Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise Review, QLD

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise Review, QLD

If you’re looking for the perfect budget friendly Gold Coast accomodation, look no further!

Back in October 2017, we spent six nights in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Having just come from our wonderful four night stay at Ocean Vista on Alex apartments on the Sunshine Coast, we were excited for a totally different beachside experience. From a relaxing, small beachside town, to the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

We knew that for our visit to the Gold Coast, we wanted a hotel with an incredible view, in a great location. We came across Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise during our search, and after seeing tons of epic beachfront view photos, we decided to book it!


We booked six nights in a One Bedroom Beachfront room, and boy was it worth the money. I can’t even begin to explain the excitement I felt, when we walked into our room for the first time. As soon as we saw our magnificent view, we were extremely happy with our decision. We booked that particular room, purely for the fact that we would have an ocean view, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as incredible as it was.

If you’re tossing up between a few different options for your Gold Coast accomodation, put a pin in those. Read through our review of Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, and I’m almost positive you’ll be booking this place in no time!

Chateau Beachside, Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. That means, if you click on certain links within this post and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for continuing to support Rhiannon Travels, and keeping it a free travel guide and resource for everyone to use!

What Style of Accomodation is Chateau Beachside?

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise is a popular hotel, right on the beachfront. It’s located on the Esplanade, and has around 18 floors. The hotel also includes, free for guests, the use of a pool, sauna, spa and tennis court. All of these are located on the ground floor.

There are two areas for guests to park (undercover and rooftop options) with one free car park allocated to each room. There’s also complimentary wifi given to all guests on the day of arrival, which will last until check-out.

Chateau Beachside also apparently has a self-service laundry, however we didn’t actually use see this ourselves.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

One Bedroom Beachfront Apartment at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

We stayed in the One Bedroom Beachfront apartment, and specifically chose the hotel because we would have the freedom of a self-contained apartment. Self-contained hotel rooms or apartments are great, because they give families and groups of friends some freedom when it comes to cooking meals, therefore not having to eat out every day. This is great for saving money if you’re travelling on a budget.

The main living area was an open plan lounge room and self-contained kitchen. The bedroom was seperate from the lounge room, but connected via a small stair case leading into the bath. Yep, you can hop straight out of the shower and into the bedroom.

The kitchen had an oven, stove, large fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery, plates/bowls, glasses, mugs, wine glasses, various pots and pans, cooking utensils and more. The freezer also came with an ice tray, for ultimate convenience.


Note: As I can only comment on the specific room that Russell and I stayed in, that’s what I will be referring to in this part. Other types of rooms may be slightly different, with different views and possible cleanliness. Please keep that in mind if you choose to book your stay with Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

The bathroom had a shower over bath, decent sized bench-top sink and an incredible view of the ocean. Plus, like I mentioned earlier, the cute staircase from the bath to the bedroom. Be sure to keep the curtain closed while you’re taking a shower or bath, though. We weren’t 100% sure whether the windows were tinted, and didn’t want to give the Gold Coast an unexpected beachside show.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

I’ve mentioned this a lot already, but our view was outstanding. On the main side of the room (with windows that opened slightly to let in the ocean breeze) we had a front on view of the sea and sand. We people watched all day, enjoyed the sunrise (which I did every single morning. I happened to conveniently wake up at 5am each day, exactly when the sun began to rise, and took full advantage of it!) and watched the waves roll in.


On the other side of the room was a sliding door with a very small balcony, that wasn’t even large enough to walk out onto. We did however, have a view of the hotel pool, three spas and the ocean from our room. It was pretty fun leaning up against the railing, watching the world go by and enjoying the fresh ocean breeze.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

The TV which was located in the lounge room, was flatscreen and also came with a DVD player. I didn’t actually find this out until the night before we left, but you can actually hire movies for free in the lobby! The TV also has a HDMI port, which is perfect for plugging in your own entertainment device!

Cost of Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

As of the current (October 2017), Chateau Beachside is roughly $189 per night. We stayed for 6 nights, and paid $145 per night. If you book direct with the hotel, you’re guaranteed the best room rates. The further in advance you book, the cheaper rooms with generally be. Keep in mind that during special occasions, holidays and city events, room rates will be higher.



This probably seems like a lot to spend on one hotel for just 6 nights, but as I’ve mentioned in the past on Rhiannon Travels, Russell and I like to be comfortable. We’re happy to spend a little extra money on accomodation. Plus, for the amenities, location and view we had at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, we both definitely think it was worth it.

Click here to head to Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise’s website, and check out their current rates.

Distance from Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise to Popular Attractions

Surfers Paradise is the hub of entertainment and partying on the Gold Coast. If you’re into the party scene, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a huge amount of options when it comes to clubs and bars.

Note: Gold Coast is Australia’s most popular location for Schoolies, an organised end of schooling festival, for students graduating from Year 12. We planned our visit perfectly in order to avoid this particular event.

If you love a good night filled with tons of drinking and partying, you’re in luck. No matter where you stay within the heart of Surfers Paradise, you’ll be just minutes away from a crazy night out on the Gold Coast.



There are a ton of shops, supermarkets, bottle shops (liquor stores), restaurants, cafes and convenience stores in Surfers Paradise. Staying at Chateau Beachside, means you’re even closer to it all. Whether you like to cook your own meals or enjoy a nice restaurant dinner, you won’t have to walk very far. Coles Supermarket is less than a five minute walk, Liquorland is around the same distance.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

We love Mexican food, and there’s a Mexican fast food chain in Australia called Zambrero. They do burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and more, and they’re incredibly delicious. We ate here 5 out of 6 nights during our stay on the Gold Coast, and don’t regret it for a second. If tickled your curiosity about this supposedly delicious Mexican meal, you’re around a 4 minute walk from Chateau Beachside to Zambrero.

If you choose to stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise, you’ll notice horns coming from the street at almost all hours of the day and night. These are scooters, which anybody can hire for an hourly rate. You can find these hire stores all over Surfers Paradise. So again, you won’t have to walk very far to be cruising around the Gold Coast on your very own electric scooter. Push bikes are also available for hire, if that’s more your thing.

Are you more of the adventuous type? Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise is only a 20 minute drive from Movie World and WetnWild (40 minutes by bus), and around 40 minute drive from Dreamworld and White Water World (roughly an hour by bus). We visited both Movie World and WetnWild during our stay, and it was a super quick drive from the hotel.

Related: WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland

Our Final Thoughts on Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise

We enjoyed our stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise. The location to major attractions, restaurants, bottle shops and supermarkets was definitely convenient, as it meant we didn’t have to drive anywhere for the essentials.

The view could not have been better, and it was definitely worth being woken up at 5am every morning by the sunrise. If you’re looking for a decently priced beachfront hotel on the Gold Coast, definitely consider booking your stay at Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise!

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

Interested in learning more about Chateau Beachside, booking the One Bedroom Beachfront Apartment or looking at their other available rooms? Click here to head to the website!


Have you visited the Gold Coast before? Where did you stay? Tell me in the comments below!

Did you like this post? Pin it for later or share with friends!

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. That means, if you click on certain links within this post and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for continuing to support Rhiannon Travels, and keeping it a free travel guide and resource for everyone to use!


rhiannontravels

Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

The Cost of Moving to Australia

The Cost of Moving to Australia

If you’ve clicked into this article, you’re probably considering a move to Australia. If so, good choice! Australia is a wonderful country to live in, and we should know – we were both born and raised in South Australia. I personally love living in Australia, and coming in as a close first, right in front of Japan, it’s definitely my favourite country. I’m sure you’re wondering what the cost of moving to Australia actually is, right?

