6. Go Whale-Watching
Between May and November, get up close to the majestic humpback whales as they migrate south along the Queensland coast to the cool waters of Antarctica. The humpback whales stop to breed and nurse their young approximately 300 km (186 miles) north of Brisbane. The Gold Coast is right in the way of humpback whales’ journey and there are plenty of chances for visitors to catch the whales as they are passing through.
Book a trip with one of Gold Coast’s many whale watching tour operators and jump on a cruise to get close and see these incredible creatures frolicking, breaching and gliding through the ocean. Many of the whale watching tour operators also offer “whale sighting money-back guarantees” or at least a free return trip if no whales are sighted, providing a bit of extra peace of mind if you’re thinking of booking.
7. Go Jet Boating
This is no your ordinary boat ride. Strap in, brace yourself and hold on for an exhilarating jet boat thrill ride on the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater. It is an adrenaline-packed adventure with 360 degree spins, turns, slides and shallow-water skimming. Besides the thrill, the jet boating rides also provide some sightseeing of Gold Coast landmarks including South Stradbroke Island, Palazzo Versace hotel and popular theme park Sea World. Just be ready to be drenched from the ride!
There are a number of jet boat operators such as Jetboat Extreme, Paradise Jet Boating, Surfers Jet, Ocean Jet, Gold Coast Watersports and many more. Do check out them and book online with your desired operator in advanced to avoid disappointment.
8. Hit the Beaches
Famed for its beaches, Gold Coast offers huge stretches of sand, with a total of 57km to choose from for those who love their surf and sunshine. Each of the main beaches on the coast, including the most famous Surfers Paradise as well as Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin, Duranbah, Coolangatta, Kirra, Main Beach, Nobby Beach and Palm Beach has something slightly different to offer but all of them are exceptionally clean. Many of the beaches offer some blend of public picnic and barbecue areas, nearby cafes and restaurants, and great walking tracks that make exploring the coastline for a dose of fresh air and scenery a pleasant experience.
Which beach you choose to hit will likely depend on a variety of things; where you’re living or staying, whether you’re bringing kids along, if you’re looking to swim or surf, and more. All of the beaches on the Gold Coast are regularly patrolled by volunteer Surf Life Savers.
9. Cycle along the Coastline
Explore the Gold Coast’s distinct neighbourhoods by hiring a bike and ride Old Burleigh Road, from buzzy Surfers Paradise to chic Broadbeach with its array of cafes and restaurants. If you are feeling adventurous, you can cycle along the whole coastline, riding the beach promenade trail from Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta which is about 48km in length. It is a lovely way to enjoy the fresh sea air and exercise while appreciating the magnificent coastal views. The Gold Coast climate allows for biking year around and the terrain is mostly flat.
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