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Top 10 Best Ways To Cool Off On The Gold Coast

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Top 10 Best Ways To Cool Off On The Gold Coast

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Top 10 Places To Cool Down In The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is famous for its golden beaches, relaxed lifestyle, and endless sunshine. When the summer sun gets too hot to handle, catch a Hopo Ferry to one of these five iconic locations and beat the heat.

Surfers Paradise

1. Surf’s Up!

You could choose no better place in Australia to learn to surf than Surfers Paradise. One of Australia’s most iconic beaches, this famous beach boasts ideal conditions for beginners and experienced surfers alike.

2. Gain Your Sea Legs

View the Gold Coast’s iconic landmarks from a totally new perspective. The Gold Coast waterways are home to an abundant variety of water-based activities departing Surfers Paradise. Enjoy a cruise on shimmering waters with Sea World Cruises, including lunch and dinner sittings, journey to Surfers on a Hopo Ferry or even satisfy the thrillseeker within on a jetski or adrenaline-filled jet boating experience.

3. Dip Your Toes

Surfing not quite your thing? Don’t worry, Surfers Paradise is perfect for a relaxing dip. Cool off in the waves and take in the stunning views of the city. Visit in the late afternoon to witness a beautiful, colourful sky as the sun begins to set.

Broadwater Parklands

4. Rockin’ Rock Pools

The Broadwater Parklands rockpools are the ultimate splash pad for kids. They will love exploring the nooks and crannies of the pools. Watch them smile in anticipation as a large bucket slowly fills with water to drench the target below. During opening hours, lifeguards patrol the rockpools to keep your little ones safe.

5. Olympic Ready

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a world-class swimming centre, boasting six swimming pools including a children’s splash zone and two Olympic sized pools. Swim for leisure or practice your freestyle, there is enough room for it all!

6. Make A Splash

We haven’t forgotten the big kids! The GC Aqua Park is one of Australia’s largest inflatable water parks and it sure doesn’t disappoint. Fifty-minutes of non-stop action, test your agility on this aquatic obstacle course. Suitable for kids from 5 years of age, it’s the perfect place for the whole family to cool off.

HOTA, Home Of The Arts

7. Cool Down And Culture Up

The hub of culture on the Gold Coast, HOTA, Home of the Arts, boasts more than theatres and galleries. Take a dip in The Evandale Lake, a beautiful man-made lagoon based in the middle of the HOTA parklands. Check out their state of the art facilities and brand new art gallery due to open in April 2021.

Marina Mirage

8. The Height Of Luxury

Luxury stores, delicious food, and air conditioning? You can’t pass up Marina Mirage for a glamorous cool down. Shop to your heart’s content at an abundance of high-class brands. Eat until you’re satisfied at indulgent, fine-dining restaurants and cafes. Wander the jetty and soak in the stunning views of the jetty, admiring a bounty of impressive yachts and boats.

Did you know that the sails on the roof of Marina Mirage are not only an iconic part of the Gold Coast Skyline but serve as purposefully built natural ventilation?

Sea World

9. Become A Pirate For A Day

One of Sea World’s newest attractions, The Reef at Castaway Bay is one of Australia’s largest interactive aquatic zones. Keep cool in the shade whilst the kids splash about. Watch as they blast water cannons at each other and dodge surprise water spouts.

10. The Local’s Secret

Cool off at the locals favourite spot, The Spit. The very most northern tip of the Gold Coast’s iconic stretch of beach, The Spit is a well-loved resident treasure. Take a stroll down the iconic pier that looks out to the Gold Coast Seaway before you jump in and cool down in the surf.

Slap on the sunscreen and cool off at five iconic Gold Coast destinations. Skip the traffic and hop on and hop off with Hopo Ferries. Fares begin as low as $3. Tickets can be purchased online or onboard. 

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The Ultimate Gold Coast Day Out With Hopo Ferries

By Blog, Home of the Arts (HOTA), Marina Mirage, Sea World, Southport 'Broadwater Parklands', Surfers Paradise, Uncategorized

Hopo Ultimate Gold Coast Day Out

Sightseeing

Take advantage of the beautiful weather this summer, skip the traffic and choose a day out with Hopo. Your skipper and crew are excited to have you aboard, offering informative commentary about the Gold Coast and slipping out secrets of the city. There is no better way to spend a full day on the Gold Coast than to travel by ferry to all the must-see destinations.

Surfers Paradise

No day out in the Gold Coast is complete without a visit to the famous Surfers Paradise. A hub of culture, food and famed golden beaches, there is always something going on. Unwind from the day and soak in a glorious sunset on Surfers Paradise Beach. The two-kilometre beach is the heart of the city and a must-do on anybody’s list. Satisfy your hunger at one of Surfers Paradise restaurants. Boasting a wide variety of cuisine, tempt yourself with the tastes of Italy at Salt Meats Cheese pizzeria or be mesmerised by Mexican delights at La Diosa Mexicana.

