Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary was opened as the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary by Alex Griffiths in 1947 as a scheme to stop the local lorikeet population from destroying his flower plantations. The lorikeets still flock to the sanctuary twice daily to be fed by visitors. The sanctuary now houses one of the largest collections of Australian native species in the world. Exhibits include Tasmanian devils, a reptile house and the largest walk-through aviary in the southern hemisphere.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is more Australian, more natural and more fun! You can cuddle a koala and experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free-flight bird show and kangaroo feeding. You can also witness Aboriginal presenters perform didgeridoo and dancers shows, as well as observe the science activity zone and see their vets in action within the Wildlife Hospital precinct.
Mt. Tamborine & Rainforest Skyway
Perched along the edge of the Scenic Rim — the remnants of what was once the massive Mount Warning volcano — Tamborine Mountain is a thriving region, encompassing boutique wineries, award-winning restaurants, art galleries, sweeping coastal views and a delicate blend of old and new-world charm. Located just 30 minutes from the city's iconic beaches, the beating green heart of the Gold Coast Hinterland is home to the third oldest national park in the world and is a favourite for romance and weddings, featuring a cluster of cosy hideaways, day spas, national parks and waterfalls.
The mountain is a sanctuary for the native flora and fauna. Birdwatchers especially appreciate the variety of some very rare bird species on the mountain. Lyrebirds, scrub turkeys, brilliant parrots and lorikeets, tawny frog mouth, whip birds and inquisitive bowerbirds populate the rainforests and can often be seen and always heard. Bird feeding is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Many artists choose to call Tamborine Mountain "home," and proudly exhibit their wide variety of sculptures, paintings, jewellery and a vast array of other art and craft items.
Next stop is the magical Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. The walk has been built in a setting of 30 private acres of magnificent rainforest alongside a kilometre of tumbling creek and rock pools. Embark on a new eco-adventure exploring the beautiful rainforest canopies and habitat in a different and thrilling way. Travel over 300 meters of stable steel structured bridge through the higher rainforest canopy, combined with the 40-meter-long Skywalk Cantilever soaring 30 meters over the creek below. It is the longest canopy walk in South East Queensland.
Locally-grown produce including avocados, kiwifruits and macadamia nuts, alongside award-winning cheeses and the mountain's mainstay — decadent fudge — lend themselves to some seriously good eating. With quality food comes the need for a quality drop, and as Queensland's fastest growing wine region, Tamborine doesn't disappoint. The mountain also boasts a fantastic brewery and Australia's most internationally awarded distillery.
Whale Watching Cruise
A whale watching tour on the Gold Coast offers the excitement and adventure of close encounters with the world's largest marine mammals aboard the luxury $3.5M whale watching vessel, Spirit of Migaloo. Step aboard the premier Gold Coast whale watching experience with the marine experts, Sea World, and allow its professional team of captains and crew to guide you into the wonderful world of the whales.
The Sea World Whale Watching vessel is state-of-the-art and purpose-built for premium, environmentally friendly, humpback whale watching tours with an amazing four levels of viewing platforms, large walk-around decks, first class seating and restricted passenger numbers to ensure your experience remains a personal one. The expert tour guides will share their unsurpassed knowledge of whales with you on every tour using a colourful and interactive mix of 3D movies, real-time tour map technology and live whale songs heard through underwater microphones.
If your tour fails to sight a whale, you will be provided with a 100% refund from June to October. Sea World Whale Watch is an Accredited Advanced Ecotourism Business.
Canungra Winery & Picnic
The township of Canungra is more than 125 years old and owes its existence to early cedar-getters and saw-millers. A developing business hub, the town is well known for its surrounding tourism operators and is well-supported by visitors year round. Many visitors also stop at Canungra en route to the Lamington National Park.
O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards is one of the premium boutique cellar doors in South East Queensland, which is located in the peaceful Canungra Valley, in the Gold Coast Hinterland, a scenic 35-minute drive west of the Gold Coast. This area is one of Queensland's newly emerging wine growing regions. Canungra Valley soil is well-suited to grapes, as the rich river loam has built up over centuries by the flooding creek and a naturally occurring layer of gravel a meter under the surface allows for excellent drainage.
Enjoy wine tasting and lunch at O'Reilly's and take a stroll through the grounds of the vineyard — you may catch a glimpse of the platypus who resides in the creek running through the farm.