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3 Days in the Gold Coast: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, May 2015

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The Gold Coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia, with more than two million visitors flocking to it for their share of beachside glamor. It's a heady mix of Miami-style glitz, high-rise apartments, airport-sized shopping malls and million-dollar theme parks. Surfers Paradise is the epicenter of the Gold Coast, with bars, restaurants and nightclubs galore. Venture beyond the hub of hedonism and you'll discover islands and lush national parks for a different kind of thrill.

Day 1: Tour the Gold Coast

It's tempting to dive headlong into party mode on a Gold Coast holiday, but why not start the day off with a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over the Gold Coast hinterland instead? Take in the almost tropical landscape before landing at O'Reillys Grand Homestead for breakfast and champagne. Now get your bearings on the ground with a full-day tour of the Gold Coast. Dip into the luxurious world of the Palazzo Versace and Marina Mirage before cruising along Broadwater Canal and venturing into the World Heritage-listed rainforest of Springbrook National Park. Finish up with a cocktail at your pick of the Surfers Paradise bars.

Day 2: Head to the theme parks

The Gold Coast in synonymous with theme parks and it is home to some epic ones: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet 'n' Wild Water World, Dreamworld and WhiteWater World. These slick parks are perfect for family getaways, with attractions designed to suit all ages – think Sesame Street, the Tower of Terror or an encounter with a whale. There's a lot of fun to be had here, so consider grabbing a multi-park pass or a Theme Park Super Pass which gives you unlimited access three major parks over 14 days.

Day 3: Day trips from the Gold Coast

Tear yourself away from the rollercoaster and get out into Queensland's great outdoors for a day. Check out Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's living legacy, Australia Zoo, or make a nocturnal visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided tour by flashlight. Take an eco-tour to the Mt Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk to experience tropical Queensland at its best or go island-hopping to Moreton or Fraser Island. Not the outdoorsy type? Queensland's vibrant capital, Brisbane, is less than an hour away, so head to its riverside restaurants or Fortitude Valley boutiques.

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Gold Coast Theme Park Pass: Movie World, Sea World and Wet n Wild

4.5 star rating: Recommended 125 Reviews

To make sure you don’t miss a moment of fun when you’re visiting the Gold Coast, book your pass to three of Australia’s most popular theme parks. Choose ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $69.09

3-Day Great Barrier Reef Tour: Lady Musgrave Island and the Town of 1770

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Enjoy this 3-day guided tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend two nights at a beach resort located in the town of 1770, and take a day trip to Lady Musgrave ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $239.88

Stradbroke Island Day Trip from the Gold Coast

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 25 Reviews

Spend the day on Stradbroke Island and discover a little bit of paradise just 35 minutes from the Gold Coast by high-speed luxury catamaran. When you get to ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.32

Australia Zoo by Croc Express Coach

4.5 star rating: Recommended 86 Reviews

Spend the day at Australia Zoo, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's living legacy. With return hotel transfers from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, you'll travel on the ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.91

Tangalooma Resort Moreton Island Day Cruise with Optional Dolphin Feeding

4.5 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

Escape to spectacular Moreton Island for the day and relax on the beach at Tangalooma Resort. You'll cruise across Moreton Bay, and when you reach Moreton ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.15

Gold Coast Sunset Cruise with Optional Seafood Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing sailing experience aboard a luxury sailboat during a sunset cruise on the calm waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater. Sip on sparkling wine as ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.33

Gold Coast Bike Tour from Surfers Paradise

Experience the natural beauty of the Gold Coast during a leisurely tour by beach cruiser bike with an experienced guide. Pedal to viewpoints along the Seaway ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.09

Gold Coast SkyPoint Observation Deck Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Admire dramatic views of the Gold Coast from SkyPoint – Australia’s only beachside observation deck! Located on the 77th floor of the country’s highest resort ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $19.41

Morning or Afternoon Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Cruise aboard a luxury, high-speed catamaran for 2.5 hours of seasonal whale watching with experts from the Gold Coast. Witness the annual humpback whale ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $76.86

Surfers Paradise Sunset Kayak Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Start the evening with a sunset kayak on the calm waters of the Nerang River in Surfers Paradise. Wind your way around the islands and admire the opulent ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.70

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