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The Main Tourist Attractionson the Gold Coast

If you're looking for a place to go with an almost limitless list of things to do and activities to keep you on your toes, then the Gold Coast is your destination! It's the perfect place to go for thrill seekers, nature and animal lovers, water based activities, foodies and shoppers - whatever path you take is sure to be enjoyable and interesting.

There are too many tourist attractions to list so we've highlighted the best attractions below. Check out the list for something that meets your entertainment needs and take a look at these popular attractions Outback SpectacularCurrumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Paradise Country & Dracula's Restaurant which are keep locals and visitors entertained all year round. Book from the comfort of home or from your hotel - its quick and easy with savings to be found! 

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Take a walk on the wild side and get close to some native Australian and exotic wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. View stacks of interactive displays, wide-open enclosures while walking through the lush rainforest and see all of your favourite animals - cuddle a koala, get up close to crocodiles, hand feed the kangaroos or Rainbow Lorrikeets or for the adrenaline junkies go through the Adventure Parc High Ropes Course.

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Experience the heart, soul and true Aussie spirit of the outback with Australian Outback Spectacular: Return of High Country Legends pays tribute to some of Australia's greatest legendary stories, with more music, drama and action than ever before. Enjoy a three-course Aussie BBQ dinner with drinks & free Stockman's hat! See death-defying stunts, aerial performances, plus some incredible special effects. 

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Draculas has been entertaining both locals and visitors alike for over 30 years with its unique nights of burlesque-style entertainment, comedy and dining the likes of which is unmatched! For a ghoulishly good time, Draculas is a humourous tribute to the B-grade horror genre incorporating musical productions alongside side-splitting comedy to provide a memorable evening that has been much-acclaimed for years!

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Paradise Country is an authentic Aussie homestead where visitors can experience true blue farm life. Enjoy a meal at the Farm House or roll out the picnic rug on the hill. You can wake up to the call of the kookaburra and the bleating of sheep when you choose to stay on the farm in one of the onsite offerings. This experience is perfect for young and old as you immerse yourself into the Aussie farm lifestyle. 

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Now showing at The Village Theatre in Sanctuary Cove, the Illusions Magic Show will wow crowds with never before seen illusions. See mid-air vanishes and re-appearances, plus Matt Hollywood’s usual blend of hilarious comedy, tricks & stunts. Expect breathtaking magic learnt from all over the world! "There will be levitation methods never seen before, vanishes beyond belief, and mind-reading which seriously blows people away."

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Get the thrill of skydiving without the fear with this brand-new Gold Coast indoor skydiving experience! Located in Surfers Paradise, join in the fun and the feeling of complete weightlessness while performing all the aerial twists, turns and spins you like in a near-perfect simulation of the free-fall of dropping from 14,000 feet that standard skydives offer. Enjoy your time in mid-air as the powerful fans have you feeling like a superhero.

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Infinity is a mind blowing journey into a spectacular and interactive futuristic maze-like world of wonder. Made up of an extraordinary series of around 20 multi-sensual environments that are filled with unique special effects, atmospheric sound fields, ultra groovy music and illusions. Travel to another universe and enjoy the sights and sounds, offering great family fun in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Located at the Chevron Renaissance.

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SkyPoint has been transformed from a room with a view to an exciting tourism experience to showcase the 360 degree beauty of the Gold Coast from the surf to the hinterland and beyond. Hop on board the fast elevators at Q1 Resort, taking you from the ground to Level 77 in just 42.7 seconds. Like some adventure? Why not try the new SkyPoint climb! You can even get a combo pass to visit SkyPoint, Dreamworld & WhiteWater World.

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Take a self guided tour through individually themed galleries featuring hundreds of unbelievable exhibits, amazing stories, magic, mystery, incredible illusions, interactive displays and more. You’ll see a piece of Mars rock from the Red Planet, survive a walk through Australia’s only double spinning tunnels, discover rare artifacts in the Egyptian tomb, marvel at the world’s smallest car, be entertained by “Ripley’s Fab Four” and much more. 

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Take a walk through the largest museum of its kind in Australia! Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the Wax Museum is home to over 110 life-size wax figures that will make you look twice. See replicas of the British Crown Jewels and dioramas of Australian history, marvel at the Chamber of Horrors or get selfies with the celebrities and politicians. These displays were crafted by leading local and international sculptors with incredible detail. 

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Make your way through multiple levels of scary passages and face your fears and phobias with a variety of dare doors and plenty of creepy costumed characters, spooky props and things that will make you jump out of your skin! Battle through the giant spiders web, see a circus carnival of the underworld and plenty of gore, shock and horror. Dracula's Haunted House will give plenty of scares (and laughs) within their labyrinth of spooky passages. 

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The newest ice skating experience on the Gold Coast, Planet Chill is a great option year-round for any weather conditions - escape the heat or find something fun to do during the rain. Swap your swimmers for a jacket and jeans and bring the family in for a day on the ice! Located at Paradise Resort in Surfers Paradise, choose from one of four daily two-hour sessions. There are limited numbers available on the ice so it's best to pre-book. 

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The scenic rainforest Skywalk is located in Mount Tamborine, taking you on a journey 1.5 kilometres high through the middle and upper rainforest canopy. With spectacular views of the surrounding hinterland, this stable steel structure will let you explore the rainforest from above, or you can venture down and follow the signs and paths to nearby rock pools, waterfalls, a butterfly lookout and local history enclosure.

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Have a go and race your mates at this brand new indoor go karting track facility and activity centre in Helensvale. Suitable for all ability levels and ages, you can try your luck at the go karting track, the Clip N Climb Adventure rock climbing course, brave the Leap of Faith, challenge your friends at Lazer Tag, use the indoor Zip Coaster, GO-VR experiences plus a stack of arcade games to keep everyone entertained. The ultimate rainy day activity!

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These 60 minute escape rooms will test your problem solving skills with suspensefu, timed experiences where you have to look for and decipher clues to solve a mystery with a group of mates. Located all over the world, Escape Hunt rooms have grown in popularity with people of all ages having a great time trying to solve the riddles and escape in time! Choose between three great story lines. An excellent rainy day activity, located in Southport. 

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Come and visit the world's first holographic entertainment centre located right here on the Gold Coast! This 1700 square metre indoor entertainment facility will amaze everyone that enters with its advanced hologram technology that projects artificial worlds all around you. Walk through over 40 rooms and travel to a different world in each. Go on an African safari, fly through the sky, walk over rickety bridges, swim in the ocean or battle mythical dragons!

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Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images

Things to do and seeOn the Gold Coast in Queensland

Theme Parks

Combo passes & packages

Free things to do

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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