The SkyPoint Observation Deck is so special because it is arguably the most remarkable attraction in one of the most attractive cities in the world. It can be found on the 77th level of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. It is Australia’s one and only observation deck situated neat a beach. It sits at an amazing height of 230 meters high in the sky. Skypoint has become the one of the most popular attractions in the Gold Coast and it is visited by domestic and international tourists all year round.
The biggest feature of the whole attraction is the observation deck itself. The 360-degree panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, the Gold Coast skyline and the Queensland hinterland, up towards Springbrook's National Park.
At night you can experience the lit-up sky line of the city below, which is also a beautiful sight to see. You can, of course, enjoy these panoramic views while having a freshly made meal to eat from the SkyPoint Bistro + Bar. The bar also has a huge variety of beers, wines and spirits. Around the deck are also informative feature zones which deliver you interesting facts about the Gold Coast and Skypoint.
At night time the deck turns into a modern, high altitude lounge bar with club beats on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday afternoons between 2PM and 5PM the observation deck welcomes live performers. So, you can take in the views while listening to music, it truly makes for a great atmosphere.
You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner while you take in the gorgeous panoramic view. The dining menu has fantastic gourmet burgers and delicious sweetcorn waffles. The drinks and the dining menu is known to be just as attractive as the panoramic view. Visitors can start the day with a buffet breakfast and a relaxing espresso or cappuccino.
All tourists visiting the Gold Coast shouldn’t jet off without doing the Sky Point climb. It’s an experience that lasts for an hour and a half, consisting of an outdoor adventure to the top of the Q1 building. The Q1 building is one of the tallest residential towers in the world and obviously is the highest point in the greater Gold Coast area. You can consider it to be one of Australia’s most wonderful landmarks.
Visitors will be taken 270 meters into the air, making it the highest external building climb in Australia. At the top, on display will be the most amazing view you will ever come across in your life. The Pacific Ocean and the Gold Coast look gorgeous, particularly on a blue sunny day.
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is arguably the best petting zoo in Australia. It hosts some of the country’s iconic wild life such as koalas, emus, dingos, echidnas, wombats, Tassie devils, crocodiles and much more. Currumbin is a thirty-five-minute drive from the Gold Coast and is located just south of Burleigh Heads.
The sanctuary is great for families, it is such a fun place to explore and visitors will come to know lots of wonderful creatures. No doubt you will be taking so many lovely pictures with your favourite Australian animals. The park is open daily from 8am-5pm except on Christmas day and ANZAC day.
Probably the most attractive experience in the Sanctuary for both domestic and international visitors is getting up close and personal with the koalas. It’s Australia’s most well renowned icon after all. Care takers will teach you all about these creatures including their, habitat, reproduction process and their diet. After learning about, touching and patting the koalas, you will get a free professional photo taken with one to remember your koala experience.
Visitors will also be able to meet a pure white alpine dingo. There is an invitation for you to go inside his enclosure, give him lunch and pat his fury white coat. Afterwards, if you like you can take one of the alpine dingoes for their daily wild walk around the twenty-seven-hectare sanctuary. Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to get close and personal with echidnas and wombats. The care takers will spill some interesting facts the animals and you also won’t leave without giving them afternoon tea.
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There are so many more animals to see in the sanctuary and to do this you can hop on a Segway and explore the whole grounds. Care takers will also tell awesome facts about the Tassie devil and all the other animals in the sanctuary.
There are also many shows happening throughout the day in the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Here is three of them.
At the bird feeding show you'll get to see some beautiful parrots such as the Lorikeet species. These take place at 8:00am and 4:00pm. The park asks that you donate a gold coin to help support them.
You will be able to witness the biggest salt water crocodile in Currumbin. He is known as the “boss hog". Visitors will get to see him live in action with his girlfriend Lily and all his other smaller mates. He won’t be asleep when you arrive at his front doorstep. After witnessing the “boss hog,” there will be a chance to get your photo taken with a baby croc.
There is live sheep shearing on every day at the sanctuary. You will get a sense of what farmers do as they work in the Australian outback. Currumbin’s “Gun Shearer” will share his experiences and interesting facts about working in the outback, wool and the sheep. After the show you can also ask questions and meet the shearer and his sheep.
