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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)
Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

SURFERS PARADISE BEACHFRONT MARKETS

Location:  Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise,  QLD, 4217

Opening hours: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night

  • 16:00-21:00 May to August.
  • 17:00-22:00 September to April.

*Markets will be cancelled in inclement weather

Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, treasure hunters, bargain spotters and after-dinner strollers make their way along the coastal stretch of more than 100 market stalls while live entertainers set the mood.

Surfers Paradise market stalls feature a variety of premium products, including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products and homewares. If you're looking for an unusual gift or one-off piece, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are your one-stop-shop, with friendly stallholders always on hand to chat about the 'how', 'what' and 'why' of their wares.

The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are located along the Surfers Paradise Foreshore (north and south of Cavill Mall). Surfers Pardise itself during daytime is a fantastic to relax!

Quirky Places, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)
The Wax Museum, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

WAX MUSEUM

Location:  56 Ferny Avenue,  Surfers Paradise,  QLD, 4217

Opening hours: 7 days from 10:00am - Late

Contact: (07) 5538 3975

Prices Range:    

  • Adult : $29.00    
  • Child  (3 - 13 yrs):  $22.00  
  •  Concession/Student : $27.00    
  • Family : $88.00  (Two adults and two children)    
  • Group : $22.00 (Five or more people. One person must pay)

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.

Ripleys Believe It or Not, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Believe It Or Not

Location: Soul Centre Cavill Mall,  Surfers Paradise,  QLD, 4217

  • Opening hours: 9:00am - Late
  • Open on Anzac Day. 
  • Closed from 18:00 on New Year's Eve.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium is a completely new attraction that is interactive and fun. See authentic unbelievable exhibits, incredible illusions, unusual stories, magic, mystery, interactive games and amazing movies. See Australia's only twin spinning tunnels, Recollections fantasy dance room, an outer space odyssey adventure gallery and laser room experience. See their Fab Four singing the zaniest tunes in the lobby, the world's smallest eco friendly car, or discover a myriad of treasures in the attic room. Take an hour or more to tour through 15 air conditioned individually themed galleries that make for the ultimate Surfers Paradise Wow Factor Experience!

Draculas Cabaret Restaurant, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant

Location:  1 Hooker Boulevard,  Broadbeach , QLD, 4218

  • Contact:  (07) 5575 1000
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6:30pm-Midnight.
  • Close on Christmas day and Food Friday

Price Range:

  • Adult : $90.00
  • Tuesday to Thursday; B Reserve.
  • From: 11-Jun-2014  To: 31-Mar-2015
  • Adult : $95.00
  • Friday and Saturday; B Reserve.
  • From: 11-Jun-2014  To: 31-Mar-2015
  • Adult : $115.00
  • Tuesday to Thursday; A Reserve.
  • From: 11-Jun-2014  To: 31-Mar-2015
  • Adult : $130.00
  • Friday and Saturday; A Reserve.
  • From: 14-Jun-2014  To: 31-Mar-2015

Thrill with excitement! Scream with fear! Experience an unforgettable evening that will leave you breathless at Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant. Enter via Dracula's ghost train ride into the Theatre of the Vampire, where weird waiters and talented performers sink their teeth into a night of comedy, rock, puppetry and amazing horror FX. The fast paced show will thrill and entertain you. The three course dinner features the best fresh Australian produce, served with flair and madness. Experience horror displays and scary, interactive gimmicks. Every corner hides a secret; every experience will leave you screaming with delight. There is nowhere in the world quite like Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant. Dare to enter and you will leave exhilarated.

Lantern Ghost Tours, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Lantern Ghost Tours, Gold Coast

  • Location:  Various Locations,  Surfers Paradise,  QLD, 4217 
  • Contact:   13 0039 0119

Price rate: 

  • Adult: $25
  • Child: $15
  • Family: $65

Bookings:  Gold Coast Ghost Tours

Join a multi-award winning ghost tour of the Gold Coast's favourite haunts with Lantern Ghost Tours.

Discover the epicentre of excess and indulgence on the Old Surfers Paradise Ghost Tour. Peel away the glitz, glamour and showgirls of the past to reveal a dark, seedy undercurrent of greed, gluttony and betrayal and the ghosts that still linger in Australia's favourite playground. 

Visit the place everyone is dying to get into on the Southport General Cemetery Ghost Tour. Discover why Joab was struck down by lightening, the mysterious "Mr Brown" found dead at the cemetery gates and the Coast's oldest ghost.

