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Australia Outback Spectacular: Dinner and Show

1. Australia Outback Spectacular: Dinner and Show

Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all new show featuring a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. Plus, enjoy a delicious three course meal whilst you enjoy the show. Start the night with a rustic woodfire roasted Vegetable and Goat Feta Tart served with wild rocket and home-made pineapple and mustard seeded chutney. Then, indulge in a juicy eye fillet steak or a tender chicken breast with a full-bodied jus with a side of roast pumpkin, green beans and a delicious potato parcel. To finish off, enjoy a delicate Dark Chocolate Flan with Chocolate Ganache, salted caramel sauce and a dusting of chocolate dirt. Australian Outback Spectacular’s Heartland promises an unforgettable night out.

Gold Coast Morning Tea Cruise from Surfers Paradise

2. Gold Coast Morning Tea Cruise from Surfers Paradise

Enjoy a morning tea cruise that departs from the heart of Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast. The 90-minute ride is available daily and is the perfect way to spend a leisurely morning. Sit back and relax as you cruise along the Gold Coast waterways, canals, and Broadwater. You'll pass by luxury homes and yachts, and have a chance to see how the rich and famous live as you listen to some fun and informative commentary. This is sure to be a highlight of your day on the Gold Coast. What better way to spend a morning than cruising the beautiful Gold Coast canals and Broadwater!

Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

3. Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

Enjoy the 'Aquaduck' tour which combines a city tour and river cruise. Departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise, tours aboard the amphibious ‘Aquaduck’ offers an informative city tour with a unique and exciting river cruise. Traveling past the glitzy waterfront mansions of the rich and famous and taking in the spectacular views of the Gold Coast waterways and its famous landmarks. Experience the Gold Coast as you have never before. Cruise along the glorious Gold Coast beaches, then up to the magnificent Palazzo Versace and Marina Mirage. That's where the Aquaduck gets to show its true colors with a bit of 'duck diving' into the spectacular Broadwater. Experience the thrill of the big splash and take in the sights of the beautiful waterways and of course the fabulous millionaires row. Kids get the unique experience of Captain the Aquaduck while cruising the waterways and will receive their free Official Aquaduck Licence Certificate.

Surfers Paradise: Guided Gold Coast Amphibious Bus Tour

4. Surfers Paradise: Guided Gold Coast Amphibious Bus Tour

Discover the best of the Gold Coast, from both land and sea, with this guided tour by amphibious bus. Experience a sightseeing activity with a twist, as your tour vehicle transforms from a bus into a cruise boat. Set off from the heart of Surfers Paradise on a tour that journeys from roads into the Gold Coast Broadwater. Kids and adults will feel the thrill as the duck-themed vessel splashes into the water, transitioning from a bus tour into a relaxing cruise. See homes of the rich and famous in Paradise Waters, and admire super yachts in Southport Yacht Club. Keep a look out for local wildlife, and enjoy the informative commentary, before returning to Surfers Paradise.

Gold Coast: 55-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

5. Gold Coast: 55-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, excitement and incredible view then look no further than this exhilarating jet boat ride departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise. The 55-minute ride is great value for money and offers a novel way to check out the stunning Gold Coast from the beautiful local waterways. Don't just go to the same old tourist attractions, enjoy an exhilarating and unique experience instead. The luxurious 5-star jet boats are equipped with padded seats to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your trip. Sit back and enjoy the thrill of Jet Boat Extreme's 650-horsepower twin jet-power turbo engines, which will take you to up to 80 kilometers per hour on the water.  All this with low-level engine noise and well-known safety features of diesel turbo engines. The experienced, hand-selected jet boat drivers ensure both fun and safety on this extreme playground.

