Places you gonna LOVE when in Gold Coast, Australia
Updated: Mar 5, 2019
I can't believe that we manage to visit Gold Coast, Australia after having some difficulties applying for the Visa. My husband was so excited to show around Gold Coast (his 2nd home) to me and my family. And guess what? We fall in love with Gold Coast. So that is why I make this "Places you MUST visit in Gold Coast" post so that you would love it as much as I do. For me, it is totally different with Melbourne, Australia. Check out my Melbourne, Australia trip.
The name itself shows that Gold Coast is a coastal city in the Australia State of Queensland. The city consist of 70km of coastline with some of the most popular surf break in Australia such as Main Beach, Surfer Paradise, Broadbeach, Curumbin Beach, Burleigh Heads and a lot more.
We only able to visit one beach which is Surfer Paradise and it is a paradise!
The reason why this beach is a must visit place in Gold Coast are because there are a picnic area, have a BBQ pit, easy parking, have clean toilet and seating place, very nice wave, very soft sand and the best thing is we saw whale here in August !
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2. Theme park
For adrenaline seeker like us, this is a must !
Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia. Thus they provide plenty of choices to appeal to all ages.
Movie World, Warner Bros
This park contain movie-themed rides and attractions ranging from motion simulators to roller coasters and slow river rides. For character lover, you have a chance to take picture with Batman, Superman, Green Lantern,Austin Powers, Marilyn Monroe, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy and various Looney Tunes character.
We went to Movie World on Friday. The weather was nice and the place was not crowded with people. We manage to take the same ride a couple of time (we just never get bored with roller coaster). We spent one whole day in the theme park.
Operating hour : 9.30am to 5.00 pm
Location : Production Drive, Oxenford QLD 4210, Australia
Ticket Price : $89 adult (here for discount )
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Dream World is the largest theme park in Australia and zoo. So, if you wanna kill two bird with one stone, this is the time. What I mean if you want more day to do other thing, you should go for this option. We didn't go for this option because we have two animal sanctuary place in our itinerary. But if there is next time, I really would love to try this theme park.
Location : Dreamworld Pkwy, Coomera QLD 4209, Australia
Operating Hour : Everyday 10am to 5 pm
Ticket Price : $105 adult (here for discount)
If you love window shopping and any sort of shopping,Pacific Fair is the place to visit. It got everything that you can think of. There are over 400 stores in Pacific Fair. They also got a very nice,comfy and big baby's room. It is the biggest baby's room I have ever been to.
Shop that caught my eye are : KMart, Coles, Woolworth, Zara Home, BigW, Bonds, Giant Chemist, and a lot high end stores.!
Operating Hour : GENERAL 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
THE RESORT 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
DINING 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Carrara Market is place for people who wanna buy cheap goodies, souvenir, home decor, antic item and etc. There is a lot of funky stall and kids can play with petting zoo. For me, if you wanna feel and get to know the locals, here is the place where you should visit.
Location : Manchester Rd & Gooding Drive, Carrara QLD 4211, Australia
Operating Hour : Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 3 pm
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Harbour Town Outlet
I can't believe that I arrive Harbour Town Outlet around 3 pm and my son was so cranky and grumpy. I believe it was because he tired and hungry. That why I wrote in my "10 Tips for your kids to eat well while traveling" post to plan your itinerary thoroughly (meaning to include lunch break in your itinerary). Harbour Town Outlet is a great place to shop and like other place in Australia, most of the shop close at 5.30pm. I end up have less than one hour top shop here. As I mention earlier, Harbour Town is a great place to shop when in Gold Coast, so make sure you bring a lot of money. Like a lot. Cause this is where I spent most of my money (although I just shop for less than 1 hour).
Location : 147/189 Brisbane Rd, Biggera Waters QLD 4216, Australia
Operating Hour : Everyday 9AM–5:30PM
4. Animal Sanctuary
Curumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Curumbin succes in entertaining, providing informative and lively shows such as sheep shearing, crocodile live, Blinky Bill show and Bird show. You can ride a train around the sanctuary and walk everywhere. Do not forget to take photo with koala, kangaroo, baby crocodile, and etc. For adult adrenaline junky, sign up for high ropes adventure course to have a bird eye view from tree top.
We spent one whole day here and still unable to cover the whole place. It is so big and entertaining place to spent time with your families.
Location : 27 Millers Drive, Currumbin QLD 4223
Operating Hour : Daily 8 am to 5 pm
Ticket Price : $49.95 got discount here
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Either you have kid or not, Sea World is a must for your Gold Coast Trip. My brother, a grown up man got so excited here. Excited and kind of showing off that he know most of the animal name. Hah. Their shark bay is awesome because it is multilevel above and below exhibit. There is also a water splash zone for your kid and you can ride monorail to see the whole park. One whole day in here is not enough. I wish they open longer as my son doesn't wanna go out from the shark bay. Not to forget, here you can ride a helicopter starting from $65. But we didn't ride it because the price is just for 5 minutes. Gulp.
Location : Production Drive, Oxenford QLD 4210, Australia
Operating Hour : 9.30am and closing at 5.30pm. Open from 1.30pm to 6pm on ANZAC Day April 25th.
Ticket Price : $75 adult
That complete our 7 days there. For food tips, most of the time we eat at home and bring food with us. One eating place that I love and think you should try is Charis Seafood. I have share the experience eating there in my 6 Things to do before you die in Gold Coast.
So what do you think about Gold Coast ? Would you love to visit Gold Coast.
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