Hot Air Balloon, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Hot Air Balloon, Gold Coast

  • Location:  23 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
  • Contact:  13 0076 6887
  • Price rate: $250

Enjoy a Gold Coast balloon ride with a delicious champagne breakfast at O' Reilly's Vineyard Grand Homestead and free wine tasting and door to door transfers from anywhere in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Main Beach and their meeting spots.

Start your day, watching the sun rise over the rolling hills of the majestic Gold Coast Hinterland; enjoy sweeping views of Mount Tamborine and Lamington National Park. 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 O'Reilly s 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. Enquire about their Gold Coast theme park free drop-off transfers, after your Gold Coast ballooning experience.

The Plantation House Cafe, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)
The Plantation House Cafe, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

THE PLANTATION HOUSE CAFE

  • Location:  1/43 Tallebudgera Creek Road,  Burleigh Heads,  QLD, 4219
  • Contact: (02) 5520 0583
  • Open on: Monday-Saturday for breakfast & lunch
  • Price range: main $20-$30

The heritage of Tallebudgera Creek Road in Burleigh has been brought back to life with the cafe and country-style grocer, The Plantation House Cafe. The pantry is the feature wall here, stacked high with tinned food, fresh produce and vintage knick-knacks. Plaited white plantation chairs and jam jar light fittings round out the funky nostalgia of the Cafe. The Mod-Oz dishes on offer span Thai beef salad to tandoori chicken wraps and zucchini fritters. There are fresh juices for health nuts and, for those with a sweet tooth, decadent desserts, like the white or dark chocolate fondue are on offer.

Beaches, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)
Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

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Visitors flock to the Southern Gold Coast for its change of pace. From here, you can look back towards the  Surfers Paradise   skyline in the distance and the entire coastline and really feel you’ve slowed down. The surf here is spectacular, particularly off the northern corner of Coolangatta Beach, the headland around Greenmount, Snapper Rocks into the southern corner of Rainbow Bay and of course, the world-class surf break of  Duranbah. The southern suburbs of Palm Beach, Currumbin and Kirra exude old-school beachside charm where you can still find a milkshake in a tin cup. It combines this with world-class oceanfront hotels, restaurants and clubs plus an array of retro festivals.

Currumbin, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Currumbin

Currumbin is home to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Surf World Gold Coast, an attraction which pays homage to the coast’s surfing history.  Head off the highway and drive past Currumbin Creek Estuary and “the alley” which is a popular spot with surfers. Lovely steep hills roll down towards the ocean from where you can enjoy a range of watersports including kite-surfing, kayaking, board riding, surf skiing and stand-up paddle boarding.

Palm Beach, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Palm Beach

If the Gold Coast had a middle child it would possibly be Palm Beach, nestled between Tallebudgera Creek on one side and  Currumbin Creek on the other. Palm Beach is one of laid-back living and is one of the best examples of where rambling beach shacks still survive, perched petulantly on million-dollar blocks. Surfers and sunbakers flock to Palm Beach for its wide, sandy and spectacular beach.

Kirra Beach, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Kirra Beach

There’s variations on what the word Kirra actually means, but some believe Queensland Aborigines named it after a boomerang. Which makes sense as Kirra wraps evocatively around the bend separating Coolangatta and Kirra beaches and in front of Kirra Hill. Surfers still flock to Kirra bend for its world-class breaks despite beach erosion issues changing the game and nature of the surf spot a bit. Still, there’s plenty of character to be had in one of the Gold Coast’s most laid-back beach destinations and home to Kirra Surf which surfies consider the one-stop shop for surf gear.

This famous part of the Gold Coast is not as spectacular for surfers as it was in its heyday, largely due to the extensive sand deposits in the area. But with large south-easterly swells, it can still produce some of that old Kirra magic. These days, this beach is more likely to have tow-in surfing in large swells due to the nature of the sandbanks in the area, but it can still produce some excellent waves and is still very popular among surfers when the conditions are right.

Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Snapper Rocks

Without a doubt, this is the Gold Coast’s most popular surf beach. It has consistently favourable conditions for boardriders, which is a big reason why the Quiksilver pro surfing tour takes place there each year. Snapper has good clean waves and probably the best barrels on the Gold Coast, and is generally best for surfers when there’s a south-easterly swell. Another big advantage for this beach is that it’s the starting point for the well-known Super bank, a man-made surf break, allowing surfers to catch a wave all the way through to Coolangatta – which isn’t a bad run.

