Whilst athletes at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will do most of the muscle tearing sports, that doesn't mean visitors won't be able to get in on that action. Taking advantage of being in one of the most active cities in Queensland, Gold Coast has plenty of activities to get your adrenaline pumping. Here are 21 of them to kick-start some ideas for the upcoming XXI Commonwealth Games in 2018.
- Skypoint Climb
Skypoint Climb takes place on the top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise and at 270 metres in the air; it is one of Australia's highest external building walks. Starting on level 77 of SkyPoint Observation deck, climbers will enter the open air dressed in a full body suit and harness. Following the Climb guide, participants will then traverse up towards the crow's nest located at the highest point of the Climb at around 270 metres above the ground. Admire the stunning 360° views of the Gold Coast region including the golden beaches, city skyline and lush green hinterland.
- Tamborine Mountain Trail Rides
Attracting people from all over the world since 1999, Tamborine Mountain Trail Rides offers pony rides, trail rides and riding lessons. They cater for riders of all capability and all ages. Located at Woodstock Farm in Tamborine, Tamborine Mountain Trail Rides offers 300 acres of spectacular riding through paddocks where the mountain range towers in the distance, and riding through thousands of acres of bushland across the road.
- Laser Skirmish North Tamborine
Shooting athletes will be battling it out at the Commonwealth Games with clay targets but you can have shot of fun with a game of laser shooting. The adventure of being part of a simulated battle now can be experienced at "Laser Skirmish" at Thunderbird, a unique combat entertainment attraction. It is actually inspired by the famous Kokoda Track. The outdoor field offers an area of 12,000 square meters (3 acres). The entire area is planned to be thrilling, like a live video-game. The battlefield is quite authentic being set in the tropical jungle. Gamers can make it a real holiday with on-site accommodation from camping to rainforest chalets.
- Gold Coast Oceanway
It may not be an official sprint or relay race in the stadium but enjoy a walk or a run to soak up the lush greenery and stunning waterways of the Gold Coast Oceanway. It is a 36-kilometre network of pathways which connects The Spit at the north to Point Danger in the south. This innovative initiative is actually a series of sections which range up to four kilometres long and are popular with walkers and cyclists. In this award-winning route you'll encounter birds, dolphins, fish and whales making it popular with those who like to swim, fish, sail and sunbake. There are accessible viewing platforms for people with disabilities and the entire route is serviced by the local Surfside Buses. With salt in your hair enjoy blue ocean waves, golden sandy beaches and green dunes.
- Southport Yacht Club Incorporated
Established in 1946, Southport Yacht Club has a beautiful setting with panoramic views of their multimillion dollar 300 berth Private Marina and of the Southport Broadwater. Southport Yacht Club is known worldwide for its exceptional sailing, power boat and fishing fraternities, incorporating everything boating -from power boats, dinghies, one design-racing, trailer sailors, to cruising yachts and elite racing yachts. While the big boats are based at Main Beach, Hollywell offers excellent facilities and a supportive environment for all levels of sailing expertise with sailing camps and learn to sail courses offered.
- Go Karting Gold Coast
Featuring 20 of the latest state-of-the-art European racing machines, this karting package is the perfect way to enjoy maximum adrenaline pumping action. The track is a spacious 350 metres with a range of features such as a huge 55 metre banked cross over bridge, 2 Tunnels, S bends, sweepers and skill testing hairpins. As for the karts, they are purpose built European racing chassis, powered by Honda 10hp 4 stroke engines which can propel you to up to 70 kilometres per hour. They are also fitted with an individual timing transponder which times the karts to an incredible 1/1000th of a second.
- Tallebudgera Creek
Ancient Aborigines used to call this Gold Coast suburb "good fish" and you'll hear no argument from us on this apt name. Tallebudgera is best known for its sparkling creek which is framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other. This is the focal point for any visit to Tallebudgera where the lifestyle is all about camping, swimming, picnicking, kayaking and a spot of fishing or two. This popular campground have seen generations of families return each summer to claim their favourite spot at the Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park which is perched on the edge of this estuary. For those looking for a little luxury there's also two and three bedroom waterfront villas, or basic lodgings for those on a budget.
- King Tutt's Putt Putt
The ultimate mini-golf challenge is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise with one outdoor and two fully themed indoor courses, perfect for any weather condition on the day. The indoor courses feature glow in the dark caves through Ancient Egypt and King Kong amongst ferocious dinosaurs. The outdoor course is the most challenging with a few surprises along the way.
Australia's most advanced racing simulation centre provides dynamic racing experiences for individuals and groups to race against each other in real-time racing. The simulators are the same as professional race drivers use for training and practise and regularly have V8 professional drivers drop in for race sessions. The state-of-the art simulators have full-motion, surround screen and surround sound technology. Sessions are designed to give drivers the most realistic racing experience possible. Drivers have the option to choose any car, from any track, worldwide. Choices include hundreds of cars including F1, V8, Rally, GT3, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Drift and Formula Ford to race around hundreds of Australian and Worldwide Tracks.