The Cost of Moving to Australia | Rhiannon Travels

Good! Because we’re about to share as much information as we can, to help you in your move to our wonderful, sunny country with its plethora of beaches, as easily as possible. Unfortunately, the rumour of Australia being an expensive country, is actually true. That being said, I definitely believe that living in Australia is worth the cost. Here are some of the major things to budget for in the cost of moving to Australia.

The Cost of Moving to Australia

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. That means, if you click on certain links within this post and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for continuing to support Rhiannon Travels, and keeping it a free travel guide and resource for everyone to use!

Traveling to Australia

Your flight to Australia is the first expense you’ll need to budget for. Depending on where you’re traveling from, this can also be one of your biggest expenses. Below you’ll find a few rough guides on the cost of flights to Australia from some common international destinations.


Note: All prices are accurate as of January 2018 (from Webjet), and are scheduled for six months from time of booking (booking in January, departing in June).

Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne or Sydney

Virgin Australia, American Airlines or Delta Airlines (with one stop in Sydney) – from AUD $600 per person
Non stop with Qantas – from AUD $1,100 per person

New York City (JFK) to Melbourne or Sydney

Most flights from New York City to Melbourne or Sydney have a stop over in Los Angeles (LAX).
American Airlines, Qantas or Virgin (via LAX) – from AUD $1,400 per person

New Zealand (Auckland) to Melbourne or Sydney

Non stop with Virgin Australia – from AUD $160 per person
Qantas or Jetstar – from AUD $180 per person
Air New Zealand – from AUD $300 per person

England (Heathrow) to Melbourne or Sydney

Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airlines or American Airlines – from AUD $1,000 per person
Note: Depending on the airline you choose and the amount of stops you make along the way, travel time from England to Australia can take over 30 hours.

Applying for an Australian Visa

If you’re planning to move to Australia for work or study purposes, you’ll need a visa. There are a huge range of visas available, and the one you will need depends on what you plan to do while you’re in Australia. Below are a few of the most common types of visas.

Student Visa – From AUD $560

The Student Visa (subclass 500) is for international students who are in a registered, full time course. To be eligible, you must be over six years old, have been accepted to an educational facility in Australia and have your own health insurance. The length of stay for this visa is five years.  With the Student Visa, you are able to work part time while studying your course.

Click here for more information on the different types of Student Visas that are available.

Work and Holiday Visa – From AUD $440

The Work and Holiday Visa is for international visitors who want to work and travel in Australia, and allows multiple entries for up to twelve months. To be eligible you must: have a valid passport, be aged between 18 and 30 years old, meet English and education requirements, have support from your home country, and be your first Working Holiday Visa to Australia.


With the Work and Holiday Visa, you will be able to work for the duration of your stay (but no longer than six months) with any employer, travel as a tourist, visit friends and family and study for up to four months.

Click here for more information about the different types of visas available for people who want to work and travel as a tourist in Australia.

All other Australian Visas

If you’re after a different type of visa for entry into Australia, click here to find the one that you need. You might be asked a few questions, depending on the visa you select. The visa application process could cost up to $1,000 per person.

Housing in Australia

The cost of housing across Australia depends on the city you choose to be based in. Some cities such as Sydney may cost more, typically because of their popularity and it being Australia’s most well-known city.

These figures are based on renting a unit or house in the CBD of each major city across Australia. Naturally, the further out from the hustle and bustle of big city life you decide to live, the cheaper the cost of housing and rent will be.

The Cost of Moving to Australia | Rhiannon Travels

Apartments in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Housing in Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne is one of Australia’s most well known major cities. The cost of housing in Melbourne city, as opposed to suburban Victoria is going to be a little more expensive, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for an apartment within walking distance of the CBD.

The average cost of a rental in Melbourne city is between AUD $400 and $800 per week, depending on the number of bedrooms and the location. For more information about properties in Melbourne, click here.

Housing in Sydney, New South Wales

Sydney is the most expensive city to live in Australia. For the convenience of living in the CBD, you’re looking at between AUD $600 and $1,700 per week. This depends on the location and number of bedrooms, and of course the cost of housing is going to become less the further out from Sydney city that you choose to live. For more information about properties in Sydney, click here.

Housing in Adelaide, South Australia

Adelaide is one of the cheaper cities to live. A house or unit in the CBD costs an average of between AUD $350 and $550 per week. We were both born and raised in Adelaide, and can definitely say that it’s one of Australia’s most liveable cities.


Being smaller than other major cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, it’s a lot less busy with no where near as many tourists rolling through. For more information about properties in Adelaide, click here.

Housing in Brisbane, Queensland

Queensland is home to Australia’s popular theme parks and beachside towns. Therefore, Brisbane is a great place to live if you’re looking for both an adventurous or relaxing lifestyle. Being only one hour by car from Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast’s awesome theme parks, Brisbane is the perfect home base.

The Cost of Moving to Australia | Rhiannon Travels

Ocean Vista on Alex apartments in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

A rental unit in Brisbane’s CBD costs an average of between AUD $430 and $850 per week, depending on the number of bedrooms and location. For more information about properties in Brisbane, click here.

Housing in Perth, Western Australia

The cost of housing in Perth is very similar to Adelaide. Both are highly liveable cities that don’t require you to be a millionaire in order to live comfortably. A unit in Perth’s CBD averages between AUD $300 and $600 per week, depending on the location and number of bedrooms. For more information about properties in Perth, click here.

Housing in the Darwin, Northern Territory

If you enjoy year-round hot weather, crocodiles and beautiful scenery, Darwin might be for you. The rent in Darwin city is quite affordable compared to bigger cities, averaging between AUD $300 and $600 per week. Just like the rest of Australia, the cost of rent depends on the location and number of bedrooms. For more information about properties in Darwin, click here.

The Cost of Moving to Australia | Rhiannon Travels

The beautiful scenery in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Housing in Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart is one of Australia’s most underrated cities. Although seperate from the mainland of Australia, Tasmania is filled with beautiful scenery and plenty of things to do. The cost of living in Hobart city is quite affordable, with an average of between AUD $260 and $600 per week.

Depending on the specific location and number of bedrooms, this will vary on either end of the scale. For more information about properties in Hobart, click here.

Housing in Canberra

The cost of housing in Canberra is a little on the expensive side. Rentals in Canberra’s CBD averages between AUD $400 and $700 per week, depending on the number of bedrooms and specific location. For more information about properties and other costs of living in Canberra, click here.

How much money should I save before moving to Australia?

This depends on what you plan on doing when you arrive in Australia. If you have a lead on a job or know you can find a job relatively fast, you won’t need to have as much saved. If you plan to do a bit of traveling before you start work or studying, it’s a good idea to have at least $12,000 per person.

The Cost of Moving to Australia | Rhiannon Travels

Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast, Queensland.

It can be hard finding a job in Australia, so be as prepared as possible and either try to lock in a job before arriving in Australia, have a steady online/freelancing income or have enough money saved up to last you a few months.

Shipping your belongings to Australia

This is almost always an unavoidable cost of moving to Australia. Unless you’re selling everything you own, you’ll need to ship your belongings to Australia. There are a few different companies that offer this service, it all depends on your location and how much you’re willing to pay. As long as what you’re shipping meets Australian Customs import requirements, the entire process will more than likely be a lot easier than you’re anticipating!

