Welcome to SkyPointWelcome to SkyPoint! You’re about to view the Gold Coast from a completely new angle – with spectacular 360 degree views. From golden beaches, to shimmering cityscape, and lush green hinterland, the SkyPoint Observation Deck offers unforgettable views. Rising 230m into the sky, SkyPoint is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular attractions. So go ahead and make your start point at SkyPoint!
SkyPoint Observation DeckYou’ve made it! You’re now standing 230m above sea level on Australia’s only beachside Observation Deck. Take the time to explore the Observation Deck and enjoy the breathtaking 360 degree views of the glorious Gold Coast scenery. To help you get the most out of your visit, there are information points around the Observation Deck, as well as high power binoculars, a Theatrette featuring “The Birth of Paradise”, and delicious food and drinks at Seventy7 Cafe + Bar.
The Gold CoastThe Gold Coast is Australia’s 6th largest city, with a population of over half a million people. The city spans across 57km of coastline and is surrounded by World Heritage Listed national parks and rainforests. Home to natural wonders, a laid-back lifestyle, and vibrant community, the Gold Coast is one of the most unique cities to live, work and play. The ever-evolving region is not only a top tourist destination, but an attractive option for investors, migrants and business travellers.
SouthportSouthport is one of the Gold Coast’s earliest suburbs, named for being the southernmost port for the colony of Queensland. Southport is the sweet spot between city-living and nature-loving. Known as the Central Business District of the Gold Coast, the area not only offers business and residential opportunities, but is also home to shops, dining and stunning views over the Broadwater and Southport Spit. Being the largest expanse of calm water in Australia, the Broadwater area is popular for boating and water sports, however there’s a lot on offer on land too. The Parklands have a recreational water precinct, picnic areas and walkways.
South StradbrokeSouth Stradbroke Island, affectionately known as “South Straddie”, is located just off the coast of Queensland. A natural reserve wonderland, with calm waterways on one side, native bushland in the centre and 22km of pristine surf beach on the other side. The island is an ideal all-day getaway, but there are three campsites on the island for those wishing to stay a little longer. There’s something for everyone on South Stradbroke Island, from world-class surf, golden beaches, fishing, rock climbing and bushwalking. You can also catch some of the native wildlife throughout the 1800-hectare conservation park.
Main BeachJust north of Surfers Paradise sits another one of the Gold Coast’s most popular suburbs, Main Beach. Visitors to Main Beach can wander down the famous Tedder Avenue, home to many fashion boutiques and delicious cafes and restaurants. The beachside is then just a few minutes walk away. Venture further north to experience all the class and luxury of ‘The Spit’ at Marina Mirage, which offers high-end hotels, exclusive shopping and views of the extravagant cruise boats. Dolphins can also be spotted from Fisherman’s Wharf or from above via sea plane or parasailing.
Surfers ParadiseSurfers Paradise is not only home to the SkyPoint Observation Deck, but a range of entertainment and lifestyle experiences. “Surfers” as the locals call it, is the Gold Coast’s playground for the young and young at heart. Long considered one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, here’s where you can enjoy a mix of beach life, unique restaurants, nightlife and attractions. After spending some time at Surfers Paradise, you’ll soon understand why it is the heart of the Gold Coast. Host to national and international musical events and entertainment, as well as international sports events like triathlons, surfing and lifesaving. At the end of the famous Cavill Avenue you reach the foreshore, where you can stroll the paths that overlook the surf and sand. The Surfers Paradise beachside markets are on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night between 3pm and 8pm.
LifeguardsWith so many beautiful beaches come thousands of beachgoers. To keep visitors and locals safe, the Gold Coast employs the largest professional lifeguard service in Australia. The 37 permanent lifeguards, and 140 seasonal staff are responsible for the surveillance of 52km of surf and sand (that’s up to 42 beaches). The Gold Coast’s first professional lifeguard was employed in 1935, and the region was then the first in Australia to adopt a formal surveillance tower plan in 1989. Being a lifeguard isn’t all jet skis, sun and sand! Lifeguards go through rigorous training and are considered world-leaders in ocean safety, rescue and education.
