3 Days in the Gold Coast: Suggested Itineraries

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

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Dive into a 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: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $245.14

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 100 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. The pass ...  Read more

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

From USD $71.39

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Gold Coast - World Pass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Theme Parks provide a one stop shop for thrills, spills and family fun. It's triple the thrills and triple the fun with a ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.36

Stradbroke Island Day Trip from the Gold Coast

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 19 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 $69.81

Hot Air Ballooning including Champagne Breakfast from the Gold Coast or Brisbane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

View a sunrise with a difference, whilst floating in a hot air balloon over the Hinterland. Breathe in the wide-open spaces and be amazed at the colorful ...  Read more

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

From USD $198.33

3-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Spend several days exploring the natural wonders of Fraser Island with an expert guide, including a visit to Cooloola Recreation Area on the way. Enjoy guided ...  Read more

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

From USD $316.54

Australia Zoo by Croc Express Coach

4.5 star rating: Recommended 71 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 $110.27

Stradbroke Island Kayak and Snorkeling Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Paddle to South Stradbroke Island and keep a look out for dolphins and whales on this half-day Gold Coast kayak tour. Visit secluded islands, enjoy breakfast ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.43

Dreamworld Theme Park Gold Coast Tickets

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Experience fun for the whole family with one-day entry into Dreamworld, Australia’s biggest theme park. You'll enjoy more than 40 rides and attractions ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.36

Mt Tamborine National Park 4WD Nocturnal Rainforest and Glow Worm Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Leave the crowds behind and go stargazing and wildlife watching in Mt Tamborine National Park’s eucalypt rainforest. Australia's only night-time rainforest and ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.75

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