Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Tropical North Queensland
As an international sporting event, the Commonwealth Games attracts visitors from far and wide. While the world-famous Gold Coast shines as the host city, don't miss the opportunity of must-see South-East Queensland destinations and attractions. Add these to your itinerary.
A 75-minute ferry ride from Brisbane, Tangalooma Island Resort is an adventurer’s dream. Think quad bikes, parasailing, desert safaris, and sand dune tobogganing. Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts can explore one of Australia’s most iconic snorkelling hotspots - The Tangalooma Wrecks. And those who prefer to stay dry can opt for a scenic helicopter flight to view the crystal clear waters, long stretches of sand and unique Moreton Island land formations from above. To top it all off, Tangalooma also offers guests the unique opportunity to hand-feed wild dolphins each and every day at dusk – one of only three locations where this is possible in Australia.
Take in spectacular 360 degree views of the iconic Gold Coast beaches and lush hinterland from the SkyPoint Observation Deck. Located on Level 77 of the Q1 Building in Surfers Paradise, the Observation Deck is one of the highest vantage points on the Gold Coast and offers unrivalled views that extend down to Byron Bay. We recommend making the most of this opportunity to end your day with a high - literally. Enjoy a cocktail and tasting plate at the SkyPoint Bistro as the sun sets over the mountains and you get to watch from what feels like the top of the world.
With countless awards to its name, Sirromet Wines is a pillar of the Australian wine industry. A short drive from the Gold Coast, Sirromet offers guests behind the scenes tours, premium wine tastings, and a range of dining options showcasing fresh Queensland produce. Complemented by its year-round calendar of events, including the ‘A Day on the Green’ concert series, Sirromet promises new adventures.
Spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforest, and ancient trees entice visitors to Springbrook National Park. With dozens of hiking trails suited to different fitness levels, exploring this national park allows you to get your own fitness fix during the Commonwealth Games. For a truly memorable experience, make sure you check out the local favourite Purling Brook Falls, which is accessed by a suspension bridge elevated over the rainforest canopy.
While Byron Bay may not be technically South East Queensland, it’s only an 1 hour from the Gold Coast and is well worth the trip. The community farm houses a collection of micro-businesses, including famed eatery Three Blue Ducks. Spend the day touring the farm, getting lost among the sunflower fields, checking out the farm animals, and making the most of the beautiful surroundings before sitting down for lunch and a drink.
On the hunt for something different, something handmade and something special to take home with you? Look no further than the Eumundi Markets. Handmade artworks and sculptures, clothes and jewellery, fresh food, and so much more... there’s something for everyone at Australia's Premier Artisan Market. Rain, hail or shine, the Eumundi Markets are open every Wednesday and Saturday. Once you’re all shopped out spend the day exploring Sunshine Coast favourite Noosa or the picturesque Glass House Mountains region.
Create the ultimate road trip playlist and hit the road south-west bound for a road trip worth every bit of the view. Saying the scenery is spectacular is an understatement. Impressive granite ridges, massive boulders, wildflowers aplenty and flowing streams, Girraween National Park is awe-inspiring to say the least. Whether you’re up for a stroll or a long hike, there are tracks for everyone. On the way back, re-fuel at Stanthorpe with a bite to eat.
With Dreamworld, White Water World, Wet’n’Wild and Movie World all located within a few kilometres from each other on the doorstep to the Gold Coast, no visit to the region is complete without a visit to at least one. Movie World has also just opened the tallest, longest and fastest HyperCoaster of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
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