Those who prefer to get away from the busy mainland beaches could make a beeline for nearby North Stradbroke Island, which also comes with good diving. This popular getaway for Brisbane residents also attracts a laid-back crowd of international tourists.
The Gold Coast's beaches are the main reason the area is as popular as it is and they stretch for 35 miles between the south of Brisbane and the border at Tweed Heads. The main beaches of Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, and Mermaid are flagged and patrolled and come with good swimming, surfing and beach activities.
Although not the best theme park in the country, Dreamworld is a fun attraction for the family in the Gold Coast. It is just north of Surfers and comes with a bunch of white-knuckle rides, as well as Wiggleworld kids' area and a tiger zoo.
Served by ferry from the Gold Coast, North Stradbroke Island is one of fine beaches and fantastic scuba diving. It is a good alternative to the beaches of the mainland and is also a popular spot for whale watching and surfing. The Stradbroke Flyer and Sea Spirit ferry run here regularly.
One of the most popular attractions on the Gold Coast for families is Sea World, which is a fun theme park that has been around since the 1950s. It is located in the heart of the Gold Coast and has a variety of thrilling rides, along with a selection of enticing marine shows.
Thrill-seekers will enjoy the rides and entertainment at the movie theme park. The Superman Escape roller coaster ranks as one of Australia's best, and speediest, while little ones can take pleasure in the costumed Loony Tunes that roam the grounds. Warner Bros. Movie World has something for every age range.
The Gold Coast City Art Gallery in Surfers Paradise is one of the most noted galleries in the country. It features a range of renowned historical pieces of the Gold Coast region, along with fine contemporary works at the City Collection.
Of the Gold Coast's many museums, Ripley's Believe It or Not is the most interesting to kids. It has 12 themed galleries with lots of weird and wonderful exhibits that will keep the whole family amused. The museum can be found in the popular Cavill Mall at Surfers Paradise.