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

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

Enjoy a day on Moreton Island on this Fully Guided day trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Enjoy a 75-minute cruise, then take part in fun outdoor activities like snorkeling, kayaking and sand tobogganing. Enjoy lunch during break time. Be picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Board a spacious cruise 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 and kayaking tour around shipwrecks. Have the chance to spot turtles, fish, and rays. View the underwater wonders of the Tangalooma Wrecks as you paddle over crystal-clear water. Stop to savor lunch on the beach. Explore the area on the island that is known as "The Desert." Experience 4X4 driving by our expert tour guide, and enjoy 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: Movie World, Sea World, & Wet’n’Wild 3-Day Pass

Gold Coast: Movie World, Sea World, & Wet’n’Wild 3-Day Pass

Save time and money with this convenient 3-day admission pass to 3 of the Gold Coast's most popular theme parks. Zoom around on roller coasters at Movie World, admire marine life at Sea World, and prepare to be thrilled on a variety of extreme rides at Wet'n'Wild.  Located only a few minutes from central Surfers Paradise, Sea World features amazing aquatic animals, fun rides, and family-friendly shows. Enter the frozen tundra of the Penguin Encounter, see predators up close in Shark Bay, and meet tranquil critters in the dolphin nursery. At Movie World, experience the glamour of Hollywood as you hang out with your favorite superheroes and stars. Enjoy the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, Harry Potter-themed sets, a Lethal Weapon ride, the Batwing Spaceshot, and the steepest inverted drop in the Southern Hemisphere on the Green Lantern Coaster. For families, enjoy music from the Looney Tunes crew among other entertainment. Wet'n'Wild hosts some of the most extreme and fun-packed rides on the continent. You may even recognize some of them from scenes filmed in The Inbetweeners 2 movie.   

Moreton Island: Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Day Cruise

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, and enjoy free island time on the pristine white-sand beach. Paddleboard 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 which 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 who 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: Premium Whale Watching Cruise with Naturalist

Gold Coast: Premium Whale Watching Cruise with Naturalist

Join Australia’s highest-award-winning whale watching operator, Sea World Whale Watch, for a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience and witness the majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat. Sea World Whale Watch is the Gold Coast’s Closest Operator to the Humpback Highway; spend less time in transit and more time with the whales! Departing from Sea World Cruise Terminal in Main Beach, soak up the iconic views of the Gold Coast as you embark on a whale-watching cruise aboard our luxurious purpose-built vessel, the 'Spirit of Migaloo II'. Setting sail up to six times daily from late May until early November, we journey to the famous Humpback Highway, where 40,000 whales pass close to Gold Coast shores on their annual migration from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef. Observe the breathtaking display of whales launching into the air, slapping their mighty tails on the water, and diving deep into the ocean. During close encounters, gain a unique perspective by watching live underwater footage streamed directly to your mobile device (coming soon). You may even hear the iconic whale song through our advanced underwater microphones. Enjoy expert commentary from our knowledgeable crew as you witness these playful and curious gentle giants showcase their acrobatic skills. Look for other fascinating wildlife, including dolphins, turtles, and sea birds. While you anticipate your cruise, enjoy the waterfront deck cafe, enrich your knowledge with informative exhibits, and visit the gift shop at our stunning terminal. Sea World Whale Watch are the ultimate experts in Gold Coast Whale Watching, offering a 100% Whale Sighting Guarantee that ensures a free return cruise if no whales are spotted. With this guarantee, you can be confident that you'll witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Book now for an unforgettable whale-watching experience!

Gold Coast Sunset River Cruise

Gold Coast Sunset River Cruise

Travel on a sunset river cruise, passing some of Gold Coast's most luxurious residences.  Enjoy a glass of champagne or beer from the fully licensed bar and get your camera ready to capture the breathtaking sunset over the beautiful Gold Coast skyline – the best way to finish a day on the Gold Coast. Cruise past the Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and Sea World. Have the chance to witness Australian wildlife including dolphins, sea eagles and much more.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket

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: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

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.

Gold Coast: Parasailing with Surfers Paradise Views

Gold Coast: Parasailing with Surfers Paradise Views

Take a boat trip out to sea, then soar 400 feet in the air on this unforgettable parasailing experience. Marvel at the crystal blue waters of the Broadwater below and savor the spectacular panoramic views. Start your parasailing adventure by meeting your crew at Main Beach's Marina Mirage. Listen to a short briefing before boarding a purpose-built boat. Cruise away from the bustling waterfront shopping precinct and head out to sea. Get ready for your turn to parasail. You will be securely harnessed and attached to the famous smiley parachute which will gradually carry you up into the sky. Feel the adrenaline as you rise to reach a maximum height of 400 feet. Take in the outstanding 360 degree vistas of the Gold Coast and surroundings on this experience to remember.

Gold Coast: Coastal City Scenic Helicopter Flight

Gold Coast: Coastal City Scenic Helicopter Flight

Join a luxury helicopter experience in the city of Gold Coast with live commentary from your pilot. Start from a state-of-the-art terminal and get onboard an air-conditioned helicopter to enjoy aerial views of the city, Broadwater, Main Beach, and Gold Coast Hinterland. Fly over the Broadwater before crossing the golden sand beaches of Main Beach. Head south along the coastline passing Surfers Paradise, home to the cities towering high-rises, including the iconic Q1 Building which stands at 1056 feet tall. As your helicopter soars towards Broadbeach, see distant stunning views of Point Danger and Burleigh Heads. Over Broadbeach, buckle up as your pilot helicopter makes a descending turn. On the journey north, enjoy views of Surfers Paradise and Porpoise Point. Then, make a turn over South Stradbroke Island. As you head back to the terminal, experience spectacular views of the city, the Broadwater, and the Sea World Theme Park from above on this 10 minute helicopter flight.

Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

Departing from Surfers Paradise, the iconic Aquaduck remains Australia’s first and finest amphibious adventure. This tour offers a perfect blend of city sightseeing and river cruising. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, this family-friendly adventure is a safe and enjoyable activity for all ages. Engage with knowledgeable tour guides, who will provide informative commentary throughout the journey. The tour begins on land, where guests can witness the famous ‘Surfers Paradise’ sign on the renowned beach before the real excitement begins. Experience the famous “splash down” as the Aquaduck seamlessly transitions from land to water. Experience an aquatic adventure that gives the opportunity to enjoy the captivating beauty of the Gold Coast Broadwater and look out for marine life. Children are invited to take the helm of the Aquaduck and take home their very own souvenir captain’s certificate. Suitable for all ages, from babies to seniors, this is a must-do activity for the entire family.

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This was an active day trip out. Even enjoyed the ferry over including the beach landing. Guides were always in contact and under control. Snorkeling and kayaking had great fish life in and around the ship wrecks which were easy to get close to. Highlight was the 4wd trip up to the desert. Huge walk in the sand for toboggan rides, but was heaps of fun, even if you just watched! Definitely recommend this day trip.

Awesome time we had. Bunch of whale researchers with us on the trip. It was suppose to rain but it didn't, and then the waves were calm, but I still recommend to take sea sick pills before just in case. We also saw whales and dolphins, the crew and other staff were very nice. Don't hesitate to ask if you're not good at English, they will try and help you as much as you can.

Very fruitful and the crew was very helpful all the way. Only setback was there was no whale to see but at least consolation was dolphin swimming beside the boat.

This was a last minute choice and we are super glad we did it. Beautiful, fun and $12 cocktails! Amazing friendly happy staff

Loved it. What an awesome way to experience Straddie. I'll definitely be back again.