“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Thanks to their sunny climate, stunning coastal landscapes and breath-taking nature, the Gold Coast and Cairns in Queensland, Australia, are some of the hottest getaways for couples and families. From cuddling koalas to soaking up the sun on golden beaches, there’s always a picture-perfect moment somewhere!
So if you’re dreaming of a picture-perfect vacation, look no further – we have compiled a list of Instagram-worthy spots of the Gold Coast and Cairns.
Weaving a magical tapestry of wildlife and theme parks, the Gold Coast is a paradise begging to be explored. With its pristine beaches of crystal clear waters, be captivated by the urban essence of this coastal city and enjoy all it has to offer.
Challenge yourself at Movie World
If you are a rollercoaster enthusiast, let your adrenaline levels spike on rides such as the Arkham Asylum, Superman Escape and Road Runner Rollercoaster.
Meet the Warner Bros Movie World Stars
Grab a good spot on Main Street and soak in the fun as you watch well-loved characters such as Batman, Bugs Bunny and more make special appearances at the Streets Star Parade.
Thrill yourself at Sea World
From Spongebob’s Boating School Blast to Jet Rescue Coaster, buckle up as there are different thrill ride levels to enjoy from. Make sure you experience all of them!
Soar with Sea World Helicopters
There is no better way to experience the breath-taking sights of the Gold Coast than to capture it high above seas in a helicopter ride. This is a photo-op you will not want to miss!
Spot marine animals at Sea World
Be captivated by the live shows at Sea World – home to penguins, seals, polar bears and many more marine animals. Have your camera ready to capture these intriguing animals in action, particularly the dolphins at the Affinity Dolphin Presentation.
Pat the kangaroos at Paradise Country
Paradise Country is the only place on the Gold Coast where you can experience an authentic Australian Farm homestead. Cosy up to the farm life as it would be roo’d not to take a snapshot of the kangaroos while you are here.
Catch the sheep shearing action at Paradise Country
Meet the stars of the Sheep Shearing Show and Ram Parade at Paradise Country’s authentic shearing shed. Get to learn about the production steps of wool while watching the skilled master shearers in action!
Feed the farm animals at Paradise Country
With plenty of animal encounters at Paradise Country, don’t forget to get up close interacting and feeding the farm animals – it’s a memory you will definitely remember with a smile.
Wind down with a feast at Miami Marketta
What is a vacation without a scrumptious meal and a lively atmosphere? Wind down with cocktails at Miami Marketta or visit the Marketta Street Food market every Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, where you get taken on a culinary trip from all over the world.
Chill by the coastline at Surfers Paradise
Burleigh Heads, or simply Burleigh to locals, is a great location to recharge as you watch surfers challenging the waves, gazing as the golden sun sets.
The sunny Cairns greets you all year round with its endless tropical vibes and cool breezes. From land to sea, you will not be short of things to do here! With temperatures ranging around 17 – 30°C, it’s always a good time to visit this city.
Marvel at panoramic views of the Great Barrier Reef
Explore the world’s largest reef – the Great Barrier Reef, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the experience up a notch with a helicopter ride and savour every second hovering over the mesmerising panoramic views of the natural coral reefs.
Sail away on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour
Explore the beauty of Cairns by hopping onto the Marine World Pontoon Tour or a Glass Bottom Boat Tour and spot the marine creatures and corals from underwater!
Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway to Kuranda Rainforest
Passing by Barron Gorge, the Kuranda Scenic Railway is an eye-opening journey through the wilderness of Kuranda Rainforest. At the nature park, enjoy a widespread BBQ Lunch Buffet with selections of salads, cheeses and fruits too.
Glide over the Kuranda Rainforest on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Another mode of transportation you can take is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. As the cable car glides over the rainforest, be sure to snap a shot of the lush rainforest canopy beneath you.
Discover local designed souvenirs at Kuranda Village
Relive memories of your adventures with souvenirs from Kuranda Village, where you will find plentiful gifts designed by the local artists. From bath products scented with essential oils to plant holders carved from coconuts, there’s something in store for everyone!
Ride the Army Duck on Water at Rainforestation Nature Park
Rainforestation Nature Park is located in Far North Queensland, amidst the Kuranda rainforest. Experience the native wildlife and learn about its ecosystem during the Army Duck Ride with live commentary.
Catch a Pamagirri Performance at Rainforestation Nature Park
Immerse yourself in Australia’s Indigenous culture, one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world, and catch a Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Performance – a traditional dance performance depicting aspects of their background, held at the Rainforest Amphitheatre.
Take a selfie with a Koala
Get up close and personal with Australian wildlife such as wallabies, wombats, and even a range of pythons and lizards. Be sure to capture a memory of you and a koala – Australia’s cute furry marsupials.
Taste the wonders of Tablelands’ coffee and tropical fruits
Claiming the title as the heart of Australia’s “fruit bowl”, Mareeba, a town in Far North Queensland, is the largest coffee-growing region. Sample coffee from all over the world, sweet tropical fruits and locally made chocolates of different flavours.
Fall in love with Millaa Millaa Falls
Surrounded by tropical greenery, Millaa Millaa Falls, is listed as a Queensland Heritage. Don’t forget to take a Boomerang shot of the iconic waterfall in the Tablelands region so you can replay its majestic beauty in reverse!
Admire the Curtain Fig Tree at Wet Tropics Rainforest
The Tablelands Tour brings you to the Curtain Fig Tree, one of Australia’s largest and oldest living trees where many platypuses and birds call home. Consider making a pitstop to see the platypuses at Atherton Platypus Park too!
Whichever exciting destination you choose to embark on, a new chapter will unfold. And with all the pictorial memories you have captured, you will have plenty of stories to reminisce about when you return home.
So don’t wait! From now until 30 November 2019, enjoy a FREE helicopter flight, AUD$100 dining vouchers and more when you book your next travel to Gold Coast & Cairns with Jetabout Holidays!
The images depicted in this article were contributed by Tourism Events & Queensland.