Themeparks, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Theme Park Tickets 

Buy your Gold Coast theme park tickets here at the official site for Queensland's favourite theme parks. Find everything you need to know about  Warner Bros. Movie World,  Sea World, and  Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, plus our awesome three park  VIP Magic Pass.

Themeparks, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Dream World

  • Location:  Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, QLD, 4209
  • Contact: (07) 5588 1111
  • Price: See Dreamworld website
  • Opening time: Closed Christmas Day and Anzac Day. Hours may be extended during Summer and School Holidays.

Australia's theme park, Dreamworld is the biggest in the nation with rides, attractions, shows and characters to thrill kids of all ages. Home to the Big 8 Thrill Rides including the brand new Pandamonium, found in the new Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness, the Tower of Terror II - one of the world's fastest rides and the Giant Drop with a freefall from 38 storeys, one of the world's highest.

Families will enjoy time with their little ones in Wiggles World and the DreamWorks Experience featuring Madagascar Madness, Shrek's Faire Faire Away and the brand new Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness. Filled to the brim with famous characters, adventure rides, live shows and entertaining attractions these lands are perfect for the whole family mixing thrill with fun. Take a wild journey through Tiger Island, where magnificent tigers play with their human handlers before entering Dreamworld Corroboree, home to more than 500 native animals.

Combine thrill with skill at V8 Supercars Redline and FlowRider before venturing onto one of the parks favourites, the River Rapids, Log Ride, Vintage Cars or Dreamworld Railway. There are days of fun to be enjoyed at Dreamworld.

Sea World

  • Location:  Sea World Drive, Main Beach, QLD, 4217
  • Contact:   13 3386
  • Opening hours: 10:00 to 1700 daily.
  • Closed Anzac Day and Christmas Day.
  • Price: See better deals at  VIP Magic Pass.

Get below the surface to discover a world of fun and adventure at Sea World! Flip out with the dolphins; seal a new friendship with a kiss or dare to dive with the predators of the deep! Come and meet Australia's only baby Polar Bear 'Henry'. This gorgeous bundle of fluff has just come out to play at Polar Bear Shores 'Polar Pre-School' and he can't wait to meet you. And don't miss the amazing new Storm Coaster launching this Summer

Experience the world's first 'SpongeBob ParadePants' parade at Sea World, and enjoy the delightful live show, Dora's Best Friends Adventure. Step back in time and discover the long lost world of dinosaurs with Dinosaur Island, a brand new interactive attraction. Scale new heights at the adventure playground, Castaway Bay and be enchanted by the dolphin show Imagine. Then enter the amazing frozen world of Penguin Encounter, home to the world's second largest penguin species, the King penguin. The clever and hilarious Sea Lions will have you in stitches in their Fish Detectives show. And come face to face with sharks and tropical marine life at the awesome Shark Bay.

Warner Bros. Movie World

  • Location:   Pacific Motorway,  Oxenford,   QLD, 4210
  • Contact:   13 3386
  • Opening hours:  10:00 to 17:00 daily, including Good Friday and public holidays. 
  • Closed Anzac Day and Christmas Day.
  • Price:  See better deals at  VIP Magic Pass.

Become lost in a world of fantasy and fun, meet your favourite stars and super-heroes and experience the exhilaration of world-class adventure rides and movie attractions.

Get ready for the most thrilling battle of your life on Justice League 3D - The Ride, an epic 3D interactive ride experience like nothing you've ever seen before.

Experience fun and thrills of a galactic proportion on the Green Lantern coaster as you take on the steepest drop in the world. This amazing new ride is truly in a league of its own! Plus, don't miss the high voltage thrill on 'Arkham Asylum', and there are more thills to come on the awesome Batwing Spaceshot and the adrenalin pumping Superman Escape.

Experience the live action stunt show Hollywood Stunt Driver, a world class stunt show. And the Kids will love the colourful Kids' WB! Fun Zone - a magical cartoon world filled with rides and all your favourite Looney Tunes characters.

Don't miss the magical parade with all on your favourite characters on Movie World's famous Main Street. Enjoy a huge variety of live shows and character appearances. Experience Hollywood on the Gold Coast in true star style at Warner Bros. Movie World!

National Parks, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

  • Location:  333 Geissmann Drive,  Tamborine Mountain Road, North Tamborine, QLD, 4272 
  • Contact:  07 5545 2222
  • Opening hours:   Note - Open from 09:30 to last walks 16:00 (closes at 1700), seven days a week. Closed Christmas Day and Anzac morning.