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Broadbeach on the Gold Coast has accommodation around every corner. This article compiles some information on the best hotels in Broadbeach. The reason there is so much accommodation, is because it is close to a beach, has a massive shopping centre and wonderful restaurants. There are also events happening year round. Such as concerts and music festivals. Many families, individuals and groups from across the country and the world pick the Gold Coast as holiday destination. This makes Broadbeach a hotel haven.
Bel Air on Broadbeach is a fantastic resort and is great for all types of groups and families. The four-star hotel has an outdoor pool, a gym, beautiful suites, free parking and Wi-Fi. The apartments are very spacious and they all have air-conditioning. It is also directly opposite the tram and bus stations. So, families can go straight to the theme parks. The Pacific Fair shopping mall is nearby, and balconies have a view of the ocean and the Gold Coast down below.
Address: 2633 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218, Australia
The suites in Peppers have great views of the ocean the Gold Coast skyline, which includes Skypoint Observation Deck in the Q1. The rooms are very stylish with modern kitchens, WiFi, air-conditioning and laundries. There is also an outdoor spa, heated pool, steam room, sauna, gym, free parking, access to a shuttle bus, barbeques, luggage storage and lovely Asian gardens to explore. It’s not far from the beach and the hotel is surrounded by fantastic international restaurants.
Address: 21 Elizabeth Avenue, Broadbeach, QLD 4218, Australia
The Breakfree Diamond Beach apartments have air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, free parking, a pool, spa, and wonderful open spaces. It’s probably the best hotel to have a barbeque with the family or a group. It is also located less than one hundred meters from the beach. Additionally, Breakfree is walking distance from great restaurants, bars and Pacific Fair. The hotel is great for families with young children as it as a fun pool, a cool playground and a games room.
Address: 10-16 Alexandra Avenue, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217
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Sofitel is a five-star hotel by the beach. Every morning there is a breakfast buffet and there is a large pool. Each room is very luxurious and spacious with air-conditioning. It is close to the star casino, if you want to have a gamble and the Oasis Shopping Centre is nearby if you want to do some shopping. It is located very close to the dining and entertainment areas in Broadbeach. You are sure to have a great time.
Address: 81 Surf Pde, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218
The Star has very nice rooms. They are all spacious and have really comfy beds and sofas. There is free-Wi-Fi and free parking for all guests. The hotel also has a wonderful, stylish restaurant, which in the mornings turns into an all you can eat breakfast buffet in the mornings.
Address: Cnr Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218
Springbrook National park has walks that are suitable for every family, individual or group to enjoy. It doesn’t matter if you are strolling, hiking or meandering through the park you will be amazed by the native flora and fauna appearing at every turn.
Within Springbrook National Park there is a variety of environments including subtropical forests, temperate forests, eucalypt forests and mountain heaths. You should bring your camera and binoculars to enhance your experience. Here is a list of walks, from shortest to longest, that you can take on at the great Springbrook park.
The ten-minute walk leads to a truly wonderful lookout at Goomoolahra Falls, most of it is on asphalt. Gazing out from the Goomoolahra lookout you can see across the canyons to the lovely city skyline of surface paradise. It truly is an amazing view.
The Best of All Lookout Walk takes around thirty minutes to complete. While walking along the track you will come across moss laden relics formed from the last ice age. You will also see what are known as Antarctic Beech trees which are estimated to be around 2000 years old. The path is mostly a gentle slope that continues down to a lookout. This lookout has fantastic views of the Tweed Valley, to Mt Warning and all the way down south.
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The Twin Falls Circuit is known to be the best short walk in southern Queensland. You will see rock clefts, a few waterfalls and lovely 1500-year-old palm trees with beautiful ferns. There is also an opportunity to take a dip in one of the rock pools on the way. This walk will take at least three hours to complete.
The Purling Brook Falls Circuit starts off by walking across a Suspension bridge into an open Eucalyptus forest. After walking through the forest, you will descend into the gorge below. This is where you will see wonderful creeks flowing with water. Then there is a climb towards a picnic area. The circuit takes around 5 hours to complete.
If you're after something more thrill seeking, you may want to check out Dreamworld.
The Warrie Circuit is the most interesting walk you can do on Springbrook mountain. It commences along the base of the cliffs near Goomoolahra Falls. It then descends into the depths of the rainforest. The forest is very mossy and green, you will discover many creeks and gullies. The canyon floor contains many pools of water. Water flows down from the top of the canyon creating many beautiful mini waterfalls.
