The Gold Coast is always changing. Here’s the latest and the greatest on Australia’s favourite winter holiday town.The Gold Coast is the chameleon of Queensland’s tourism story, changing style faster than the colours on the horizon from one of the Coast’s incredible sunsets.
While the things that make the Gold Coast great – beaches, theme parks, super family-friendly attractions and a wonderful laidback lifestyle – are always on hand, a host of new attractions and experiences have entered the scene.
So base yourself at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast and then check out these and more.
1. Bounce back
Regardless of your age or ability, Australia’s largest indoor trampoline park – Air Factory at Burleigh Waters – has something to suit everyone. That’s right, there are 140 trampolines to 4700 square metres of bouncing space for everyone, from little ones to professional athletes, to enjoy some air time. www.airfactory.com.au
2. Jet set
For a faster pace on the water, take an action-packed jet boat ride with Ocean Jet. This vessel’s 880hp engine cuts through oncoming waves before bursting into a 360-degree spin and coming to a complete stop. Sea World, Palazzo Versace and Wavebreak Island are attractions you’ll zip past on this thrilling adventure. www.oceanjetboating.com
3. Learn the ropes
Thrill seekers will adore the new Tree Top Challenge ropes course at Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain. Touted as bigger, higher and even more exciting than before, adventurers can choose their own challenge with courses tailored to suit different fitness levels and age groups. www.thunderbirdpark.com
4. On track
For those with a bit of drive, new karts and an outdoor track are two features on offer at Slideways Le Mans Kart Racing at Pimpama. Twenty-five of the latest karts are available for those wishing to test out the 700m outdoor track. www.lemanskartracing.com.au
5. Rock on
While the Hard Rock Cafe has been one of the most-loved entertainment venues in Surfers Paradise for more than 18 years, it’s only recently that the icon has reintroduced live music. That’s right, you can now rock on at the hard rock, right in the heart of paradise. www.hardrock.com/cafes/surfers-paradise/
6. What’s cooking?
Embracing the trend towards healthy cooking, at Tenteram Fine Foods Cooking Classes you’ll learn how to prepare dishes without salts, refined sugars, shrimp paste, fish sauce or starchy rices. This new Currumbin Valley school focuses on the healing properties of fresh Asian ingredients. www.tenteramfinefoods.com.au
7. Smaller splash
Kids too small to take on the bigger slides, rides, tumbles and tubes at Wet’n’Wild have been given their own part of the super-soaker water park. Wet’n’Wild Junior has eight kid-friendly water slides including miniature versions of the park’s signature larger thrill slides such as Tornado and the Aqua Racers. www.wetnwild.com.au
8. The cruisy life
The boat is called Life’s Good and it’s an apt name for this powered catamaran. Experience a catered cruise for up to six hours on the calm Broadwater or go whale watching off shore with Cruise Gold Coast. www.cruisegc.com
9. Fab food
Acclaimed Gold Coast chef Daniel Ridgeway, known for his Bin 12 at Burleigh Heads and Little Truffle at Mermaid Beach, has just launched Bin 72 at The Strand in Coolangatta. www.bin72.com.au
10. Fine wine
If dining among 4000 vines of shiraz, chambourcin, verdelho and semillon is your idea of happiness, head inland to the Canungra Valley Vineyards. www.oreillys.com.au/canungra-valley-vineyards
RACV members save 25% on accommodation at RACV Royal Pines Resort when they book direct with RACV. Go to racv.com.au/royalpines or call 1800 886 880.
The same benefit applies when you stay at RACV’s other resorts in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania – book direct and save. Go to racv.com.au/resorts.
Golfers can try the RACV Royal Pines Resort’s 27-hole golf course – home to the Australian PGA Championship and the RACV Ladies Masters.
Go to racv.com.au/travel for member discounts on Gold Coast theme park tickets, airport transfers, car hire and Melbourne Airport parking. Or call 13 13 29.