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Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching

Mariners Cove Marina, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217

Spirit of Gold Coast is a family owned and operated business with over 20 years whale watching experience. We invite you to join us today for a memorable adventure. There are those moments in life that truly take your breath away, and we happen to think spotting a 40 ton humpback whale in the wild is probably high up there on the list.

As one of the Pioneers of Whale Watching on the east coast of Australia our guarantee is that if Whales are not sighted on the day of the cruise we will provide vouchers for the passengers aboard to return free of charge on another day.*

Within minutes our vessel Spirit of Gold Coast will have you up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they embark on their annual migration along the east coast of Australia. This amazing journey is a truly captivating experience, as right before your very eyes these 40 ton humpback whales breach, wave their pectoral fins and slap their tails.

Each trip aboard our 24 meter Power Catamaran is unique with sightings varying from day to day. We are privileged to see these magnificent mammals in their natural environment and we must do our best to protect these beautiful creatures.

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Australian Whale Watching

34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

The practice of watching whales in their natural environment is known as Whale watching. Whales are usually watched for recreation but sometimes they are observed for scientific or educational purposes.

Whale watching has become a very popular recreational activity with a study showing that nearly 13 million people went on whale watching, the world over, in 2008. Whale watching is one among the tourist attractions in Australia, South Africa, Colombia, Norway, Spain and Canary Islands.

There are many exciting things that you can do or see in various parts of the world, with Whale watching being one of the most common activities that tourists love to engage in. It is fun to do it and there are many nations across the globe whom are earning some good revenue from these activities. Australia has come out to be a strong player in this sector as there are many areas around the country where you can enjoy whale watching.

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An Island Hideaway

Lot 60 Island Street, South Stradbroke QLD 4216

An Island Hideaway is situated along a 23 kilometre stretch of National Park which is the only untouched coastline left on the coasts peninsula. An Island Hideaway is one of the only Gold Coast venues that offer its guests something completely out of the ordinary.

Inspired by the native bushlands that protect us from the raw elements of the Pacific Ocean; the space and the tranquility of our surroundings need to be seen to be believed.

Exclusivity is our main focal point and no matter what size your event or function is, whether it be for 2 or 200 people, you are guaranteed unprecedented privacy and the exclusive use of our entire acreage enabling an uninterrupted and relaxing celebration.

The celebration starts the moment you step aboard the boat for a calm water cruise up the breathtaking Gold Coast broadwater to your very own Island paradise. With a choice of picturesque ceremony locations, this photographic wonderland isn’t a dream. Make it a reality with a personalised package designed and tailored to suit your every need…

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Lamington National Park, Binna Burra Section

via Nerang, Beechmont QLD 4211

Binna Burra, Lamington National Park, with beautiful waterfalls and more than 160 kilometres of walking trails, is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. Declared in 1915, Lamington was saved from the logging and farming that changed much of the McPherson Range. It protects Antarctic Beech, wildflowers and rare wildlife, such as the spotted-tailed quoll and Albert's lyrebird. There are two sections to Lamington: Binna Burra and Green Mountains. Both offer great bushwalking, birdwatching and camping opportunities. Stay at the Binna Burra resort or in the privately-run campground. Explore the 21.4 kilometre Border track, built in the late 1930s. From Bellbird lookout, see Turtle Rock, Egg Rock and Numinbah Valley, examples of natural erosion. Walk the Caves circuit for views of Coomera Valley. In the picnic area (wheelchair-accessible toilets), look for Richmond birdwing butterflies, orchids and king parrots.

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Mount Cougal, Springbrook National Park

Mount Cougal, Springbrook QLD 4213

Mount Cougal, Springbrook National Park is a mountainous section of Springbrook National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Mount Cougal's twin peaks have a significant place in stories told by the Yugambeh people, who have inhabited the area's mountains and valleys for thousands of years. The park protects valuable wildlife habitat and a diverse range of animals. It is the most easterly known location of the Lamington spiny cray. Enjoy a picnic at the scenic Cougal Cascades. At the display shelter, read about the parks World Heritage values. Take the walking track past cascades and rock pools to the restored remains of a bush sawmill dating from the 1940s. As you walk, watch for the land mullet, the world's largest skink.

