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Australia Outback Spectacular: Dinner and Show

1. Australia Outback Spectacular: Dinner and Show

Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all new show featuring a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. Plus, enjoy a delicious three course meal whilst you enjoy the show. Start the night with a rustic woodfire roasted Vegetable and Goat Feta Tart served with wild rocket and home-made pineapple and mustard seeded chutney. Then, indulge in a juicy eye fillet steak or a tender chicken breast with a full-bodied jus with a side of roast pumpkin, green beans and a delicious potato parcel. To finish off, enjoy a delicate Dark Chocolate Flan with Chocolate Ganache, salted caramel sauce and a dusting of chocolate dirt. Australian Outback Spectacular’s Heartland promises an unforgettable night out.

From Brisbane or Gold Coast: Moreton Island Full-Day Trip

2. From Brisbane or Gold Coast: Moreton Island Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a day on Moreton Island on this full-day trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Relax on the cruise to Moreton Island and have a delicious lunch. Take part in fun outdoor activities like kayaking and sand tobogganing. Learn about this unique part of Australia with commentary from your guide. Be picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Sit back and relax on the air-conditioned drive to the boat's departure point. Board a spacious boat with an outdoor area and a covered-seating area. Enjoy ocean views as you cruise across Moreton Bay. Discover a vibrant underwater world as you follow your guide on a snorkeling tour around shipwrecks. Have the chance to spot turtles, fish, and rays. Stop to savor a sandwich lunch on the beach before taking a guided tour in a glass-bottom kayak. View the underwater wonders of the Tangalooma Wrecks as you paddle over crystal-clear water. Explore the area on the island that is known as 'The Desert. ' Ride in a rugged 4X4, and experience the exhilaration of sand tobogganing at speeds of over 40 miles per hour.

Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

3. Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

Enjoy the 'Aquaduck' tour which combines a city tour and river cruise. Departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise, tours aboard the amphibious ‘Aquaduck’ offers an informative city tour with a unique and exciting river cruise. Traveling past the glitzy waterfront mansions of the rich and famous and taking in the spectacular views of the Gold Coast waterways and its famous landmarks. Experience the Gold Coast as you have never before. Cruise along the glorious Gold Coast beaches, then up to the magnificent Palazzo Versace and Marina Mirage. That's where the Aquaduck gets to show its true colors with a bit of 'duck diving' into the spectacular Broadwater. Experience the thrill of the big splash and take in the sights of the beautiful waterways and of course the fabulous millionaires row. Kids get the unique experience of Captain the Aquaduck while cruising the waterways and will receive their free Official Aquaduck Licence Certificate.

Gold Coast: 55-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

4. Gold Coast: 55-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, excitement and incredible view then look no further than this exhilarating jet boat ride departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise. The 55-minute ride is great value for money and offers a novel way to check out the stunning Gold Coast from the beautiful local waterways. Don't just go to the same old tourist attractions, enjoy an exhilarating and unique experience instead. The luxurious 5-star jet boats are equipped with padded seats to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your trip. Sit back and enjoy the thrill of Jet Boat Extreme's 650-horsepower twin jet-power turbo engines, which will take you to up to 80 kilometers per hour on the water.  All this with low-level engine noise and well-known safety features of diesel turbo engines. The experienced, hand-selected jet boat drivers ensure both fun and safety on this extreme playground.

Gold Coast: Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour

5. Gold Coast: Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour

The Goondawanna Rainforests have so much to offer and only a short drive from the Gold Coast beaches. This small group tour offers a truly personalized experience with no more than 16 people per tour and door- to-door service from your central Gold Coast hotel. Visit the stunning Natural Arch waterfall with a fully-guided walk from an expert local guide.  Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the rain forest as you make your way.  From inside the cave see the water cascading through the roof of the basalt cave formed over millions of years.  Continuing the tour, "Best of All Lookout" offers a view of northern New South Wales and Mount Warning.  The walk to this magnificent lookout takes you through one of the few remaining pockets of the ancient Antarctic Beech forest. Then head off to the nearby viewing platform to see the enchanting Purling Brook Falls.  During the journey, tour commentary on the area and wildlife is provided along with great scenery of the Numinbah Valley. Take in the views of Twin Falls and Rainbow Falls from Canyon Lookout on the way home. On the return journey to the Gold Coast, sightings of kangaroos and the pretty faced wallabies is common, as they emerge from their bush retreats to feed on the lush grass in the cooler part of the day.

