Biggera Waters – on the Broadwater, Gold Coast Queensland Australia
Royal Pacific Resort is in Biggera Waters, on the Broadwater. Surrounding suburbs include Runaway Bay, Paradise Point, Labrador and Southport.
In addition to the Broadwater there are numerous parks and sporting complexes which provide great recreational opportunities for adults and children alike.
Things to do on The Broadwater
The Gold Coast Broadwater is renowned for its calming waters and white sandy beaches. It is hugely popular for boating and offers a safe access to the ocean through The Spit and Gold Coast seaway.
Fishing is also very popular. There are many areas to fish from the shore or beach or you can hire small boats or charter deep sea fishing boats. You can also enjoy windsurfing, kite surfing, speed boating, jet skis and parasailing along The Broadwater.
Kite surfing is another surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. Kite surfing enthusiasts ride on a modified surfboard while holding on to a specially designed kite, harnessing the wind to propel them to often exhilarating speeds.
Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. Windsurfing combines the laid-back culture of surf sports and the more rules-based environment of sailing.
Parasailing takes the participants on a glide through the air wearing an open parachute while towed by a motor boat.
The Broadwater along the Gold Coast stretches from Paradise Point at the top, down to Labrador, and below to Southport.
You can find any number of parks alongside The Broadwater, and with the waterfront promenade. The generous outdoor amenities makes The Broadwater an ideal place for cycling, walking or picnicking.
Broadwater Parklands is a world class community and cultural parkland, loved by Gold Coast residents and tourists alike. At the heart of the three kilometres of parklands is this vast expanse of green that is ideal for family picnics and fun. The Great Lawn hosts of the city’s popular events such as the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Carols by Candlelight and the World Championship.
The Gold Coast is blessed with a variety of scenic parks… to enjoy, simply roll out a blanket, pick up a book or your favourite magazine, or just sit and gaze out at the view. With the great Queensland weather, you can enjoy these relaxing scenic spots all year round. Here is a brief selection, but by no means a comprehensive list of Gold Coast parks.
Runaway Bay Lions Park is a local recreation park with a great playground for the kids and picnic shelters for that get together with friends.
- Harley Park
- Marine Parade
- Hilltop Park
- Hilltop Street
- Paradise Point
- Paradise Point Parklands
- The Esplanade
- Fitness Parks
Not only can you go for a walk or jog along the wonderful Broadwater, there are also many fun, stimulating and challenging fitness circuits in the parks. Facilities are free and are a great way to improve your fitness level and general coordination. Equipment varies in different parks and can include cross trainer, stepper, ab-hip swinger, ezy rider, shoulder press, rowing machine, cycle seat, butterfly press, push up and sit up boards.
Paradise Point Parklands: (northern end)
James Overell Park: Brighton Parade
Gold Coast Theme Parks
What is a trip to the Gold Coast without visiting the legendary theme parks; Movieworld, Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet n Wild, and the newest White Water World. Located from Main Beach through to Coomera on the Pacific Motorway, these theme parks will satisfy your thrill seeking tendencies, cool down the summer heat at the water parks and demystify the wide blue waters at Sea World. Just to be sure, you can get your adrenalin rush at Movieworld and Dreamworld. Shuttle bus services are available from the Gold Coast, with VIP passes available when visiting all parks.
Purchase theme park tickets from our reception desk. Our staff with expert local knowledge can help plan a theme park itinerary that is perfect for you.
Dreamworld: For decades, Dreamworld has been Australia’s favourite theme park. Home to rides and attractions including the park’s famous thrill rides, live shows, a host of characters, plus native Australian animals. There is something for everyone at Dreamworld.
Australian Outback Spectacular: With a superb show and a great dinner (what else would Aussie tucker be…), The Australian Outback Spectacular captures the magnificence of the Australian Outback. With a gigantic indoor arena, the show has amazing characters, amazing animals and mind-boggling scenes featuring wild horses, stampeding cattle, bush vehicles and superb horsemanship.
