Gold Coast
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Our most recommended Gold Coast Day Trips

Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Scenic Helicopter Tour

1. Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Scenic Helicopter Tour

Make the most of your time on the Gold Coast and embark on an adrenaline-packed adventure. Start the trip with a 55-minute jet boat ride and feel the rush of adrenaline buzz through your body as you make a splash out on the water. Next, head to the Gold Coast’s Marina Mirage heliport where yet more thrill-seeking awaits! Hop in the helicopter and set off into the skies for a sightseeing cruise across the Gold Coast. From your unique birds-eye perspective, soak up panoramic views of the city and the coastline, as well as Royal Pines, the Star Casino, Q1, and Broad Beach. Then, navigate north along the foreshores of Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, SeaWorld, and South Stradbroke Island before returning to the heliport.

Gold Coast: Australian Sunrise 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight

2. Gold Coast: Australian Sunrise 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight

Experience the thrill and excitement of a hot air balloon flight on an early morning tour, floating above the coastal scenery of Australia’s Gold Coast. Float like a cloud, as you watch the sunrise climbing over the horizon. See reflections off the myriad canals and waterways, and view the surrounding forested mountains of the hinterland. During your flight you will feel no wind, because you have become the wind! This is the unique sensation of hot air ballooning. You will be transported on an aerial nature tour, via the world's oldest and most romantic form of flight. The pilot will navigate you above the coast, before gliding back to ground. Then, you will be presented with your personal flight certificate as a memento of your hot air balloon flight.

Gold Coast: 2-Hour Surfers Paradise Cruise with Buffet Lunch

3. Gold Coast: 2-Hour Surfers Paradise Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Join this exclusive two-hour Gold Coast lunch cruise departing from a convenient point in the heart of the city and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with fresh local trawler prawns. The cruise route takes you through the extensive Surfers Paradise canal system and then out onto the Southport Broadwater to soak up some beautiful views of the coast's skyline. Sit back and enjoy your buffet lunch, sip on a drink from the fully-licensed bar onboard, and bask in the sunshine on the spacious deck while enjoying informative commentary on surrounding landmarks, including the opulent homes of the city’s rich and famous. You'll sail past a range of iconic regional locations such as Sea World Theme Park, Marina Mirage Shopping Centre, the glamorous Palazzo Versace Hotel and many more on a sightseeing experience that will satisfy your hunger and your curiosity alike.

Gold Coast: Evening Rainforest and Glow Worm Experience

4. Gold Coast: Evening Rainforest and Glow Worm Experience

Experience a unique night-time activity heading out to the rainforest with local commentary on nocturnal flora and fauna as you travel. Towards the end of your tour, you will experience glow worms in their natural environment alongside a secluded national park waterfall. Your fully-guided experience from start to finish is all about getting you into the forest to experience something that many have not. This is more than just a glow-worm tour, it’s all about seeing the rainforest come to life at night time. After you've been picked up from your hotel in a Mercedes vehicle, travel to the top of the famous Tamborine Mountain. You can gaze up at the starry sky and out over the distant city lights of the Gold Coast as you warm up over a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and some delicious cake, before setting out for a guided rainforest walk. Your guide will provide insight into the unique plants and animals that call this ancient ecosystem home. After you arrive at Curtis Falls, you will discover a peaceful cascade tucked deep within the forest within which a colony of glowworms thrives.

Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

5. 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: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

6. Gold Coast: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

Spend time with the fishes on this snorkeling adventure. Wave Break has one of the highest amounts of fish in Australia and is a fantastic site for snorkeling. There are over 50 different species of fish with depths ranging from  0–15 meters. Many of the fish school in their hundreds and are very people friendly. This site is ideal for both the beginner and the advanced due to the location there is minimum swell. All snorkellers can be assisted with a guide on the basics of snorkeling and the areas that are best for photography and fish feeding. Snap some cool photos of the fishes underwater and hand-feed the fish. Take a break from snorkeling and pend some time exploring what Wave Break has to offer, including a beautiful stretch of the beach secluded from other boating activities. Or float on a boogie board with view holes to watch the sea life pass you by.  Get dropped off at your hotel with your photos and unforgettable memories. eturn hotel transfers from Main Beah and Surfers Paradise.

Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

7. Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

Depart from Gold Coast on a fun-filled guided kayaking tour to Wave Break Island South where you can snorkel, enjoy a snack, and relax while admiring amazing city views away from the crowds. Departing from the iconic Broadwater, where experienced and friendly tour guides will brief you on kayaking techniques, cruise through spectacular clear waters, where you might have the chance to spot dolphins and stingrays. Paddle through beautiful sandbanks, offering a unique Gold Coast City view in the background, and arrive at the Northern side of Wave Break Island, where you will park your kayaks next to a scenic spot. Take a short bushwalk to Wave Break Island’s Eastern side to snorkel and explore the underwater beauty of this pristine Island.  Swim amongst the friendly reef locals, the SeaPerch and Angelfish, and discover many other species, from sea cucumber, trumpet fish, sergeant fish, and if you are lucky you can even find Nemo. Here, natural and man-made beauty are combined to create a picture-perfect background; the beautiful Gold Coast waterways with the city’s collection of skyscrapers on the horizon. As you get out of the water, a snack will be waiting for you. Savor it whilst admiring the amazing views, and get ready to start your journey back to the launch point.

Gold Coast: 55-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

8. 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 Morning Tea Cruise from Surfers Paradise

9. 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!

Gold Coast: Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Gold Coast

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 174 reviews

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.

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

Awsome trip on the boat, wonderful scenery & friendly staff.Lunch was amazing & plentiful,cocktails were great too.Definitely advise people to do this trip

Duffy was an awesome tour guide. We enjoyed the experience and knowledge he had to offer all for a reasonable price. Would highly recommend.

It was lovely food was great. It was very relaxing.