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Gold Coast Adventures

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Join Gold Coast Island Adventures and Gold Coast Whale Adventures (Tallship Cruises) for unique experiences on the Gold Coast!

Enjoy a calm water sailing cruise onboard a luxury high speed catamaran for an island adventure along the Gold Coast Broadwater to McLaren's Landing at South Stradbroke Island. Get up close and personal with humpback whales frolicking directly in front of Surfers Paradise. They offer Australia's only full day Whale and Island Adventure plus half day tour options.

Whale Watching is seasonal from June to November. Island Adventure Cruises to South Stradbroke Island, are available all year.

Gold Coast Island Adventures depart from the Tallship Cruise Terminal, Mariners Cove Marina, (next to Marina Mirage).

They also offer corporate events, private functions and beach weddings.

Visit their exclusive, private island paradise at McLaren's Landing, South Stradbroke Island, where you can relax and enjoy wild wallaby and kookaburra feeding as they roam around the property. Play a free game of pool, darts or volleyball. A delicious Australian style, tropical barbecue lunch is served in the ambient courtyard or Balinese pavilions. There are optional activities on the island including Segway Safaris, Parasailing, Speedboat rides, Seaplane, Jet Ski's, or 4WD Eco Tour with Sand tobogganing.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Animal Viewing
  • Birdwatching
  • Bush Tucker
  • Bushwalking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing - Beach
  • Fishing - Estuary
  • Kayaking
  • Kite Surfing/Kite Boarding
  • Off Road Driving
  • Sailing
  • Sandboarding
  • Swim with Fish
  • Swimming

Other Information

Accessibility:

Wheelchair access available on all tours.

Children:

Children of all ages are welcome on all tours. Children under four years of age are free of charge. Child prices are for children aged four to 14 years.

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Naree Budjong Djara National Park

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
On Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), the largest of Moreton Bay's islands, Naree Budjong Djara National Park features sand dunes, one of the world's most ecologically important wetlands, endangered heathlands and freshwater lakes. Naree Bunjong Djara means 'My Mother Earth' to the island's Traditional Owners - the Quandamooka People. Blue Lake section protects Karboora (Blue Lake) an area of particular cultural significance. Walk the 5.2 kilometre (return) track to the lake through wallum woodlands, flowering heath and stunted eucalypts. Take your camera and binoculars to capture and zoom in on glimpses of wildlife, but please respect the Quandamooka people by not swimming in the lake. In spring enjoy the wildflowers. Walk to Neembeeba lookout (6 kilometre return) for views over the southern part of the island, the Pacific Ocean and the Gold Coast. North Stradbroke Island is reached by ferry from Brisbane.

Gold Coast Seaway Dive Site

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The Gold Coast Seaway offers diving for the beginner to advanced. There are two pipes that protrude from the Southern Seaway wall. This dive site is divided into four main areas: South Wall (including the Sand Bypass Pipe and the Short Pipe) - great marine biodiversity; North Wall - schools of pelagic fish, wobbegong and whaler sharks; South-West Wall - beach entry and home to little critters; Wave Break Island - excellent for snorkelling, intro and learn to dive.

Flat Rock Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Flat Rock is one of the most exciting dive sites off Brisbane. Surrounding this rocky island are beautiful coral reefs. Encounter turtles, leopard sharks, eagle rays, reef fish, pelagic fish and even the odd manta ray. It is most famous for its grey nurse shark population, which gather at a site called "Shark Alley" each Winter.

The Scottish Prince Dive Site

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The hull of The Scottish Prince lies in 10 metres of water near the Southport Spit providing a fascinating wreck dive on the Gold Coast. In 1887, "The Scottish Prince", a 3 steel-masted iron barque 64 metres long, sank as she was sailing from Glasgow, Scotland to Brisbane with a cargo of whiskey, mousetraps, linen and other assorted cargo. Only the hull remains and is covered with soft corals and sponges, and is a haven for crayfish, Shovelnose rays, Leopard and wobbegong sharks, and other tropical fish. The wreck is protected under the Commonwealth Historic Shipwreck Act.

