SIGHTS
Surfers Paradise,
Australia

Area Code 07, US$1=$, Jun 5, 2000

Surfers Paradise is most famous for its tourist theme parks, making it the most popular destination for families in Sydney and Melbourne. Although it can be too expensive to visit all the theme parks, going to one of them for a day is compulsory.
A good free magazine titled "Today, Tonight, Tomorrow" has some useful information. Also a website at
www.todaytonighttomorrow.net.au
S Dreamworld, Dreamworld Park Way: T5588-1111 A recent survey said that this was the best of the Gold Coast Theme Parks. Huge area filled with roller coasters, water sports and animals. Be prepared to spend the whole day here. Call ConXion for daily transfers to and from the park {www.con-x-ion.com} for $12. Tickets to all theme parks and transfers can be booked at the Gold Coast Tourism Bureau in Cavill Mall. Highly Rec
S Warner Bros Movie World: A huge theme park that attracts more people than any other Gold Coast attraction. Slide on the water slides, take a ride on the batman simulator, watch a show. This theme park has the best parts of the others in one.
S Carlton and United Brewery Tour: Pacific Highway +Mulles Rd, Yatala. T3826-5858 Australians love their beer, and the best makers of beer is Carlton and United Brewery. Learn about the history of Australian beer, watch the 1100 stubbies made here every minute, then relax with some free beer in their licensed bar. Very popular with young backpackers. Tours are held 10am, 12pm and 2pm, 7 days a week. Coachtrans goes here daily from Brisbane and Gold Coast.
S Joyflights, Sundale Bridge, Main Beach. T0412-761-358 $65, Experience a birds eye view of Surfers Paradise on the one engine "Red Baron". A little bit expensive but if nothing else, something that you will remember when looking back on your trip.
S Jupiters Casino: Gold Coast High St + Hooker Blvd. T5592-1133 Perhaps the most beautiful of Australian casinos, there is much more to do Here besides bet. It has numerous bars, nightclubs, restaurants and live shows.
S Surfers Paradise Beach: One of the most famous beaches in the world, the fantastic surf is churned out here daily. There is bogeyboard and surfboard hire on the corner of Cavill Av & the Esplanade. There is a website at www.coastalwatch.com.au that shows the beach every 5 minutes daily. The Islander Backpacker Resort mentioned in the accommodation section is the base for Gold Coast Surfing Schools Australia. For $40 (discounts for VIP and YHA members) you get a surfing lesson and free use of surfboard, for those who do not know how to.
Warning:- The water off Surfers Paradise can be very dangerous with strong tides. Take notice of the flags on the beach. Green flag - Safe to swim in flagged area Red flag - Do not enter the water Yellow - Danger, swim with caution Red and Yellow - Danger, only swim between the red and yellow flags.
S Surfers Paradise Market: Esplanade: Every Friday night the Crn of Cavill Av and the Esplanade hold a market open to everyone. The many coloured lights give it a carnival atmosphere, where food, clothes and jewellery can be bought.
S Magical Mystery Tour: Easily the most fun to be had in Surfers Paradise. For just $10 you get free entry to all the nightclubs the double decker bus goes to. Also includes free drinks which adds to the crazy atmosphere, where friends are made. All hostels mentioned in the accommodation section sell tickets to it.

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