Jet skiing, parasailing and fly boarding, oh my!
Jet skiing, parasailing and fly boarding, oh my!
Picture this: the wind in your hair, the sun on your back and a huge smile from ear to ear – all while you’re flying through the air on the back of jet ski.
If that sounds like your idea of a good time, Gold Coast Watersports have you covered.
Jet ski tours are a popular option and involve an instructor leading a group through the Broadwater, past South Stradbroke Island and into the mangroves.
It’s a scenic, speedy and exhilarating adventure tour that sees you weaving around islands and over boat wakes as fast as your little heart desires.
There is certainly some airtime and the occasional spray in the face with a stream of water, if you’re lucky a dolphin or two and plenty of laughs as you get the hang of the beast beneath you.
Gold Coast Watersports offer plenty of other activities too. Parasailing – similar to parachuting but behind a boat – is a favourite as is the reasonably new Fly Boarding which involves water shooting out of a boot-shaped board propelling you out of and through the water.
They say it’s similar to both flying like a bird and swimming like a dolphin.
There’s also jet boating, which as the name suggests, involves driving at high speeds and the equivalent of burnouts in a boat.
Each activity is the perfect way to experience the adventurous nature of the Gold Coast with the added bonus of an adrenaline rush or two.
In case you’re wondering, the instructors have over 20 years of experience with a variety of watersports so you’re in good hands.
Go get wet it’s practically a rite of passage.
HOURS: 8am to 5pm daily.
ADDRESS: Sea World Resort, Sea World Drive, Main Beach (at the back of Seaworld Resort).
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.
Surfers Paradise is the heart of the Gold Coast, loved by locals and a stark reminder of a youth well spent for locals.
If you’re short on time but still keen to experience the magic of this tourist hub, never fear; here’s a guide to spending 24 action packed hours in Surfers Paradise.
Early morning: Rise with the sun for a walk along one of Australia’s most famous beaches. It’s the quietest time of day in Surfers but the active wear will be out in full force. A magnificent sunrise will ignite you for the day ahead.
Breakfast: Sandbar on the Esplanade has long been a visitor’s favourite and with a recent renovation, it’s now a favourite with the locals too. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy your first coffee of the day, a smoothie bowl or an omelette with a side of lamb sausage (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie) while overlooking the beach.
Where: 52 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise (on the corner of Elkhorn Avenue)
Mid-morning: After letting your breakfast settle, relax with a Surfers Paradise River Cruise. The cruise travels through the waterways at a leisurely pace while the Captain points out interesting sights and celebrity homes along the way. Morning tea is served and can be enjoyed on the sunlit deck overlooking the skyline.
Where: 63 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise (next to the Tiki statue)
Lunch: You’ll be famished after a morning on the water so head down to Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. for a mouth-watering burger and their famous concrete desserts. You’ll be hard pressed to stop eating but don’t forget you’ve got an afternoon of activities ahead!
Where: Chevron Renaissance12-14/3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Early afternoon: Surfers Paradise has a huge variety of shops to wander through from high end to highly touristy. You could easily lose hours (and dollars) in Cavill Mall alone.
If you’re keen for more activities there’s also Timezone, Infinity – a mind-blowing maze adventure, the Wax Museum – where you’ll come face to face with Johnny Depp, Kylie Minogue and the Dalai Lama and Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium – offering 16 themed galleries filled with unbelievable artefacts and interactive exhibits. Perhaps a spot of mini golf at King Tutt’s Putt Putt.
Late afternoon: Get a birds eye view of the Gold Coast from 240 metres in the air at SkyPoint Observation Deck. Relax and enjoy afternoon tea (or a sneaky cocktail) while marveling at 360 degree views of the Coast from the ocean to the hinterland. Hot tip: Head up just before sunset to see the dazzling lights of Surfers come on.
Where: Q1, 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise
Dinner: After a long day of activities, you’ll appreciate a relaxed dinner. Take a stroll across the bridge to the little village community of Chevron Island. Treat yourself to a takeaway pizza from Arlo’s Pizzeria and perch yourself in the park overlooking the Broadwater.
Where: Shop 2, 46-50 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island
After dinner: For a sweet treat don’t miss grabbing a gelato from local favourite Yum Gelato before you hit the hay or, if you’re a night owl and you’ve come to see the Surfers Paradise spectacle that is Orchid Avenue, dance the night away in one of the many bars located in and around Surfers Paradise.
Start at the local’s favourite Melba’s for drink in this open air bar before wandering up to the newly renovated The Avenue for a stint of live music. As every good bar crawl progresses, you can’t miss the Gold Coast’s super club Shooters. Have a bit of a jive at locally-loved bar Elsewhere (with a colour changing disco dance floor), before settling in at late night venue The Bedroom before calling it a night (or an early morning if you gave it a good go).
Don’t forget your kebab on the way home, hold the onion.
So there you have it, one of many ways to spend 24 hours in Surfers Paradise. Keep an eye out for more plus Inside Gold Coast’s ongoing suburb spotlights.
Words by Kirra Smith.