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Burleigh Head National Park

Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

A wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. At Burleigh Head, where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea, this park features rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. Its northern side is one of Australia's most famous surfing point breaks. Walk the Ocean view walk around the rocky headland from Tallebudgera Creek and look at the tumbled masses of six-sided basalt columns. Explore the Rainforest circuit, wandering through a living museum of plants, and watch for humpback whales from Tumgun lookout in winter and spring. See Australian brush-turkey nesting mounds, seabirds and water dragons. Picnic on Burleigh foreshore or relax on Echo Beach.

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Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, Springbrook QLD 4213

Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park is a most unusual geological feature created over millions of years by water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. Natural Bridge is home to an amazing colony of glow-worms, whose lights can be seen only after sunset. Lookouts and lush rainforest also grace this part of the Gondwna Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, making it one of the most popular parks in Australia. Take the short circuit walk to the natural arch over Cave Creek, and view the unique waterfall and cave. Enjoy a picnic and relax in cool rainforest. Join a nocturnal tour to see delicate glow-worms. (Remember a torch for the walk, but turn it off once in the cave). On summer nights, see luminous fungi and fireflies. During the day, hear the calls of paradise riflebirds, green catbirds and wompoo fruit-doves.

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Lamington National Park, Green Mountains Section

Lamington National Park Road, via Canungra, Canungra QLD 4275

Green Mountains, in the hinterland of the Gold Coast and part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, features lush rainforests, ancient trees and spectacular views. This section of Lamington National Park is located on the western side of the Lamington Plateau. Densely-forested ranges and valleys conceal the area's ancient volcanic origins and dramatic lookouts afford views over the southern edge of the Scenic Rim, a chain of mountains stretching from the Gold Coast hinterland to Mount Mistake. Get away and be at one with nature as you camp at the park's Green Mountain camping area. Choose from the many half-day or full-day walks that explore the park's best attractions. In the picnic area, take photos of crimson rosellas. On the Python Rock track, listen for the masked mountain frog's popping call. Enjoy excellent views of Morans Falls and Morans Creek gorge on the Morans falls track. Spot leaf-tailed geckos on the West Canungra Creek track. Set out on a full day walk along the Border track or Mount Merino track for outstanding views. Look for the regent bowerbird, rufous scrub-bird and Antarctic beech tree, ancient species that have survived since prehistoric times.

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Springbrook Plateau, Springbrook National Park

Gold Coast Springbrook Road, Springbrook QLD 4213

Springbrook Plateau, Springbrook National Park offers breathtaking lookouts, magnificent waterfalls, dense rainforest and ancient Antarctic beech trees. Your camera will capture outstanding experiences in this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area. Visit Purling Brook Falls, which cascades 100 metres into a deep rainforest valley lined with palms, tree ferns and stream lilies. From Goomoolahra picnic area, walk 50 metres to another waterfall and two striking lookouts. Stroll 300 metres from the Tallanbana picnic area, just past Canyon lookout, to the top of Twin Falls; or continue on a longer walk through the canyon, passing behind waterfalls and through the different forest types. Listen for the impressive mimicking calls of the elusive Albert's lyrebird.

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Tamborine National Park

Tamborine Mountain Road, Tamborine QLD 4270

Towering 560 metres high, this park is a green oasis, offering glimpses of the Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast skyline to the east and national parks of the Scenic Rim to the west. The park includes Witches Falls (which in 1908 became Queensland's first national park) and Cedar Grove, The Knoll and Palm Grove sections. The mountain features basalt columns, cliffs, rocky outcrops, numerous waterfalls and lush rainforest. It is also home to the rare Albert's lyrebird and shining burrawang. Explore some of the park's nine walking tracks that lead to scenic views, beautiful waterfalls, forests of large red cedars and groves of tall piccabeen palms. At Curtis Falls, sit quietly in the early morning or late afternoon for a chance to spot a platypus. Enjoy a picnic at The Knoll or Witches Falls. Catch a glimpse of the near threatened Albert's lyrebird or hear it mimicking calls of other birds, particularly during the winter months.