Gold Coast Dreamtime StoryLocal Yugambeh Elder Patricia O’Connor shares the story of the formation of the Gold Coast. A very long time ago all the creatures of the world went into battle. The sparrowhawk snatched a spear from the goanna. He drove it deep into the back of the dolphin. With an enormous blast of air and water, the dolphin blew the spear out. The blood and water flooded the landscape, washing away the high country, leaving only flat lands you see today of the Gold Coast. Eventually, the land healed. The animals, birds and fish returned to their homes and it was peaceful once again. The lesson is to live in harmony and peace and to not want what others have. You can see the full story in film at Dreamworld Corroboree at the Dreamworld Theme Park. Story from Patricia O’ Connor, Yugambeh Museum.
Surf Life SavingSurf Life Saving is Australia's major water safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority. Established in 1930, the non-profit organisation works to create a safe environment on Australia's beaches through patrols, education, public safety campaigns and the promotion of health and fitness. Surf Life Saving Queensland is always there to help support the professional lifeguards with over 30,000 volunteer members. Being a non-profit organisation, Surf Life Saving exists only through community donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorship.
Water Sport PlaygroundThe Gold Coast is a favourite summer playground for locals and tourists, with so many different ways to spend your time here. Water sports are a great way to experience the Gold Coast in a new way. Hire a Jet Ski for a fast-paced experience, or book a kayaking tour to see dolphins, dugongs and other marine wildlife. Don't want to get your feet too wet? Parasailing gives you a bird’s eye view as your soar high above the water. Or book a speedboat ride and race past glamorous mansions on the water’s edge. If you’ve ever wanted to try surfing, you’re in the best place to give it a go! Local surf lessons can be booked for beginners up to advanced surfers. To get even further below the surface, try snorkelling and scuba diving to see crystal blue waters, corals, and come face to face with marine life.
You are on Yugambeh Language Region LandYugambeh (yu-gum-bear) is the language spoken by Aboriginal family groups within this area. The Kombumerri (kom-bum-merry) were Yugambeh speakers. There are connections between their stories and the history of this region. From naming Currumbin after a species of pine tree, to the naming of the southern end of Stradbroke Island after the mosquitos in the area, Moondarrewa means “place of itching”. Their traditional lifestyle was an environment rich with seafood and wildlife. They trained dolphins to help them catch fish, and dingoes to help them herd wallabies and kangaroos. Jellurgal (Burleigh Heads) is an important place for the Kombumerri people. The Kombumerri people believe Jellurgal (Burleigh Heads) was formed a long time ago when Jabreen, the Creation Spirit, stretched as he awoke. Jabreen was huge – as big as Jellurgal (Burleigh Heads) itself. His giant rocky fingers can still be seen today, protruding from the top of the headland reaching up to the sky. Adapted from Kombumerri – Aboriginal People of the Gold Coast, by Rory O’Connor 1996.
The Q1 SpireThe Q1 Spire is one of the world’s longest at 97.7m. It commences at level 75, and is made up of 12 sections weighing a total of 87.2 tonnes. The spire is made of steel and glass, and provides an effective lightning conductor, which has operated a number of times since the building’s completion.
The Q1 BuildingThe Q1 Building is one of the most iconic features of the Gold Coast skyline. Reaching 322.5m into the air, Q1 is one of the tallest buildings in the world, even reaching higher than the famous Chrysler Building in New York City! The building was designed by Atelier SDG, and as the design process began during the year of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, there was a strong desire to create something intrinsically Australian. In its final form, Q1 draws inspiration from the curves of the Sydney 2000 Olympics torch – which itself is inspired by the Sydney Opera House. The project to construct the Q1 Building was officially launched on 28 June 2002. The Sunland Construction team began work immediately, with a workforce of 500 labouring for over 3 years, or a total of 2.5 million man hours. More than 2,500 people were involved in the project. Q1 Resort and Spa officially opened on 26 October 2005.
