Things to See and Do

Near Biggera Waters, Queensland, Australia

The Gold Coast is indisputably Australia's most popular holiday destination and home to some of the biggest, best, brightest and fastest themed attractions in Australia. From stunning beaches to cosy hinterland getaways its sub tropical climate is ideal to take advantage of the limitless leisure activities all year round. To help you get the best out of your Gold Coast Holiday, let our friendly…

The Gold Coast is indisputably Australia's most popular holiday destination and home to some of the biggest, best, brightest and fastest themed attractions in Australia. From stunning beaches to cosy hinterland getaways its sub tropical climate is ideal to take advantage of the limitless leisure activities all year round. To help you get the best out of your Gold Coast Holiday, let our friendly Tour Desk staff assist you with fun things to do, local directions, booking a tour for your family plus they can even help you purchase discounted theme park tickets! Whatever the age there is an activity here to entertain and amuse.

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Local Highlights

Dream World
Home to Tiger Island, Nick Central, The Australian Wildlife Experience, Wiggles World, Big Brother, FlowRider and some of the tallest, fastest thrill rides in the world, Dreamworld is the ultimate place for family fun. You want the most spine-tingling, knee-knocking scream machines in the country? The Claw, Tower of Terror, Giant Drop, Cyclone, and the Wipeout are some of the tallest and fastest rides in the world... we’re not joking when we say they’ll get your heart pumping.

Movie World
Visit Warner Bros. Movie World - where movie magic happens every day! As the only Australian movie related theme park, you will experience a fun-filled, family adventure with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Meet your favourite stars and enjoy all the behind-the-scenes action, comedy stunts and exhilarating rides, shows and attractions! Get more speed riding new Superman Escape. Only at Warner Bros. Movie World!

Sea World
Visit Sea World! Make contact with marine life wonders and experience a whole world of amazing rides, shows and attractions! More than just a theme park, Sea World is committed to educating guests about the marine environment, and playing an active role in Australian marine research and rescue.

Wet 'n Wild
Enjoy all the fun and excitement of the world's latest slides, pools and attractions at the largest Australian water park. Experience a day of splashtacular fun for the whole family. Wet 'n' Wild Water World- Home of the Biggest, Fastest, Longest Waterslides in Australia! The Tornado giant slide has completed the awesome new Extreme H20 Zone - an enormous new thrill slide area that is sure to get pulses racing, featuring gigantic slides offering adrenaline addicts the ultimate extreme experience.

WhiteWater World
WhiteWater World, on the Gold Coast, delivers thrills for all ages. Woof it up on the HOTTEST water rides on the planet. They've got all four of the "world's best" water slides. Plus, there's something for the whole family with Nickelodeon’s Pipeline Plunge and the toddler playground, Wiggle Bay. WhiteWater World is brought to you by Dreamworld expect an action packed day!

Australian Outback Spectacular
An evening dinner show presented by R.M.Williams, filled with outback music, drama and action! Australian Outback Spectacular, is located on the Pacific Motorway. Nightly, from Tuesday to Sunday, the $23m attraction features a 1.5 hour extravaganza with spectacular audio and visual effects as well as a three-course Aussie BBQ dinner. As part of the entry ticket, in addition to the show and dinner, guests also receive beer, wine or soft drink during the show as well as a free Stockmen’s hat!

Paradise Country
Paradise Country, The Gold Coast's authentic Aussie homestead, provides the opportunity to experience outback adventure, has been reconstructed in the serene peaceful hinterland area behind Warner Bros. Movie World. Paradise Country provides an even more traditional 'fair-dinkum' Aussie homestead experience than ever before including koala cuddling, boomerang throwing and whip cracking demonstrations, sheep dog mustering and stock horse round-up, and billy tea and damper around the camp fire.

INFINITY is a mind-blowing journey into spectacular, futuristic maze-like 'worlds of wonder'. It's a dreamlike, funhouse of the future! It is an extraordinary series of around 20 multi-sensual environments filled with unique special effects, atmospheric sound fields, ultra groovy music and illusions that appear to go all the way to infinity. It's fun for all ages, good family entertainment and a great group or team building activity taking around 30 minutes for all ages from 8 - 108!