Price rate: 

  • Adult:   $19.50
  • From: 01-Apr-2012  To: 30-Jun-2015
  • Child  (6 - 16 yrs):  $9.50
  • From: 01-Apr-2012  To: 30-Jun-2015
  • Concession:   $16.50
  • Seniors Card Holders and Full Time Students
  • From: 01-Apr-2012  To: 30-Jun-2015
  • Family:   $44.00
  • Two adults and one child. Extra AUD $5 per child.
  • From: 01-Apr-2012  To: 30-Jun-2015
  • Student:   $8.50
  • Primary School Students
  • From: 01-Apr-2012  To: 30-Jun-2015
  • Student : $9.50
  • High School Students
  • From: 01-Apr-2012  To: 30-Jun-2015

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a one and a half kilometre rainforest walking experience which inlcudes the Skywalk Bridge (steel-structured), the 40 metre Skywalk Cantilever (steel-structured) and the Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, joined by a winding pathway along the canopy floor. 

Accessible directly from the Eco centre, the walk showcases the pristine beauty of the lush rainforest in a safe and exciting way. The whole experience takes approxiamately 45 minutes at a leisurely pace and begins and ends at the main centre. The main centre includes, the Eco Centre, bus parking, gift shop, cafe and toilets.

Located in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland, the Skywalk is 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 60 minutes from Brisbane International Airport.

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves, Gold Coast (#ParkMyVan #VanHire #JethroBatts www.parkmyvan.com.au)

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves

  • Location:  104 - 144 Hartley Road, North Tamborine,  QLD, 4272
  • Contact:  07 5545 1666
  • Open hours:  10:00am - 4:00pm. (Bookings are recommonded for group tours) Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Price rate: 

  • Adult : $11.00
  • From: 01-Feb-2014  To: 31-Mar-2015
  • Child  (4 - 12 yrs):  $5.50
  • From: 01-Feb-2014  To: 31-Mar-2015
  • Student : $9.00
  • Students from 12 to 18 years of age.
  • From: 01-Feb-2014  To: 31-Mar-2015

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular man-made caves!

The caves consist of two large chambers interlinked by tunnels. The first chamber is the "presentation cave", where you will be shown an audiovisual display on glow-worms and the construction of the caves. This chamber is complete with very realistic formations (speleothems), such as stalagmites and stalactites, water features and flow stone. From this stunning cave, you will be guided through the magical "glow-worm cave", filled with thousands of glowing glow-worms! The experience is one you have to see to believe!

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LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK, GOLD COAST

Location:  Binna Burra QLD 4211

Lamington National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. The area is renowned for its beautiful waterfalls and more than 160 kilometres of walking trails, including the 21.4 kilometre Border track, built in the late 1930’s and the Caves circuit which has views out over Coomera Valley. Lamington was saved from the logging and farming that changed much of the McPherson Range after being declared in 1915, and nature-lovers will be enchanted by the Antarctic Beech, wildflowers and rare wildlife that thrive in the area.

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SPRINGBROOK, GOLD COAST

Location:  Springbrook Rd,  Springbrook, QLD 4213

If the Gold Coast hinterland was home to a supermodel it would most certainly be Springbrook with its Antarctic beech trees, native wildlife and luscious lookouts. After all, where else can you find a place named The Best of All Lookout? Your biggest issue here will be where to start.

Visitors are spoiled for choice with four sections to Springbrook National Park which sits 36km from Nerang. Springbrook plateau offers loads of lookouts and the fabulous views you can expect from this World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest.

Mount Cougal, which sits to the east, offers an insight into the area’s logging history while Natural Bridge to the west is home to a beautiful waterfall by day and glowworms at night. Numinbah also sits to the west. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch along the shaded banks of the Nerang River at Forest Park.

There’s also camping in the Settlement Area and wildlife galore including lace monitors, black skinks and carpet pythons. More than 100 bird species live in this park and visitors are most likely to hear, rather than see, the elusive and unique Albert’s lyrebird who lives here. Among the creeks and waterways you’ll find frogs, crayfish and eels. Boasting nine walking tracks, and a guided walking program, it’s your boots you’ll need most of all here. Take your time and wander through cool forests and paddle among mountain streams. Enjoy the subtropical and temperate rainforest, open eucalypt forest and montane heath. Talk to the animals. Go on, take a hike, in the nicest possible sense, along nature’s colourful catwalk.