Gold Coast is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a popular travel destinations in Australia. The population of Gold Coast is 591,473 according to 2010 census. The city is located in the state of Queensland, which was separated from the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is the third most populated state in Australia. The city has a large number of tourist attractions to spend your holiday as well as vacation. In this article, we have provided the list of top 10 best places to visit in Gold Coast, Queensland.
Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Gold Coast Queensland
1. Sea World, Gold Coast
Sea World is a marine theme park located in Gold Coast, Queensland. The park was opened on 30th October, 1971 and is operating whole year. Keith Williams was the founder of Sea World. It contains 15 rides including 2 Roller Coaster, and 3 Water Rides. The park also has the shows and some attractions like Fish detective show, Dolphins pool, Penguin Point and much more. The park also contains the helipad for the landing of helicopters and also a major shooting place for kids T.V. serials.
2. Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Heads is an outlaying district on the Gold Coast, Queensland. It is the best place for holidays and weekend destinations. The District is renowned for its surf break and its place locally known as “the Point’ is a best place for Cricket. The population of the Burleigh Heads is 9188 in the census of the year 2011. The city is home for some Heritage listed places such as West Burleigh Store. 85% people speak English, and remaining people use different languages such as Portuguese, German, French, Italian, and Japanese.
3. Lamington National Park
Lamington National park is a national park in Gold Coast, Queensland situated on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. The area of the park is 206 km sq. The timing of the park is 7:30 am 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday and is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Here we can see natural beauty, birdlife, mountains, rain forests for which the park is well known. The park is a well known place for the conservation of several species and also designated as World Heritage Site in the year 2007. The park also contains more than 500 waterfalls.
4. Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World is a well known theme park situated in the Gold Coast, Queensland. The park is based on movie related and owned by Village Roadshow Theme Parks. The timing of the park is 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and operates throughout the year. It was opened on 3rd June, 1991 with an area of 168 hectares. The park contains 17 rides including 5 roller coaster a water ride. Batman, Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes characters can be seen in Warner Bros. Movie World and the visitors are allowed to take photos with them.
5. SkyPoint Observation Deck
Skypoint is an observation deck situated 230 mt. high from the ground on the Gold Coast, Queensland. The timing of the Sky Point is 7:00 am to 8:30 pm from Monday to Thursday and on Sunday and 7:30 am to 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. The tower was opened on 26th October, 2005 after taking three years to complete the construction. The owner of the tower is Ardent Leisure.
6. Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park is a protected national park situated in Gold Coast, Queensland. The park was established in the year 1990 with an area of 27.2 km. The park is listed in the Australian National Heritage list and also in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is 62 miles far from the city, Brisbane. The fauna like Blue Spiny Crayfish and glow-worms can be seen in the park. The park is a part of the important bird area because it conserves the threatened birds.
7. Hinze Dam
The Hinze Dam is a dam located as a reservoir in Gold Coast, Queensland. It is situated across the Nerang River which is in the South-west region of Gold Coast. The Area of the dam is 18 sq. km and the catchment area is 207 sq. km. Mary River cod, Southern saratoga, Golden perch etc fishes are found in the dam. The name of dam was given after the Hinze family who were flooded in the dam. The Hinze Dam was opened in the year 1976 and in the year 1989 and 2011 it was expanded.
8. The Giant Drop
The Giant Drop is a tower ride located in the Dream World National Park in Gold Coast, Queensland. The height of the ride is 120 mt with the maximum speed of 135 km/h. The time duration of the ride is 1 minutes and 35 seconds. It was the tallest drop tower in the world for fourteen years after it was inaugurated. The Giant Drop has a capacity to ride 550 riders per hour.
9. Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, recently knows as Rosser Park Regional Botanic Gardens is located in the Ashmore Road, Benowa, Gold Coast, Australia. The timing of the gardens is 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. The planning for the garden was started in the year 2002 and the first planting was done in 2003. The gardens contains the variety of plants, vegetables, fruits and such other things.
10. Gold Coast City Art Gallery
The Gold Coast City Art Gallery is a museum situated in Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast, Queensland. The timing of the museum is 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The museum contains the documentary of the Gold Coast and its historical artworks. The museum is listed as Australia’s most popular regional gallery. The gallery was opened in the year 1986 and was funded by the Gold Coast City Council.
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Article first published on April 9, 2015.