Whale WatchingThe Gold Coast is considered one of Australia's top whale watching spots. Whale watching season on the Gold Coast runs from May to November as the whales migrate up the east coast of Australia. You can get a clear view of the famous humpback highway from the SkyPoint Observation Deck, or whale watching tours are available where you can see these gentle giants up close! If you’re lucky, you may even spot Migaloo, Australia’s most well-known humpback whale. When he was first sighted, he was the only known all-white whale in the world. Keep an eye out because his distinctive white colouring makes him easy to spot!
The BeachesThe golden beaches of the Gold Coast stretch more than 57km along the coastline – from the Rainbow Bay in the south, to South Stradbroke Island in the north. The picturesque beaches of the Gold Coast are famous for the clean, warm (23°C in summer) blue waters, rolling waves, soft golden sand and glistening sunshine. There’s always something to do on the Gold Coast beaches. Enjoy a stroll at sunset or try beach fishing at dusk. Book an adventurous scuba dive or surf some of Australia’s best waves. The most popular of the 21 patrolled beaches on the Gold Coast include Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Miami & Nobby Beach.
World-class SurfingOn the Gold Coast you’ll find some of the most popular surf breaks and beach locations not only in Australia but also the world. Every year Snapper Rocks plays host to the international surfing competition, the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. Kirra Beach is famous for producing the “perfect wave” while the infamous Burleigh Point is arguably the world’s best right-hand point break. The Gold Coast is also a great place to learn to surf. Sign up to one of the many surf schools, and an experienced teacher will help you ride your first wave. If you’re a bit more experience, why not catch a wave where the locals do? Try The Spit, Main Beach, Narrowneck, Palm Beach and Mermaid Beach for perfect one to two foot swells and uncrowded waves.
Burleigh HeadsOne of the best known suburbs on the Gold Coast is Burleigh Heads. Located in the centre of the Gold Coast coastline, the beachside town is a favourite spot for locals and tourists. The beach culture in Burleigh means there’s always something to keep you busy. Burleigh is famous for its world class surf break, gorgeous beach, unique markets and boutiques, hip bars and cafes and delicious restaurants. There are also picturesque walks around Burleigh Point, or you can stroll along the promenade lined by Norfolk Island pines which are some of the earliest planted on the Gold Coast.
Shopper’s ParadiseThe Gold Coast boasts some of the biggest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere, as well as plenty of boutique shopping strips for more one-off finds. The Gold Coast offers a unique shopping experience for almost any budget and style - the city is a shopper’s paradise. The large shopping centres, such as Pacific Fair, Robina Town Centre and Australia's largest outlet shopping centre, Harbour Town, include department stores with high-end brands and discount traders, sure to give you all the retail therapy you need. Or if you enjoy finding more unique pieces, be spoilt for choice with a fascinating array of markets, chic boutiques, specialty shops and duty free stores.
BroadbeachJust further south from Surfers Paradise you’ll find Broadbeach. The new cosmopolitan hub of the Gold Coast features boutique shops and a diverse range of cafes, bars, restaurants and beachside accommodation offering sweeping ocean views. As one of Queensland’s shopping destinations, Broadbeach is open year-round with endless fashion boutiques, offering a mix of high-end and beachside fashion. Broadbeach is also a destination for many touring international shows, events and acts, with landmark facilities such as the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and Conrad Jupiters Casino positioned in the heart of the district.
CurrumbinCurrumbin is home to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most popular attractions in south-east Queensland. Currumbin Sanctuary offers up-close encounters with native and exotic wildlife – cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo or watch an entertaining live show! Follow the steep hills rolling towards the ocean to enjoy kite-surfing, kayaking, board riding and stand-up paddle boarding in the surf and calm creek. You can even fish in the Currumbin Creek Estuary. If you need a bite to eat, the Currumbin Surf Club is perched right on the ocean, boasting one of the best dining views on the coast. While in Currumbin, Surf World Gold Coast is worth a visit – an interesting attraction paying homage to the coast’s surfing history.
