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Gold Coast Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Gold Coast Safaris & wildlife activities

Moreton Island: Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise

1. Moreton Island: Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise

Discover Moreton Bay Marine Park and learn about marine life from an onboard marine naturalist on this cruise. Go on a guided snorkeling tour of the Tangalooma wrecks and keep an eye our for the dolphins, dugongs and sea turtles that call this glamour area home. Choose from a tour where you meet the boat at the Rivergate Marina or with pickup from the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to uncover miles of unspoiled white sand beaches. Departing daily from Brisbane, cruise in luxury to Moreton Bay Marine Park aboard the modern, air-conditioned catamaran Spirit of Migaloo II. Here enjoy the freedom to do as much or as little as you please with all activities included and no local fees. Dive in and snorkel the fifteen shipwrecks that have been deliberately sunk just off the coastline with an abundance of spectacular coral formations and colorful marine life that needs to be seen to be believed. No experience is required and all equipment and water safety items are provided. Afterwards, join our naturalist guides in a fish-feeding session with the 200 species that frequent the area. Satisfy your appetite with a gourmet tropical buffet featuring ocean king prawns, and quench your thirst with a glass of local wine, craft beer or frozen cocktail. Take the time to relax, enjoy free island time on the pristine white-sand beach. Kayak on sheltered crystal-clear waters, join a game with complimentary beach sporting equipment, or simply kick back and soak in the serenity. Watch out for some of Queensland’s best marine wildlife in this area that is home to one of the largest populations of bottlenose dolphins in Australia. Feel the joy of seeing them jump and play in turquoise waters. Search for six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles and herds of shy and gentle dugongs in one of the world’s remaining strongholds for this species. Get help from the onboard marine naturalists that have been working with these incredible animals for over a decade and have the experience to give you the closest wildlife encounters possible.

Gold Coast: Australian Outback Spectacular Dinner & Show

2. Gold Coast: Australian Outback Spectacular Dinner & Show

Discover the stories of the Outback with this entry ticket to the Australian Outback Spectacular show. Follow the tale of 2 struggling Aussie farmers, marvel at the skills of acrobats, and enjoy a 3-course meal. Head into the venue and sit down to enjoy a gripping tale. As you watch, rejoice with the farmers as the community's courage help them overcome an unforgiving life on the land. See their story performed by talented acrobats and animal stars. As you journey through the heartland of Australia, enjoy a delicious three-course meal with drinks.

From Brisbane or Gold Coast: Moreton Island Full-Day Trip

3. From Brisbane or Gold Coast: Moreton Island Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a day on Moreton Island on this full-day trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Relax on the cruise on the way, enjoy a delicious lunch, then take part in fun outdoor activities like kayaking and sand tobogganing. Be picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Sit back and relax on the air-conditioned drive to the boat's departure point. Board a spacious boat with an outdoor area and a covered seating area. Enjoy ocean views as you cruise across Moreton Bay. Discover a vibrant underwater world as you follow your guide on a snorkeling tour around shipwrecks. Have the chance to spot turtles, fish, and rays. Stop to savor a sandwich lunch on the beach before taking a guided tour in a glass-bottom kayak. View the underwater wonders of the Tangalooma Wrecks as you paddle over crystal-clear water. Explore the area on the island that is known as "The Desert." Ride in a rugged 4X4, and experience the exhilaration of sand tobogganing at speeds of over 40 miles per hour. Admire the Gheebulum Coonungai National Park that covers most of Moreton Island.

Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

4. Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

Depart from Gold Coast on a fun-filled guided kayaking tour to Wave Break Island where you can snorkel, enjoy a snack, and relax while admiring amazing city views away from the crowds. After passing the iconic Broadwater, your friendly tour guides will brief you on kayaking techniques. Cruise through spectacular waters, where you might have the chance to spot dolphins and stingrays. Paddle through beautiful sandbanks, offering a unique Gold Coast City view in the background, and arrive at the Northern side of Wave Break Island, where you will park your kayaks next to a scenic spot. Take a short bushwalk to Wave Break Island’s Eastern side to snorkel and explore the underwater beauty of this fantastic island.  Swim amongst the friendly rocky reef locals, diamond fish, and black bream, and discover many other species, from sea cucumbers, trumpet fish, and sergeant fish. You can even find Dory if you are lucky. Here, natural and man-made beauty are combined to create a picture-perfect background; the beautiful Gold Coast waterways with the city’s collection of skyscrapers on the horizon. As you get out of the water, a snack will be waiting for you. Savor it whilst admiring the amazing views, and get ready to return to the starting point.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket

5. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket

Delight in a close encounter with Australia’s unique native wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, centrally located on the Gold Coast and just a 30-minute drive from Surfers Paradise. Explore the 27-hectare sanctuary, home to over 1,400 Australian native wildlife. Meet koalas, echidnas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, emus, and dingoes. Hand-feed kangaroos, come face-to-face with Australia’s largest saltwater crocodile and see the free-flight bird show and Aboriginal performances. Learn about the sanctuary and its animals at any of the 13 interactive keeper shows daily or ask one of the helpful volunteers positioned around the park. Discover the outdoor playground, ride on the sanctuary’s miniature train, or enjoy a picnic. Visit the onsite Wildlife Hospital and see the vets in action. Join in the feeding of the colorful wild lorikeets at 8.00 am or 4.00 pm for a gold coin donation. Enjoy the spectacle of dozens of rainbow-colored birds landing on your head and arms!  Lost Valley Take in the beauty of this 5-hectare rainforest as you wind your way along elevated boardwalks, whilst discovering exotic wildlife. Uncover the secrets of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana and explore a forgotten world.

