Visiting the Gold Coast in the winter
Chances are that when you think of Australia's Gold Coast, the first things that pop into your mind are the beautiful beaches and golden sands during the summer - but what you may not know is that there's plenty to see on the Gold Coast during winter as well!
When it comes to family-friendly activities that can be enjoyed all year round, the Gold Coast certainly doesn't disappoint. Even though the beaches might be too chilly to visit, there are still plenty of exciting attractions available to keep you and your family entertained.
Here are some of our top picks for making the most of your winter Gold Coast family holiday.
Located at the top of Queensland's iconic Q1 building (one of the tallest residential towers in the whole world), the SkyPoint observation deck offers a 360 degree bird's eye view of the Gold Coast, spanning from the surf to the hinterland and beyond.
The Q1 tower rises 230 metres into the sky and is taller than New York City's Chrysler Building, holding the title of the fifth tallest residential building in the world.
The spire of the tower is one of the world's longest, measuring in at 97.7 metres alone. It begins at level 75 and is made up 12 sections, weighing 87.2 tonnes in total. The spire is illuminated by powerful arc lights that make it visible from 200 kilometres away - so it's definitely one attraction that's hard to miss!
The SkyPoint features one of the world's fastest elevators to ensure you can whizz up to Level 77 from the ground floor in just 42.7 seconds - that's a total of 1,331 steps for anyone interested (one climb that's definitely not for the faint hearted).
Mantra has a range of hotels in Surfers Paradise that are within easy walking distance of the iconic SkyPoint, like Mantra Circle on Cavill and Mantra Legends Hotel.
Dreamworld (and its partner theme park WhiteWater World located just next door) is the largest theme park in Australia and has over 40 rides and attractions to tempt your family.
The park is divided up into 13 different 'worlds', covering everything from fast and exhilarating thrill rides and rollercoasters to interactive shows and animal attractions - so there's sure to be something for everyone on your visit.
For the adrenalin junkies, Dreamworld boasts Pandamonium, The Cyclone and the aptly named Tower of Terror 2 - just make sure to save lunch for afterwards in case your nerves get the better of you!
Meanwhile, animal lovers will fall head over heels for the Australian Wildlife Experience where you can get up close and personal with more than 800 native animals, or head to Tiger Island and feed the tigers in The Lair.
Of course, if you want to do a clean sweep of all the theme parks on the Gold Coast, you can't forget Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild as well.
"When it comes to family-friendly activities that can be enjoyed all year round, the Gold Coast certainly doesn't disappoint."
Australian Outback Spectacular
For a night of breathtaking live entertainment and stunning special effects, you can't go wrong with seats at the Australian Outback Spectacular show, which commemorates the celebrated story of racing icon Phar Lap.
The 'Spirit of the Horse' show features an amazing cast of characters and very talented animals for a night out that your family definitely won't forget!
The Australian Outback Spectacular is a one of a kind evening dinner show, so you and your family will be able to enjoy a delicious three course gourmet Aussie feast while you're taking in all of the action.
In addition to all of these exciting details, the show also features a musical score composed exclusively for the event as well as country music from renowned artist Lee Kernaghan.