Welcome to The Gold Coast

Built for pleasure and remaining a place utterly dedicated to sun, surf and the body beautiful, this strip of coast is possibly Australia’s most iconic holiday destination. Its shimmering high-rises can, when glimpsed from afar, appear like a make-believe city, and its reputation for tackiness is occasionally deserved. But this is far outstripped by a booming, youthful spirit and startling physical beauty: some 52km... Read More

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$90.70 Water Sports

Half-Day Gold Coast Kayak Tour Including Burleigh Heads National Park, Tallebudgera Creek and David Fleay Wildlife Park

The day begins at 7:30am, meeting at the start location on the banks of Tallebudgera Creek at Awoonga Ave, Burleigh Heads or a bit earlier for those who request complimentary pick up.Tour 1: Walk the tall green subtropical rainforest of Burleigh Heads National Park to the Gold Coast's best look out! Here you will explore the serenity of the rainforest as you make your way to view the stunning Queensland coastline. Learn from your guide about some of the Australian ecological systems and wildlife that lives along this popular track. The Gold Coast has some nice walks, but Burleigh Head National Park is one of the best. Low fitness level required as we take a relaxed pace.Morning Tea: Freshly baked that morning, we serve the Gold Coast's best apple crumble muddies and fruit.Tour 2: Next, you will enter the pristine turquoise waters of Tallebudgera Creek, where your guide will give a brief lesson in kayaking before you begin to paddle up the river. Explore the mangrove-lined waterways as you meander through the Tallebudgera National Park before arriving at the entrance to David Fleay's Wildlife Park. Along the way, follow your mood and stop at a sand island for a refreshing swim.Tour 3: Arrive on the banks of David Fleay Wildlife Park - by kayak! Take a stroll among wetlands and eucalypts to see some of Australia’s iconic wildlife in naturalistic enclosures. You’ll meet crocodiles, koalas, emus, brolgas, dingoes, dunnarts, bilbies, kangaroos and lots of other fascinating creatures—not to mention the resident platypus, 'Wally'. Explore the park at your own pace, or get up close and personal with the animals in one of the daily wildlife shows, such as the 'creatures of the night' show, led by the local Park Rangers.

$26.68 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Gold Coast Opera on the Beach: Aida

You'll be able to arrive as early as 5pm to enter the opera’s seating area on Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta. Get comfortable as you spread your towel out on the sand and picnic under the starry sky while waiting for the opera to begin. This performance of Aida stars some of Opera Australia’s finest singers, accompanied by a chorus made up of singers from community choirs and the Gold Coast’s local Surf Life Saving clubs. It’s a uniquely Australian production of one of Verdi’s most popular operas!Dress up or come in casual wear, keeping in mind that seating is on the sand and you'll be outdoors, subject to the evening’s weather conditions. The performance runs for a total of approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a 30-minute intermission. You have the choice of three different seating areas: A-Reserve, B-Reserve or C-Reserve. Premium Ticket holders will have access to one of three bars located in the area and open to the public, with a number of food and beverage options available. Cash only please; there are no ATMs in the venue. A number of restaurants are located near the venue for pre- and post-show dining, and a barbecue and snack stand will be operating on site. Opera on the Beach is presented by Opera Australia in partnership with the Bleach* Festival, City of The Gold Coast and Tourism & Events Queensland.