This is also a good chance to have a deep clean of your house and get rid of anything you don’t need or want anymore. Clothes tend to take up quite a bit of space, so decide whether you really need that dress you wore to a wedding five years ago. If not, sell it. You’ll make some money and save some space at the same time!

Buying a car

If you decide to sell your car before arriving in Australia, fear not. We have a huge selection of both new and used cars, at fairly decent prices. You can pick up a used car in pretty good condition from both private sellers and car dealerships. A good place to start is by visiting the Car Sales website and beginning your search!


You can filter your options by make, model, price, year, location, transmission and other fancy car terms that I don’t understand. If your budget for buying a car is $2,000, you’ll easily be able to find one shortly after arriving in Australia. It may not be brand new or sparkling clean, but if it gets you from A to B, that’s all that matters!

Note: Don’t forget to factor in the cost of insurance, registration, petrol and any services you may need once you’ve purchased the car.

Other costs once arriving in Australia

Mobile phone plan 

There are a lot of options when it comes to phone plans in Australia. The cost of the plan depends on your current device and if you’re willing to upgrade your existing phone to a brand new one with your new Australian phone plan.


If you would prefer a new phone, average plans cost around AUD $80 per month. This cost usually includes unlimited text, unlimited standard phone calls, payment of the handset and between 10GB and 20GB of data.


Another option is purchasing a SIM only plan to use in your existing phone. Optus have a $50 per month SIM only plan that includes 30GB of data, unlimited calls and text, 400 international talking minutes and a ton of included entertainment.

Optus and Telstra are the most popular phone companies in Australia, and are generally the most reliable in most places across the country.

Home internet

If you’re moving to Australia by yourself and plan to rent a small unit or live with a roommate, you can probably get away with using your phone’s data for internet access. But if you’re relocating with family or even as a couple, it’s better to look into home internet.

There are a few options when it comes to home internet. Optus have an unlimited data plan for $60 per month, which is a fantastic deal if you spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos, researching your dream holiday or binge watching eight TV shows on Netflix. Telstra also have some home internet packages and plans.

Utilities (electricity, gas and water)

The cost of electricity, gas and water all depends on your location and the company you choose. It also depends on how much you use during your billing cycle. For example, we live in a small unit in Adelaide and generally pay between $200 and $500 on electricity, quarterly.


The total amount on our bill varies depending on the time of year. During summer, electricity bills are naturally going to be a little bit higher, because of the glorious invention we like to call, an air conditioner. Winter tends to be a little lower, since it’s easier to warm up when it’s cold, than cool down on a hot summer’s day.

Food and alcohol

We talk more about the cost of food in Australia in this post, but it’s definitely possible to survive on a food budget while here. There are two major supermarket chains in Australia – Coles and Woolworths. Both have their own home-brand products, which are always a lot cheaper than regular brands. This is a good way to save money on food staples, and not have to sacrifice hunger to save money.

Alcohol is also very expensive in Australia. But if you’re a wine drinker, you might be in luck. Lower your standards when it comes to taste, and it’s definitely easy to drink on a budget!

The Cost of Moving to Australia | Rhiannon Travels

Enjoying a glass of wine from our Beachfront Apartment room at Chateau, Surfers Paradise (Queensland)

House supplies

Buying house supplies is one of my favourite things to do. When I’m not traveling, of course. In Australia we have this fantastic store called Kmart. No, our Kmart is not like the one in the United States. It’s way, way better. I’m telling ya, walk around and browse for fifteen minutes, and you’ll be hooked.


Kmart sells everything from towels and linen to cutlery, kitchen appliances, decorative pieces, photo frames and all sorts of other awesome things to put in your house. They also sell clothes, make-up, pet food and supplies, stationery, sporting goods, movies, TV shows, music and toys. You know, just incase you feel like buying everything you need (except food) from the one store.

Conclusion

Now that you have a rough idea about the cost of moving to Australia, it’s time to set a saving goal. Including everything listed above, plus unexpected issues that might arise upon arrival in Australia, it’s best to have at least AUD $12,000 per person saved. If you’re traveling as a family with kids, aim for at least AUD $30,000.

The Cost of Moving to Australia | Rhiannon Travels

The beautiful Surfers Paradise Beach at sunset.

This will ensure you aren’t stressing about money, and can enjoy the settling in process a lot more. It also allows wiggle room for a a bit of travel throughout Australia early on, if you are able to lock down a job quite quickly.


We hope this guide about the cost of moving to Australia has helped you to plan and organise your own relocation to this beautiful country! Good luck with your move and please don’t forget to head out and explore as much as possible while you’re here. Australia has a lot to offer, and we truly believe that you will fall in love with this beautiful country.

Have you visited Australia before? Do you know someone who has moved here? Tell us your story in the comment section below! We would love to read about your travels in Australia. 


Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to follow along with our travels. You can also find us on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram! And if you know someone who is planning a move to Australia, be sure to share this article with them! It could help them solve that last cost of moving to Australia riddle, that they can’t quite figure out.

Did you like this post? Pin it for later or share with friends!

The Cost of Moving to Australia | Rhiannon Travels The Cost of Moving to Australia | Rhiannon Travels

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. That means, if you click on certain links within this post and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for continuing to support Rhiannon Travels, and keeping it a free travel guide and resource for everyone to use!

rhiannontravels

Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

17 Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More

17 Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More

If you’re planning a visit to Queensland during your time in Australia, we definitely suggest spending a few days on the Gold Coast. There are so many things to do on the Gold Coast; whether you’re a fully grown adult with bills and responsibilities, or a carefree child you’re bound to have a blast! Russell and I spent 6 days on the Gold Coast, and although we had some questionable Sunshine State weather during our stay, we still managed to see and do quite a lot!

17 Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More

If you’re a theme park fan, enjoy relaxing on the beach or shopping up a storm, you’ll definitely enjoy your stay on the Gold Coast. For the more adventurous beach goers, give stand up paddle boarding Gold Coast a shot! There are a lot of things to do on the Gold Coast, so you definitely won’t be bored.

I’ve included a ton of useful tips and advice in this article to help you plan your next trip to Australia, or more specifically Queensland, as easily as possible. You’ll find a list of things to do on the Gold Coast, the best place to stay, where to eat, shopping malls, theme parks and more!

17 Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. That means, if you click on certain links within this post and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for continuing to support Rhiannon Travels, and keeping it a free travel guide and resource for everyone to use!

How to Get to the Gold Coast

If you’re flying from an international destination, the best way to get to the Gold Coast is definitely by plane. Gold Coast Airport is half an hour away from Surfers Paradise by car. If you plan to explore more of Queensland than just the Gold Coast, I recommend hiring a car. There are a handful of car hire companies at Gold Coast Airport, and it’s definitely best to book ahead. We hired a car for our 10 day stay in Queensland, and decided to go with Thrifty.


If you’d prefer to not hire a car, book an Uber or Taxi to get from Gold Coast Airport to your hotel. There are public transport options, but travel time is quite long. An Uber will be the cheapest and most reliable option. Download the Uber App, and book one once you’ve collected your luggage and are waiting outside of the airport!

Where to Stay

We stayed in Surfers Paradise during our time on the Gold Coast, and it was definitely the best decision! There’s so much to see and do in Surfers Paradise, so if you want to be amongst the action, look at accomodation options in Surfers Paradise.

Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD

For the 6 days we were in the Gold Coast, we stayed at Chateau Beachside. We went with this particular hotel, mainly for the view we would have in the One Bedroom Beachfront Apartment. It was incredible, and definitely worth the very reasonable amount of money we paid. You can read about our stay at Chateau Beachside, here!

