With its sweeping beaches, surf and endless options for fun in and out of the sun, the Gold Coast well and truly deserves its title as Australia’s beach capital. Add to that escapes into the rainforest-clad hinterland where you can still see the ocean and the Gold Coast, and you could say it has every viewpoint accounted for. Here are six of the best locations to view the Gold Coast that will have you holding your breath and remembering the views long after your outing. Don’t forget your camera.
Burleigh Head National Park is a section of precious natural bushland in the heart of the Gold Coast. Protecting native animals and flora and fauna, it also provides a great vantage point for views over the sprawling Gold Coast. Take the Ocean View Walk—1.2 kilometres one way. There are designated fishing spots and from July to November you may see humpback whales breaching. Tumgun Lookout on the rainforest circuit is another good vantage point.
Currumbin Creek brings the clear, fresh waters from the hinterland to the sea. It’s a well-known surf break and well-liked
by anglers chasing bream, flathead and tailor, while the headland commands beautiful views back across the Gold Coast. Walk out from Lifesaver Tower
number 12, located where Duringan Street meets Pacific Parade, and watch the sun set over surfers and fisher folk
in an unspoiled
SkyPoint and SkyPoint Climb
Stay inside and view the expanse of the coast from SkyPoint Observation Deck, Australia’s only beachside observation deck. Q1 is a landmark on the Gold Coast. From here, you can take in the 360-degree views when you travel to the 77th floor of the building, which soars over Surfers Paradise. Day and night it delivers mesmerising views across the ocean, coastal suburbs and into the hinterland. SkyPoint Observation Deck is an 18-plus venue on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 pm.
If you like a little adventure and enjoy an increase in your heart
rate, consider the SkyPoint climb—Australia’s highest external building climb. There is no glass between you and the views, which makes for an amazing experience. There are a number of climbs on offer including
day and twilight climbs, as well as packages including dinner.
Up, Up and Away
Start the day floating across the coastline and Gold Coast’s famous beaches, waterways, skyscrapers and suburbs in a hot air balloon ride to the scenic hinterland. Silently soaring as the world below awakes is a magical experience with the finest vantage
point to take in the views, and it’s easy to see why this is considered one of Australia’s premier balloon rides. It’s a sunrise you will never forget.
Oskars on Burleigh
Offering fine dining on the Gold Coast for more than 33 years,
Oskars has a long list of awards to its name. You can expect to
enjoy innovative, modern cuisine from seafood to steak, lamb
to poultry as you take in the forever changing panoramic scene. During the day, there are surfers riding the curling blue waves and at night, you’ll witness the twinkling lights of the Gold Coast.
With breathtaking views, Seascape is a multi-level venue on the Soul Boardwalk. The bistro and bar are on level one and feature an outdoor balcony. Go up a level to the restaurant and you are afforded more breathtaking views. The restaurant maintains six fresh fish species offered daily.