The cascading waterfalls are truly a thing of beauty. Therefore, you should really take your time for this part of the walk and really appreciate the flowing water. The reason this walk is named the Warrie circuit is because Warrie is an Aboriginal word for rushing water. The walk takes about a day to complete but a good hiker can get it done in half a day.
Burleigh heads is a wonderful area to go shopping, dining and adventuring. It is truly the heart of the Gold Coast.
The first thing you should do when you reach Burleigh Heads is to wander off down to the beach. It is a lovely place to spend the morning relaxing, swimming and body boarding. Many describe the beach as beautiful, with lovely clean sand and warm water. Parking a car there is free. Surrounding the beach is a park, which is a great spot to have a picnic or a walk.
Burleigh head National park is a great attraction for those who enjoy the outdoors. The park has many trails and walks through the rainforest and the rocky foreshow. Do some of the walks in spring and you may be lucky enough to see beautiful whales gliding along the coast. The two best trails are the Oceanview Walk and the Rainforest circuit. Broadbeach is closely situated and a great place to check out also.
Burleigh is a region that loves arts, crafts, fashion and food. Visiting the Burleigh markets on the weekends is a great way to meet some of the locals and get a feel for the regions aspiring entrepreneurs and their creative businesses. The markets put on a great atmosphere. There is live music with local artists playing in the background while you have a bite to eat and browse the interesting items available to purchase. By the end of your visit to the markets you will have come away with a fascinating souvenir. There are three markets around Burleigh Heads. Our homepage has more information around the GC.
The best fashion market on the Gold Coast. It features around one hundred stalls that focus on vintage, hip and retro clothing. A great place to explore the talent in the local fashion industry. When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of each Month. Where: Burleigh Heads school.
This market features great grocery and gourmet food stalls, with a lot of local produce on offer. When: Sat 7AM-12PM Where: Burleigh school.
There are many creative stalls that sell local arts and crafts. Items in the stalls include toys, jewellery, fresh produce, skin care products and much more. There is something for everyone. When: Last Sunday of each month Where: Justin’s Park (opposite beach).
Rick Shores is a lovely restaurant situated by the beach. It serves Southeast Asian cuisine. A really wonderful place to experience modern Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese dining. It is open for lunch and dinner, it also has an extensive wine list.
Go and experience the Gold Coast’s only craft beer brewery, Burleigh Brewing. Their beers are made from one hundred percent pure natural ingredients. Therefore, they don’t put any chemicals into their products. They brew in a very traditional way, maintaining the practices of the past centuries. They have many craft beers to try from an ale style to a larger.
In Dreamworld there are so many thrilling rides, fun attractions, nice food and cool shops. It really does take a whole day to explore the park. Many families and groups go into Dreamworld without planning how they are going to spend their day. Groups arrive at the park, go through the entrance, grab a map and have no idea what to do first. For maximum enjoyment and to get the best out of your day at Dreamworld you should plan.
In the morning as soon as you arrive at the park, you are excited. Therefore, you should not hold back that excitement and go straight on the fun and thrilling rides. For a family group with adolescents or kids, this is a good idea because it will make them happy and set in them a great mood for the rest of the day. You don’t want them complaining all day cause you wanted to go see a slow paced boring attraction first that they wouldn’t be interested in.
Dreamworld has the most thrilling rides out of all the theme parks with thrillers such as Tail Spin, Giant Drop, Tower of Terror and Buzz Saw.
Going on rides all morning, you will have so much fun and will have used so much energy that lunch time will come around very quickly. In Dreamworld there is so much food to choose from, you really are spoiled for choice. You can have burgers, fish, chips, pizza, pies, sandwiches, coffees, ice creams, hot dogs and Asian food. It’s a great time to relax, soak up the atmosphere or have a conversation about the rides. Click here to return to our homepage.
After lunch, if there are any rides that you missed earlier in the day that you would like to ride, you should go on them. The lines will be shorter as everyone else may be having lunch or doing something else. Once you have completed going on all the rides you wanted to, you should then go see some on the entertaining attractions. There are places in Dreamworld like the ABC Kids World and the Wiggles World which is a great place to go for families with young children.
