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Gold Coast: 3 Day Pass Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild

1. Gold Coast: 3 Day Pass Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild

Save time and money with this convenient 3-day admission pass to 3 of the Gold Coast's most popular theme parks. Zoom around on roller coasters at Movie World, admire marine life at Sea World and prepare to be thrilled on a variety of extreme rides at Wet'n'Wild.  Located only a few minutes from central Surfers Paradise, Sea World features amazing aquatic animals, fun rides and family-friendly shows. Enter the frozen tundra of the Penguin Encounter, see predators up close in Shark Bay and meet tranquil critters in the dolphin nursery. At Movie World, experience the glamour of Hollywood as you hang out with your favorite superheroes and stars. Enjoy the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, Harry Potter-themed sets, a Lethal Weapon ride, the Batwing Spaceshot and the steepest inverted drop in the Southern Hemisphere on the Green Lantern Coaster. For families, enjoy music from the Looney Tunes crew among other entertainment. Wet'n'Wild hosts some of the most extreme and fun-packed rides on the continent. You may even recognize some of them from scenes filmed in The Inbetweeners 2 movie.   

Gold Coast: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

2. Gold Coast: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

Spend time with the fishes on this snorkeling adventure. Wave Break has one of the highest amounts of fish in Australia and is a fantastic site for snorkeling. There are over 50 different species of fish with depths ranging from  0–15 meters. Many of the fish school in their hundreds and are very people friendly. This site is ideal for both the beginner and the advanced due to the location there is minimum swell. All snorkellers can be assisted with a guide on the basics of snorkeling and the areas that are best for photography and fish feeding. Snap some cool photos of the fishes underwater and hand-feed the fish. Take a break from snorkeling and pend some time exploring what Wave Break has to offer, including a beautiful stretch of the beach secluded from other boating activities. Or float on a boogie board with view holes to watch the sea life pass you by.  Get dropped off at your hotel with your photos and unforgettable memories. eturn hotel transfers from Main Beah and Surfers Paradise.

Gold Coast: Parasail Flight by Boat

3. Gold Coast: Parasail Flight by Boat

Take a boat trip out to sea, then soar 400 feet in the air on this unforgettable parasailing experience. Marvel at the crystal blue waters of the Broadwater below and savor the spectacular panoramic views. Start your parasailing adventure by meeting your crew at Main Beach's Marina Mirage. Listen to a short briefing before boarding a purpose-built boat. Cruise away from the bustling waterfront shopping precinct and head out to sea. Get ready for your turn to parasail. You will be securely harnessed and attached to the famous smiley parachute which will gradually carry you up into the sky. Feel the adrenaline as you rise to reach a maximum height of 400 feet. Take in the outstanding 360 degree vistas of the Gold Coast and surroundings on this experience to remember.

Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

4. Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

Depart from Gold Coast on a fun-filled guided kayaking tour to Wave Break Island South where you can snorkel, enjoy a snack, and relax while admiring amazing city views away from the crowds. Departing from the iconic Broadwater, where experienced and friendly tour guides will brief you on kayaking techniques, cruise through spectacular clear waters, where you might have the chance to spot dolphins and stingrays. Paddle through beautiful sandbanks, offering a unique Gold Coast City view in the background, and arrive at the Northern side of Wave Break Island, where you will park your kayaks next to a scenic spot. Take a short bushwalk to Wave Break Island’s Eastern side to snorkel and explore the underwater beauty of this pristine Island.  Swim amongst the friendly reef locals, the SeaPerch and Angelfish, and discover many other species, from sea cucumber, trumpet fish, sergeant fish, and if you are lucky you can even find Nemo. Here, natural and man-made beauty are combined to create a picture-perfect background; the beautiful Gold Coast waterways with the city’s collection of skyscrapers on the horizon. As you get out of the water, a snack will be waiting for you. Savor it whilst admiring the amazing views, and get ready to start your journey back to the launch point.

Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Short Helicoper Flight

5. Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Short Helicoper Flight

Experience a quick repertoire of jet boat spins and slides through the southern Gold Coast Broadwater around Wavebreak Island. Delight in a jet blast for 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) in just 30 minutes. Depart directly into the Broadwater at Main Beach, and waste no time in the 6-knot zone. Then, enjoy a scenic 5-minute helicopter journey taking in the iconic Sea World, Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace, South Stradbroke Island, and the picturesque Surfers Paradise skyline.