Related: Chateau Beachside Surfers Paradise: One Bedroom Beachfront, QLD



There are a ton of different accomodation options for all budgets in Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast. Hotels Combined is a great way to compare hotels, apartments and other types of accomodation, to find what suits you and your travel gang best! Narrow down your search depending on the location and amenities you prefer, plus tons of other filters. Head to Hotels Combined and begin your search for the perfect Gold Coast accomodation.

What to Pack

It doesn’t really matter what time of year you visit Queensland, because it’s great weather year round. We visited the Gold Coast during October 2017 (Spring) and I wore shorts and a t-shirt or a dress almost every day. There were some pretty hot days during our stay on the Gold Coast, so it’s definitely best to come prepared. Here are some must-pack items for your trip to the Gold Coast:

  • A hat – The Australian sun can be pretty brutal, especially during summer (December until February) so packing a hat is crucial. However, if you do forget, don’t worry. There are a ton of souvenir stores on the Gold Coast and especially in Surfers Paradise, where you can pick one up for around $12.
  • Summer clothes – Things like shorts, t-shirts, dresses, singlets, tank tops or basically anything you would wear during summer back home. Make sure to save some space in your luggage for shopping! There are lots of malls throughout the Gold Coast, and you’ll be glad you packed light!
  • Appropriate shoes – I’m talking about thongs (flip flops), sandals, sneakers for hiking and some going out shoes if you’re into the clubbing scene.
  • Bathers or bikini – Well, obviously. The Gold Coast is almost endless coastline, so you’ll either be laying on the sand or swimming in the ocean quite a lot. Also, if your hotel has a pool or spa, you’ll definitely be glad you packed a comfortable and cute pair of bathers. Again, if you forget, don’t worry, there are tons of places to purchase some!
  • Passport and alternative form of ID – This is super important if you are hoping to purchase alcohol, either from a bottle shop or at a club or restaurant. The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old, and showing your Passport (if you’re an international visitor) is the best form of identification.
  • A protective Passport wallet – Since your passport is the most important item you will have with you while travelling, I highly recommend keeping it in a protective wallet. This one comes in a range of colours, and is RFID blocking. That means you can walk around the Gold Coast in style, and have piece of mind that your Passport is safe!
  • Cash and/or travel credit card – The cost of travelling around Australia can be pretty high, so it’s best to set a budget before you arrive. Most places on the Gold Coast accepts credit or debit card, but it’s always a good idea to have some cash just incase. Look for a Commonwealth Bank ATM, as they have recently made all of their ATM’s withdrawal cost free!
  • Sunscreen – If you have a certain type of sunscreen that works best for your skin, or you just prefer a particular brand, make sure to bring it with you. As I mentioned above, Australia’s sun is brutal, and even more so in Queensland – it’s not called the Sunshine State for no reason! You’ll need to reapply sunsreen throughout the day, if you plan on spending time in the sun.
  • A camera and spare memory cards – The Gold Coast is one of the most beautiful places in Australia, and I guarantee you’ll be snapping away all day long. Remember to bring along a spare memory card or two, just incase you go a little crazy with your Australian photography! If you do happen to run out of space on your memory card, stores like JB Hi Fi or Officeworks are great for buying spares.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Cavill Mall

Cavill Mall is the main shopping, food, drink and entertainment part of Surfers Paradise. It’s where all the action happens and everyone flocks to have a good time. We stayed less than a 5 minute walk away from Cavill Mall, and definitely made the most of our convenient location. There are a ton of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops to suit every taste. I loved walking down Cavill Mall each day, checking out the huge range of shops and people watching as we strolled around Surfers Paradise.


You’ll be spoiled with choice of live music, fast food outlets, arcades, souvenir stores, tattoo parlours, supermarkets, restaurants with cuisines from all over the world and much more. We walked up and down Cavill Mall an endless amount of times, and always saw something different. Don’t miss the famous Surfers Paradise sign at the end of Cavill Mall, and check out the Beachfront Night Markets (more on that soon).

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More | #surfersparadise #goldcoast #queensland #australia #thingstodoonthegoldcoast #goldcoastqld Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More | #surfersparadise #goldcoast #queensland #australia #thingstodoonthegoldcoast #goldcoastqld

Get a tattoo

Before we arrived in Queensland, Russell and I knew we wanted to get a tattoo. It took us a while to decide on what we wanted and where on our bodies to get it, but eventually we made our way to Frontline Tattoo in Surfers Paradise. Being a huge Harry Potter fan, I knew that I wanted to get the Deathly Hallows symbol. I wasn’t 100% sure where I was going to get it until a couple of days before, but ended up getting the symbol tattooed on my ankle! Russell got a Japanese symbol tattooed on his wrist.

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More | #surfersparadise #goldcoast #queensland #australia #thingstodoonthegoldcoast #goldcoastqld

If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo during your time on the Gold Coast, there are plenty of tattoo studios to choose from in Surfers Paradise. Some require a booking, and some allow you to just walk in. We decided to go with Frontline Tattoo Studio on Gold Coast Highway right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Russell had gotten a tattoo a few years earlier at Frontline Tattoo, so we went with something familiar. Mina tattooed us both, and we are extremely happy with the work she did. Our tattoos came out perfectly, and have healed without any hiccups.

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More | #surfersparadise #goldcoast #queensland #australia #thingstodoonthegoldcoast #goldcoastqld

Stroll along the beach or watch the sunrise/sunset

As I mentioned earlier, we were lucky enough to stay at Chateau Beachside, with incredible beachfront views of the ocean. Queensland is filled with gorgeous coastline, and that’s no different on the Gold Coast. Surfers Paradise Beach is 3 kilometres of gorgeous golden sand and crashing waves.

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More | #surfersparadise #goldcoast #queensland #australia #thingstodoonthegoldcoast #goldcoastqld

The sun rises early on the Gold Coast, so Surfers Paradise Beach is bustling from 5am onwards. Head down to the beach for an incredible view of the sunrise and watch the surfers catch some early morning waves. There’s a lot of beautiful Australian beach to enjoy during your time in Queensland, so make the most of it! Wake up early, enjoy the sunrise and get a head start on your day spent on the Gold Coast!

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More | #surfersparadise #goldcoast #queensland #australia #thingstodoonthegoldcoast #goldcoastqld

SkyPoint Observation Deck at the Q1 Building

While you’re in Surfers Paradise, visit the SkyPoint Observation Deck on Level 77 of the Q1 Building. It’s Australia’s only beachside observation deck, and at 230 metres tall, it’s an experience you’ll never forget!

There are a few different ticket options available for purchase, depending on the type of experience you’d like to have at the SkyPoint Observation Deck:

General Admission – Child: $14, Adult: $24
Day & Night Admission – Child: $19, Adult: $34
SkyPoint Deck & Dine – Child: $24, Adult: $34


The Day & Night Admission gets you entry to SkyPoint Observation Deck during the day, and then you can return back up at night! If you’d like to indulge in a meal and drink while enjoying the incredible view of Surfers Paradise, choose the SkyPoint Deck & Dine option.

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More

Russell and I did the SkyPoint Observation Deck on our last day on the Gold Coast, and it was the perfect way to end our trip! Incredible 360 degree, panoramic views of Surfers Paradise and plenty of sunshine for some beautiful photos – definitely one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast.