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Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

192 Syndicate Road, Tallebudgera Valley QLD 4228
Disconnect at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia’s multi award winning wellness destination. Set on over 200 hectares of Queensland hinterland this exclusive retreat environment will help you restore balance with superb facilities, a range of activities, delicious organic cuisine and the stunning Spa Sanctuary. Accommodation choices include premium villas and Meditation Suites....

Wax Museum

56 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
The Gold Coast Wax Museum in Surfers Paradise is Australia's largest Museum of its kind, featuring more than 110 life-size wax effigies, copies of the British Crown Jewels and dioramas of Australian history. Come face to face with Presidents and former Prime Ministers, Entertainers, members of the Royal Family, Dictators, and many others whose lives have all left an indelible mark on our world. You will find dozens of others from the Arts, Politics, Entertainments, Science, Medicine, and the Military. The Wax Museum is listed as a Great Wax Museum of the World. The figures have been crafted by leading overseas sculptors to international standards, equal in quality to the world's best. The incredibly intricate detail includes hair applied one strand at a time, requiring many working hours, and the eyes are so real they seem to follow you around. In the Famous People section, wander through at your leisure viewing the people who have been authentically reproduced. The Chamber of Horrors (set in its own medieval dungeon) is a guided tour covering the grim, staggering record of Human Cruelty throughout the ages. More spine chilling than fiction, it is the only display of its kind in the world....
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Ships Stern circuit

Binna Burra section Lamington National Park, Binna Burra QLD 4211
Ships Stern circuit is located within Lamington National Park, Binna Burra section. Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area an outstanding place to visit. The 21 kilometre return Ships Stern circuit commences opposite the road entrance to Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. The circuit descends past the scenic Yangahla lookout and through a fine stand of piccabeen palm Archontophoenix cunninghamii to the valley floor. Red cedar Toona ciliatae and the majestic flooded gum Eucalyptus grandis also thrive here. A short side track (an additional 600 metres one way) can be followed to the bottom of Ballunjui Falls. The circuit then crosses Nixon Creek and ascends through Hidden Valley past Charraboomba Rock to the top of Ships Stern range and into open eucalypt forest. This is one of the few places within the park where scribbly gum Eucalyptus racemosa can be seen. The circuit continues through rainforest and open forest, with another side track (an additional 1.3 kilometres one way) providing access to Upper Ballunjui. Continue past Nagarigoon back to Binna Burra. Allow eight hours to complete this track of a difficult grade....

Burleigh Pro

43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
The 2017 Burleigh Pro has been further bolstered with an additional day being added to the already world famous event. The four day event running between January 26 to 29 will attract some of the best surfers in the world who are battling it out for the valuable World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) points and prize purse. The natural amphitheatre which is Burleigh Heads is the best spot to catch all the action as some of the worlds best surfers going head to head....

Waves Buffet Restaurant

3032 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
At Waves they like to keep their dishes fresh and dynamic, full of colour and bursting with flavour. The best way to do that, according to the Executive Chef, is to harness dining inspiration from the seasons - summer, autumn, winter and spring. Their culinary experts dig deep and source locally farmed seasonal produce that not only reflect the quality offerings they have in their own backyard but also keep their delicious creations fresh and flavoursome daily. Waves' signature buffet restaurant offers a fresh local seafood buffet accompanied by a selection of season themed international dishes inspired by the exotic flavours of Asia, India and the Mediterranean. The menu features chef's choice dishes catering to those with a more discernible palate, and a decadent dessert bar will fix the cravings of even the fussiest of sweet tooths! The daily Waves buffet breakfast offers healthy options of cereals, fruit, yoghurt, wholemeal toast and juices; alongside the hearty hot buffet of eggs, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, pastries and other tasty options. Unlimited tea and coffee is also included....

