12 Feb 2019

Places become icons thanks to those who have loved them, and for these Gold Coast treasures it’s not hard to see why.  As we grow up, so too do the holiday destinations we pin memories to.


There’s a niggling to relive first time memories. We feel it when holding old photo albums in our hands, heavy with the weight of a thousand firsts. Hear it when young ones arrive home from an adventure. It’s time to set out on your next adventure to keep the magic alive through the generations by revisiting the places you know and love. Come and see how your favourites have grown and evolved. Create some new firsts from these iconic Gold Coast experiences.


Remember that faded photo on the fridge of family surrounded by lorikeets? Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s Lost Valley now captures a time where lemurs leap in unison with tamarins and friendly capybara’s hang out with prehistoric birds. Recreate that photo with a new twist and be transported back to Gondwana days in a huge aviary that allows you to interact with exotic wildlife. With a new free flight bird show Wild Skies, you’ll be hard pressed to leave with only one pic for the fridge. This crown jewel of the National Trust of Australia is also home to one of the busiest animal hospitals in the world. Take advantage of online specials for a visit that wont break the bank.


The importance of conservation is inherently adopted through the combination of curiosity and giggles. Sea World’s Sea Jellies Illuminated exhibition does just this. Seemingly from another dimension, dots of illuminated colour glow in the dark at this functioning research lab.


From the depths of the ocean to sky high, amp it up on the DC Rivals HyperCoaster at Warner Bros. Movie World for serious thrills cred. Grab a multi-park pass to awaken your inner adventurer at Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast and Paradise Country; then lead the charge for playful family fun with an entertainment-filled, sports bar with a twist at, Topgolf.


Fly through time on the Play School Wheel at Aussie kids’ favourite ABC KIDS WORLD. With traditional morals and a new lick of paint, Big Ted is bringing joy to old fans and new. Once you’ve landed, go from soar to roar with Dreamworld’s youngest conservationists on Tiger Island, Melati and Mya. Go back in time on the Log Ride and Vintage Cars or cool down next door at WhiteWater World. You can visit both worlds with money-saving passes letting you come back for more, time and again.


See the sky light up on the city’s highest outdoor experience, the SkyPoint Night Climb or take in the views from prime position at the Observation Deck.


Join the stockmen and women of the Australian Outback Spectacular. Enjoy an immersive experience of the Australian bush and Outback life at the extraordinary show, Heartland.


Follow the fun trail throughout Surfers Paradise with a visit to Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Timezone and to Infinity and beyond at iFLY.


Take the leap at the highest and longest zip-line in Australia. Immersed within the wonders of the hinterland, Canyon Flyer feels like a dream at the Tree Top Challenge.

Lara Boath
Lara Boath

With a strong passion for smile-lines and making every effort to add to her own, Lara is an unabashed optimist. A love of ocean breeze and high heels in equal measure, she feels a strong sense of connection to the Gold Coast's efficacious embrace of contrasts. Sure she might stack it on the sand, but you can count on Lara to walk the talk of what's on and what's hot in this vivid city, that has undeniably become her 'spirit animal'.


Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. 
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.