Beachfront Night Markets

Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights, you’ll find the Surfers Paradise Night Markets located at the end of Cavill Mall on the Esplanade. There are around 100 stalls set up along the foreshore selling all sorts of food, clothing, toys, handmade products and much more. The Markets are open from 4pm until 9pm, so head out early for some dinner at one of the many restaurants in Surfers Paradise, then begin your stroll through the stalls.

Timezone

Timezone is an indoor entertainment centre in Surfers Paradise, and is the largest of its kind in Australia. The perfect place to bring along the kids (and kids at heart) for a day of fun. Filled with arcade games, ticket games, prize games and more. People of all ages will enjoy their visit to Timezone.


In order to play any of the games at Timezone Surfers Paradise, you’ll need to purchase a Powercard. You can load different amounts of credits onto your card to get started. We went for the $30 load, which got us an extra $5 worth of credits. Most of the games cost between $1.50 and $5 per person (per swipe). So if you plan on spending a decent amount of time playing games, earning tickets and winning prizes, I suggest buying a Powercoard for each person who wants to play.

The other load amount options are:
$50 – Get $10 extra plus 50 Powertickets
$100 – Get $25 extra plus 100 Powertickets
$250 – Get $75 extra plus 250 Powertickets.


Powertickets are earned by playing any of the Ticket Games throughout the centre. Click here for other Timezone package deals, and to check out all the awesome games!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

Ripley’s Believe it or Not is the perfect attraction for kids. Russell and I walked through the galleries of strange, unusual attractions but didn’t enjoy it as much as when we were younger. If you’re visiting the Gold Coast with young children, it’s the perfect way to kill an hour or so. There are a ton of exhibits with strange and unusual stories, interactive games and more.

Cost: Child (5-12): $14.90 | Student (13-17): $19.90 | Adult: $24.90

King Tutt’s Putt Putt

A short walk away from Cavill Mall, you’ll find King Tutt’s Putt Putt. The indoor and outdoor mini golf course is located in an open area of land amongst a ton of Surfers Paradise hotels, across the road from Mantra Sun City. We walked to King Tutt’s Putt Putt one night for some mini golfing fun. There are a few different courses available, with varying lengths and difficulties.

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More | #surfersparadise #goldcoast #queensland #australia #thingstodoonthegoldcoast #goldcoastqld

We chose to do the indoor Ancient Egypt course, but there is also a Jurassic park indoor course and an outdoor African Jungle course. Kids will love spending a couple of hours at King Tutt’s Putt Putt, and at a reasonable price to do all three courses, it’s a must-see while in Surfers Paradise!


Cost for 1 Course: Child: $10 | Adult: $15
Cost for 2 Courses: Child: $15 | Adult: $20
Cost for 3 Courses: Child: $18 | Adult: $23
Location: Corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Ocean Avenue, Queensland, Australia
Opening Hours: 9am until 9pm

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More | #surfersparadise #goldcoast #queensland #australia #thingstodoonthegoldcoast #goldcoastqld

You can purchase tickets for King Tutt’s Putt Putt before arriving, by clicking here.

Shopping

There are a ton of stores in Surfers Paradise, no matter your style or taste. Given that the Gold Coast is just that, a coastal town, you’ll find an abundance of surf shops and beach style clothing and accessories. There are also a large amount of souvenir stores, to cater for all of the tourists and travellers visiting Surfers Paradise. From every day clothing stores to high fashion and clubbing attire, there’s definitely something for everyone. Bring along some spare cash, especially if you love to shop up a storm! Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast’s beachside shopping destination.

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More | #surfersparadise #goldcoast #queensland #australia #thingstodoonthegoldcoast #goldcoastqld

Eat Zambreros Mexican food

Australia is home to a wonderful Mexican fast food chain called Zambreros. I’m not sure if they have international locations, but here in Australia, it’s a popular place to eat. We have Zambreros restaurants in Adelaide, where Russell and I live, but they’re not conveniently located like this particular one in Surfers Paradise was. A 5 minute walk out of our hotel, and we were ordering our delicious burritos.


Zambreros is almost exactly the same as Chipotle. You can build your very own full size burrito, smaller burrito or burrito bowl at Zambreros – so there’s something for everyone! They also cater to vegetarians too, so if you’d like your burrito or burrito bowl made vegetation, just ask when ordering. We had Zambreros for dinner every single day during our time in Surfers Paradise, so we were definitely regulars during our 6 night visit!

Restaurants/Clubs/Pubs

If you don’t like the idea of eating Mexican for dinner every night, there are a huge amount of restaurants all over Surfers Paradise serving cuisine from all over the world. Cavill Mall is also the place to go for clubbing, if that’s your thing. There are a ton of clubs and bars throughout Surfers Paradise, with live music and events on almost every weekend.


Note: If you’re hoping for a peaceful stay in Surfers Paradise, or you’re travelling with young kids, avoid booking your Gold Coast holiday between November and December. Schoolies is an annual festival for Year 12’s graduating from high school. There are official Schoolies Festival locations all over Australia, and the Gold Coast is one of the most popular. If you’d prefer not to be trampled by thousands of 18 year olds celebrating the end of the schooling, definitely steer clear, or stay further down the coast and as far away from Surfers Paradise as possible!

Watch the street performers

You’ll come across street performers all over Surfers Paradise, especially on the days that the Night Markets are held. From people juggling swords on fire, to real life statues scaring little children, there’s plenty of opportunities for a good laugh. Keep an eye out on the weekend, as they tend to frequent the streets of Surfers Paradise and Cavill Mall a lot more!

Other Things to do on the Gold Coast

Movie World

Movie World is one of Queensland’s most popular theme parks. If you’re wanting to experience Hollywood on the Gold Coast, set aside a day to ride Superman Escape, DC Rivals Hypercoaster (the only Hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere!), the Green Lantern and more.

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More

We spent around four hours at Movie World during our time on the Gold Coast, and had a blast. I’ve already written a post about our day, so head over and read that here! I share tips on how to get to Movie World, the types of tickets available and where to purchase them, all of the rides and rollercoasters, the best places to eat and more!

Related: Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia

WetnWild

WetnWild is a water park on the Gold Coast, about 20 minutes by car from Surfers Paradise. There are a ton of different rides, including a few water thrill rides and even an entire area just for the kids. WetnWild is the perfect day out for anyone visiting the Gold Coast, as there’s something for everyone.

Related: WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park

Road trip to Byron Bay

There are tons of things to see and do in Byron Bay in New South Wales, and it’s only just over an hour away from Surfers Paradise! Check out Claire’s post with 39 unique things to do in Byron Bay, if you’re keen to explore further than just Queensland.

Harbour Town outdoor outlet mall

Harbour Town is one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast, especially if you love a good shopping spree! We decided to have our shopping day on a very wet and thunder-stormy day, to keep free the nice sunny days for other activities. That meant, we had to run from our rental car to the entrance of Harbour Town in almost torrential rain. Despite the weather, we stayed for quite a while and found some absolute bargains!


If you’re unfamiliar with Harbour Town, it’s an outlet mall with almost everything at warehouse prices. That means, TONS of awesome deals. You’ll find a section with only high-end outlet stores, women’s fashion, men’s fashion, children’s clothes, shoe stores, accessories and makeup, pharmacies, restaurants, sporting goods and clothing and much more. There’s definitely something for everyone at Harbour Town, so if you’re looking for some things to do on the Gold Coast, have yourself a shopping day!

Pacific Fair shopping centre

If you’ve spent a few hours browsing around Harbour Town and still crave more shopping, head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Although it’s not an outlet mall, you can still score some great deals. There are also supermarkets and department stores that Harbour Town doesn’t have.

