A trip to Australia is not complete without experiencing our unique and renowned wildlife!
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a easy 35 minute drive from Aqualine Apartments and has long been claimed as a must do activity while on the Gold Coast. Visitors are encouraged to interact and learn about the native animals through a range of unique experiences. Professional photo opportunities are available multiple times daily, where visitors are able to hold the animals – including koalas, and capture the moment.
The Free Flight Bird Show is a brilliant demonstration where the audience can watch as Australia’s most beautiful bird species fly overhead. Sanctuary guests can also watch as skilled vets work to provide ongoing treatment and care to injured wildlife.
General admission tickets start at $49 for adults, $40 for concession and $35 for children aged 4-14 years old.
For an authentic Australian farm experience a visit to Paradise Country Aussie Farm Tour is a must. Located just behind Movieworld and Wet ‘n’ Wild, Paradise Country is a new addition to the must do tourist attractions whilst on the Gold Coast.
Visitors can watch sheep being shorn, feed the kangaroos and interact with the farm animals and koalas in a real Australian farm environment. Tickets include a buffet lunch filled with delicious dishes to cater for all. Why not try your hand at gold fossicking and opal mining while you are there using traditional techniques taught by the farm hands. Or watch the acclaimed Australian Stock Horse Show.
Each activity has been developed to provide each visitor with a once in a lifetime unique farm experience that they will never forget.
All tickets include lunch and start at $39.99 for adults, $24.99 for children aged 3-13 years and $29.99 for pensioners. Book online to save $10 off general admission pricing.
This year’s best family friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations will be happening at Broadwater Parklands in Southport.
Starting at 6 pm at the Great Lawn, enjoy a family concert featuring a host of local musical talent followed by a brilliant fireworks display. The event finishes at 9 pm and is sure to be a huge hit with children of all ages.
Paradise Point is hosting ‘A Night of Stars’ New Year’s Eve concert, an unforgettable party night with spectacular fireworks, live bands, singers, dancers, clowns, stilt walkers and fire eaters. The concert commences at 5:45 pm and fireworks display is at 9 pm.
Or for New Year’s Eve celebrations like no other, head into Surfers Paradise Offshore. Two firework displays will be held, one at the family friendly time of 8 pm and one leading into the New Year at midnight.
Many other New Year’s Events can be found on the Gold Coast with parties held at Q1 Skypoint – $159 pp, Stingray Bar – $89 pp or any of the famous bars of Surfers Paradise.
Only a short stroll from our apartments, Cafe Catalina is located on the outside of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. Serving breakfast until 11:30 and lunch from 11:30 onwards patrons can enjoy delicious meals whilst looking directly at the stunning broadwater.
The cafe offers a menu of simple but delicious sandwiches and burgers along with a selection of reasonably priced share plates. In addition to serving Merlo coffee, the Cafe also has a range of local boutique beers on tap. Cafe Catalina is open everyday for breakfast and lunch.
The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most recognised holiday destinations by both national and international travellers. The coastal city has been the selected holiday location for families for many years, with additional attractions making appearances each year.
A holiday to the Gold Coast will never be a unmemorable occasion especially if you follow our must do guide guaranteeing the perfect fun filled trip away!
1. Less Known Beaches
The Gold Coast is renowned worldwide for its beaches, uncomparable to any other in the world. Although most tourists are attracted to the famous beach of Surfers Paradise, we recommend to take a trip down to Currumbin Alley beach. Only a 25 minute drive from Aqualine Apartments this beach boasts lovely clean sand, less people and safe swimming conditions. Why not make a day trip out of the drive and visit Elephant Rock just around the corner, which, as the name suggests looks uncannily like its animal counterpart. Many much loved cafe’s and restaurants are situated around this area, however the views of the Currumbin Surf Club always make it a winner!
2. Outlet Shopping
What better way to spend a holiday than indulging in a little retail therapy. The Gold Coast’s well known Pacific Fair outdoor shopping centre is always high on the list of must do activities on the coast, however it’s Harbour Town Shopping centre that has our pick. Only a 15 minute drive from Aqualine Apartments, Harbour Town is home to a huge array of designer brand outlets that offer unbeatable discounts all year round. Some of the big names include Levi’s, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Oroton, Polo Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss. The centre is open every day including most public holidays, and is designed to provide shoppers with an outdoor retail experience so they can enjoy the Gold Coast’s beautiful weather. If you are travelling from interstate or overseas be sure to visit the Tourism Lounge located in the centre, to collect your VIP Tourism Card. The card offers special discounts and traveller incentives to ensure visitors take full advantage of the deals on offer.
3. Walk with a View
There is no better way to squeeze in some holiday exercise than to take a walk around Burleigh Headland National Park. Only a 20 minute drive from Aqualine Apartments this park offers two walking tracks- The Rainforest Circuit (2.3 km return) and The Ocean View Walk (1.3 km one way). Despite which track you choose both offer unmatched views of the famous Gold Coast skyline and beaches. The circuits can be accessed from the very top of Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, which also boasts picnic perfect grassy areas and facilities overlooking the ocean. We recommended to take a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a bottle of water to make the most of the experience.