Gold Coast: Airport to Hotel Return Transfer

6. Gold Coast: Airport to Hotel Return Transfer

Make your trip to the Gold Coast seamless and effortless with this convenient transfer service from the airport to the city and back! With over 30 years of experience in the field of transportation, travel with a trusted provider of direct airport shuttle services within Australia. Meet your professional driver (wearing a blue shirt) at a designated location outside of the arrivals area at Gold Coast Airport (OOL). Get assistance with your luggage as you go to your air-conditioned shared vehicle, which boasts ample legroom and space for luggage storage. Travel to your Gold Coast accommodation in safety and comfort. Relax and soak up the sights of Queensland from your air-conditioned vehicle. Choose between pickup/drop zone options that match your destination.

Surfers Paradise: Dinner Buffet Cruise

7. Surfers Paradise: Dinner Buffet Cruise

Board the Spirit of Elston and wind through the picturesque canals of the Gold Coast Broadwater while enjoying a classy and upmarket dining experience. Take in the views of glittering Surfers Paradise skyline by night while enjoying gourmet food prepared by top local chefs accompanied by casual entertainment. Complete the evening with a locally crafted beer or try one of our delicious cocktails. This dinner cruise is perfect for celebrating that special occasion or just enjoying a great night out. The buffet includes seafood such as fresh prawns and New Zealand mussels.

Gold Coast: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast and Bubbly

8. Gold Coast: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast and Bubbly

Enjoy a panoramic morning ride with an expert crew, before toasting a glass of bubbly at breakfast and touring a vineyard. Start your morning with pickup in an air-conditioned bus from select Gold Coast hotels and head out to the launch site. Watch the impressive balloon inflate and snap some photos before taking flight. Take in panoramic views of the Gold Coast skyline, hinterland, and surrounding mountain ranges. Once you gently touch back down, have a laugh with pack-up games before a short drive to the vineyard for a champagne breakfast on the veranda of the grand homestead. Toast a glass of bubbly and enjoy a delicious feast. Take some time afterwards to explore the vineyard and taste some other wines. Conclude the tour with hotel drop-off, or opt to be dropped off at the theme park.

Gold Coast: 1-hour Jet-Ski Safari

9. Gold Coast: 1-hour Jet-Ski Safari

Hire and ride your own Jet-Ski on the Gold Coast under the supervision of highly experienced guides. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced rider, benefit from instruction and guidance to suit your personal needs. Zoom your way along the sub-tropical shores of South Stradbroke Island, spotting wildlife and enjoying stunning views of the Gold Coast along the way.  Head north for 15 kilometers, weaving your way up past pristine islands, golden beaches, sandbars, and mangroves before turning around and making our way back. With the latest model Seadoo Jet-Skis, the experience will satisfy both speed freaks and drivers that wish to ride at a more leisurely pace.

Surfers Paradise: Surf Lesson on the Gold Coast

10. Surfers Paradise: Surf Lesson on the Gold Coast

Meet your instructor and get set up with the proper rash shirt or wetsuit and board and head to the beach. Begin your 2-hour lesson with a safety briefing and basic instruction. Once everyone has caught their first few waves in waist-deep water, you’ll return to the sand for more detailed instruction on stand-up procedures. The remainder of the lesson will be spent in the water with instructors helping everyone stand up. Most participants have low expectations and don’t think they’ll be able to stand up during their first lesson. When you and the rest of the group are successful, there’s excitement all around!

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What people are saying about Surfers Paradise

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,057 reviews

We went on the ‘Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour‘ and had such a fun time !! Our tour guide Paul was so passionate and informative about the area which made the tour so much more enjoyable. The weather was awful but that didn’t stop us from seeing some amazing waterfalls !! highly recommend this tour company, everything was run on time and very organised from the beginning.

The name speaks for itself - SPECTACULAR!! Everything was exceptional! The show was amazing, the choreography is out of this world! The horsemanship is unbelievable! I have been to every show since Outback Spectacular started & it just keeps getting better & better!! The food is delightfully delectable!

Beautiful places, knowledgeable driver, comfortable tour bus, small group, convenient pick up, delicious refreshments. I highly recommend this great afternoon tour.

Nothing to complain about at all …was a good show good service …Thanku

Excellent customer service. Good fun for kids and adults as well.