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Gold Coast Things to Do: Jet Boating, Theme Parks, Attractions
Photo courtesy of Paradise Jet Boating.
Photo courtesy of Paradise Jet Boating.
Many Australian families head north to the Gold Coast during winter (starting June 1st) so it's no surprise that the area has some high-adrenalin fun.

Paradise Jet Boating (above) is a full-on thrill ride: the pilot pushes the boat at top speed,  heading right to a collision with a pole or pier -- and then turns at the last second. Be ready for 360 degree spins, beach buzzing, and many high-speed twists and turns. Riders are provided with hooded raingear and would get soaked with it!

The 55-minute ride also includes slower passages past stunningly high-priced real estate. Family passes and kids' prices are available, as is free transport from area hotels. The ride departs from Mariners Cove Marina, in the Main Beach area, with outdoor restaurants and an indoor mall just steps away.

Theme Parks and Other Attractions

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast is especially known for its man-made attractions. Several places offer theme park fun:  Dream World, Movie World,  and more -- see Gold Coast Attractions, and also a guest article about Funparks on the Gold Coast

Wet'n'Wild Water World, meanwhile, has water rides plus giant wave pool, Surfrider and FlowRider. And for a dinner show, Australian Outback Spectacular serves up food and entertainment near Movie World.

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