Southern Gold CoastFamous for its laid-back lifestyle and beautiful beaches, the southern end of the Gold Coast stretches to the border of New South Wales. Popular areas include Tugun, Kirra, Greenmount, Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay – with Greenmount and Rainbow Bay considered two of the Gold Coast’s best-kept secrets for the exceptional swimming and surfing conditions. Most beaches back onto lush green areas with parks and large pine trees offering plenty of shade – making it easy to lose track of time and spend the whole day beachside.
Byron BayByron Bay, Australia's most eastern town, is a brilliant mix of outstanding natural beauty and an eccentric beachside vibe like no other. This unique seaside town steals the heart of everyone who visits. The Byron Bay Markets are some of the best in Australia, showcasing a colourful array of locally-grown produce, handmade crafts and fashion, delicious food and unique artworks. The lighthouse walk rewards you with amazing views once you reach the top. Watch as humpback whales cruise past the headland, and hang-gliders glide above the lighthouse. But if you’re looking for a great surfing spot that’s also safe for the kids, Main Beach is your best option.
SkyPoint ClimbSkyPoint is home to Australia’s highest external building climb, the SkyPoint Climb. Rising 270m into the air, the SkyPoint Climb provides unparalleled 360 degree views of the Gold Coast and beyond, making it a must-do Gold Coast adventure. The Climb lasts 90 minutes from the beginning to the end and features an awe-inspiring, open-air adventure atop Queensland's iconic Q1 Resort Building. Starting on level 77 of SkyPoint Observation Deck, climbers dressed in a full body suit and harness follow their Climb guide in the open-air up towards the highest point of the Climb at around 270m above ground. Regular stops will be taken to admire the stunning 360 degree views of the Gold Coast including the golden beaches, city skyline and lush green hinterland. Depending on the type of view you’d like, morning, day and twilight climbs are available, as well as climb and dine packages. It's time to take on the Gold Coast ultimate high altitude adventure!
Mt. WarningMount Warning, a World Heritage Listed National Park, is the southern hemisphere’s largest extinct shield volcano. Named by Captain Cook, but known as Wollumbin to the Aboriginal community, it’s the first place on Australia’s mainland to be touched by the morning sun. A climb to the summit to watch the sunrise is a must for the adventurous. The towering peak of Mount Warning has become the trademark of the Tweed. From every point in the valley and beyond, the mountain dominates the landscape. The valley itself features charming country villages, farms and sugar cane fields.
The WeatherAs its name suggests, the Gold Coast delivers idyllic weather conditions all-year round. The comfortable sub-tropical climate is ideal for the beach, attractions, dining and open-air shopping. The Gold Coast averages 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year, with majority of rainfall occurring in the summer period (December to February). The daytime temperature usually sits around the mid 20°C range. The Hinterland is slightly cooler with maximum winter temperatures around 16°C. In winter, clear skies and dry air mean cool nights.
WaterfallsThere are some breathtaking waterfalls on the Gold Coast, giving you views from below as the water plummets to the ground, and from the top as you peer over the edge to watch everything below get soaked. Here are some of the best: Natural Bridge Natural Bridge in the Numinbah Valley is one of the most incredible sights on the Gold Coast. Follow the paved circuit above, below and around the waterfall. The best time to go is in the late afternoon so you can stay until dark and see the glow worms light up the cave. Morans Falls Morans Falls, located in the Green Mountain section within the Lamington National Park, is an ideal location to relax and and watch the sunset. Make the 4.6km return walk, starting just down from the main road at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Chalahn Falls Considered the star attraction of the Lamington National Park, Chalahn Falls is found about halfway through the Toolona Creek Circuit. Start the 17.4km long walk from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Killarney Glen Killarney Glen can be found further downstream from Lip Falls, just off Beechmont Road. It’s recommended to take the old 4wd track down to the falls, then return via the walking track. Access to the waterfall may sometimes be closed, but most weekends it’s open to the public.
