Top 5 Gold Coast Attractions

Top 5 Gold Coast Attractions

City: Gold Coast
State: Queensland
Country: Australia

Famed for its sunny beaches, surf breaks, and waterfront canal living, Gold Coast in South-East Queensland, Australia, is a popular tourist destination. The combination of beautiful beaches in close proximity to a rainforest hinterland, with a modern urban landscape in between, has resulted in the Gold Coast being among the fastest growing cities.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Gold Coast, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.

1. Movie World


Queensland is a major film production site in Australia, and the largest contributor is the Gold Coast, accounting for over 75% of all film production. Warner Bros. is the most well known film production company here, and their theme parks in the Gold Coast are some of the biggest tourist attractions. The most popular is the Warner Bros. Movie World, with its thrilling roller coasters and costumed character parades. Also within close proximity are other famous theme parks such as Sea World and Australian Outback Spectacular.

2. Broadbeach

Gold Coast is famed for its multitude of excellent surfing beaches, the most well known beach being Surfers Paradise. Just next to Surfers Paradise is Broadbeach, popular among local Australia surfers for its surf schools and great surfing swells. Also located within the area is the largest mall in Queensland, the Pacific Fair mall, as well as the Jupiters Hotel and Casino.

3. Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck

Queensland Number 1, more commonly known as Q1, is among the tallest buildings in Australia, and in the world. A residential skyscraper standing at 322.5 metres, the main attraction is the Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck on levels 77 and 78. It offers a clear, 360 degree view of Brisbane to the north, Byron Bay to the south, the Gold Coast hinterland to the west, and the open Pacific Ocean to the east. Also located here is a small museum, theatrette and lounge bar.

4. Tamborine Mountain

Located within South-East Queensland, within the Gold Coast hinterland, Tamborine Mountain is so named for its Aboriginal Australia origins, and isn't related to the musical instrument. Besides art galleries, shops, and cafes along Gallery Walk and Main Street, there is the Zamia Theatre and the man-made Glow-Worm Caves. The area also has several well known nature trails, including Curtis Falls rainforest track, the Knoll Lookout, and the Palm Grove walk.

5. Whale Watching Adventure

The Gold Coast is a great place for a Whale Watching Adventure, as hundreds of whales migrate through the waters near Queensland between June to November every year. This means that whale watchers have a 100% sighting rate in Australia so far, among the best success rates in the world. Many cruise boat operators offer guaranteed whale sightings, and a typical expedition will also include sightings of other native marine life such as dolphins, flying fish, turtles, and sharks.