Tamborine Mountain

We visited Tamborine Mountain on our last full day on the Gold Coast. Around 50 minutes from Surfers Paradise, is one of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful and tranquil mountains in the Gold Coast Hinterland. There are a ton of things to see and do, including wineries, various hikes, botanic gardens, glow worm caves, sky walks and more.


We drove through Tamborine Mountain’s winding roads for a couple of hours, before coming across the Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk. Admission costs $19.50 for adults and $9.50 for children, which will get you access to the elevated bridges overlooking the rainforest and facts and information along your scenic 1.5km long walk.

Cost: Child: $9.50 | Adult: $19.50
Location: 333 Giessmann Drive, North Tamborine, Queensland
Opening hours: 9:30am until 5pm (last walk begins at 4pm)
Duration: Around 45 minutes at a leisurely pace
Length of walk: 1.5km
Amenities: Cafe, souvenir shop, free parking & bathroom facilities

The Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk is one of the most beautiful things to do on the Gold Coast. Don’t forget to bring a camera though, and wear flat footed shoes (definitely no heels).

Well there you have it – 17 things to do on the Gold Coast! On your next (or first) trip to Queensland, spend some time exploring the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise. Perfect for families, couples and groups of friends. With something for everyone, your entire travel group will have a blast!


Have you visited Queensland before? Do you have something to add to this list of things to do on the Gold Coast? Tell me in the comments below!

Did you like this post? Pin it for later or share with friends!

Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More Things to Do on The Gold Coast: A Guide to Surfers Paradise & More

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. That means, if you click on certain links within this post and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only ever share my 100% honest opinion, and will never endorse a product or company that I wouldn’t use myself. Thanks for continuing to support Rhiannon Travels, and keeping it a free travel guide and resource for everyone to use!

rhiannontravels

Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park

Queensland is the home of theme parks in Australia. WetnWild is one of two water parks on the Gold Coast (the other being White Water World, which we didn’t visit) and it’s a ton of fun for people of all ages! WetnWild Gold Coast has a great mixture of both thrill rides, relaxing pools to float around in, and kids versions of some of the most popular bigger rides.


Russell and I spent a few hours at WetnWild, and we managed to hit up all of the rides more than once. To get the most out of your day, it’s best to plan ahead and be prepared. I’ve come up with this fab guide to help first time visitors to WetnWild Gold Coast, have a day to remember at Queensland’s biggest and best water park!

[bctt tweet=”The ultimate guide to WetnWild Gold Coast – how to get there, ticket prices, rides & more! #queensland #wetnwild #goldcoast” username=”rhiannontravels”]

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park

How to Get to WetnWild Gold Coast

WetnWild is super easy to find, whether you’re coming from Surfers Paradise or Brisbane and beyond. The best two ways to get to WetnWild are by car or bus. If you have already hired a car for your stay in Queensland, or are from Australia and have your own car, this is probably the best option. But don’t worry, even if you don’t have access to a car, taking the bus is easy too!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

By Car from Surfers Paradise – Drive down the Gold Coast Highway, head onto Smith Street and follow the signs. You’ll need to leave the highway at exit 60, and follow the signs to WetnWild.

By Car from Brisbane – If you’re driving from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast. Again, take exit 60 to WetnWild. Once you get closer, there will be signs directing you from Brisbane, too.


By Bus from Surfers Paradise – If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise, you’ll see buses driving around that say ‘WetnWild’ or ‘Movie World’ across the front. It doesn’t really matter which bus you choose, because both parks are right next to each other. But try to keep an eye out for the WetnWild one anyway. There may be a small fee, so just ask the bus driver before boarding if you’re unsure. Catching a bus is the easiest option if you don’t have access to a car.

The best way to ensure you’re heading in the right direction, is to use Google Maps. You’ll have step-by-step directions, from your hotel straight to WetnWild Gold Coast! If you’re taking the bus, ask at an information desk in Surfers Paradise for the bus you will need to take from your hotel.

[bctt tweet=”Here are the best ways to get to WetnWild Gold Coast #queensland #goldcoast #wetnwild” username=”rhiannontravels”]

Opening Times & Ticket Prices for WetnWild Gold Coast

During summer, WetnWild is open from 10am until 5pm. During the colder months (June until August), the park closes early, at around 3:30pm. WetnWild is open every day of the year except Christmas Day (December 25th) and Anzac Day (April 25th). For updated opening times, click here!


There are a few different options when it comes to purchasing tickets for WetnWild Gold Coast. Like I mentioned earlier, Queensland is Australia’s home of theme parks, all of which are actually located on the Gold Coast – how convenient! If you’re planning to visit all of the theme parks during your stay in Queensland, there are some multi-day tickets available that might be the best option.

Along with WetnWild, there are three other theme parks and attractions under the Village Roadshow brand: Movie World, Sea World and Paradise Country. You can purchase tickets that include entry into all of these theme parks, or pick and choose and only visit the parks you’re interested in! We chose the 2 Day Multi-Park Pass, and spent a day each at WetnWild and Movie World.


1 Day Ticket to WetnWild – Adult: $74.99 | Child: $64.99
This ticket will get you into WetnWild for 1 day only

2 Day Multi-Park Pass – Adult: $89.99 | Child: $79.99 
This pass will get you into WetnWild and 1 other park of your choice over two consecutive days (options are above)

3 Day Super Pass – Adult & Child: $99.99
This pass will get you into any 3 parks over three consecutive days

14 Day Mega Pass – Adult & Child: $109.99
This pass will get you into all 4 parks over 14 consecutive days


6 Month Super Pass – Adult & Child: $104.99
This pass will get you into any 3 parks over a 6 month period

12 Month Super Pass -Adult & Child: $109.99
This pass will get you into any 3 parks over a 12 month period

If you’re only staying on the Gold Coast or in Queensland for a short period of time, choose the pass that suits the length of time you are going to be visiting for. If you’re staying for an extended period of time or relocating to Queensland, it’s much better value purchasing one of the 6 or 12 month Super Passes, as you’ll be able to come back and won’t have to keep paying for a new ticket!

[bctt tweet=”Wondering how much tickets cost for WetnWild Gold Coast? Here’s all the info! #queensland #goldcoast #wetnwild” username=”rhiannontravels”]

What to Wear at WetnWild Gold Coast

Since WetnWild is a water park, it’s totally acceptable to walk around in a bathing suit or bikini. If you’re uncomfortable in just a bathing suit, most rides allow guests to wear a t-shirt over the top. Just ask the ride attendant if you’re unsure. Whether or not you choose to wear a t-shirt, always make sure to wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours!

Food & Shopping at WetnWild Gold Coast

There aren’t too many places at WetnWild for food, so keep that in mind when visiting. Near the entrance of the park, you’ll see an outdoor cafe/restaurant, serving quick meals such as burgers and fries. Otherwise, there are plenty of stalls and carts throughout the park where you can buy churros, hot dogs, ice cream and more.


If you’d prefer to not spend money on food during your stay at WetnWild, bring along your own snacks! This is totally allowed, and is the cheapest way to go, especially if you’re visiting with a larger group of people. Food at WetnWild is fairly expensive, so keep that in mind if you plan to spend the whole day enjoying the park.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

The souvenir stores at WetnWild Gold Coast are located near the entrance of the park, but you’ll find there isn’t too much of a variety. These stores also sell bathers, towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, jewellery and more. Be prepared though, as like food and snacks, souvenirs are quite expensive.