Gold Coast: Airport to Hotel Return Transfer

6. Gold Coast: Airport to Hotel Return Transfer

Make your trip to the Gold Coast seamless and effortless with this convenient transfer service from the airport to the city and back! With over 30 years of experience in the field of transportation, travel with a trusted provider of direct airport shuttle services within Australia. Meet your professional driver (wearing a blue shirt) at a designated location outside of the arrivals area at Gold Coast Airport (OOL). Get assistance with your luggage as you go to your air-conditioned shared vehicle, which boasts ample legroom and space for luggage storage. Travel to your Gold Coast accommodation in safety and comfort. Relax and soak up the sights of Queensland from your air-conditioned vehicle. Choose between pickup/drop zone options that match your destination.

Gold Coast Morning Tea Cruise from Surfers Paradise

7. Gold Coast Morning Tea Cruise from Surfers Paradise

Enjoy a morning tea cruise that departs from the heart of Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast. The 90-minute ride is available daily and is the perfect way to spend a leisurely morning. Sit back and relax as you cruise along the Gold Coast waterways, canals, and Broadwater. You'll pass by luxury homes and yachts, and have a chance to see how the rich and famous live as you listen to some fun and informative commentary. This is sure to be a highlight of your day on the Gold Coast. What better way to spend a morning than cruising the beautiful Gold Coast canals and Broadwater!

2-Hour Group Surf Lesson at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast

8. 2-Hour Group Surf Lesson at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast

Get ready for a fun surfing training session of two hours on the famous Gold Coast. Meet at the supplier's trailer, collect your rash/sun shirt or wetsuit and soft beginner surfboard and walk to the beach. Begin with a safety briefing and some basic instruction. After catching your first few waves in waist-deep water return to the beach for some more detailed instruction about how to stand up on the surfboard. The remainder of the lesson will be spent in the water with the instructor helping you to stand up on their surf board. At the end of the lesson return the equipment to the trailer and have a shower to remove the salt and sand. You have the option for you to continue surfing by either taking further lessons or hire the equipment and try yourself.

Surfers Paradise: Guided Gold Coast Amphibious Bus Tour

9. Surfers Paradise: Guided Gold Coast Amphibious Bus Tour

Discover the best of the Gold Coast, from both land and sea, with this guided tour by amphibious bus. Experience a sightseeing activity with a twist, as your tour vehicle transforms from a bus into a cruise boat. Set off from the heart of Surfers Paradise on a tour that journeys from roads into the Gold Coast Broadwater. Kids and adults will feel the thrill as the duck-themed vessel splashes into the water, transitioning from a bus tour into a relaxing cruise. See homes of the rich and famous in Paradise Waters, and admire super yachts in Southport Yacht Club. Keep a look out for local wildlife, and enjoy the informative commentary, before returning to Surfers Paradise.

Half-Day Deluxe Whale Watching Gold Coast

10. Half-Day Deluxe Whale Watching Gold Coast

With the most up-close-and-personal viewing decks on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, and friendly and professional staff, this tour guarantees you an incredible day of whale watching. The humpback whale is playful and curious, and a tour with Whales in Paradise will give you a truly intimate encounter with these gentle giants of the ocean. Whales in Paradise was the Gold Coast’s first whale watching tour operator, and they pride themselves on being pioneers in the local industry. They keep tour groups to an optimal size, ensuring that all passengers enjoy optimal visibility and proximity to whales, dolphins and the many other kinds of marine life.

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What people are saying about Surfers Paradise

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,057 reviews

Spent an amazing day being chaperoned by local guides around Moreton Island. From the description and cost, I imagined a more curated and private experience but as it was (older bus and public ferry) it was still a great time. We chose this tour because it offered the most activities in one day, and the day is full and definitely keeps you moving. The guides were professional and friendly but don't be expecting too much educational input. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Moreton island and lagoon is very beautiful.

We went on the ‘Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour‘ and had such a fun time !! Our tour guide Paul was so passionate and informative about the area which made the tour so much more enjoyable. The weather was awful but that didn’t stop us from seeing some amazing waterfalls !! highly recommend this tour company, everything was run on time and very organised from the beginning.

Very relaxing bus trip to docks - Chris was excellent - very welcoming - outlined what the day was going to look like. Nice smooth ferry ride to Moreton Island. Activities include snorkelling, kayaking, 4wd trip to sand dunes for tobogganing - absolute great fun had by my wife and I Would highly recommend this activity.

The name speaks for itself - SPECTACULAR!! Everything was exceptional! The show was amazing, the choreography is out of this world! The horsemanship is unbelievable! I have been to every show since Outback Spectacular started & it just keeps getting better & better!! The food is delightfully delectable!

I enjoyed some much the adventurous tour. The places around Moreton Island are so beautiful. The tourist guys were super friendly. Special thanks to Chris who found my GoPro, lost in the ocean somewhere around Moreton Island, after 12 days. Incredible honest guy