The DreamWorks experience is also very fun for kids. It brings all the characters from movies like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar to life. There are also live shows and presentations around the clock. These include seeing live koalas, crocodiles, tigers, kangaroos and a sheep shearing show. With the Sunset Safari Experience, everyone can get up close and touch very amazing Australian wildlife.
Another great place to take the family is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for the day.
At the end of the day before you leave would be the correct time to buy a souvenir. Don’t buy something during the day, you don’t want to be carrying it around everywhere. Overall, Dreamworld is a very exciting theme park with lots to see and do for the whole day.
For consumers, investing in a solar system has never been easier but can still be troublesome if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. With the help of government incentives and solar system providers setting up the entire system for you, getting solar panels on your roof these days is overall a pretty simple task.
There are so many solar panel providers in the Australian market today, you can find one here. So, you may not know where to begin. The first thing you should do is ask a friend or neighbour that has installed solar systems for their household which provider they used. They can also give you information on their experiences, problems and thoughts when it comes to their solar system. After gathering this information, you should also do some research online about the solar providers in your area and get quotes from them. South East Queensland is a large region and there are many providers within it.
Make sure the providers you want to get a quote for a solar system are a member of the Australian Clean Energy Council. If they are not members of the council, you will not be able to receive government subsidies when purchasing panels from them. Businesses who have accreditation with the Clean Energy Council will be guaranteed to employ electricians and experts who are specialised in setting up solar systems. Providers also must sell consumers quality solar systems and provide proper installation or else they will lose their membership.
Once you have asked a solar system provider for a quote they will send a team of verified solar experts and electricians to assess your property’s physical aspects and your current power supply and network. After the analysis is finished the provider usually recommends one or two solar systems that are tailored to your household. Getting quotes from two or three solar providers is a good idea, so you can make the right choice. Here is a list of three recommendations, so you can make the correct solar system purchase:
Lastly, remember that Queensland is a cyclone prone area. The mounting system for your panels needs to be very good quality and certified. Make sure your solar provider has certifications for the mounting system in the quote document before you make the purchase. The last thing you want is your solar panels being blown off your roof in a storm.
In pursuit to persuade more Australian households to install solar panels as a different energy source, the government is supplying major subsidies to households that are investing in a solar systems. The rebate amount a property owner receives depends upon the size of the solar system, the location of the property and the state of the energy market. A guarantee of a rebate has attracted many household owners and business owners to make a shift towards solar energy. Right here is where you can find more on information on making the switch to solar.
For residential properties, the current federal government offers what are known as Small-Scale Technology Certificates or STCs. These are rewards for properties that use renewable energy sources. So, when homeowners invest in an accredited solar power system they will receive STCs in accordance to the size of the system and the properties location.
The STCs are sold to organisations that generate electricity via fossil fuels by the homeowner or their renewable energy service provider. Therefore, residents will obtain an offset on the price on the installation of their solar system. However, the amount of the offset is hard to calculate and is not straightforward as prices can fluctuate due to supply and demand. The more STCs on the market, the less the offset will be. Less STCs on the market means the offset value is likely to be higher.
Additionally, the number of STCs the consumer receives depends on the location of their property. For this scheme, Australia is split into four “zone numbers”. If a residency is in a low zone number it means they will naturally get a great quantity of sunshine and consequently can claim more STCs. If a residency is within a high zone number it won’t receive many STCs. High zone number locations include Tasmania and Victoria, while low zone number locations include New South Wales and Queensland.
For homeowners to receive STCs the solar systems must be purchased and installed by government approved professionals.
Residencies may also be eligible for a feed-in tariff. This tariff is controlled by state governments. It forces electricity retailers to pay homeowners for the electricity sent into the grid that is produced by their solar system. Residential solar systems don’t store electricity, so the excess electricity that is not used by the homeowner is sent back to the electricity grid. The amount the homeowner receives depends on their baseload energy provider and the state in which they live. The size of the system and therefore the average cost will have an effect on this.
Moreover, this scheme allows homeowners to obtain “credit” through what is called “gross metering” and “net metering”
All the electricity produced by the solar panels is sent to the electrical grid. From there homeowners are given reimbursement for every kWh the system provides the grid.
