Experience the Gold Coast

From the iconic Surfers Paradise beach to the sophisticated dining precincts of Main Beach and Broadbeach and out to the lush, green Hinterland, there’s a new experience waiting for you at every turn on the Gold Coast. Theme parks, world-renowned beaches and year-round sunshine are just a few of the reasons 10.5 million visitors flock to this vibrant city each year – a destination that is as scenic and peaceful as it is fast-paced and active.

For more information on local tours and attractions, please visit www.destinationgoldcoast.com

Theme parks

On the Gold Coast, fun comes naturally and with the biggest and best theme parks in the Southern Hemisphere calling the city. Less than an hour by car, take a look at the wide variety of Gold Coast Theme Parks & Amusement Parks on offer.

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore this iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary. Immerse yourself into the wonder and natural beauty of 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas along the way.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation and reinvests all proceeds back into wildlife and conservation programs.

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Burleigh Head National Park

Discover a wild, natural headland in the heart of the Gold Coast that offers walks along the rocky foreshore and through rainforest, and the chance to see whales in spring and sea-eagles soaring along the coast. Ancient volcanic columns meet the sea in this park, which features rainforest, eucalypt forest, pandanus groves, tussock grassland, coastal heath and mangroves. Its northern side is one of Australia's most famous surfing point breaks.

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Pacific Fair is the Gold Coast's unmissable shopping and dining destination, offering an expansive collection of luxury, iconic global brands and leading Australian retailers. With 400 stores, Pacific Fair offers a captivating blend of the world’s best brands, set amongst tropical landscapes and a unique outdoor ambience.
A free shopping shuttle service operates daily between Main Beach and Burleigh Heads. Pacific Fair is open seven days a week and just a short walk from Broadbeach South G: Link station.

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Surf in Paradise

Learn to surf or stand up paddle boarding (SUP) at some the best locations on the Gold Coast for beginners: The Spit and Budds Beach. Only a short drive from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, the company Surf in Paradise can offer either private and group lessons as well as surf board and SUP hire.

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Whale Watching

Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Whales in Paradise are the original Gold Coast Whale Watching company and the only whale watch operation whose cruises depart from the heart of the Gold Coast in central Surfers Paradise.
Whales in Paradise boasts a 100 per cent Daily Sightings Record (Guaranteed Whale Sightings or Free Return Cruise). Enjoy the small groups and personalised services that they have to offer. Included is a scenic route through the Gold Coast Waterways, valued at AUD45, where you can see the homes of the rich and the famous with commentary.

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AIEC 2022 Key dates

1 February - Call for proposals opens

1 March - Call for proposals closes

1 June - Early bird registration open

1 August - Registration opens

18-21 October – AIEC 2022