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This article was the Collaboration of the month for December 2008.


Buy: Pacific Fair is the largest shopping mall in the Southern hemisphere. This _can't_ be true. It is big, but fairly average for a 'big' mall. There are LOTS of comparable, and several larger, shoppings around. Especially when it says "southern hemisphere".

As you say, it isn't anywhere close.. --Inas 20:56, 2 December 2008 (EST)

Car Rentals[edit]

A little while back, I removed all the descriptive text from the list of car rental companies. The text was all touting by the various companies, mostly that they were the cheapest, most reliable, best service, or rented cars for actually unattainable rates. There was no benefit to the traveler or any of it, and I thought best just to have the rental car company names, and then the traveler can compare themselves. For now, I'm going continue to keep these listings clean. Anybody who has any better ideas, please feel free to discuss. --Inas 20:23, 6 January 2009 (EST)


Districts, Cities & Towns[edit]

At the moment, the Gold Coast isn't a region - its a city. There are separate articles for Surfers Paradise and for Tweed Heads, because of the density of accommodation and attractions there. However there isn't a separate article for every suburb, like Robina, Sourhport, etc. All of these areas just go in the main article. If you think this should change, please discuss here. Thanks. --Inas 00:56, 21 January 2009 (EST)

See Also[edit]

We don't have "See Also" links in articles, see the Wikitravel:Manual of style. That sort of stuff usually goes in the "Get out" section, which is why I moved it there. --Inas 01:00, 21 January 2009 (EST)

Edit Problem (bug)[edit]

There is a problem editing this page, even just adding a single character. When saving, an edit conflict page appears, mentioning The page you wanted to save was blocked by the spam filter. This is probably caused by a link to an external Site. Something to do with "X mas" (without the space inside) Doesnt occur on other pages I edited (Whew!, nothing to do with me). --Advanstra 03:00, 21 February 2009 (EST)

Fixed the problem, removed all references to the four letter word starting with X and the page saves correctly. Please do not use the word "X mas" (without the space inside) in this article, the spam filter doesn like it for whatever reason.--Advanstra 03:09, 21 February 2009 (EST)

Listings moved from this article[edit]

As per Wikitravel policy there should be no specific sleep listings (etc) in this article. The following were removed and should be placed into their correct district articles.--Burmesedays 10:10, 6 June 2011 (EDT)

  • Deep Sea Fishing Charters Gold Coast (Deep Sea Fishing Charters), 47 Scarborough Street, Southport QLD 4215, (07) 5641 4536, [1]. Deep sea fishing charter Gold Coast being keen fishermen work to provide anyone from first timers through to experienced anglers a real fishing experience not just a boat charter service.  edit