Gold Coast: Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour

6. Gold Coast: Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour

The Goondawanna Rainforests have so much to offer and are only a short drive from the Gold Coast beaches. This small group tour offers a truly personalized experience and door- to-door service from your central Gold Coast hotel.  Visit the stunning Natural Arch waterfall with a fully-guided walk from an expert local guide.  Learn about the unique flora and fauna of the rainforest as you make your way.  From inside the cave see the water cascading through the roof of the basalt cave formed over millions of years.  Continuing the tour, "Best of All Lookout" offers a view of northern New South Wales and Mount Warning.  The walk to this magnificent lookout takes you through one of the few remaining pockets of the ancient Antarctic Beech forest. Then head off to the nearby viewing platform to see the enchanting Purling Brook Falls.  During the journey, tour commentary on the area and wildlife is provided along with the great scenery of the Numinbah Valley. Take in the views of Twin Falls and Rainbow Falls from Canyon Lookout on the way home.  On the return journey to the Gold Coast, sightings of kangaroos and pretty-faced wallabies are common, as they emerge from their bush retreats to feed on the lush grass in the cooler part of the day.

Main Beach: Gold Coast Jet Boating Adventure

7. Main Beach: Gold Coast Jet Boating Adventure

Experience 360-degree spins, high-speed drifting, and other exciting maneuvers while exploring the waterways of the Gold Coast. With approved access to the exclusive National Marine Park, the service provides the opportunity to spot dolphins, wallabies, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Then you’ll experience more amazing sights as you pass Sovereign Island’s spectacular, multi-million dollar mansions. Enjoy the highest levels of safety, performance, and passenger comfort aboard first-class, purpose-built jet boats. The highly trained, professional skippers have your safety as their priority and all passengers wear life jackets on the tours. Services operate from the Adventure Terminal marina, where you’ll find secure storage, undercover/comfortable waiting areas, full-length rain wear, tea and coffee facilities, in-house photography, and free parking all available.

Gold Coast: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

8. Gold Coast: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

Spend time with the fishes on this snorkeling adventure. Wave Break has one of the highest amounts of fish in Australia and is a fantastic site for snorkeling. There are over 50 different species of fish with depths ranging from  0–15 meters. Many of the fish school in their hundreds and are very people friendly. This site is ideal for both the beginner and the advanced due to the location there is minimum swell. All snorkellers can be assisted with a guide on the basics of snorkeling and the areas that are best for photography and fish feeding. Snap some cool photos of the fishes underwater and hand-feed the fish. Take a break from snorkeling and pend some time exploring what Wave Break has to offer, including a beautiful stretch of the beach secluded from other boating activities. Or float on a boogie board with view holes to watch the sea life pass you by.  Get dropped off at your hotel with your photos and unforgettable memories. Return hotel transfers from Main Beah and Surfers Paradise. The duration of this activity from pickup to drop-off is 4 hours.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket & Koala Photo

9. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket & Koala Photo

Have your photo taken cuddling a koala and meet Australia’s unique native wildlife with this combo ticket. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is centrally located on the Gold Coast and just a 30-minute drive from Surfers Paradise. You can cuddle a koala and have your photo taken any time of the day. The Koala Photo Area is open from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Wander the 27-hectare sanctuary, home to over 1,400 Australian native wildlife. Hand-feed kangaroos, come face-to-face with Australia’s largest saltwater crocodile and see the free-flight bird show and Aboriginal performances. Learn about the Sanctuary and its animals at any of the interactive shows, or ask one of the helpful volunteers positioned around the park. Discover the outdoor playground, ride on the sanctuary’s miniature train, or enjoy a picnic. Visit the onsite Wildlife Hospital and see the vets in action. Join in the feeding of the colorful wild lorikeets at 8.00 am or 4.00 pm for a gold coin donation. Enjoy the spectacle of dozens of rainbow-colored birds landing on your head and arms! 

Gold Coast: Sunset Guided Boat Cruise

10. Gold Coast: Sunset Guided Boat Cruise

Experience the Gold Coast in Style! It’s not every day you have the opportunity to sit back with a drink in your hand, blissfully cruising aboard a luxury super yacht while watching an epic Sunset Cruise Gold Coast. Choose from a spacious, air-conditioned mid deck or open top, middle and bottom decks to enjoy the fresh Gold Coast air as you cruise through the Gold Coast Broadwater. Keep an eye out for marine life such as dolphins, turtles, rays and dugongs as we discover the Seaway and (weather permitting) Watch the sunset over the Iconic Gold Coast Skyline. Mermaid Spirit is a first class luxury Tri-Deck Catamaran . Be immersed in the stunning natural beauty of the Gold Coast Broadwater while our professional crew make sure your experience is second to none.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 67 reviews

Really easy going staff and enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend! The kayaking isn’t too tiring and the walk is easy, the sandy trail is also quite picturesque. The snorkelling was very fun, however the water can be murky depending on the weather, (if overcast). Even though we had some overcast weather we still saw quite a few fish. All of the guides were great too! 5/5 stars ☺️☺️

We have seen this show 4 times over the past 10 years and it never ceases to amaze. This time we took our grandchildren to the show and they loved it. The entire package (country music, meals, and the show itself) is world class.

Daniel our guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and passionate about his job. Pointing out bush good and interest info on the area we toured. Nice stop at the winery and alpaca farm at the end. Really enjoyable. Thank you.

A great day from start to finish. My teenagers highlight of our trip. Lunch was lovely, snorkeling was great, boat itself nice. Friendly staff.

Southern Coast Tours took good care of us. The pristine Rain forest cannot be missed.