Home of the Arts, HOTA

Home of the Arts (HOTA) is the Gold Coast’s vibrant cultural precinct. It is home of live music, theatre, cinema, conversation and critical thinking, surrounded by leafy parklands and a tranquil lake perfect for cooling off in. A quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast, enjoy a lake-side stroll, you may even discover the best well-hidden view of Surfers Paradise. Check out one of the many events hosted by HOTA. Their cinema screens the latest releases and familiar favourites. A passion for art and culture, watch live performances in their state of the art theatre or sit down and tap your toes to live music on their outdoor stage. Purchase all farm fresh produce and freshly baked goods at the Bundall Farmers Market every Sunday morning.

Marina Mirage

The height of luxury on the Gold Coast, Marina Mirage is  Queensland’s most iconic waterfront shopping, dining and leisure destination. A shopaholic’s dream, spoil yourself at high fashion and boutique stores such as Tommy Hilfiger, Witchery and Gant. Once shopping has worked up an appetite, it’s time for lunch. Marina Mirage is the Gold Coast’s premier destination for waterfront dining. An assortment of award-winning modern cafes and gourmet restaurants line the boardwalk, providing stunning views looking over the sparkling marina. Unwind as you sip on tasty cocktails at Glass Dining & Lounge Bar or catch up for an indulgent lunch at Sunset Waterfront Grill. On Saturday mornings, wander fresh produce and homemade treats at the Marina Mirage Farmers Market.

Broadwater Park Lands

The Broadwater Parklands is a much-loved destination with Gold Coast residents and tourists alike. The three-kilometre stretch of vibrant parklands is home to a wide range of activities including rock pools, playgrounds, barbeque and picnic areas and boardwalk. The Broadwater Parklands is a much-loved destination with Gold Coast residents and tourists alike. Ideal for families, summer catch-ups with friends or even a first date, the Broadwater Parklands seems to have it all. 

Sea World Australia

Bring out your inner explorer at Sea World, Australia’s #1 marine park showcases beautiful underwater life, thrilling rides and unforgettable shows. Visit the icey poles in Australia, saying hello to polar bears and playful penguins. Get up close and personal with seafaring creatures including rays, dolphins, and if you’re brave enough, sharks! Unleash your inner thrillseeker and tackle Sea World’s new Vortex Spin Coaster or brace the weather on their Storm Coaster. For the pleasure-seekers, immerse yourself in one of Sea World’s daily shows, from the action-packed Thunder Lake Stunt Show to the mesmerising Feature Dolphin Presentation.

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For the romantics: Dating with Hopo Gold Coast Ferry

By Home of the Arts (HOTA), Marina Mirage, Sea World, Southport 'Broadwater Parklands', Surfers Paradise

For the romantics: Dating with Hopo Gold Coast Ferry

So, you’ve finally worked up the courage to ask that special someone out, and they’ve said yes. Congratulations! Or maybe you’ve been dating someone for a while and are running out of ideas for exciting and memorable dates. Either way, this blog is for you. Connect with people, form closer bonds, date on your terms and, most importantly, make it fun with Hopo Gold Coast Ferry service. It is undeniable that dating can be super nerve-racking… So to ease your nerves, we have put together a list of unique and lovable date ideas utilising Hopo as your favourite Hop On Hop Off mode of transport.

The location you choose sets the tone for your date. Below are Hopo’s five destinations: Surfers Paradise, Broadwater Parklands, Marina Mirage, HOTA and Sea World. You may want to hop off at one or two of these locations for your date, or if it is going well, perhaps you could visit all five!

Surfers Paradise

Energetic, enthusiastic and exciting! Surfers Paradise offers an electric social scene with world-class nightlife venues, award-winning restaurants and free artistic and cultural community events. The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, for example, operate every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night between 3:00pm and 8:00pm. Stroll along the iconic foreshore with your special someone to discover some of Gold Coast’s most unique market stalls, all while taking in the ocean breeze. The foreshore is bustling throughout the day with walkers, cyclists, surfers and beachgoers all sharing the beachfront boulevard, creating an incredible atmosphere – one that is sure to impress your date! 

  • Take a romantic stroll on the white sands of Budds beach, with a smoothie or juice in hand. 
  • Invest in a surfing or stand-up paddleboarding lesson for you and your date. Have a laugh AND learn a new skill!
  • Enjoy a romantic buffet lunch or dinner cruise from the Surfers Paradise Pier with Sea World Cruises.
  • For the more traditional romantics, have dinner and drinks at The Island Gold Coast Rooftop and watch the city light up from above. 
  • Hunt down the perfect cup of coffee. This shouldn’t be too hard considering the Gold Coast’s thriving cafe scene.
  • For the adventurous, experience the thrill of freefall flight without the danger with iFly Gold Coast’s indoor skydive centre.

 

Broadwater Parklands

The Gold Coast’s world class Broadwater Parklands offers a range of diverse locations and venues designed for almost everything and anything, including romance. Find a shady spot under a tree for an intimate picnic, or take a stroll through the park while soaking in the sunshine or moonlight.

