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The Best Of South Queensland Coasts: Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane

14 Jun 2018

Noelle Ong

Klook Travel Curator

Which South Queensland Coast is your favorite?

If you’re looking for an Australian beach getaway, you might be torn between the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Images of sunny skies, white sand beaches and blue waters are uniform across all three, so which should you pick? Read on to find out what the other highlights of each coast are and take your pick!

For the uninitiated, the 3 cities line the Coral Sea, giving rise to the most beautiful beaches and coastal views.

Gold Coast

Famed for its long sandy beaches and waterways, Gold Coast is also home to theme parks like Dreamworld, hiking trails and some of the world’s best surfing spots. Apart from dazzling beaches, here are some of the other things you must catch while in Gold Coast.

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Klook highlights in Gold Coast

Dream World

Spend a day in one of Australia’s most popular and biggest theme parks - Dreamworld! If you’re a daredevil, you wouldn’t be disappointed with the variety of thrill rides. Whether you’re looking for fast roller coasters or swings that take you on a 360 degree loop, you’ll find it there. Some of the must rides include the Tower of Terror and The Claw!

Even if you’re not a fan of rides, Dreamworld is also home to animal encounters guaranteed to fulfill your inner Steve Irwin. Get up close to the dangerous preys at the Tiger Temple or get a photo with Australia’s iconic Koala!

Opening hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily Getting there: 20 min drive from Surfers Paradise, 35 min drive from Gold Coast Airport

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SkyPoint Observation Deck

Zoom up on one of the world’s fastest elevators to the highest building in Gold Coast - the Skypoint Observation Deck! Take in views of the waves crashing into the beautiful golden sand as the sun sets behind it. This picture postcard perfect moment is definitely something you wouldn’t want to miss while in Gold Coast!

Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday: 7:30am-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 7:30am-late Getting there: 6 min walk from central Surfers Paradise

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Gold Coast Canyon Flyer Guided Zipline Tour

If you’re a thrill seeker, this is definitely the activity for you! There’s no better way to take in nature than to zipline across the Cedar Creek Canyon 50 metres above ground. These ziplines go as fast as 70km/h, perfect for speed devils. Since ziplining is such an easy thing to do, you don’t need to be extremely fit to take part in the action!

Tour inclusive of:

  • 3 hour guided zipline tour
  • Safety equipment
  • Water
  • 4WD experience from reception to start of adventure

Tour timing: 8.30am to 12.20pm Meet up location: Treetop Challenge, Thunderbird Park, Cedar Creek Falls Rd North Tamborine Queensland 4272 Australia

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Jet Boating

If you’re looking for an out of the ordinary boat ride that will allow you to take in the views of the city, this jet boat experience is definitely right up your alley. With 360 degree spins, high speed drifting and even power slides you can guarantee it’ll be an unforgettable boat ride. You might even spot some wild dolphins on the way to Moreton Bay Marine Park!

Tour inclusive of :

  • 55 minutes of jet boat broadwater adventure
  • Round trip coach transfer
  • Life vests
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Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is home to multicolored sand dunes, mangrove forests and of course some of the best beach resorts and surf spots. Some of the best things to do here include getting up close with the animals in the Australian Zoo and if you’re up for it, skydiving at the famous Noosa Beach. Read on to find out more!

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Australian Zoo

You can’t visit Sunshine Coast without heading to the home of everyone’s favorite crocodile hunter( Steve Irwin) - The Australian Zoo! With over 1200 wildlife creatures, you’ll definitely be able to find your favorite animal. Head to the Crocoseum to see the famous crocodiles that were once under Steve Irwin’s care. You’ll also have plenty of photo moments with wandering koalas, wombats and of course kangaroos.

Klook your tickets to skip the long queues at the ticketing lines and enter the park directly with your Klook mobile vouchers!

Opening hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm daily Getting there: Australia Zoo is situated on Steve Irwin Way in Beerwah and is approximately a 60-minute drive from Brisbane via the Bruce Highway

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Skydiving at Noosa

Many people flock to the Sunshine Coast to skydive because the views are simply spectacular! If you’re up for an exhilarating experience, we’d definitely recommend taking a leap of faith into the open skies. Freefall from a height of 15,000 feet at more than 200km/h and take in the views of the coast below.

Tour inclusive of:

  • Tandem skydive from up to 15,000 ft
  • Professional guide
  • Safety equipment
  • Return hotel transfer
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Brisbane

The capital of Queensland, Brisbane is a bustling city strategically located between the ocean and rugged national parks, giving you the best of all worlds. Whether you’re looking to cuddle up to a Koala or sail down a river cruise or even visit some historically significant monuments, read on to find out what else you can do in Brisbane!

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Klook experiences in Brisbane

Grand Brisbane Tour

Some of Brisbane’s muse do activities include visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and cuddling with these furry bears! Home to over 130 koalas and even other animals like wombats and the Tasmanian devil, you wouldn’t want to skip this. The best place to get views of the city is probably the lookout at Mount Coot. We’d recommend coming at sunset for a glorious backdrop to the city!

If you’re looking to explore the best of Brisbane in a day, the grand Brisbane tour on Klook will do just that.

Klook Grand Brisbane Tour includes:

  • St Stephen’s Cathedral and Square
  • City Botanic Gardens
  • Story Bridge
  • Parliament House
  • Conrad Treasury hotel and casino
  • Anzac Square
  • River cruise with Devonshire cream tea
  • Suncorp stadium
  • XXXX Brewery
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens and Brisbane Planetarium
  • Mount Coot-tha Lookout

Tour inclusive of:

  • River cruise ticket
  • Devonshire cream tea on board cruise
  • Lone pine koala sanctuary admission
  • Mt Coot-tha Lookout admission
  • Hotel pick up and drop off

Tour time: 9am-5pm

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Tangalooma Day Cruise

The nearby Moreton Bay and Tangalooma Resort is a great solution if you’re tired of the city life. Spend the day away at sea on a cruise to the white sandy beaches and keep a lookout for vibrantly colored marine life on the way!

Since it might be difficult to get to Tangalooma on your own, Klook your Tangalooma day cruise and everything is all inclusive! You won’t need to prepare anything except for your swimsuits.

Tour inclusive of:

  • Day lounge access with tea and coffee, towels and showers
  • Over 40 free land based activities
  • $20 lunch voucher valid at any food outlet at the resort
  • Marine life viewing
  • Round trip transfers
  • Round trip cruise to/from Moreton Island

Tour time: 8.45am-5.45pm

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