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There’s a new kind of wave in town, one splashed in colour and creativity, sewn with strings of a different sound, bubbling with vision, passion and a sprinkle of tradition. Our cultural current is carving out more street cred than ever before; teeming with talent, creative minds and entrepreneurial souls, our spirit beats to the sound of its own drum.

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Beneath the new lies an ancient heartbeat; our indigenous roots run deep. Brightly painted masterpieces, Dreamtime stories and colourful Corroborees all dotted with magic and meaning – our Kombumberri and Yugambeh heritage shines strong.

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Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens Byron Bay Hinterland

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens Byron Bay Hinterland

Type: Galleries, Museums and Collections Natural Attractions and National Parks

A short scenic journey into Byron Bay’s hinterland lies a tranquil and magical sanctuary. Home of the world’s largest and most beautiful natural crystals, The Crystal Castle with its peaceful ambiance and exquisite natural splendour, is a place of wonder for everyone. Walk in the lush rainforest and botanical gardens, revealing the wonder of sacred statues and the World Peace Stupa, a project blessed by the Dalai Lama. Be immersed in the magi

Wax Museum

Wax Museum

Type: Galleries, Museums and Collections

The Gold Coast Wax Museum in Surfers Paradise is Australia's largest Museum of its kind, featuring more than 110 life-size wax effigies, copies of the British Crown Jewels and dioramas of Australian history. Come face to face with Presidents and former Prime Ministers, Entertainers, members of the Royal Family, Dictators, and many others whose lives have all left an indelible mark on our world. You will find dozens of others from the Arts, Poli

Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum Inc.

Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum Inc.

Type: Galleries, Museums and Collections Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

The Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving historical material which shows the growth and developments of the hinterland region of the Gold Coast and making their collection available for everyone to experience. The museum holds a collection of original buildings including: Okey House – an original 1930s Mudgeeraba Farm House built with timbers from the old Hampshire Terrace Hotel. Franklin House- an original 1956 f

King Opal

King Opal

Type: Galleries, Museums and Collections Scenic Drives and Walks

King Opal is a unique Gold Coast tourist destination allowing visitors to view and purchase from the largest selection of exquisite Australian opals direct from the miners. Since the 1880s, Australia's beautiful and extraordinary gemstone, the opal has been mined in the outback. Today, more than 95 per cent of the world's opals are sourced from Australia. On arrival you will experience their opal cutting workshop, a presentation on opal history

Surf World Gold Coast

Surf World Gold Coast

Type: Galleries, Museums and Collections

Surf World Gold Coast is Queensland's only surfing museum. The exhibition includes an extensive collection of surf boards highlighting the evolution of design and technology from the early 1930s to today. There's also amazing photography depicting early surf scenes, art works including surf movie posters and album covers, cinematography and other memorabilia. Learn about the history of Queensland's surfing and beach culture and check out contempo

Gallery at HOTA

Gallery at HOTA

Type: Galleries, Museums and Collections

Home is where the art is. Gallery at HOTA presents a lively program of exhibitions and events and is home to their multi-million dollar art collection, including one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia. In 2017 they presented 12 exhibitions featuring more than 400 artists and welcomed more than 45000 visitors. They are also home to the highly-regarded Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert

Thunderbird Park™ - Scenic Rim, Gold Coast Region

Thunderbird Park™ - Scenic Rim, Gold Coast Region

Type: Amusement and Theme Parks Galleries, Museums and Collections Natural Attractions and National Parks Scenic Drives and Walks Sports and Recreation Facilities

Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. This magnificent property is less than an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast. Come for the day or stay and play. This rainforest playground has it all. Onsite adventures make Thunderbird Park an exciting experience for every age group. Find treasure filled thundereggs formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth, play laser skirmish in the jungle, tackle the high ropes course

HOTA - Home of the Arts

HOTA - Home of the Arts

Type: Entertainment Galleries, Museums and Collections Natural Attractions and National Parks Shopping Sports and Recreation Facilities

Surrounded by parklands and a lake with Surfers Paradise as the backdrop, HOTA, Home of the Arts is your place for live performances, lake-side strolls, star-gazing, cinema-watching, art and new-ideas. There’s a unique outdoor stage for live events and a refreshed cafe for relaxing and connecting. Plus, all your favourites, like their cinemas, theatres and gallery. Discover art—indoors and out. HOTA is that kind of place—where art meets life.

Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Society

Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Society

Type: Galleries, Museums and Collections Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

The Gold Coast Museum was opened in 1972, believed to be a former Aboriginal gathering place with middens. The heritage listed grounds and trees of one and a quarter acres include littoral forest and gardens planted with ancient native vegetation. Bundall sugar mill was in the vicinity from 1872 until 1888 and family members of those who worked at the mill have been buried with marked graves within the grounds. The grounds were part of the ABC

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