  • Attend a ‘Movies Under the Stars’ night and take advantage of the fantastic food truck options.
  • Engage in meaningful conversation over a coffee at Shak Expresso – an icecream and espresso bar offering freshly brewed, barista-made coffee using a unique blend of Piazza Doro beans.
  • Share a few laughs over some of the best locally caught seafood on the Gold Coast at The Fish Shak.

 

Marina Mirage

Situated at Main Beach, Marina Mirage offers boutique shopping and waterfront dining for you and your special someone to indulge. Overlooking the beautiful marina, you can treat your date to sunset cocktails or a deliciously decadent lunch or dinner. Marina Mirage hosts many award-winning, fine dining restaurants including Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, Ristorante Fellini, Sky Restaurant and King Crab Co.

  • Held every Saturday from 7:00am to 12:00pm, stroll the Marina Mirage weekly Gourmet Farmers Markets and purchase some farm fresh, organic and local produce. 
  • View and discuss some divine art pieces at Anthea Polson Art.
  • Pamper yourselves by getting a couples massage at Esteem Medi Spa.

 

HOTA, Home Of The Arts

HOTA, Home Of The Arts, hosts a number of free and ticketed events and workshops every day. From Party in the Park (a bi-monthly outdoor music festival) to Gold Coast’s Annual Film Festival, HOTA has an event for every occasion – and dates are no exception!

  • Forget Netflix and chill – watch a movie at one of HOTA’s cinemas. The movies shown at HOTA are often exclusive, meaning you probably won’t find them at your local cinema.
  • Tour an art exhibition and show off your art expertise (or have a laugh at your lack of it!). With a new and improved gallery scheduled to open in early 2021, there has never been a better time to expand your art knowledge.

 

Sea World

Sea World offers the perfect combination of fun, adventure and relaxation, guaranteed to charm your date. It is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and theme park promoting conservation through education and the rescue of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. If your special someone happens to be an animal lover, then Sea World will be a great place for you to hop off Hopo!

  • Visit Australia’s #1 Marine Park and observe tropical fish, penguins, dolphins, seals and more. Bonus points if you do so holding hands!
  • Attend Sea World Carnivale in 2021 and enjoy an evening filled with internationally inspired dining and spectacular entertainment. Think fire twirlers, musicians, dancers and more!
  • Get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the ocean with Sea World Cruises’ whale watching tour. 
  • Surprise your date with a helicopter flight and admire Gold Coast’s breathtakingly beautiful city and waters in style.

 

Dates are an opportunity to meet someone new or ignite a spark between you and someone you already know. They are also an opportunity to have fun, share laughs, or at the very least, learn something new about yourself. Hopo allows you to be whisked around the waterways, turning transportation (something normally mundane) into something exciting and whimsical. Exploring the Gold Coast with your special someone has never been so convenient, scenic and awe-inspiring. Now that you have a potential itinerary mapped out, give your date a call!

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Destination overview: The marvels of Marina Mirage

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Destination overview: The marvels of Marina Mirage

Marina Mirage

If you like shopping for the sake of shopping, or better yet, you perceive shopping as a hobby, then Marina Mirage might well be the perfect place for you. Marina Mirage is the Gold Coast’s premier destination for boutique shopping and waterfront dining. Nowhere else on the Gold Coast sums up glamour and indulgence quite like Marina Mirage. Luxuriate in the elegant and enviable lifestyle our region is so well known for and remember, treating yourself is a form of self-care!

Located at Main Beach, Marina Mirage is a high-end, harbourside shopping centre that lies directly opposite the five star Sheraton Grand Resort & Spa and adjacent to the world’s first Palazzo Versace hotel. Marina Mirage offers the opportunity to pamper and spoil oneself, with an abundance of designer fashion stores like Christensen Copenhagen, Tommy Hilfiger, Gazman and GANT. The centre also accommodates local boutiques and designers including Sonia Stradiotto Couture, Janine Edwards, Element, WYSE and Anthony Leigh Dower. If shopping isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you may fancy a facial or relaxing massage at Esteem Medi Spa while you wait for your loved ones.

 

Forget the shopaholics for now… Marina Mirage is also a foodie’s heaven. Think waterfront dining and fresh, gourmet food. On the waterfront boardwalk and overlooking the floating marina, you can enjoy afternoon cocktails or a delectable dinner at one of the many award winning restaurants. Among them is Omeros Bros, Seafood Restaurant, Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, Ristorante Fellini, Sky Restaurant and King Crab Co. The Marina Mirage weekly Gourmet Farmers Market is another favourite with locals who prefer organic and locally sourced, fresh produce. Held every Saturday from 7am to 12pm, you will find a wealth of quality produce, artisan pastries, homemade jams, organic juices and specialty coffee.

 

Marina Mirage has set a benchmark for style, design and lifestyle on the Gold Coast. The centre has secured its status as Queensland’s most iconic waterfront shopping, dining and leisure destination and holds a special place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike. Whisk around our pristine local waterways with Hopo Gold Coast Ferry and continue to be delighted at Marina Mirage!

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