Warner Brothers Movie World: Warner Brothers Movie World has the biggest and best Super Hero Thrill Rides in Australia; Batwing Spaceshot and Superman Escape. This together with the nail-biting action and excitement of Hollywood Stunt Driver is an unbelievable extravaganza to experience.
Wet n Wild Water World: Dive into a fun-filled family day out at Wet n Wild Water World where sunshine is endless. Rides for the daring, magnificent water entertainment and fun-filled action makes for an amazing day out.
Sea World: Seaworld Gold Coast at Main Beach is an unforgettable experience. With its combination of world class animal exhibits, Polar Bears, the Dolphin Show, you will experience a whole world of amazing rides, the Water Park with the amazing slides, shows, and other attractions that will keep you busy and entertained all day.
Harbour Town Outlet Shopping
Within 5 minutes drive or 30 mins walk from Royal Pacific resort, Harbour Town Gold Coast was the first and largest purpose built, brand direct outlet shopping centre in Australia and still remains so today. With popular brands at retail prices, restaurants, cinemas and much much more, Harbour Town is a must on any holiday to-do list.
And if you are visiting Harbour Town from interstate or overseas, feel free to visit the Tourism Lounge – a place where you can relax whilst you plan out your day. Indulge in complimentary refreshments, whilst friendly staff help you with any questions.
The Tourism Lounge offers visitors:
- Complimentary refreshments
- Free Tourism Club Card
- Comfortable and modern environment
- Complimentary taxi phone service
- Luggage and parcel minding
- Friendly and helpful staff
- Free stroller loan
- Free wheelchair loan
- Prayer room
- Free Wi-Fi access
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is above Cedar Creek, and visitors are graced with a phenomenal view of the rainforest canopy and its surrounding scenery. The Tambourine Rainforest Skywalk takes you from the upper and middle canopies, descending to the lower canopy where you will be mesmerised by the rockpools, creek and butterfly lookout before heading to the Cantilever; the showcase of the rainforest view.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is set on acres and acres of native bushland and rainforest with hundreds of native Australian animals and bird life on display. A great venue for the family.
Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park tis stunning; based within the scenic Gold Coast Hinterland, it takes you from water and beaches to a world of lush green rainforest, tranquil in sound and awe-inspiring in ambiance. Well preserved Springbrook, along with the conjoining Lamington National Park are World Heritage Listed – and with a hike through the grounds, its very clear why. Fantastic waterfalls, stunning lookouts and captivating glow worm caves all contribute to the natural wonder of this rainforest, so be sure to take a day to discover what lies on the other side of the Gold Coast.
Lamington National Park
Lamington National Park is a day all by itself. At the slopes of the Gold Coast Hinterland, the well preserved ancient trees, sub-tropical rainforest plant life and scenic waterfalls are spread throughout Lamington National Park, best discovered by taking to the many walking tracks within.
Gold Coast Markets
There are numerous markets located on the Gold Coast showcasing local produce and art and crafts from the region. The farmers’ market is an Australian icon, providing easy access to the freshest local produce. They’re a unique way to experience the Gold Coast. Visitors to the markets can take home edible souvenirs and other delights. The markets are the perfect family friendly destination for a morning shop or evening stroll. The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are an evening event, full of locally crafted products, with a wonderful atmosphere provided by the background sounds of the ocean. For fresh produce, farmers’ markets are regularly held in Miami, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin, Bundall and Palm Beach.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium
We’ve all been to a museum with a few odd exhibits but Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium brings you a whole experience of the strange and wacky. A unique experience suitable for all ages, this museum houses thousands of unbelievable exhibits, incredible illusions, a touch of magic and an assortment of interactive displays that make for an afternoon of awe. See the collection of real shrunken heads, get up and close with some of the world’s most amazing miniature art, go for a spin in the rotating tunnels and discover the fascinating world of Robert Ripley.
Surfing on the Gold Coast
While the Gold Coast is much more than the reputed sand, surf and sunshine, its beaches are a thing of beauty, particularly for those looking to catch a wave. The multitude of beaches scattered along the coast from guarantees a swell will always be in the Gold Coast waters, where one is calm, another is sure to not to be. Burleigh Heads offers world class breaks amidst a scenic national park backdrop – be wary of the rocks. The Spit is conveniently located, offering a big beach with big swells. Popular for beginners and experienced surfers, the Surfers Paradise beach is a popular destination too.