The electricity produced by the solar panels is used by the household’s electrical equipment (such as lights, televisions, refrigerators). Any excess power produced that was not used by the household is sent to the electrical grid. The homeowner’s reimbursement depends on how much excess power was sent to the electrical grid.
In the past decade the price of installing solar systems on residential roofs are gradually falling in Australia. There are many factors for this. The Chinese economy is producing and exporting more panels which has increased the supply. These solar cells from China are more affordable for consumers and the increase in supply has reduced the price of obtaining solar panels.
Also, the government in recent years has offered massive subsidies to benefit residents who are installing solar panels for their household. This has caused what is known as “hypercompetition” and this has also reduced the price of installing solar cells significantly. Without these factors the price of solar panels would be very high and unaffordable for most Australians. Due to the affordability of renewable energy in Australia compared to all the other countries in the world, Australia has the highest rate of household installation of solar panels in the world.
The cost of a good quality 5kW solar system that has around 15 cells in Australia will cost anywhere around $4000 to $9000. Average quality 5Kw solar system may cost about $2500. Prices vary a lot when it comes to solar panels because there are numerous different types of panels that have a different system and quality. The other thing is you aren’t just paying for the panels, there are also additional costs involved as well. These additional costs include the mounting system and the balance of the system. The mounting system is what physically attaches the panels to your roof.
The mounting of the panels is important because they will need to withstand weather events such as hail, heavy rain and winds for at least twenty-five years. So, the mounting system needs to be high quality and resistant to corrosion as it will be exposed to rain water. For more information on getting a quote for installing solar click here.
Then there is the balance of the system or what is usually called the “BOS.” The BOS includes all the electrical parts of the solar system. These include the switches, wires, circuit breakers, cables and the most important part the inverter. The inverter is the most expensive part of the BOS components and can cost thousands of dollars. High quality BOS components are important for the solar system to work efficiently and safely.
The other additional cost is having a qualified electrician to come and do the instalment. The cost of labour depends on how difficult the solar system is to install in your household. Making sure your instalment is done by an experienced electrician ensures that your solar panels function to their full extent.
The cost of solar systems also depends where you live. For example a simple 5kW solar system costs you around $6,400 to install in Hobart, Tasmania. But the same solar system will cost around $4,500 in the Gold Coast, QLD. Therefore, it is important that consumers do their research to find out the prices of a solar system.
In Australia, electricity prices are rising, so it would make sense to save money on power where possible. There is now a great opportunity with a solar hot water system to manipulate the power bill in your favour and reduce the cost of living. Heating your water with a solar hot water system is a great alternative compared to the current ways most Aussies are heating their water. Below is a list of benefits of installing a solar hot water system.
The sun will continue to rise and set, it is very consistent. Although there are some cloudy days, there is always lots of sunshine, especially in the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Therefore, solar power is a very reliable energy source and you will always have hot water throughout the sunny days of the year. In the event of a power outage there may not be any hot water readily available with a conventional hot water system. However, with a solar hot water system, it doesn’t matter if something goes wrong, there will always be hot water. Solar systems provide energy security and having hot water on demand in any sort of power outage or breaking down of equipment will make your neighbours jealous.
Although there is a large initial cost of purchase and instalment, in the long-term a solar hot water system will save you money. After instalment, if done properly, you won’t be paying money for hot water ever again. The best decision you ever made was investing in a hot water system that runs on solar power.
There has been plenty of research done over the past decade that suggests solar power doesn’t cause any damage to the environment and if it does it is very limited. Solar electricity is very “green” renewable energy and does not release any carbon dioxide or other “pollutants.” However, the extraction of Lithium and some other materials required to build solar systems is not a very “green” practice.
Solar panels present homeowners the ability to be energy independent. The sun which is the “fuel” for solar systems cannot be purchased or monopolised, it is free for everyone to use. Solar systems equate to an independent source of electricity that only you can own. Check out our solar Homepage for more information.
Those who live in the bush or further away from main power lines they can have trouble getting a cheap supply of electricity. They often only have one energy retailer to choose from. Therefore, these consumers in more rural settings must bow down to the demands of the single retailer or else they will be cut from the electricity grid. However, a great thing about the bush and the outback is that the sun shines a lot. So, a solar hot water system would be perfect for those in remote locations. You can check out more information on how to buy solar panels here.