Pimpama and Ormeau War Memorial

246 Creek Street, Pimpama QLD 4209
In church grounds at Pimpama, halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, stands a stone memorial-a soldier statue, his head bowed, hands crossed and resting on his rifle, a tree trunk supporting him. It is, in fact, a replica of the original which was unveiled in 1919 following a public subscription. The original stood in the cemetery of Pimpama Uniting (previously Methodist) Church, a tribute to the seven local men who had died in WWI. It was produced by AL Petrie and Son of Toowong, the largest masonry firm in Queensland at the time; responsible for many WWI memorials. A series of relocations within the property have occurred, the most recent in 1993, when the replica was commissioned. This facsimile, positioned facing the Pacific Highway, was unveiled on ANZAC Day 1995. The old digger, which was in poor condition, was relocated to Miles Historical Village....

Australian PGA Championship

Ross Street, Benowa QLD 4217
The Australian PGA Championship will welcome the world's best Professional golfers to the Gold Coast. With AUD1.75 million being contested, the Australian PGA Championship is where everyone plays and is sure to attract the best Australian and European Professionals to RACV Royal Pines Resort from 1-4 December 2016. Renowned as the players' favourite Australian tournament, the Australian PGA Championship boasts an incredible list of past champions with recent winners including Adam Scott, Greg Chalmers, Peter Senior, Robert Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy. The Australian PGA Championship is about more than just the action on course the week includes activities for all the family such as autograph signings, interactive zones and putting practice areas - it's a fun way to spend the day....
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Palazzo Colonnades

2988 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Palazzo Colonnades is a boutique high-rise conveniently located on Surfers Paradise Boulevard, an eight minute stroll to the heart of Surfers Paradise. Nestled between the beautiful Nerang River and the sandy beaches of the Gold Coast, Palazzo Colonnades, fully self-contained holiday apartments provide a stylish retreat close to the wonders, action and beauty of Surfers Paradise. All apartments are air-conditioned to ensure your absolute comfort. The excellent guest facilities will ensure your stay is as relaxed as possible. Palazzo Colonnades offers three sizes of apartments to accommodate a visiting business traveller through to a family holidaying on the Gold Coast....
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go explore Gold Coast

Kiosk Site No 15 Corner Gold Coast Highway and Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach QLD 4218
The Gold Coast go explore card is the easiest way for visitors to get around the Gold Coast offering unlimited one day TransLink Gold Coast bus and tram travel. Visitors can use the card to access the best beaches, shops, restaurants, bars and attractions by day and night! Visitors simply touch on and off for each TransLink Gold Coast bus or tram service. And if one day is not enough, visitors can simply reload their Gold Coast go explore card with another day pass as they board any TransLink bus or at trams stations....
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International Park Tours Walking Holidays

28 Timbarra Drive, Beechmont QLD 4211
From the mountains and rainforests of the Scenic Rim to the beauty of Tasmania, interNATIONAL PARKtours (IPT) takes you on small group walking tours to national parks and natural regions around Australia. Discover the country on easy to medium grade walks. Travel between destinations by private coach. Relax and unwind at the end of the day in comfortable accommodation. Most meals are included with the focus on local cuisine and regional produce. IPT guides are experienced and have your comfort and energy levels in mind. Australian walking holidays range from three to four day short breaks, one week hiking tours or extended walking tours of two to three weeks which travel to more remote areas. IPT also organise special interest tours including birding, wildlife, food/wine and art-based adventures. interNATIONAL PARKtours have been operating walking focused tours in Australia and around the world since 1975. The company is family-owned and the office is located in Australia's Gold Coast hinterland (near Lamington National Park)....

Gold Coast International Marine Expo

Waterway Drive, Coomera QLD 4209
The boat show with so much more. The not-for-profit Gold Coast International Marine Expo is an annual four-day, family-friendly event for boat lovers and enthusiasts attracting exhibitors and visitors from across Australia and around the world. The Expo not only offers over 200 marine related exhibitors with a wide range of products from kayaks to super yachts it also offers a comprehensive program of events including a variety of live attractions and technical demonstrations with something happening every 15 minutes over the four big days. Staged within the facilities of Australia's largest manufacturing plants and shipyards in Coomera at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct, this ready-made venue allows visitors to experience a truly unique behind the scenes view of the marine industry....
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BreakFree Moroccan

