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Five Must-Visit Places for Runners heading to the Gold Coast Marathon 2023

From amusement park rides to beautiful wildlife sanctuaries, there is more to experience in Gold Coast Australia than just the Gold Coast Marathon

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Welcome to Gold Coast, Australia! From beautiful sandy beaches to a world of superheroes, here are five unforgettable places that you must visit if you’re headed to the 43rd Gold Coast Marathon (GCM) this July.


Step into the Fantastic Warner Bros. Movie World


Watch your favourite characters come to life in one of the top theme parks in Australia. Dive into the world of superheroes with WB Studio Showcase and interact with the characters during the Star Parade.

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Experience one of the steepest inverted drops with Green Lantern Coaster; challenge yourself to a thrilling 89 degree drop with the famous DC Rivals HyperCoaster for the ultimate adrenaline rush. A special mention that the DC Rival Hypercoaster is also the tallest, fastest, and longest hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere - so after your marathon, come on board and give your lungs a good workout next!


From amusement rides and exhibitions to hot sets for film enthusiasts, there’s magic in Warner Bros. Movie World for all ages.

Snorkeling is a popular activity at The Spit. FILE PHOTO: CREDITS TO SOURCE

Surf and Relax in The Southport Spit


Crowned the third best beach in Australia, The Spit is where the Pacific Ocean and the Broadwater meet. Located at the northern end of the Main Beach, The Spit is famous as a fishing ground for its fruitful year-round hauls in Gold Coast.


As The Spit is relatively uncrowded, it is also a preferred spot for those looking to explore the ocean with the many snorkelling and scuba diving tours provided in the vicinity. The Spit brings gentle waves that are perfect for new and seasoned surfers and swimmers alike.


Catch the sunset and enjoy the impressive view of the sea from the glistening white sands in this quiet gem known as The Spit.

A man with a monkey on his shoulder at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. FILE PHOTO: CREDITS TO SOURCE

Meet the Animals in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


Marvel at the beautiful Currumbin rainforest and meet native Australian animals in the heritage-listed Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.


A famous sight in the zoological garden, visitors can get up close to wild Rainbow Lorikeets and watch as these free-flying parrots approach for food. The sanctuary also offers a multitude of events and encounters: cuddle a koala, feed an endangered tortoise, meet capybaras, and take photographs with kangaroos.


For animal-lovers and aspiring vets, go on a private tour to the Animal Wildlife Hospital and watch how the dedicated team of vets and nurses works behind the scene.


Complete your day with Yugambeh Aboriginal Dance Group’s performance and learn about the culture of the First Nations. Experience the commitment to wildlife and the local cultural heritage in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary today.

Whale watching is a seasonal highlight in Queensland. FILE PHOTO: CREDITS TO SOURCE

WHALES ARE IN TOO!


This is a seasonal highlight for all GCM attendees as this month is also the time for whale watching in Queensland. Book a tour from Gold Coast and spot those majestic migrating humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean. There are many operators running the tours - check out Whales in Paradise or Sea World Cruises.


Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins too!

An aerial shot of Surfer's Paradise and South Port, Gold Coast, Australia. FILE PHOTO: CREDITS TO SOURCE

Rest and Recharge in Burleigh Heads


Burleigh Heads, the perfect place for your recovery in the quintessential Queenslander routine. Located in Southern Gold Coast, this place is renowned for its pristine beach, iconic surfs, and amazing views. Enjoy a stroll around Burleigh Heads National Park and keep a lookout for sea-eagles along the coast too.


For those into gin and whiskey, Granddad Jack’s Distillery is a short ride away. From the world’s best coffee liqueur to delicious craft beers, this family-owned distillery has many award-winning spirits to savour. For some of the best restaurants, check out Rick Shores, Justin Lane Pizza, and Burleigh Pavillon. Make sure to book in advance a spot at these restaurant joints!

The Spectacular Gold Coast Q1 Resort Building. FILE PHOTO: CREDITS TO SOURCE

Before You Leave


Complete your trip with a 360-degree view of the spectacular Gold Coast in the Q1 Resort Building.


Thrill seekers can go for Australia’s highest external climb, the SkyPoint Climb, and relish an unhindered panoramic view at a height of 270 metres above sea level.


For the general public, head up to the SkyPoint Observation Deck and enjoy the unparalleled sight at 230 metres above sea level. We also hear that the SkyPoint Bistro + Bar serves up a mean fish and chips!


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