Gold Coast: Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World Port

6. Gold Coast: Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World Port

Departing from Sea World on the Gold Coast, this is one of Australia’s premier whale watching experiences. Join marine experts for a close encounter with majestic Humpback Whales aboard one of Australia’s newest and luxurious whale watching vessels.  Within minutes of the Gold Coast, cruise to the “Humpback Highway” and gaze upon the world’s largest animals from 6 spacious viewing platforms from sea level to the sundeck with a spectacular backdrop of the Surfers Paradise skyline. During the 2.5 hour cruise learn more about these fascinating marine creatures and listen to unique whale songs live with an underwater microphone on board. The Gold Coast whale watching season runs from early June to November and whale watching cruises will depart daily from the Sea World Cruise Terminal at 7:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM. Enjoy an early morning cruise before a day of activities on the Gold Coast or relax and sleep in with late afternoon departures available. If your whale watching cruise fails to sight a whale, you will recieve a voucher for another cruise.

Gold Coast: Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild 14-Day Pass

7. Gold Coast: Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild 14-Day Pass

Get unlimited entry to 4 of Australia's premier theme parks on the Gold Coast with a 14-day entry pass to SeaWorld, Warner Brothers Movie World, Wet'n'Wild, and Paradise Country. Ride the roller coasters and thrill rides inspired by iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, and Scooby-Doo at Warner Brothers Movie World. Fall in love with marine life, including dolphins and penguins at SeaWorld. Get your thrills on the slippery slides of the Wet'n'Wild water park. Meet the adorable cows, horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, and pigs of Paradise Country. Visit the parks as often as you like during a 14-day period.

Gold Coast: 30-Minute Jet Boat Blast Ride

8. Gold Coast: 30-Minute Jet Boat Blast Ride

Hop on and hold on as you cruise across Southern Broadwater aboard a speedy jet boat that offers unforgettable fun for the whole family.   Depart from the Adventure Terminal at Main Beach and set off to experience fast and thrilling jet boat spins and slides through the Southern Broadwater and around Wavebreak Island.  Listen to onboard commentary by a knowledgeable skipper, showcasing the stunning waterways of the Gold Coast as you cruise on the unique, safe, and spacious 22- seater twin-engine jet boat.

Gold Coast: 3-Day PADI Open Water Course

9. Gold Coast: 3-Day PADI Open Water Course

Take a 3-Day PADI Open Water Course which will provide you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to safely explore the underwater world. With your expert instructor, enjoy learning scuba diving in a safe environment. On the first day, take part in some academic training where you will learn the basic principles of safe and enjoyable diving. Then across the following 2 days, learn the basic skills of diving with some confined water training and subsequent dives in the open water where you will demonstrate your new skills in a typical underwater environment. Upon successful completion of this course, be awarded the PADI Open Water Certification card enabling you to scuba dive anywhere throughout the world to a depth of a maximum of 18 metres. The certificate also entitles you to hire equipment from dive stores and is valid for life.

Main Beach: Gold Coast Champagne and Mimosa Breakfast Cruise

10. Main Beach: Gold Coast Champagne and Mimosa Breakfast Cruise

Be whisked away on a Gold Coast cruise from Main Beach. Take in views of Marina Mirage, the Home of the Arts, and the towering skyline of Surfers Paradise. Savor a delicious breakfast with drink options as you glide over the water. Check in at the Sea World Cruises Terminal and hop aboard a dining vessel with an air-conditioned dining deck for a comfortable dining experience and an open-top sundeck for unobstructed views. Feel the morning sunshine and take in sweeping Broadwater vistas as you relax with unlimited sparking wine and mimosas. Enjoy a hearty breakfast as you drift leisurely past such regional highlights as Marina Mirage shopping mall and the Home of the Arts is a cultural precinct. Taste barbequed bacon and eggs, vegetarian rolls, straight-from-the-oven baked goodies accompanied by a selection of tropical seasonal fruits, and sweet treats. Wake up right with refreshing morning beverages like juices, tea, and coffee. Keep the kids busy with a fun activity pack. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise.

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What people are saying about Main Beach, Gold Coast

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 136 reviews

The guides were very informative and made sure that anyone's doubts were cleared. This activity is ideal for anyone with beginner or little experience in the water, as it was explained step by step before commencing. On the morning that we went, there was low tide, and this affected the visibility for snorkelling. So for snorkelling, a high tide will be better. Overall, it was great weather and great views and a very good experience.

Excellent 3 day pass to 3 theme parks, which can be used within a 5 day period. Great value for money and flexibility.

Wish we had more time to snorkel and we finished earlier than said but still a good experience

Had a great time with my 5 year old son. Might be better next time when he’s bigger.

It’s most amazing and beautiful experience once in life.