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Things to do in Main Beach, Gold Coast

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Gold Coast: Movie World, Sea World, & Wet’n’Wild 3-Day Pass

1. Gold Coast: Movie World, Sea World, & Wet’n’Wild 3-Day Pass

Save time and money with this convenient 3-day admission pass to 3 of the Gold Coast's most popular theme parks. Zoom around on roller coasters at Movie World, admire marine life at Sea World, and prepare to be thrilled on a variety of extreme rides at Wet'n'Wild.  Located only a few minutes from central Surfers Paradise, Sea World features amazing aquatic animals, fun rides, and family-friendly shows. Enter the frozen tundra of the Penguin Encounter, see predators up close in Shark Bay, and meet tranquil critters in the dolphin nursery. At Movie World, experience the glamour of Hollywood as you hang out with your favorite superheroes and stars. Enjoy the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, Harry Potter-themed sets, a Lethal Weapon ride, the Batwing Spaceshot, and the steepest inverted drop in the Southern Hemisphere on the Green Lantern Coaster. For families, enjoy music from the Looney Tunes crew among other entertainment. Wet'n'Wild hosts some of the most extreme and fun-packed rides on the continent. You may even recognize some of them from scenes filmed in The Inbetweeners 2 movie.   

Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

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

Depart from Gold Coast on a fun-filled guided kayaking tour to Wave Break Island where you can snorkel, enjoy a snack, and relax while admiring amazing city views away from the crowds. After passing the iconic Broadwater, your friendly tour guides will brief you on kayaking techniques. Cruise through spectacular 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 fantastic island.  Swim amongst the friendly rocky reef locals, diamond fish, and black bream, and discover many other species, from sea cucumbers, trumpet fish, and sergeant fish. You can even find Dory if you are lucky. 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 return to the starting point.

Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Scenic Helicopter Tour

3. 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: Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'Wild 7-Day Pass

4. Gold Coast: Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'Wild 7-Day Pass

Experience the fun of 4 amazing theme parks on the Gold Coast with an unlimited entry pass to Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild and Paradise Country valid for 7 consecutive days. Become lost in a world of fantasy and fun, meet your favorite Super Heroes and Super-Villains, and experience the exhilaration of world-class adventure rides and attractions at Warner Bros. Movie World. Take on the tallest, longest, and fastest HyperCoaster in the Southern Hemisphere or experience the action-packed stunt show, Hollywood Stunt Driver 2! The kids will love the colourful Kids' WB! Fun Zone with a variety of Looney Tunes attractions. Go below the surface and discover a whole new world of fun and adventure at Sea World. Get up close and personal with dolphins, penguins, polar bears and more. Brave the thrilling and immersive New Atlantis precinct featuring three new rides. Sea World is also home to many shows and presentations, including Seal Guardians, and the Affinity Dolphin Presentation. Don’t forget to explore Nickelodeon Land, the exciting and interactive kids’ area that features Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and Boots, SpongeBob SquarePants, and his Bikini Bottom friends. Dive into a splashtacular family day out at Wet’n’Wild, where summer is endless and so is the fun. Wet’n’Wild has gone to epic proportions with the tallest water park slide tower in Australia now open and boasting three heart-racing slides plus a massive tropical splash zone. Enjoy a world-class line-up of pools and slides for the young and young at heart. Plus, you can’t go past Paradise Country, the Gold Coast's hidden gem. Visit the baby animal nursery, cuddle a koala, feed the kangaroos, and see Aussie traditions like sheep herding and damper making in amazing live shows. Plus, meerkats have now joined the Paradise Country animal family with guests getting an up-close appreciation for the cheeky critters.

Gold Coast: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

5. 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. Return hotel transfers from Main Beah and Surfers Paradise. The duration of this activity from pickup to drop-off is 4 hours.

Surfers Paradise: Gold Coast Afternoon River Cruise

6. Surfers Paradise: Gold Coast Afternoon River Cruise

Experience the stunning resort town of Surfers Paradise from a fresh perspective on a relaxing afternoon cruise. Climb aboard to sail along the scenic waterways, canals and broadwater of the beautiful Gold Coast. Marvel at the million dollar homes of the rich and famous and be amazed by the luxury yachts. Sail past the gleaming white boats at Marina Mirage and admire the elegant exterior of the Palazzo Versace Hotel. Look for dolphins and sea eagles at the Sea World wildlife theme park on Main Beach. Avail of the fully licensed bar and buy yourself a beer or glass of wine or champagne at very reasonable rates. Laze on the sundeck and take spectacular photos, or relax in the covered indoor seating area.