- Southport Bowls Club
Lawn bowling has been one of the oldest sports played since the inaugural Commonwealth Games back in 1930. It's time to join in the fun and get to know “jack” and “kitty” in the oldest Bowls Club at the Gold Coast. Established in 1914, Southport Bowls Club is home to lawn bowlers at the coast for 100 years. Equipped with three beautiful grass greens, bowlers are welcomed to play day/night bowls and even barefoot bowls.
- Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
Located in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland, Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 60 minutes from Brisbane Airport. The Skywalk is a one and a half kilometre rainforest walking experience which showcases the pristine beauty of lush rainforest in a safe and exciting way.
- Sea World
At Sea World, you will be given the chance to show off your beautiful breaststroke or even a strong backstroke to the dolphins. Bringing you the best underwater experience, Sea World is the place to swim with dolphins, dive with sharks, seal a new friendship with sea lions and penguins. Meet Australia's only baby Polar Bear 'Henry' and experience the world's first 'SpongeBob ParadePants'.
- O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk
Experience walking through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees covered by vines whilst exploring the epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the tree tops. The Tree Top Walk was the first of its kind in Australia, standing at 180 metres in length and is made up of nine suspension bridges, with much of the walkway being 15 metres above ground. This free of charge experience is an innovative structure that gives visitors a chance to observe life in the rainforest canopy at a close range.
- Paradise Jet Boating
Experience the premium “Broadwater Adventure” ride - 360° spins, high speed drifting, power slides, Beach-buzzing and other exciting manoeuvres through the beautiful waterways. The only Australian jet boat tour to be certified by ECO Australia and T-QUAL. Not only providing the longest jet boat rides (55 minutes) on Gold Coast, but also the only adventure ride accessing Moreton Bay Marine Park with the mafic of wild dolphin spotting and Sovereign Island's amazing waterfront mansions.
- Southern Cross 4WD Tours
Southern Cross 4WD Tours offers a range of Gold Coast Tours to experience the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland and surrounds on a range of four wheel drive tours at its exclusive venues. Visit sub-tropical rainforests in Tamborine National Park, Springbrook National Park and the World Heritage Listed, Lamington Park. Fully guided Gold Coast tours in luxury four wheel drive vehicles ensure an educational and exciting day out to locations others don't go. From nature walks, animal spotting and bird feeding to off-road driving, whip cracking, wine tasting, Glow Worm tours and overnight camping.
- Jet Ski Safari Tour
Blast your way along the beautiful sub-tropical shores of south Stradbroke Island with a Jet Ski Safari Tour. From its take off point at Surfers Paradise, the tour heads north for approximately 20-kilometers weaving its way through untamed mangrove estuaries before arriving at pristine sandy Stradbroke Island. If time allows, the tour pulls up for a snorkel in the clear island waters where guests can get close to turtles, mantas and tropical fish. This tour is a self-drive escape and no experience is necessary to participate. Double the fun and bring a friend to experience the thrill of jet skiing on a tandem tour.
- Get Wet Surf School
Tick learning to surf off the bucket list with Get Wet Surf School on the Gold Coast. This surf school is located in one of the Gold Coast's most uncrowded beaches a few short kilometres north of Surfers Paradise at the Spit. Get Wet teachers guarantee that students stand up on their first lesson or get their money back. The two daily lessons are held in calm surf protected by the seaway wall – the perfect learning ground for young and old. Beginner and intermediate levels welcome and all equipment can be hired for those ready to go it alone.
- Action Outdoor Hire
With such perfect weather for sports, it is hard to decide what sports equipments to pack in your bag. Action Outdoor Hire can provide everything you need including bike hire, surfboard hire, baby hire, skate or scooter hire, sports equipment hire and much more. Supplying the latest range of equipment you can stay active with the spirit of the Commonwealth Games.
- Loganfoote Adventures
Tackle Lamington National Park – Bear Grylls-style – crisscrossing lakes, hiking the escarpment and pounding the pavement of a 23-million-year-old volcano with Loganfoote Adventures. Depending on fitness levels, you can don your hiking boots for one or two-day guided treks through the sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park and discover towering waterfalls, rugged mountains and glowworm caves. For the more seasoned adventurer, The Great Walk of Gondwana is a three-day, 56-kilometre hike through the Lamington National Park.
- Bunyip Bike Tours
Get fit on holidays while taking in the sites with Bunyip Bike Tours. Take a leisurely bike ride around Bunyip Mountain exploring walking trails, waterfalls and wineries. The tour is designed for people of all fitness levels. Children are welcome, so saddle up the whole family for this day adventure.
- Gold Coast ATV Adventure
Gold Coast ATV Adventures offers quad bike tours of the Numinbah Valley in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Focus on the views not the gears on board the automatic ATVs including single and two seater quad bikes. Experience the thrill of riding up hills and through rivers on this ATV adventure.
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