14 View Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Just metres from Surfers Paradise beach and Cavill Avenue, Breakfree Moroccan offers a central location combined with the comfort and convenience of a holiday apartment. Nestled within an oasis of landscaped tropical gardens the resort is ideal for families. In a fully self-contained apartment your holiday will be a dream. Choose between a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment, enjoy a spacious living and dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and of course a balcony with either ocean, hinterland or skyline views to relax and embrace that Gold Coast lifestyle. By day enjoy swimming in the pool, there are choices galore with two outdoor heated pools, an indoor pool and three spas. Or perhaps fit in a workout at the gym. By night why not utilise the barbecue area and make dinner before heading out. There is also a children’s game area and an activity zone for them to play in. Located on View Avenue, you are just around the corner from the bustling Cavill Avenue and right across the road from the beach. Enjoy Cavill Avenue’s shopping precinct, cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You’ll be able to make the most of Surfers Paradise from BreakFree Moroccan....

Gold Coast Turf Club

Racecourse Drive, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
The Gold Coast Turf Club is home to Australia's richest raceday, the Jeep Magic Millions and fine dining restaurant Skyline, with panoramic views of the Gold Coast! Hosting over 50 race meetings every year, the Gold Coast Turf Club has become one of the most sought after function venues on the Gold Coast for both raceday and non-raceday events. Catering for an assortment of celebrations and occasions, GCTC offers a range of unique venues including the Dome, Corporate Suites, Winners Circle, Paradise Room and Board Room. Members and the public have the choice of over a dozen separate bars and dining options. With friendly faces, live racing, great ambience and sensational views of the Gold Coast skyline, you'll be sure to have great day out at GCTC....
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Hot Air Balloon Down Under Gold Coast

14/9 , Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
For the highlight of a Gold Coast holiday join Hot Air Balloon Down Under for romance and adventure on a wonderful hot air balloon flight over the Gold Coast and Hinterland. The experience is amazing - it's like being on a magic carpet ride, with incredible views from Brisbane to Byron and the whole of the Gold Coast. They fly every day of the year (weather permitting), always early in the morning when they float with the gentle wind at sunrise. Family owned Balloon Down Under is the longest established ballooning business in Queensland, Australia, with over 25 years experience and is the only Company that flies daily and actually flies directly over the spectacular Gold Coast, on sunrise most mornings! Complimentary return hotel transfers are available to Gold Coast visitors, and an optional champagne Buffet breakfast at the Mercure Resort Gold Coast - the perfect place to sit back and savour the wonderful morning. Enjoy the story of the history of ballooning and why they have champagne after each balloon flight, followed by the presentation of personalised flight certificates. Hot Air Balloon Down Under, is a member of the Gold Coast Best Tours collection....
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Oscar On Main

1 Hughes Avenue, Main Beach QLD 4217
Oscar on Main offers the ultimate in style, convenience and location to enjoy your next Gold Coast holiday. The resort boasts modern apartments, landscaped gardens, stunning unobstructed ocean views from ocean view and luxury apartments, and excellent facilities including outdoor and indoor pools, tennis court, spa and sauna. Located in cosmopolitan Main Beach, you'll be perfectly situated to experience the trendy restaurants, cafes and boutique shops lining Tedder Avenue. The Gold Coast's world-class beaches are just a short stroll away, where you can feel the sand between your toes and soak up the famous Queensland sunshine. Oscar on Main is the perfect resort to relax and unwind, yet still enjoy all the Gold Coast has to offer. The entertainment precinct of Surfers Paradise is just five minutes away. Also nearby you'll find Sea World, Mariners' Cove and the exclusive Marina Mirage shopping complex. The tour desk can also help you arrange excursions to many of the other fabulous Gold Coast attractions on offer. ...
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Golden Sands On Main Beach

