From the destination which spawned generations of ironmen with its Coolangatta Gold races, it’s a safe deduction that being active is all the rage on the Gold Coast. And there’s some really cool indoor and outdoor activities with which to become involved with trampolining and jetpacking on the cards here.
Things have come a long way since the days of the old backyard trampoline. Air Factory Trampoline Park at Burleigh Waters is Australia’s largest indoor trampoline park and offers 4700 square metres of bouncing space on 40 trampolines. Caters for gymnasts, professional athletes and the public.
Former Gold Coast builder Leo Hoffs has swapped his scaffolding for Stand-Up paddle boards and kayaks and these days runs Currumbin Boatshed Bait and Tackle. Hire one of these craft and paddle the peaceful Currumbin Creek in which jet skis and other motorised boats are banned.
Join ‘watersports guru’ Tim Adams on a 15-minute boat road out to Cook Island on the Coast’s southern end where a population of green turtles reside. Tim’s Tweed Heads company Cooly Dive knows these waters well and take divers and snorkelers out on day trips.
Family-run Stradbroke Island Adventures begins at Runaway Bay Marina with a small boat ride before arriving on the white sands of South Straddie. Jump in a 4WD and explore 22km of beaches, surf, ride a beach bike, toboggan, kayak, fish, paddle and picnic.
There’s plenty of surf schools along the Gold Coast from which to choose, but the Currumbin Alley Surf School claims to be Currumbin’s original since 1993. Many consider the “alley”, with its clear, calm waters, an ideal place in which to learn this art form.
Get On Your Bike has bicycle pick up locations on the northern, central and southern Gold Coast and some wild wheels such as beach cruisers and tandem bikes. A really cool ride starts at the Surfers Paradise esplanade and runs along the beachfront to The Spit.
The Gold Coast Oceanway, with sea breezes and scenic routes, is one of the most popular treks for walkers. This 36-kilometre network of paths connects The Spit in the north, to Point Danger in the south and is a series of sections up to 4km long.
RACV Royal Pines Resort is not only one of the most coveted courses on the Coast, but around the country. For it is on this world-class course that the RACV Ladies Masters and the Australian PGA championship are staged on three, 18-hole combination golf courses.
To experience skydiving with a twist, head to Surfers Paradise and iFLY Indoor Skydiving. Float in a giant column of air under the guidance of qualified instructors. Coolangatta’s Gold Coast Skydive is the Coast’s only skydive centre, and tandem dives end on Kirra beach.
For futuristic fun, Jetpack Flyboard Adventures is Australia’s first and largest water powered device hire operator where essentially guests are strapped to a jet hose and propelled into the air. Head to Main Beach and try one of their “teazer” flights for 10 minutes.