Manta Ray Bommie Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
This rocky reef off North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane is ranked in the top 10 dive sites in Australia, and attracts marine life like a magnet (especially over the warmer months). Manta Rays are the main attraction, with groups of three or four regularly spotted swimming together. Also common are leopard sharks, shovelnose rays, wobbegong sharks, stingrays, eagle rays, pelagic fish and turtles.

Pine Ridge Conservation Park

Runaway Bay, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Pine Ridge Conservation Park protects one of the last remaining wallum banksia stands on the Gold Coast. In this small, virtually untouched park is culturally important to the Kombumerri-Ngarangwal people. Escape the city's hustle and bustle on a stroll or cycle along bitumen boundary tracks; or walk the sandy, centre track. See the park's varied plant-life, including tall bloodwood trees, heath and paperbark swamps. Enjoy the flush of wildflowers in late winter and spring, especially after good autumn rains. Remember the binoculars for watching wildlife. Camping is not allowed in the park, but a picnic area is available for those wanting to enjoy a whole day out.

Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Cylinder Beach is a picturesque cove between Cylinder and Home Beach Headlands. It is popular with families because it is easily accessible with a carpark situated only metres from the beach.The waves at Cylinder are often smaller and therefore it is perfect for sun bathing and swimming during good weather conditions. However during strong southerly winds there is a side sweep which may carry you parallel to the beach. Cylinder Beach is also a favourite with surfers when the conditions are right. Lifeguards and lifesavers patrol this beach.

Sunday Jazz Lunch Cruise

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Cruise aboard the "Voyager' where your taste buds will be treated to a feast for the senses! Indulge in a sensational seafood and international buffet, whilst enjoying the smooth sounds of "Sitory Groove" jazz band featuring the fabulous Peter Tuitama. Enjoy a refreshing beverage and take in the views over two magnificent decks whilst they leisurely travel on the glittering Broadwater. Delicious dishes include chicken satay skewers, antipasto platters, Moroccan style bean rice, honey glazed roast ham, plus a Seafood Fantasy of the fresh prawns, spanner crab, calamari and salmon just to name a few. Includes two to two and a half hour day cruise on the glittering Broadwater, their famous seafood and international buffet featuring flavours from around the world, live jazz band and dance floor.

Labrador

Labrador, Gold Coast Area
Like a loyal puppy, Labrador has been one of the Gold Coast's mainstays since its hotel was built in 1884. Back in the day, this 15-room hotel complete with three sitting rooms, outhouses and stables, was perfect for the Cobb and Co coach service which transported boat passengers arriving from Brisbane. Local Aborigines were also drawn to the area due to its abundance of shellfish, mud crabs, oysters and waterfowl. Fast forward to the modern day, and visitors still flock here for the great range of accommodation from high rises to caravan parks to cafes and high-end restaurants. Sitting just north of Southport and just south of Biggera Waters, Labrador is popular for its calm waters, peaceful parks and views out to South Stradbroke Island. The Grand Hotel still sits there too. Sure, it may have changed a bit, but that kind of old-style service and loyalty for which Labrador is renowned, remains.

Coomera

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
Local Aborigines named this suburb after a fern but these days it could easy be named after fun for you have now entered theme park heaven for which the Gold Coast is renowned. All the big names in entertainment are here including Dreamworld and WhiteWater World, Wet'n'Wild, Warner Bros. Movie World and the Australian Outback Spectacular. Enjoy adrenalin-pumping rides, gravity-defying rollercoasters, hair-raising water slides, stunt performances and exotic animals from around the world. Take a go-kart ride on a nearby track, jump in a scenic helicopter ride or kayak down the Coomera River. Away from all the adrenalin, the river is a perfect place to escape and houseboats for hire offer a different glimpse of the Gold Coast's waterways. The fishing here is superb too and you can catch mangrove jack, flathead, bream or trevally. Those with some spare cash or just some big dreams will love wandering around Coomera's Gold Coast Marina - the largest in the southern hemisphere. Super yachts, super fun. Yep, that's Coomera.
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