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Gold Coast Island Adventures

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Join Gold Coast Island Adventures and Gold Coast Whale Adventures (Tallship Island Adventures) 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 October. 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, Speedboat rides, Seaplane or Jet Ski hire.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

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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.

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.

Scottish Prince Dive Site

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The Scottish Prince, 800 metres off the Gold Coast's Southport Spit, features the wreck of a three steel-masted, 64 metre iron barque ship. The Scottish Prince sank as it was sailing from Glasgow, Scotland to Brisbane with a cargo of whiskey, mousetraps, linen and other assorted cargo, with only the hull of the ship remaining. These days, the Scottish Prince is covered in soft corals and sponges, making it a haven for crayfish, shovelnose rays, brown-banded catsharks and wobbegong sharks, and other tropical fish. There isn't much access to the inside of the wreck, however a variety of marine life will pop their heads out to say hello. The Scottish Prince is protected under the Commonwealth Historic Shipwreck Act, so make sure you take nothing but photos and memories.

Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Main Beach offers 32 kilometres of unspoilt sand, dunes and surf. It is popular with boardriders and bodysurfers who enjoy big swells. The waves are large and powerful and the views are spectacular. The headland is the best vantage point for watching the surfing action and spotting dolphins. Main Beach is best during northerly winds, when snorkelling and scuba diving are ideal along the north wall.

Shag Rock Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Shag Rock is located off Brisbane's North Stradbroke Island and is one of those all-weather sites that is very under-appreciated at times. Surrounding Shag Rock are rocky reefs and coral gardens in depths from 6 to 20 metres. Reef fish and invertebrate species are very common, including nudibranchs, moray eels, crayfish and cuttlefish. But Shag Rock is also home to turtles, wobbegong sharks, brown-banded catsharks, stingrays, stingarees, shovelnose rays and often visited by pelagic fish. Take care where you settle on the sand at Shag Rock as a large population of electric rays live here that are hard to see as they are hidden under the sand. Over summer Shag Rock is also visited by leopard sharks and even the occasional manta ray.

Manta Bommie Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Manta Bommie is a rocky reef off Brisbane's North Stradbroke Island, and is ranked in Australia's top 10 dive sites. Manta Bommie attracts marine life like a magnet, especially over the warmer months - with manta rays, as the Bommie's namesake, the main attraction. Divers often encounter groups of three or four of these giant rays swimming together. Leopard sharks, shovelnose rays, wobbegong sharks, stingrays, eagle rays, pelagic fish and turtles are also common visitors, giving this fully immersive aquarium something new and exciting to offer with every visit.

Flat Rock Dive Site

North Stradbroke Island, Redland City Area
Free Entry
Just a couple of kilometres north of Brisbane's North Stradbroke Island, Flat Rock is well-known by locals as the most exciting dive site in the area. The natural rocky island is surrounded by vibrant coral reefs that are home to turtles, leopard sharks, eagle rays, reef fish, pelagic fish and even the odd manta ray. With depths of up to 35 metres, it's an area reserved for those with Advanced Open Water Diving qualifications. Be sure to visit during winter, when you can meet the gentle giants, the grey nurse sharks, as they gather at the spectacular Shark Alley.

The Seaway Dive Site

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The Seaway is the most popular shore diving site in Queensland, and is found at the mouth of the Nerang River at Southport. There are several different areas that can be dived at The Seaway, with the Short Pipe and Sand Pipe area the most popular, and the easiest to access. In depths to 15 metres divers will be amazed at the variety and amount of fish life found at this site - schools of trevally, mulloway, gropers, moray eels, turtles, stingrays, wobbegongs, stonefish, scorpionfish and a host of tropical fish species. A feature of The Seaway are all the unusual species that can be seen, including sea horses, cuttlefish, pineapplefish, nudibranchs, dragonets, anglerfish, velvetfish and pipefish.
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