Water Rides at WetnWild Gold Coast

In total, there are 13 water rides at WetnWild Gold Coast. Each one is unique and different in its own way. There are some in darkness, some where you will drop free-fall style into a waterslide and even one called the Tornado, which is pretty self explanatory! Below are all of the water rides and attractions at WetnWild that are included in your park entry ticket, and any restrictions that apply for each individual ride:


Blackhole – A tube waterslide in complete darkness, reaching top speeds of 40km/ph. There are only two riders allowed on the Blackhole. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm, and a maximum combined weight of 180kg. This ride is awesome, is pitch black inside except for some very Space Mountain inspired lights along the sides of the slide!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Kamikaze – This is a two person tube waterslide, with an almost vertical 11 metre drop. Kamikaze reaches top speeds of up to 50km/ph. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm and a maximum combined weight of 180kg. Don’t forget to smile for the camera!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Mach 5 – There are two options on the Mach 5: choose to slide down the single rider Jet Streams waterslides or take on the Slidewinders, the two biggest slides in WetnWild. To ride the Jet Streams, riders need to a minimum height of 120cm. Riders need to be at least 110cm and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Tornado – In my opinion, this is the best ride at WetnWild! You’ll begin your epic adventure tubing down a 40 metre long tunnel, before spinning around the Tornado and up and down the sides, water splashing on your face and adrenaline pumping through your body. Up to 4 people can ride the Tornado, however riders must be at least 110cm tall and a maximum combined weight 320kg.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Constrictor – A snake inspired tube water slide, made for up to 3 riders. Enjoy three tight, 260 degree turns down the length of the Constrictor, at a top speed of up to 50km/ph. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall to ride and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Aqua Loop – This slide starts with riders standing on a trap door. You’re then released down a 40 foot drop, into a looping slide at up to 60km/ph. To ride the Aqua Loop, riders need to be a minimum height of 120cm, and between 45kg and 120kg. This ride was under maintenance when Russell and I visited, so unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to experience it.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Mammoth Falls – A tube ride where you’ll be sent on twists and turns all the way to the bottom. Riders must be at least 100cm tall, and a combined weight of up to 450kg. Between 2 and 4 people can ride Mammoth Falls at once!

River Rapids – This is the perfect ride for groups of people who are undecided about whether they want a fast paced or relaxing water slide experience. There are two enclosed slides, where you’ll be sent flying down to the bottom at top speeds and two open air slides which are perfect for the kids. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall and a maximum of 135kg to ride.


Super 8 – This is the perfect ride for families and groups of friends! You’ll race head first down 8 colourful slides, reaching speeds of up to 40km/ph. You’ll even be timed, and see how many of your friends and families you beat to the bottom! Riders must be at least 110cm tall to race.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Surfrider – This is the only coaster at WetnWild, and although we didn’t go on it ourselves, it looks like a lot of fun! You’ll glide up and down a giant surfboard, while spinning around and being rewarded with awesome views of the park. Riders must be between 140cm and 196cm tall.

[bctt tweet=”There are a ton of awesome water rides at WetnWild Gold Coast – here they are! #queensland #goldcoast #wetnwild” username=”rhiannontravels”]

Rides for Families & Kids at WetnWild Gold Coast

There are a few rides and attractions at WetnWild that are perfect for families and younger kids, as a lot of the bigger rides may not be suitable for visitors of all ages.


WetnWild Junior – A zone created just for kids under 10 years of age. They’ll be able to enjoy kid friendly versions of some of the park’s best rides, such as Tornado and Aqua Racers. There’s also a giant tipping bucket of water, a ton of slides and a water playground. To use WetnWild Junior, kids must be no taller than 140cm.

Calypso Beach – This is one of the best attractions at WetnWild! You’ll float around a giant river on colourful tubes or soak in the sun in one of Calypso Beach’s relaxing retreat areas.

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Giant Wave Pool – The perfect place to relax in the refreshing, cool water while you wait for the waves to roll in. There’s a ton of deck chairs and undercover gazebos to take a break from the water, perfect for a family lunch! The waves are on a sequence, so if you’re not comfortable swimming in waves, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the water, and just hop out when the waves start. There are lifeguards standing by, just incase guests get swept up by the waves. If this does happen, put your hand in the air and a lifeguard will jump in right away. We saw this happen during our time at WetnWild, and they acted immediately. You’re in good hands!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park

Whirlpool Springs – WetnWild’s very own hot tubs! The perfect place to cool off in summer, or warm up during the colder months of the year. There are a ton of hot tubs for guests to relax in, or swim around in the refreshing water on a hot day.

Other Information & Things you Should Know

  • There are lifeguards at every ride, ensuring the safety of guests and ensuring each person meets the requirements before riding. Calypso Beach has a lifeguard at every turn, so there are plenty of trained professionals ready incase you need some assistance.
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen, but if you do forget, souvenir stores near the entrance of WetnWild Gold Coast do have sunscreen available for purchase.
  • The water is heated at WetnWild Gold Coast, however due to overnight temperatures and other factors, the pools may not always be prime temperatures. Don’t worry though, as soon as you get out and start walking around the park in the sun, you’ll soon warm up!
  • Most of the tube rides, require guests to carry the tubes up to the top themselves. This means that kids may not be able to ride these by themselves, as they will struggle carrying the heavy tubes up multiple flights of stairs. Always make sure kids have an adult to at least carry these tubes to the top, even if they don’t actually take the slide to the bottom.
  • There are lockers available for $10, which will be yours for the entire day. Unless you have somebody with you who will not be going on any rides, and is happy to hold on to bags, purchasing a locker for the day is the best option. You can buy a locked from the Surf Shop, located right near the park entrance.



WetnWild Gold Coast is a lot of fun for people of all ages. There’s definitely something for everyone, and you’re guaranteed to have an awesome day! Remember to reapply sunscreen frequently, and wear a hat when you’re not on the rides. Summer in Australia is brutal, and although we applied sunscreen, Russell and I still got burnt! Learn from our mistakes, and keep reapplying throughout the day!

Related: Check out the rest of our Australia archives!
Related: Read our posts on other theme parks we’ve visited

Have you visited WetnWild Gold Coast before? What was your favourite ride? Tell me in the comments below!

[bctt tweet=”Here’s everything you need to know before visiting WetnWild Gold Coast! #queensland #goldcoast ” username=”rhiannontravels”]

Did you like this post? Pin it for later or share with friends!

WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia's Biggest & Best Water Park


rhiannontravels

Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

Ocean Vista on Alex: 2 Bedroom Apartment with Rooftop Spa – Mooloolaba QLD

Ocean Vista on Alex: 2 Bedroom Apartment with Rooftop Spa – Mooloolaba QLD

If you’re looking for the perfect Sunshine Coast accomodation location, Ocean Vista on Alex is definitely one to consider. Russell and I spent four nights at this Mooloolaba apartment, and we couldn’t have been happier. While researching accomodation on the Sunshine Coast, we knew we wanted to splurge a little if possible. We didn’t want to spend a fortune, but considering our time spent on the Sunshine Coast would fall on our two year anniversary, we wanted a little bit of luxury.


Ocean Vista on Alex isn’t luxurious per say, but it is extremely impressive for the price that we paid, and the location of the accomodation. Incase you’re wondering, no, we weren’t paid or sponsored for our stay here. I had always planned on writing a review about our experience staying at Ocean Vista on Alex and I’m happy to report, it’s going to be a fabulous one!

