One of the most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries of the country, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a heritage zoological garden. Home to a diverse variety of fauna and flora, the sanctuary allows visitors to experience Australian wildlife closely. Opened initially as a bird sanctuary, the park's major highlight remains the Rainbow Lorikeet feeding where flocks of these vibrant birds are fed by the visitors. It also houses one of the largest walk-through aviaries of Southern Hemisphere where visitors can see birds soaring freely. The sanctuary also houses lemurs, red pandas, kangaroos and saltwater crocodiles. The park's attractions like mini-train rides and bird feeding have made it a popular tourist destination.
As the name might suggest Surfers Paradise Beach is the prime destination for surfers. One of Australia's most popular tourist destinations, this beach is visited by thousands of tourists every-year. This 3 kilometer (1.86 miles) stretch of golden sand acts as a confluence between an urban and natural setting, with the picturesque city skyline to one side and the horizon on the other. Constantly busy with a multitude of swimmers, joggers and surfers, a day spent at this beach is guaranteed to be a fun-filled one for the whole family.
Burleigh Heads Beach, located in a Gold Coast suburb sharing its name, is a popular spot for swimming, surfing and soaking up the warm Australian sun. The location gets a steady breeze, which makes Burleigh Heads Beach an ideal destination for kite surfing and sailing when the weather permits. Sports fans can watch surfers ride waves or watch cricket matches, which are often held at the beach's headland known affectionately as "The Point." Families spend the day swimming, or go for walks along the magnificent beach, and spend time making castles in the sand. Several top-notch restaurants on the beach offer a memorable oceanfront dining experience.
Springbrook National Park is a Gold Coast nature haven. An expansive land, it is comprised of ancient volcanoes, sparkling waterfalls, rolling hills, and undisturbed wilderness. Several rare bird and animal species live in the park. Giant Brush Box and Springbrook Leatherwood are some of the rare trees spotted here. Animals like koalas, possums and the endemic Richmond Birdwing Butterflies are found in the park, Home to over 100 bird species, unique birds like yellow tailed black cockatoo and satin bowerbird have attracted ornithologists and birdwatchers. Kid-friendly trails through the park lead to dramatic lookout points and quaint spots to enjoy a quiet picnic. Springbrook National Park offers stargazing adventures like no other, with spectacular Milky Way views painted across a cloudless, ink-black sky.
Cavill Avenue can be described as Gold Coast's premier shopping and lifestyle destination, a potpourri of upscale retail establishments, restaurants and leisure outlets that come together to offer one of the finest city experiences. Nestled at the foot of a hotel, it boasts of top-end brands. Moreover, open-air dining outlets make it an all-round spot for indulgence and recreation.
Towering above the city, the SkyPoint Observation Deck offers a 360-degree panorama of the city's landmarks and the crystal blue ocean along with breathtaking views of the Gold Coast. One of the most romantic attractions, it gives a glimpse of the twinkling, active city even post sunset. The highest point in the building is often scaled by thrill-seekers and those looking for an adrenaline rush. A sleek glass tower with a pointed top, the building stands proud and tall in the Gold Coast skyline.
Established in 1987, Left Bank Gallery is a fabulous stop for art lovers whenever in Southport. Comprising of a printing studio for fine art, framing section, a workshop space and an exhibition gallery, it is not only a place to view great contemporary artworks by renowned artists as well as upcoming ones, but also a spot for anyone interested in procuring art to decorate their homes and offices. They also do wall mural printing and make custom wallpapers. Their beautiful gallery has an ever changing display of artworks that are engaging. Drop in to frame that priceless painting, scan an artwork, or just browse through their gallery.
Urban Paradise is an artist run gallery and a platform for upcoming artists to showcase their works and learn the nitty-gritty of the business. The brainchild of Frederic Berjot, a French artist, this not-for-profit space has an eclectic roster of artists from the Gold Coast. From graffiti to installation, Aboriginal to sculpture and more, their exhibitions are engaging and fun.
Established by art connoisseur Terri Lew in the year 2008, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace is a thriving gallery in Mermaid Beach. Founded with an aim to provide a platform for upcoming artists, this Gold Coast gallery exhibits works by a number of artists. Also, one can find an array of genres on display like Street Art, Urban Art, Realism, Abstract and Pop Art. Occupying a remodeled stockroom, 19 Karen is spread over 380 square meters (4090.29 square feet) and well-retains its original character in the heart of an industrial area.
Established in the year 1994, Burleigh Head National Park is a scenic outdoor precinct in Burleigh Heads, close to Gold Coast. The striking headland's topography is dominated by rainforests and rocky crags, through which walkers and hikers navigate across various sights and landmarks. The coastal strip of the park is popular for watching sea-eagles and whales. Mangroves, heath, tussock grassland and eucalyptus plantations also occupy the park area. Though camping is not allowed, Burleigh Head serves as a prime picnic spot, apart from providing novice hikers a good base for their future expeditions.
Home to probably one of the most vibrant displays of surfboards, Currumbin's Surf World Gold Coast is truly one-of-its-kind. A Queensland icon since the year 2009, the repository boasts of one of the biggest assemblages of surfboards. The various surfing boards showcased here provide a glimpse into how surfing technology has evolved from the start of 20th Century till the present date. Along with all kinds of surfboards to see, one is also left marveled at photographs portraying surfing in the olden times and art works like album pictures, posters and cinematographs. While a must-visit for surfing enthusiasts, it also excites those who wish to learn about the sport's history and its contribution to Gold Coast's culture and economy.
The Springbrook National Park is among the best scenic outback destinations in the region. Set within its rugged terrain is one of the park's most beautiful mountain waterfalls. Purling Brook Falls is a horsetail cascade that is especially a sight to behold after a heavy rainfall. Ancient trees surrounding it with lush flora and fauna, give a magical setting to the place. Get a fabulous view from the top at any of the two lookouts or the causeway. For the adventurous, you can try the suspension bridge at its base and enjoy stunning vistas of the gushing waters.