Australia’s Gold Coast is a region which attracts thousands of visitors each and every year who flock to see the natural beauty which can be found along this stunning stretch of coastline. The Gold Coast begins from the south of the metropolitan city of Brisbane, and stretches along the east coast of the country down to the far south of the country. If you are looking to go to the Gold Coast and have not been before, here are some of the spots which you must see during your time there.
Springbrook National Park
There are many national parks on the Gold Coast but the showstopper is arguably the Springbrook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a fascinating place to explore. Throughout the park, situated around 100km from Brisbane, you will find a rugged mountain range, deep and mysterious caves, expansive rivers and plenty of wildlife.
Sea World, Gold Coast
You may have heard of Sea World in Florida, but the Gold Coast has its very own marine park with another of the Sea World branches. This theme park makes for the perfect day out for both adults and kids alike and there are plenty of incredibly sea creatures to discover here. The park is like an aquarium-cum-theme park and you can see live dolphin and whale shows, find out more about turtles, sharks and tropical fish, as well as being able to indulge in an attraction or two.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary was founded in 1947 by a zookeeper who wanted to put more focus on the animals rather than the tourists. The sanctuary has since become a mecca for those looking for responsible animal tourism on the Gold Coast. Here you will find a huge range of animals which call this place their home, including the famous Rainbow Lorikeet, which flock here in their thousands because of the food available. You can also see many other birds in the aviary, as well as the most popular animal, the Tasmanian Devil.
Lamington National Park
Not many people are aware of the rainforest regions which Australia has and that is exactly what you will find in Lamington National Park. Through the thick canopy you will find a huge selection of well-trodden trails which will take you past beautiful waterfalls, mountain ridges, deep caves as well as the homes of a huge variety of different animals. If you have some time then you can even stay in the park overnight at one of the many camping spots where you will be awoken to the sounds of the rainforest.
Wet ‘n Wild
If you are traveling with the kids then it is probably a good idea from time to time to give them something else to do that hiking through national parks, and a water park is probably your best bet. Wet ‘n Wild is one of the biggest and mots popular water parks in Australia and as you meander down the Gold Coast, this is the perfect stop off.
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