Ocean Vista on Alex: 2 Bedroom Apartment with Rooftop Spa - Mooloolaba QLD

Ocean Vista on Alex: 2 Bedroom Apartment with Rooftop Spa – Mooloolaba, Queensland

What style of Accomodation is Ocean Vista on Alex?

Ocean Vista on Alex is a self-contained apartment. This means, each apartment has a kitchen stocked with almost everything you will need to cook your own meals. Each apartment also has a laundry, with a washing machine and dryer. Self-contained apartments are great for families and groups of friends, as you have everything you need, conveniently located right in your room!

Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD

2 Bedroom Apartment with Rooftop Spa Self-Contained Apartment

Russell and I spent four nights on the Sunshine Coast. As I mentioned earlier, we specifically planned our stay to fall on our two year anniversary. We wanted somewhere that was relaxing, comfortable, clean and within walking distance to everything we needed.


We booked the 2 Bedroom Apartment with Rooftop Spa self-contained apartment, at Ocean Vista on Alex. As soon as we walked through the door, we were immediately impressed. Now, I am fully aware that this type of accommodation isn’t for everyone. Not every visitor to Australia can afford to splurge on accomodation, and would prefer to spend their money on other things. But Russell and I like to be comfortable. We like waking up to amazing views, and being within walking distance to all the essentials. Well, we got all of this and more at Ocean Vista on Alex!

Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD

Upon arriving, the hotel manager walked up the stairs to the reception desk, carrying a carton of beer. If that’s not Australia for ya, I don’t know what is. The coolest hotel manager I’ve ever met. We were a little bit too early, and unable to check in as our room was still being cleaned. That didn’t matter though – it gave us a chance to head down to the beach! Less than a 5 minute walk, and we were barefoot, walking along the beautiful Mooloolaba Beach.


An hour later, we headed back up to the hotel, and were shown to our room by the hotel manager. He was kind enough to also show us our private rooftop spa (which I’ll get to in a bit), as well as walking us directly to our room and giving us a brief overview of the things we needed to know.

What’s Included in the 2 Bedroom Apartment with Rooftop Spa Accomodation

The first thing I thought when walking into the room, was “Wow”. Paying extra for a little bit of luxury, is definitely worth it. We had a full-size kitchen stocked with utensils, pots and pans, plates, mugs, glasses, dishwashing liquid, tea towel, kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge, oven, stove, coffee, tea and more.

Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD

Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD

One of the aspects of Ocean Vista on Alex that appealed to us, was the private spa that’s included in all rooftop apartments. Our room was located on level 3 (the top level) so all we had to do was walk up two short flights of stairs, and we were our our very own rooftop, decked out with an incredible spa, deck chairs, dining table, sink and barbecue. As I mentioned earlier, we stayed at Ocean Vista on Alex for four nights, and we spent at least an hour each night, enjoying the incredible views from our very own private rooftop spa. Absolutely worth the bit of extra money – especially for a special occasion!

Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD

Note: Hotel management requests that guests vacate the spa area by 10pm each night. Be sure to take all your belongings with you when you leave, and turn off the spa and any lights.


Our room had two bedrooms, which we weren’t aware of when booking. We obviously didn’t need two bedrooms, as it was just Russell and I. But for a family or group of friends, the second bedroom is perfect! In the main lounge room, there’s a ceiling fan as well as reverse cycle air-conditioning. The main bedroom also has a ceiling fan, lamps on both sides of the kind bed, a large sliding built in wardrobe with mirrored doors and a second storage cupboard.

Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD

The bathroom has a large shower/spa, wall-length bench top with sink and obviously, a toilet. The second bathroom (located in the same area as the laundry) has a shower and bench top with sink. Using this second bathroom will incur an extra fee for cleaning. The room does include small tubes of shampoo and conditioner, as well as small packets of bar soap. I decided to purchase my own bottles of shampoo and conditioner, though.

Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD

Over the four nights at Ocean Vista on Alex, we paid a total of $790. Although this might seem like a lot, like I mentioned earlier, we like to be comfortable. Our apartment was definitely worth the cost, and I would stay again in a heartbeat! The view was absolutely incredible, from both our balcony and the rooftop spa. Of course, there’s also a pool that can be used by all guests. We only used the pool once, but it was the perfect temperature!

Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD

Note: Each room is also allocated one carpark, which in located in the garage underneath the building. There’s a driveway to the left of the reception, and a gate which you’ll need a garage key to enter. When checking in, you’ll receive your room key with garage remote attached! The parking cost in free/included in room fee!

Convenient Location to Beach & Shops

Ocean Vista on Alex is conveniently located almost right across the road from Mooloolaba Beach. Hence, the somewhat hefty price-tag. Not only are you less than 5 minutes away from the beach, Ocean Vista on Alex is also under 10 minutes away from the heart of Mooloolaba. You’ll find a supermarket (Coles) and liquor store (BWS), as well as a ton of restaurants, cafes, clothing stores, souvenir stores and much more. There’s plenty to see and do on Mooloolaba Beach, and all within walking distance of Ocean Vista on Alex – bonus!

Ocean Vista on Alex: Deluxe Rooftop with Spa - Mooloolaba QLD

We walked to Coles numerous times and picked up some groceries. It was great having our own self-contained kitchen. I was able to make myself some toast and a coffee each morning, like I do every day back home in Adelaide! Definitely gave our stay a very homely feel, with a luxurious touch.


A few minutes drive down the road, is Maroochydore. Here you’ll find a shopping centre with a huge amount of stores including Kmart, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes. There’s also a ton of dessert stores, so if you have a sweet tooth, I recommend paying a visit to Maroochydore. You can catch public transport from Mooloolaba Beach to Maroochydore, otherwise it’s a very scenic 45 minute walk from Ocean Vista on Alex to Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre!

Distance from Ocean Vista on Alex to Popular Attractions

Mooloolaba is relatively close to a lot of popular tourist attractions in Queensland. We hired a car the day we arrived, which we booked a few weeks prior. This is the best way to experience everything that Queensland has to offer, and especially if you’re hoping to head from the Sunshine Coast to Surfers Paradise.

Here are the rough travel times by car, from Ocean Vista on Alex to some of Queensland’s most popular attractions:

Australia Zoo – 30 minutes
Noosa Beach – 40 minutes
Brisbane City – 80 minutes
Surfers Paradise – 2 hours

Related: Spend a A Day at Australia Zoo

Our Final Thoughts on Ocean Vista on Alex

Both Russell and I loved our time at Ocean Vista on Alex. The hotel apartment had a very relaxing and laid back atmosphere, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the location was incredible. It’s important to note that it is beachside accomodation, so there was some rust and parts that were worn and torn. But that’s a given for any accomodation, no matter where in the world you visit. Please don’t let something as small as some torn outdoor seats or tiny bit of general wear and tear, stop you from enjoying your stay at Ocean Vista on Alex.


Of course, I can only comment on the room that we stayed in (2 Bedroom Apartment with Rooftop Spa), but I feel confident in saying that all of the other rooms at the Ocean Vista on Alex would be clean, tidy and taken care of for guests to enjoy a comfortable and relaxing visit.

For more information about Ocean Vista on Alex and viewing/booking one of their rooms, click here.


Have you visited Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast before? Tell me about your trip in the comments below!

Related: Check out the rest of our Australia archives

Did you like this post? Pin it for later or share with friends!

Ocean Vista on Alex: 2 Bedroom Apartment with Rooftop Spa - Mooloolaba QLD Ocean Vista on Alex: 2 Bedroom Apartment with Rooftop Spa - Mooloolaba QLD


rhiannontravels

Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!