  • Sea World [2] is the oldest and also one of the most established theme parks in Australia. It first opened in 1958 before moving to its present site in 1971. It is the closest to heart of the Gold Coast and will be interesting for those who like marine animals. Lots of shows and live acts, and you could easily spend a day here without going on any rides, such as the corkscrew roller coaster, and speed water slides.
  • Dreamworld [3] is a traditional theme park with a popular tiger zoo and is the home of the Australian Big Brother House. The park itself is quite small but it is one of the best places to go in Australia if you are after thrill rides. Also includes Wiggleworld a great little kids area named after the Wiggles group.
  • Warner Bros. Movie World [4] is a Warner Bros. movie themed park. WB Movie and Loony Toon characters wander around all over the place. It is the most themed of the Gold Coast parks and includes the fastest (and in fact only really good) rollercoaster in Australia (Superman Escape). Once again a good place for the thrillseekers.
  • Wet'n'Wild, +61 7 5573 2255, [5]. 10AM - 5PM (9PM during Jan) except Dec 25 and April 25 (1.30PM - 5PM). Water theme park with a wide range of slides, a wave pool, 'dive-in movies' at night in the wave pool (if you wish) and even a river where you can just lie in a tube and float around and around! A definite must during the summer, though best left to a day that isn't stupidly hot or the queues are too ridiculous. The water is heated in winter. Adults $49/Children (4-13yrs) & Pensioners $32.  edit
  • Australian Outback Spectacular, 133 386, [6]. Nightly Tues-Sun (except Dec 25 ), ~7PM. is a new Epic Outback Show, complete with stampeding cattle, wild horses and an Australian Dinner. Free stockman's hat! Adults $99/Pensioners $89/Children (4-13yrs) $65.  edit
  • WhiteWater World, +61 7 5588 1111, [7]. 10AM - 5PM except Dec 25 and April 25 (1.30PM - 5PM). is a newer water park next to Dreamworld, said to be just as good as Wet'n'Wild, if not better. Combined tickets available. Adults $45/Children (4-13yrs) & Pensioners $30.  edit
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, [8]. is famous for feeding huge flocks of rainbow lorikeets, which will perch all over your head and arms. This park has expanded to have a number of animal exhibits. The lorikeet feeding takes place just inside the entrance, but there are also hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings around the park. You can get close to the usual assortment of kangaroos, emus, wallabies, etc. in open enclosures.  edit
  • Easy hike up Burleigh Mountain, (or stroll the headland) half an hour busride south of Surfers Paradise (take route 700 (Tweed Heads) bus from Cavill Avenue, get off at the Gold Coast Highway/Ikkina Road stop.), [9]. This small mountain is situated at the mouth of Tallebudgera Creek as it joins the ocean and is flanked by swimming spots along the river and beach. The mountain is just beside the main road, and is an easy walk to the top. At the top you can visit the information centre, see the remains of Aboriginal middens, rock formations left behind by ancient eruptions of Mount Warning, and try spotting whales and sea eagles from the lookouts over the southern coastline. For those that aren't avid walkers and want something more relaxed, enjoy a stroll about the Burleigh headland, offering stunning ocean views and lovely bays. FREE.  edit
  • The Wax Museum, 56 Ferny Avenue, +61 (0)7 5538 3975, [10]. 10AM - 10PM Daily. Being the largest wax museum in the southern hemisphere, you can meet famous people who made history- Movie Stars, Scientists, Explorers, Villains and World Leaders all presented with startling realism and dressed in authentically reproduced costumes of their times.  edit


  • Carrara Markets, Carrara (corner of Gooding Drive and Manchester Road), [11]. Sat and Sun 7AM-4PM. Massive outdoor market of over 500 stalls, selling everything from food to clothing to plants, and a lot more. Cheap shuttle bus service from Surfer's Paradise, a good FREE day out, something for the whole family. free.  edit
  • Harbourtown, Biggera Waters (Cnr Gold Coast Hwy and Oxley Drive). Offers 'warehouse direct' and discount fashion outlets as well as Reading Cinema. Bus from Southport.  edit
  • Robina Town Centre, Robina (near Railway Station). Large urban shopping mall with supermarkets, cinemas and variety stores.  edit
  • Pacific Fair, Broadbeach (Nerang Broadbeach Rd near Gold Coast Hwy), [12]. Houses a Myer department store, KMart and Target variety stores and numerous specialty shops selling pretty much every consumer item you can think of, although its labyrinthine layout can be very confusing for the first-time visitor.  edit
  • Q Super Centre, Mermaid Waters (Cnr Bermuda Street and Merkeri Street), [13]. A good suburban shopping centre with lower grocery prices owing to competition between Aldi, Coles and Woolworths. It also has Clive Anthonys (electical retailer) and Sams Warehouse (discount variety shop).  edit
  • Australia Fair, Southport (Scarborough Street), [14]. A large shopping centre in the heart of Southport.  edit


  • Bazaar Marketplace, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, (07) 5584 1200, [15]. 6.30am - 9.30pm. Moroccan "street vendor" inspired dining experience. Walk through and taste high end culinary delights from around the world. $18-$64.  edit
  • Stingray Lounge, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, [16]. 12pm-12am. Newly renovated funky lounge, Bar Tapas from $4, exotic cocktails.  edit
  • Luxury resorts
    • Palazzo Versace Hotel[17], Main Beach
    • Sanctuary Cove Resort[18], Sanctuary Cove
    • Conrad Jupiters[19], Broadbeach
    • Sea World Resort[20], Main Beach
  • Solnamara Beachfront Apartments (Holiday Accommodation), 202 The Esplanade Burleigh Heads, (07) 5535 1022, [21]. Modern fully self contained apartments with great ocean views.  edit
  • Paradise Resort Gold Coast, 122 Ferny Ave Surfers Paradise, 61-7-55794444, [22]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 10am. Resort with free supervised Zone 4 Kids Club, Aqua Play Waterpark, hotel style rooms from $139.  edit
  • QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue Surfers Paradise, (07) 55841200, [23]. Modern, Designer Hotel, Newly Renovated, Top Rated Restaurant and Bar From $125.  edit

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