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Things To Do On The Gold Coast

Our list of the top places to see when you’re on the Gold Coast.

1. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular attraction located in the Gold Coast region of Queensland, Australia. It is a heritage-listed conservation area that is home to a wide variety of native Australian birds and animals, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, and many more. The sanctuary is known for its interactive experiences, such as the opportunity to hand-feed lorikeets and wallabies and to have close encounters with koalas and other animals.

The sanctuary is also involved in various conservation and research projects to help protect and preserve Australia's unique flora and fauna.

Overall, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a great destination for families and anyone interested in learning more about Australian wildlife and conservation efforts.

2. Sea World

Sea World is a marine theme park located on the Gold Coast. It is home to a variety of marine animals, including dolphins, seals, sharks, and polar bears, as well as rides and other attractions.

Some of the popular attractions at Sea World Gold Coast include the Shark Bay exhibit, where visitors can observe and learn about different species of sharks; the Dolphin Cove, where visitors can interact with dolphins and learn about their behavior and conservation; and the Polar Bear Shores exhibit, where visitors can see polar bears in a natural setting. The park also features a variety of thrill rides, such as the Jet Stunt Extreme show, which features high-speed jet ski stunts, and the Sky Voyager, a suspended flying theater ride.

3. Burleigh Heads National Park

Burleigh Heads National Park is a protected area. Situated on a headland between Tallebudgera Creek and the Pacific Ocean, it is known for its beautiful beaches, rainforests, and wildlife. The park covers an area of approximately 220 hectares, and is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including wallabies, echidnas, and a range of bird species.

The park is a popular spot for swimming, surfing, and picnics, and features a number of walking trails that offer scenic views of the coast and the surrounding area. There are also several picnic areas and barbecue facilities located within the park, making it a great place to spend a day with friends and family.

4. Currumbin Rock Pools

Currumbin Rock Pools are a series of natural rock pools located in Currumbin on the southern end of the Gold Coast. The pools are situated on the banks of Currumbin Creek, a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, and other recreational activities. The rock pools are surrounded by lush rainforest and are a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. The water in the pools is crystal clear and refreshing, and the natural surroundings make it a peaceful and serene spot to spend the day.


There are several smaller pools connected by a series of waterfalls and slides, as well as a larger pool at the bottom where visitors can relax and soak up the sun. The rock pools are a great place to spend a hot summer day, or to cool off after a hike in the nearby national park.

5. Glow Worm Caves

The Glow Worm caves were created to protect a local species of glow worms, Arachnocampa flava. Glow worms are actually fly larvae which glow in dark to attract and catch small insects. Glow worms are essential to the ecosystem of the Gold Coast as they help to control insect populations. The goal of the cave and the glow worm tours is to provide an interesting and valuable experience for families (locals and visitors) while benefiting wild glow worm populations.

Visiting the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves and going on the cave tour gives visitors the opportunity to see glow worms during the daytime. As a result of people visiting the Glow Worm Caves, worm numbers in the wild have begun increasing again.

6. Nerang National Park

Nerang National Park is a protected area located on the Gold Coast (80 kilometers south of Brisbane. The park covers an area of approximately 7,000 hectares and is home to a variety of native flora and fauna, including eucalypt forests, rainforests, and grasslands. It is a popular destination for bushwalking, picnicking, and birdwatching, with a network of walking tracks and picnic areas throughout the park. The park is also home to a number of threatened species, including the black-breasted button-quail, the eastern bristlebird, and the giant barred frog. The park is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

7. Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens is a botanic garden located in Benowa, on the Gold Coast. The gardens cover an area of 51 hectares and feature a range of different garden styles, including formal gardens, rainforest gardens, and a cactus and succulent garden.

The gardens are home to a wide variety of plants, including native Australian species, as well as exotic plants from around the world. Visitors to the gardens can take self-guided tours or join a guided tour to learn more about the plants and gardens.

In addition to the gardens, the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens also features a number of other attractions, such as a children's playground, a café, and a gift shop. The gardens are a popular destination for both locals and tourists, and are a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

8. Ecopark Fishing World

Ecopark Fishing World is a fishing and boating park located on the Gold Coast (QLD). It is a popular destination for recreational fishing, boating, and other water activities. The park features a range of amenities and facilities, including fishing pontoons, boat ramps, barbecue areas, and a tackle shop. It is also home to a variety of fish species, making it a popular spot for both experienced anglers and those who are new to the sport. In addition to fishing and boating, visitors to Ecopark Fishing World can also enjoy a range of other activities, such as picnics, walking trails, and birdwatching.

9. Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is a protected national park located in the Gold Coast hinterland. The park is known for its beautiful rainforest scenery and is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including many that are unique to the region.

Visitors to Springbrook National Park can enjoy a range of activities, including bushwalking, picnicking, and birdwatching. The park is home to a number of walking trails, including the Warrie Circuit, a popular trail that takes hikers through the rainforest and past several waterfalls. The park is also home to a number of scenic lookouts, including the Best of All Lookout, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding region.

10. Broadwater Parklands

Broadwater Parklands is a public park located in the suburb of Southport. The park is situated on the southern bank of the Nerang River and features a range of recreational facilities, including walking and cycling paths, BBQ and picnic areas, playgrounds, and a man-made beach. There are also several large grassy areas where visitors can relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. The park is a popular spot for local residents and tourists alike, and it is often used for events and activities such as markets, festivals, and outdoor concerts.

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