Local Events

Nikon Indy 300
from 19 October, 2012 to 21 October, 2012
The hottest cars, the hottest parties, the hottest beaches. It's the hottest ticket in town. 96 hours of non-stop excitement as the Gold Coast comes alive to the sound of IndyCar Series cars burning up the track and Australia's V8 Supercars scorching around one of the most famous beach-side cities in the world. From October 19 - 21 the Indy 300 lays on four days and nights of blazing sunshine and blistering entertainment. Make sure you're there when the Gold Coast turns up the heat.

2012 Pan Pacific Masters Game
from 09 November, 2012 to 17 November, 2012
DATES STILL TO BE CONFIRMED! The Pan Pacific Masters Games is a major international sporting event held on the Gold Coast, Queensland at the beginning of November, every two years. Close to 10,000 participants from all over the world compete in the Pan Pacs multi-sport event, which runs for one week at various sports venues across the Gold Coast city.

Australian Formula One Superboat Series - Round Seven
from 30 October, 2008 to 02 November, 2008
Formula One Superboats are the ultimate in outboard circuit racing and provide all the elements fans of motorsport would desire or expect from this premier form of competition. This thrilling event, Australian Formula One Superboat Series, forms the final part of a national seven round series and includes not only the elite Formula One racing but also support classes, including F2, F3, Mono Hulls, Thundercats and jet skis.

Go Xtreme Festival
from 25 September, 2008 to 25 September, 2008
Go Xtreme Festival is an annual festival which will take place on 25 September at the Mudgeeraba Show Grounds. This youth festival, which will be hosted by Go Xtreme, will feature amazing action sports such as BMX bike riding, skateboarding and freestyle motocross. The event will also have entertaining street performers, amazing martial arts displays, carnival attractions and some great live bands. Go Xtreme Festival is an alcohol free event.

Mitsubishi World Masters Golf Championship
from 23 October, 2011 to 29 October, 2011
2012 DATES TBC: The Mitsubishi World Masters Golf Championship is the largest and richest amateur golf tournament in Australia. The week long celebration of the Mitsubishi World Masters golf and events attracts over 1,000 golfers from all over Australia and throughout the world. The World Masters Golf 2012 Championship is held on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

2012 Gold Coast Home Show & Caravan and Camping Expo
from 20 July, 2012 to 22 July, 2012
Showcasing a diverse range of quality products and services to improve and complement your home and lifestyle this event is a major event on the Gold Coast calendar. The Caravan and Camping Expo accommodates local and national businesses providing all the latest products and services for your next adventure outdoors. There will be free entertainment every day, onsite food courts, exclusive home show bargains and some great prizes to be won.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
from 24 May, 2012 to 27 May, 2012
Situated in Australia's leading leisure boat building region, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show attracts buyer and marine industry executives from around the world The annual four-day event is staged at Sanctuary Cove in the tourism region of the Gold Coast, within the state of Queensland in Australia. This marks the 24th annual event.

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival
from 24 May, 2012 to 27 May, 2012
The annual Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival has attracted over 480,000 people since it first began in 2002 making this a world class event. The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival is unique as it feeds on the unique village like atmosphere & relaxed ambience that is Broadbeach. The Blues on Broadbeach Music festival nurtures Australian Blues talent as well as provides a stage for international acts. The festival provides a musical experience like no other in Queensland, remaining a FREE event!

Gold Coast Show
from 31 August, 2012 to 02 September, 2012
The largest Community event held on the Gold Coast - the Annual Gold Coast Show celebrating its 106th Show in 2012. From the moment you enter the Gold Coast Show there will be no shortage of Entertainment - and best of all most of it is part of your Show ticket admission. The Gold Coast Show is held at Parklands Showgrounds, corner Smith Street and Parklands Drive Southport. Showcasing the Gold Coast is also about people, lifestyle, art, education, sports, hobbies, interests and innovation.