3575 Main Beach Parade, Main Beach QLD 4217
Golden Sands is ideally situated right on the beachfront at Main Beach. It is the perfect location for a relaxing and peaceful holiday great for both couples and families. Situated just north of Surfers Paradise, Main Beach has an abundance of great restaurants and attractions all within walking distance. It is simply a superb Gold Coast resort located on the water’s edge! At Golden Sands they offer one, two and three bedroom fully self contained apartments. All apartments are tastefully decorated and feature spectacular outlooks from each window. Most apartments are air conditioned. Golden Sands on Main Beach is one of the rare high rise apartment properties where the beach is your backyard. Enjoy a dip in their saltwater pool, entertain with a beachside barbecue, have a hit on the tennis court, sweat it out at the gym or unwind in their heated spa and steam room. Your stay at Golden Sands can be whatever you wish and with fully secure underground parking and key only entry to the building, it's incredibly safe. While they love to see people enjoying themselves, for the comfort and consideration of all guests, please note that they have a strict No-Party Policy....
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Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim

166 Enterprise Drive, Beaudesert QLD 4285
Enjoy a day or a weekend with Hot Air Balloon Scenic Rim flying over the Gold Coast hinterland with a delicious champagne breakfast at O' Reilly's Vineyard Grand Homestead and free wine tasting, daily from Canungra, Beaudesert and Tamborine Mountain. Start your day, watching the sun rise over the rolling hills of the spectacular Scenic Rim; see it all from a new perspective, 360 degree views of Mount Tamborine and Lamington National Park and to the east see the shimmering tall towers of Gold Coast city, impressive spires against the sparkling blue of the Pacific Ocean. Balloon pack up games then afterwards, enjoy a delicious hot breakfast in the gracious ambience of Canungra Valley Vineyard's historic Grand Homestead with its high ceilings and wide relaxing verandas, with a full selection of hot and cold breakfast choices with a glass of crisp, cold sparkling wine. Stroll the gardens or wander the Vineyard and enjoy a visit and free wine tasting at the Canungra Valley Vineyard Cellar Door....

Runaway Bay

Lae Drive, Runaway Bay QLD 4216
Escape enthusiasts will adore Runaway Bay and not just for the name. Bracketed by South Stradbroke Island to the east and a colourful canal system to the west, it's simple to see why this northern Gold Coast suburb was originally better known as Angler's Paradise. For it's a fishing feast galore here where you can opt for deep sea reef and game fishing, or select the more sedate option of dropping your line in a calm water estuary. The waterways around here are known for their local snapper, kingfish, pearl perch, tuna, wahoo or mackerel or if you venture out deeper, you might just bag yourself a marlin or sailfish. In the early 1970s, this parcel of land was transformed into the more upmarket Runaway Bay, but the laid-back vibe remains. These days, there's a local marina packed with luxury yachts and cruises and also plenty of options through which to explore the local waterways though houseboat hire. You don't need the big bucks either as there's plenty of budget options. Landlubbers will enjoy the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, while sports enthusiasts will be drawn to the aquatic and sports centres nearby. All up, it sounds like the perfect escape....

Pimpama

Attenborough Boulevard, Pimpama QLD 4209
Utter the word Pimpama and most Queenslanders will instantly think of the succulent strawberries produced at the iconic Strawberry Farm which has sat along the highway enroute to the Gold Coast for eons. It makes perfect sense, given this area's rich farming history which dates back to the mid 1880s when arrowroot crops were first grown in the area, shortly followed by the first sawmill in South East Queensland. From 1868 Cobb & Co coach services terminated their trek from Brisbane here, which inspired the building of two hotels either side of Hotham Creek. While neither Cobb & Co nor the hotels exist today, Pimpama remains a pivotal point on the journey to the Gold Coast. Once you've had your fill of strawberry ice-cream, head to international-standard Gainsborough Greens Golf Course, home to Eastern Grey kangaroos. Strawberries and a roo or too, what's not to love about Pimpama? ...

Jetovator Australia

50 Marine Parade, Chirn Park QLD 4215
Come and learn to fly a jet bike through the air! They'll teach you to do something that was once just a fantasy, and is now a reality. Within minutes you'll be carving through the sky on a Jetovator, with some of the best instructors in the country guiding you every step of the way. Safe, Easy, and an Incredible life experience....