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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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.

Surfers Paradise Beach

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

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

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

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.

SkyPoint Observation Deck

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.

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