All creatures great and smallThe Gold Coast is Australia’s most biologically diverse city, home to more than 1,300 animal and 1,700 plant species. Native vegetation covers 49.1 per cent of the city's land area, making it a great place to explore the National Parks and look for native wildlife.
National ParksSpringbrook National Park Covering a huge 6,725 hectares, the rainforest is filled with surprises at every turn. Watch spectacular waterfalls and walk through tumbling creeks and rock pools. This is where you can find the glorious Natural Bridge by day, and see the glow worms at night. Set up a picnic on the banks of the Nerang River, or stay a little longer and camp at the Settlement Area. Lamington National Park Lamington National Park is part of the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests, the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. Known for its incredible waterfalls, walking trails, wildflowers and rare wildlife that thrive in the area.
The 2018 Commonwealth GamesThe Gold Coast is proud to host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Over 6,500 athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories will compete in the 11-day competition from 4 to 15 April 2018. The Commonwealth Games is one of the largest elite multi-sport events in the world, and the 2018 event will be the largest international sporting event staged in Australia for a decade, and the largest ever hosted by the Gold Coast. Full integration of para-competition into the program is a unique element to the Commonwealth Games. All GC2018 sports events will be held in existing and new or upgraded venues on the Gold Coast, with the exception of track cycling and shooting (Brisbane) and preliminary rounds of basketball (Townsville and Cairns).
Mt. TamborineTamborine Mountain is a hotspot for visitors to the Gold Coast for many reasons. The rainforest is found in the third oldest National Park in the world, also home to Mount Warning. You can explore all the area has to offer by yourself or with a guided tour. The lush mountain has 12 easy walking tracks, no longer than around 3km – perfect for a stroll among the high trees and diverse wildlife. For a change of pace, there are several wineries, a brewery and distillery to visit on the mountain, and of course award-winning restaurants. The indulgence doesn’t stop there, with home-grown produce, award-winning cheeses and fabulous fudge all at your fingertips. To enjoy everything Mt. Tamborine has to offer, stay a little longer at one of the cosy cottages, decadent dwellings or the iconic St Bernard’s Hotel.
The Gold Coast offers one of the largest ranges of themed attractions in the southern hemisphere, being home to Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, and Wet’n’Wild Water World.
Dreamworld is Australia’s biggest theme park, where you can get all the happiness, all in one place. One moment you’re cuddling koalas and meeting tigers, the next your flying down a rollercoaster! There are nine super thrill rides, each with their own impressive claim to fame, a generous range of family rides and water slides, plus Tiger Island, Australian Wildlife Experience, Corroboree, ABC Kids World and much more including WhiteWater World! WhiteWater World offers year-round fun, with refreshing days in summer, and the warmest water of any park in winter (26°C). The park includes 30 water rides for thrill seekers, toddlers, and everyone in between. Entry tickets to Dreamworld include WhiteWater World.
Sea World is a 24.6 hectare marine zoological park offering unique entertainment and an educational window to the underwater world. Experience daily stunt water skiing shows, as well as seal and dolphin presentations. At Shark Bay you can view the sharks from the underwater viewing chamber, or if you’re brave enough, you can choose to scuba dive with the sharks.
Warner Bros. Movie World
At Warner Bros. Movie World, visitors can watch on as movies are made, or sit on their edge of their seats during the dramatic stunt shows. There are rides for everyone, from the thrilling Superman Escape, to the family-friendly Looney Tunes 4D movie experience. With so much to do, you’ll make it a day to remember.
Wet n Wild Waterpark
Australia’s largest water park calls the Gold Coast home. Packed with the best water slides, wave pools, rides and entertainment for the whole family. It’s a fun-filled experience all year round, with heated water during the cooler months (April to September), and a great way to refresh during summer.