Gold Coast Airport Arrival Shared Transfer

7. Gold Coast Airport Arrival Shared Transfer

With over 20 years of experience in providing reliable and friendly service, this shuttle service offers guaranteed door-to-door pick up and drop off for all customers. This is a cost-effective and efficient service, as well as the staff members’ extensive knowledge of the Gold Coast’s world-famous attractions and hidden gems that make it such a unique, family friendly place to visit. Your professional driver (wearing a blue top) meets you at a designated location outside of the arrivals area in Gold Coast Airport (OOL). Receive 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 with this reliable and efficient transfer service. Relax and soak up the sights during your ride. Upon booking, you will receive a travel voucher to present to the driver. You can pre-book your return transfer too.

Gold Coast: Extreme Jet Boat Blast Ride

8. Gold Coast: Extreme Jet Boat Blast Ride

Hop on and hold on as you cruise across Southern Broadwater aboard a speedy jet boat that offers unforgettable fun for the whole family.   Depart from the Adventure Terminal at Main Beach and set off to experience fast and thrilling jet boat spins and slides through the Southern Broadwater and around Wavebreak Island.  Listen to onboard commentary by a knowledgeable skipper, showcasing the stunning waterways of the Gold Coast as you cruise on the unique, safe, and spacious 22- seater twin-engine jet boat.

Gold Coast: Parasail Flight by Boat

9. Gold Coast: Parasail Flight by Boat

Take a boat trip out to sea, then soar 400 feet in the air on this unforgettable parasailing experience. Marvel at the crystal blue waters of the Broadwater below and savor the spectacular panoramic views. Start your parasailing adventure by meeting your crew at Main Beach's Marina Mirage. Listen to a short briefing before boarding a purpose-built boat. Cruise away from the bustling waterfront shopping precinct and head out to sea. Get ready for your turn to parasail. You will be securely harnessed and attached to the famous smiley parachute which will gradually carry you up into the sky. Feel the adrenaline as you rise to reach a maximum height of 400 feet. Take in the outstanding 360 degree vistas of the Gold Coast and surroundings on this experience to remember.

Surfers Paradise: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Cruise

10. Surfers Paradise: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Cruise

The Hopo Sightseeing Day Pass allows unlimited travel and endless options, from a laid-back cruise on the waterways to a fun-filled day tour of the Gold Coast. Hop on at any of the five stops, then hop off and explore the destinations of your choice. Experience the best of the waterways, with 360-degree views of the iconic Surfers Paradise city skyline, famous landmarks, luxury homes of the rich and famous, art galleries, super-yachts and vast parklands with natural beauty. Enjoy a drink from the onboard bar whilst the friendly captain keeps you entertained with informative commentary, music, local tips and wildlife spotting. Kids can also meet the captain and have a turn driving the boat. During the sightseeing cruise, you might also be lucky enough to spot a dolphin! While cruising on the Hopo, you can relax and soak up the picturesque views as you plan your day around unique Gold Coast experiences, including waterside dining at Marina Mirage, playgrounds at Broadwater Parklands, adventure and roller coasters at Sea World, world-class art exhibitions and rooftop dining at HOTA, Home of the Arts. Exploring the Gold Coast is easy, with guaranteed hourly departures from 9 AM to 6 PM, seven days per week. Visit the friendly team at Hopo Kiosk in Appel Park, Surfers Paradise, for more information and help in planning your Hopo journey. Destinations: Surfers Paradise - The Gold Coast’s heartbeat, where pristine beaches sit beside endless activities and dining options. HOTA, Home of the Arts - Cinema, world-class art gallery, swimming lake, markets, highly awarded al-la carte dining, and more are on offer at Gold Coast’s epicentre of culture. Marina Mirage - Lap up the good life at Marina Mirage, with an array of boutique shops, luxurious yachts and fine dining by the water. Broadwater Parklands - The gateway to the Southport CBD and parklands, including playgrounds perfect for a picnic, free waterplay at the Rockpools, or international cuisine in Chinatown. Sea World - Spend a day at Sea World with sea creatures, great and small, and many rides fast and tall.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 370 reviews

Really easy going staff and enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend! The kayaking isn’t too tiring and the walk is easy, the sandy trail is also quite picturesque. The snorkelling was very fun, however the water can be murky depending on the weather, (if overcast). Even though we had some overcast weather we still saw quite a few fish. All of the guides were great too! 5/5 stars ☺️☺️

Guides were knowledgeable and inclusive. Those who'd never been kayaking or snorkelling before were well catered for and the rest of us were told where to head/what to do and guides were good at keeping the group together and safe. Safety briefing was comprehensive.

Fun, safe experience. Activity ran to its time frame and the instructors/guides managed the group really well.

Easy to purchase, cheaper than individual tickets and easy to use

My husband and 2 sons went on this activity and they loved it.