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Itinerary For 4 Full Days In Gold Coast
Looking for assistance with itinerary for 4 full days in Gold Coast
My family will be visiting Gold Coast but we don't intend to visit all the theme parks as it'll be an overdose!
With 4 full days in Gold Coast, we're thinking of visiting 2 theme parks plus Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and maybe a day trip to Brisbane.
If there is any spare time: Harbour town, Q-deck and Pacific Fair Shopping Mall.
Do you think this itinerary is enough to occupy our 4 days there?
Can you recommend which are the 2 best theme parks to visit or any other places of interest. I have 3 boys aged 9, 13 and 15 years.
Action packed 4 day Gold Coast itinerary for sure!
Okay, firstly the theme parks here is a quick synopsis based on you having the 3 boys... First thoughts are MovieWorld and DreamWorld as there are lots of thrill rides and things to interest them.
However, if they like animals - especially things like dolphins, sharks, seals, polar bears and penguins, then Sea World could be substituted instead of DreamWorld as you can then take advantage of one of the theme park passes.
Those are the dry theme parks... if you want to get wet and go to one of the water parks, and boys LOVE those! I personally recommend Wet n Wild as it has more to offer than the other water park - Whitewater World.
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Each theme park will take you a whole day, so if you do 2 parks that will be two full days of your itinerary.
Parks open around 9.30am, with rides starting up at 10am and finishing approximately 5pm and gates close at 5.30pm (does vary a little, especially if there are any late night events on).
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary could keep you entertained all day too - it opens earlier and they have fantastic Wild Night adventure (now called Yanguwah Dinner and Show), which my kids loved and I think the boys would enjoy too.
Currumbin has exhibits and shows and if they love the animals there is so much to see, you also have to do quite a bit of walking. There is the Green Challenge now and you can hand feed kangaroos and emus. It is definitely worth a visit.
In the evening, on the Yanguwah Show and Wildnight Adventure (currently not available April 2013), you get to go through the park with spotlights in the dark and see the nocturnal animals. It is such a different experience too, if you can stay awake ;-)
Brisbane is also a whole day trip in my opinion. You can go on a day tour to Brisbane which can be a great way to pack in an overview of the city.
There are plenty of other options for day tours around the area, it might be worth checking out the options as something might appeal to you and the boys more.
Have you got enough in your itinerary to keep you occupied! Definitely.
You mention you have 4 full days, I am assuming you travel in on day 1, have 4 full days and then fly out on day 6. Depending upon what time your flights are, you could do some of the other items you mention on those days.
You'll want to make sure you get the photos on Surfers Paradise beach and under the Surfers Paradise arch by the beach! When you do this, you can also go to Skypoint on Q1 (Q-Deck has changed it's name!) to check out the views - you can spend as little as an hour in this activity. Also in Surfers Paradise there is a Ripley's Believe It or Not, Wax Museum and Timezone entertainment area.
Harbour Town is about 20 minutes drive from Surfers Paradise. Great for outlet and discount shopping if you want to check it out. I would allow a good couple of hours here.
I know that was a lot to cover, and a few variables into the mix depending upon what time you arrive and depart on your travel days and also which airport (Gold Coast or Brisbane) you are flying through. If I have confused you or you need any more assistance contact me personally, through my contact form and I will email you back.
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