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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.

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.

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.

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.

Biggera Waters

Biggera Waters, Gold Coast Area
Beautiful Biggera Creek lent this suburb its name which is famous for its heritage-listed "land's end" site, but there is nothing final about a visit here. Those searching for a sedate spot in the northern part of the coast will adore a trip here, opposite the bustling Broadwater and the sizzling Gold Coast Spit and across from Wavebreak Island. One of the best ways to explore Biggera Waters is to hire a boat and travel around the creeks, estuaries and islands for which this part of the Gold Coast is best known. There's plenty of fishing spots among hidden channels, mangroves, rock walls and creek mouths. Or, if you prefer your fish already caught, enjoy the cafes and restaurants which are springing up along this sunny spot. Wander along the waterfront promenade and select from a wide-range of accommodation from luxury resorts, apartments, motels, self-contained units, caravanning and camping. Snatch a spot of shopping at popular Harbour Town, a destination within itself and home to discount designer fashion, homewares and accessory stores. It may have once been known as land's end, but here, it's really just the beginning.

Runaway Bay

Runaway Bay, Gold Coast Area
Escape enthusiasts will adore Runaway Bay and not just for the name. Bracketed by South Stradbroke Island to the east and a colourful canal system to the west, it's simple to see why this northern Gold Coast suburb was originally better known as Angler's Paradise. For it's a fishing feast galore here where you can opt for deep sea reef and game fishing, or select the more sedate option of dropping your line in a calm water estuary. The waterways around here are known for their local snapper, kingfish, pearl perch, tuna, wahoo or mackerel or if you venture out deeper, you might just bag yourself a marlin or sailfish. In the early 1970s, this parcel of land was transformed into the more upmarket Runaway Bay, but the laid-back vibe remains. These days, there's a local marina packed with luxury yachts and cruises and also plenty of options through which to explore the local waterways though houseboat hire. You don't need the big bucks either as there's plenty of budget options. Landlubbers will enjoy the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, while sports enthusiasts will be drawn to the aquatic and sports centres nearby. All up, it sounds like the perfect escape.
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