Other Great Attractions on the Gold Coast
- The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Dig a little deeper than the glitz and glamour of the Gold Coasts reputation discover hidden in plain site a world of culture, art and creativity. The Gold Coast Arts Centre is a prominent public regional galleries, with a huge selection of historical and contemporary works, theatre productions, travelling shows and exhibits and live comedy. Perfect for that rainy day; a light lunch and an arthouse movie or an evening of pre theatre dining and a performance. Comedy at The Basement is very popular so be sure to book ahead for all performances to avoid disappointment. Contact reception for assistance with any booking.
- Haunted House
An Amazing Walk Through experience
- Palm Meadows Golf Course
This Graham Marsh designed Palm Meadows Golf Course is open to the public
- Cascade Water Gardens
Has barbeque and picnic facilities. In the gardens is the tomb of Ned Harper, who discovered the coast in 1842.
- Emerald Lakes Golf Club
The Emerald Lakes Golf Course is a Graham Marsh designed course open to the public. It is very unique in that there is the option of night golfing.
- Natural Bridge
(also called Natural Arch) is one of the most popular parts of Springbrook National Park, about an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast or two from Brisbane. Underneath the bridge lives a colony of one of Australia’s largest glowworm colonies.
- Glow Worm Caves: The caves consist of two large chambers interlinked by tunnels. This chamber is complete with very realistic formations such as stalagmites and stalactites and water features From this stunning cave, you will be guided through the magical “Glow Worm cave”, filled with thousands of glowing Glow Worms!
- Mt Tamborine Brewery
Whatever your preferred brew, Mt Tamborine Brewery is a must for beer lovers. Located up in the stunning Gold Coast hinterland, this brewery is renowned for its award-winning beers, produced using top quality ingredients, traditional brewing methods and minimal intervention. Visitors can see the process and sample the results
- Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
An unusual blend of many architectural styles, bringing an international flavour to the well-stocked shops.
- Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club
Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club with its health and fitness club is a unique venture on the coast. The Pines is a challenging private eighteen hole Arnold Palmer designed championship course
- Gold Coast Historical War Museum
The Gold Coast Historical War Museum houses a collection of memorabilia, uniforms, military vehicles from wars over decades
- Glades Golf & Spa
The Glades Golf and Spa designed by Greg Norman offers ‘the ultimate in golfing on the coast’
- Hard Rock Cafe
In the heart of Australia’s Gold Coast, the Hard Rock Cafe Surfers Paradise will definitely make your favourites list.
- Paradise Country Aussie Farm
Paradise Country is an authentic Aussie farm giving visitors the opportunity to experience the traditional Australian bush culture. There is so much to do, you can feed the friendly kangaroos, have your photo taken with a cuddly koala, see the skills of the master shearers or watch our stockmen and women and their dogs round up a flock of sheep, throw a boomerang and crack a stockman’s whip.
- Southport Indoor Pistol Club
Southport Indoor Pistol Club is a shooting range hidden away from the bustle of Southport. Providing a wide variety of weapons ranging from handguns to rifles it’s a fantastic place to visit
The best Gold Coast cruise for whale watching, sailing cruises, water sports, adventure tours…all in Tall Ship. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, serenity and the unfolding views as you cruise the Broadwater.
- Palmer Gold Coast
Previously known as Robina Woods Golf Course, Palmer Gold Coast at Robina consistently ranks in the top courses in Australia.
- SkyPoint Observation Deck
SkyPoint is Australia’s only beachside observation deck and is located 230 metres above Surfers Paradise and provides breathtaking 360 degree views from the surf to the hinterland and beyond. A truly must do Gold Coast attraction where you can sit back and enjoy the view.
- Jet Flight Simulator
The Jet Flight Simulator in the centre of Surfers Paradise is based on a 737-800 and is ‘just like the real thing’.
For any other attractions and activities please contact our reception and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.