia’s creatures. Also, Aboriginal dancers performing daily. And if you’re looking for a challenge then take the Extreme Green Challenge (presented by Adventure Parc).
(07) 5588 1111
Dreamworld is home to the Big 7 Thrill Rides, Tiger Island, The Australian Wildlife Experience and Australia's first stationary wave, Flowrider. From the tallest and fastest thrill rides, to live interactive shows and animal attractions, there's something for everyone at Dreamworld. If you’re looking for adrenaline then Dreamworld’s for you.
4. Gold Coast Skydive
(07) 5599 1920
Experience the ultimate rush of the Gold Coast’s only Tandem Skydiving operation. After the adrenaline rush of hurtling towards the planet at 200km/h enjoy the sensational view as you gently glide towards your beach landing. Skydiving is a must on your gap year and there are fewer places that are nicer to do in than the Gold Coast.
5. OZ Ball Zorbing
(07) 5547 6300
The world’s coolest adventure activity; roll down a hill harnessed in a huge inflatable ball, add water and a few friends, and you've got the recipe for the ultimate waterslide experience! The Gold Coast is the perfect place to go zorbing and it's an amazing and unique gap year experience.
There really is something for everyone in the Gold Coast. If one of the five above doesn't tickle your fancy, maybe one of the below will!
Family favourites such as Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and WhiteWater World are fantastic fun, especially if you're into your theme parks! Warner Bros. Movie World and the Australian Outback Spectacular provide their own unique feel, while Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary creates a never ending interactive experience with nature’s many creatures.
A city jam-packed with adrenaline rides, jet boating on the broadwater, whale watching and themed attractions, including Dracula’s Haunted House and Infinity’s multidimensional maze located in the city centre, offer yet another opportunity to create some exciting holiday memories.
Internationally regarded golfing experiences are also in easy reach of the weekend hacker or the serious swinger with more than 40 championship and resort golf courses located throughout the region.
It’s easy to see why travelling in the Gold Coast is so popular; just make sure you see some of the Gold Coast...
The Gold Coast Airport, also known as Coolangatta Airport, is in the south of Coolangatta. It's a particularly unique airport because it straddles the NSW and Queensland borders - you land in one state (NSW) and arrive in another (QLD).
It's a fairly small terminal but handles around 3.5 million passengers per year with frequent connections from major Australian cities and some international flights from New Zealand and Asia. It's around 30 minutes drive to Surfers Paradise and there's a shuttle bus connection.
Alternatively, you could fly into Brisbane airport and head down to Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast.