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Flying to Gold Coast? Here’s a curated list of attractions at the coastal city

Pack your bags, cause it’s time to fly to Gold Coast with AirAsia X!

Gold Coast is one of Australia‘s premium holiday destinations known for the best surf beaches, shopping spots, and its vibrant nightlife. What better time to visit than now, with AirAsia offering flight promotions to Gold Coast.

Saving you the hassle, we’ve done some research on where to visit when you’re at Gold Coast — be it next month or anytime in 2023. Curating a list of unique destinations in Gold Coast, we present to you some of the most interesting activities that you could do to make your trip extra special this year. 

Must-visit Gold Coast destinations in 2023

For marine-life lovers: Whale watching tour with the Spirit of Gold Coast

Embark on a cruise to learn about all the fun facts of this rare sea creature. Leave the tricky part of trying to spot whales to professionals, where marine biologists guarantee that you’ll be able to see humpback whales as they migrate past the Gold Coast from June to November (or you’ll get a complimentary second cruise). Get an up-close look of humpback whales breaching from the boat’s lower or upper deck — an experience that’ll last for a lifetime.

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For explorers: Tambourine Mountain Glow Worm Tour

Discover nightlife (in the mountains) at the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tour in Cedar Creek Estate. Start with a stroll on the boardwalk through the rehabilitated rainforest on the way to your destination. You’ll soon arrive at the mesmerising Glow Worm cave for a spectacular underground journey, where audio and visual displays will help you acclimatise your eyes to the dark. Then, feast your eyes in the magical “glow-worm alley” decorated with thousands of glow-worms to create a beautiful show of lights that you can only see at night!

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For superhero fanatics: Warner Bros. Movie World

Australia’s number one theme park, Movie World is a must-visit destination for people who are travelling with kids or simply love joyrides. Feel the adrenaline rush with all the world-class rides, themed attractions, and your favourite characters! Boasting a fun-filled day exploring the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, characters from Looney Tunes and DC Universe. 

Feeling the need for speed? Movie World is the home to one of the tallest, longest and fastest HyperCoaster in the Southern Hemisphere as well as the Metropolis Rollercoaster Subway that reaches up to 100 kilometres per hour within two seconds. For all Batman fans, you also get to take a photo with Batman and Batmobile throughout the day. Remember to stay for the Streets Star Parade to witness the exclusive JL 52 Batmobile in action!

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For wildlife and nature lovers: Currumbin Rainforest

Explore the wonder and beauty of the Currumbin Rainforest, take your time to stroll through the 27 hectares of open animal enclosures. See Australian treasures up close as you’ll get to interact with cute kangaroos and cuddle koalas along the way. Experience a variety of fun activities like feeding the wild lorikeet and enjoy free-flight bird shows available only at Currumbin rainforest. Spot various unique and exotic flora and fauna that adds colours to the magnificent rainforest like red pandas, Capybaras and more along your way.

If you’re bringing kids, they can also visit the huge outdoor-themed playground as they embark on a tour into the sanctuary on a miniature train.

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For foodies: Rick Shores

Seafood is a must when in Gold Coast and we’ve got just the spot for you. Dine right next to the sea, looking out to Burleigh Beach with floor-to-ceiling windows at Rick Shores.  This restaurant focuses on seafood with a sprinkle of the colourful pan-Asian influence. The menu (including the drinks list) changes regularly to allow guests to enjoy each season’s best so that guests could never get enough of Rick Shores. The Moreton Bay bug roll served with Sriracha, mayonnaise and lettuce is also crowned as the restaurant’s signature; so be sure to try it when you’re there.

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For indecisive foodies: Miss Moneypenny’s

What to eat is one of the biggest everyday dilemmas one could have, but not when you go to Miss Moneypenny’s. Start with a little tipple and munchies — how do creative cocktails and bar snacks sound to you? Later, enjoy the seven-course chef’s menu for only AUD $89 per person and experience a variety of delicious Australian cuisines in just one seating. You can also head over to Miss Moneypenny’s for supper as the restaurant opens till late night for foodies searching for food after dark.

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For coffee-dependent travellers: WavyBone

Feeling jet-lagged or simply just needing a coffee booster? Here’s a locally loved retro coffee caravan turned specialty coffee shop that you should try. Wavybone started as a small coffee caravan with quality coffee drops and recently opened its first physical store in Chirn Park. Sip the culturally crafted coffee in the trendy, minimalist cafe — order a cup of freshly brewed Blackboard Coffee, we insist.

For a quick bite: Bam Bam Bakehouse

Enjoy freshly baked handmade pastries in small batches at Bam Bam Bakehouse — a croissant perhaps?. This bakery at Mermaid Beach built its reputation as a cult-followed bakery destination and cafe for obvious reasons. Whether you’re craving for a sweet dessert or savoury option, you’ll be able to find a pastry just for you. Don’t forget to try the buttery baked croissant paired with a cup of coffee that’s a perfect combination to kick start your day in Gold Coast.

For anyone who’s reading this article, the universe has sent you a message

We’re bringing you some great news for AirAsia X! Offering three to and fro flights per week, AirAsia X has announced a flight promotion to celebrate their inaugural flight Gold Coast starting from 31 March 2023.

(Hero image credit: City of Gold Coast on Unsplash)

(Featured image credit: Caleb Russell on Unsplash)

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