4. Great Coffee & Great Food
Chirn Park, only a short stroll from Aqualine Apartments, is the home to a collection of the Gold Coast’s best cafe’s and dining options. Winner of the Crave Gold Coast “#1 Coffee on the Coast”, Daark Espresso is the northern Gold Coast’s answer to the perfect brew. As the focus of Daark is clearly the coffee, the menu is restricted but offers a flavour packed selection of all day breakfast and lunch items. Around the corner is Koncubine Cafe. Offering cosy indoor and cool outdoor seating this haunt is a favourite of locals. With a menu built on fancy sandwiches and classic breakfast dishes its unlikely to be anything other than satisfied. Thai Magik is another favourite of the area, offering fresh and truly authentic thai cuisine for a reasonable price. Tonic on Chirn is a fantastic tapas bar which easily competes with the well known establishments of Broadbeach. Tonic on Chirn offers an extensive cocktail list and a regularly refreshed menu of tapas dishes.
5. Pelican Feeding
The Ian Dipple Lagoon, located only 5 minutes up the road from Aqualine Apartments is the perfect place for a relaxed day of beach activities. The lagoon is sectioned off from the broadwater by a sand barrier providing safe swimming conditions all year round. The lagoon area also hosts barbeque facilities, picnic tables, childrens playground and shaded areas to ensure visitors can make the most out of their day. The main attraction however is the fascinating pelican feeding which occurs at 1:30 pm everyday, weather permitting. Free to all, spectators can watch as the huge number of pelicans soar down from the sky and then make their way out of the lagoon onto the banks for a lunchtime feed. Tourists are even encouraged to take photos with the pelicans before the take flight once again! Adjacent to the lagoon is the Gold Coasts famous Charis Seafoods, which along with supplying the lunchtime fish to the pelicans also has classic style fish and chips for the onlookers.
The Gold Coast is a wonderful holiday destination for singles, couples and families with the The Gold Coast Theme Parks being a major draw card. From Dreamworld, Seaworld, Wet’n’Wild, Whitewater World and Movie World there is sure to be an attraction that is suitable for you or your family.
Dreamworld – Gold Coast
Dreamworld is like a multitude of worlds in one, with a wide assortment of rides, shows and attractions. From Wiggles World for the younger family members to The Tower of Terror and The Giant Drop rides for adrenalin junkies. Tiger Island with its Bengal and Sumatran tigers are also a must visit show during your day out.
WhiteWater World – Water fun on the Gold Coast
The perfect place on a hot summer’s day with its rides and slides suitable for all age groups. Young family members will love the Toddler Playground and Wiggle Bay with the whole family enjoying the Pipeline Plunge. Located right next door to Dreamworld, it is an easy walk promising an action packed fun day out.
Movie World – Warner Bros. on the Gold Coast
Warner Bros. Movie World offers magic and excitement every day of the week…movies come to life with shows, world class adventure rides, attractions and street parade with your favourite super heroes. From Looney Tunes Character rides for the younger members of the family to the adrenalin thumping rides like the Wild West Falls and the Green Lantern Roller Coaster, there is a ride for all the family to enjoy.
Sea World – a wonderful family attraction
This family favourite theme park offers a fun as well as educational experience for all the family. Get up close to your favourite marine animals with the dolphin shows, the Polar Bears and observation tanks. Plenty of rides, attractions and shows throughout the day will keep everyone happy…Sea World is a great day out.
Wet’n’Wild – water thrills and spills
This is the biggest water theme park in Australia and offers a fantastic range of family friendly slides and rides including the adrenaline speed coaster and the giant wave pool. Set in a shaded subtropical garden, it is the perfect place on a summers day.
After a day packed with fun and excitement you will be looking for accommodation….Aqualine Apartments in Southport is a great option.
Offering a range of apartment types suitable for singles, couples and families, it is ideally located on the Gold Coast Broadwater and close to all the Gold Coast theme parks. Explore the Broadwater area with its great parklands, playgrounds, cafes and restaurants.
Aqualine Apartments is located on the fabulous blue water bay known as the Broadwater. This world famous aquatic playground will provide the setting for a very memorable Queensland holiday. We are sure that your experiences on your holiday will provide you with great memories for years to come.
Aqualine Apartments is located just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Surfers and Southport business areas to ensure a tranquil and peaceful environment for your perfect holiday. Being located on the very Northern end of the Gold Coast ensures that we are a short drive from Brisbane and within only 5-20 minutes of all the Theme Parks.
Being on the very edge of the stunning Broadwater ensures that you are only metres away from extensive walking and cycling paths and play equipment for children. Fishing and paddling can be enjoyed from the lovely beach immediately across the park in front of Aqualine Apartments. Alternatively, take advantage of our pool and spa facilities.
When you stay at Aqualine Apartments you have a choice of spacious, fully self contained 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.
With the magical Broadwater on your front step and the central location of Aqualine, you are literally spoiled for choice for things to do.
You could – Stroll along the waters edge and watch the boats sail past, dine out at any number of excellent restaurants, indulge in retail therapy at Harbour Town, Marina Mirage, Robina or Australia Fair, visit all the Theme Parks, unwind in the heated spa or wander the secluded beaches of the Spit.
What ever you chose to do you can rest assured that you will be staying in lovely surrounds and you will be well looked after by the managers.