Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Tourism will host 10 highlight-packed tours on Day 3 of the World Press Briefing to give media a taste of what makes the Gold Coast special in so many ways.
Participation is free and each tour runs for no more than three-quarters of the day - concluding in time for those departing the Gold Coast later that afternoon or evening.
Please take time to consider which of the 10 themed destination experiences will produce the stories, feature articles and photographs best-suited to your specific audience.
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AVAILABLE FAMILS (Click each Famil for more info):
Put on your swimmers, a hat and sunscreen as you discover cool surfing skills you never knew you had. Go from the World Press Briefing to riding waves with board-riding lessons at one of the Coast's most famous breaks.
Slip into your new Aussie board shorts as we discover the essence of the Gold Coast surf culture.
Iconic breaks such as Snapper Rocks, Kirra, Burleigh Heads and Narrowneck have spawned surfing champions including Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, Mark Occhilupo, Cheyne Horan, Gary ‘Kong’ Elkerton, Peter Townend, Paul Neilsen (Brothers Neilsen), the late Michael Peterson and more recently Stephanie Gilmore, Joel Parkinson and of course, three-time world champion Mick Fanning.
Get some expert tuition as you aspire to carve up some of the Coast’s world-famous breaks as you hang ten, hang five or just hang out.
Discover what goes into designing the boards that shape a world champion and get the inside tips on the latest fashion trends cool kids will be chasing at GC2018 as you see first-hand why the Gold Coast is the surfing capital of the world.
Being a surfer dude builds a huge appetite so let’s get the advice of a wave-carving local to find that special place that provides a perfect balance between carb-loading and nutritional eating.
Join the Yugambeh Aboriginal people, one of the oldest living cultures in the world, on a Dreamtime journey to a place where time stood still as you embrace the spirit that lives in the heart of the Gold Coast.
Jingeri Wallal Wahlu! Welcome to Burleigh Headland and feel the legend of Jellurgal.
The beauty of this coastal gem is obvious but dig a little deeper for a fascinating insight into the society and spirituality of those who lived here for thousands of decades.
Expert guides from Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre will lead you on a walking tour around the leafy headland to discover traditional bush foods, ancient sustainability practices and cultural ceremonies that tell the rich and diverse tales of the traditional landowners.
Then stroll to the water’s edge where the dreamtime giant, Jabreen, stood guard over the headland and the abundant marine and wildlife that can still be seen in the clear water of this beautiful part of the Gold Coast.
It will be hard to walk away from the spectacular view and the surfers below riding Burleigh’s famous barrel waves, but just down the road are cool cafes, trendy shopping, organic produce, craft breweries and some of the best restaurants by a beach.
In a fitting end to your World Press Briefing visit, you’ll find that Burleigh is indeed the best of both worlds and an experience not to be missed by GC2018 visitors.
Golf isn’t a Commonwealth Games sport but if golfers had a say, it probably should be. Show us and your fellow journos how good you are with a perfect sand wedge and a fresh prawn sandwich.
With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, the Gold Coast is tailored-made for outdoor enthusiasts.
There are more than 23 registered golf courses within a short drive of Surfers Paradise - including layouts designed by the Great White Shark, Greg Norman and the equally legendary Jack Nicklaus and the late Arnold Palmer.
It’s probably no surprise then that the region has produced world golfing No.1s including Jason Day and Adam Scott.
There’s also some of the best fish, prawns and oysters you will ever taste harvested from the Gold Coast’s local fisheries and delivered fresh every day to award-winning restaurants across the region.
This could well be your dream day.
After the fact-packed focus of the World Press Briefing, is there any better way to unwind and relax than hitting a bucket of golf balls and having a few “shrimps tossed on the barbie”? We just can’t guarantee you a hole-in-one.
Putt there’s more . . . what if the go-to-guy in your bunker was a major player?
From beaches and headlands to rainforest and hinterland, the Gold Coast naturally frames every angle to ensure that eye-catching addition to your portfolio . . . and with some local knowledge you can go home with the photo everyone will want to match come GC2018.
In a world of instant social media, GC2018 is tailoring the World Press Briefing to ensure photographers and photo-journalists will be at the forefront as they send images around the world.
But it is just not competition photos that will define these Games.
Adjust your shutter speed! The Gold Coast has unique landscapes and locations that abound in opportunities to capture that point of difference shot that could become an award-winning frame.
It’s an early start but you’ll chopper over the Gold Coast for a sparkling dawn panorama then perch on the high ground to focus on surfers and (hopefully) dolphins at Snapper Rocks (could a venue be better named to get that iconic shot?).
On your shoulder will be one of the Coast’s best surf and landscape photographers, who will offer some inside information.
After breakfast we’ll visit one of the most popular galleries on the Gold Coast before using all the local knowledge you have just learned to go looking for those special images that will define and boost your pre-Games coverage.
If your idea of fun is more Usain Bolt than Eric the Eel, jump in your fast gear and leave the fear behind as we take you on an action-packed finale to your Gold Coast visit.
If you like to fly by the seat of your pants, eat pressure for breakfast and hit deadlines like a boxer pounds a speed ball, this is the experience you can only dream of – until now.
How much fast-paced fun can you have in one day?
Let’s get gravity-defying as you float like a butterfly not far from the beach or do some altitude training as we power to the top of Surfers Paradise.
Then, just as the red cells are pumping through your veins, we’ll have your knuckles gripping white with fear in a heart-pumping V8 Supercars hot lap experience.
And just to be sure you take home a track-sizzling memory, the man behind the wheel and pushing the pedal to the metal might well be a motorsport maestro.
Embrace the Gold Coast like a billionaire investor in a day of envied indulgence as you enjoy an A-lister’s inside look at what makes the Gold Coast world-class.
Elite athletes are a special breed and so too are investors who can spot opportunity with the same spot-on sharpness as a champion marksman.
Envisage what the Gold Coast must have looked like when pioneering developer Jim Cavill opened his first guest house at the Nerang River ferry crossing and began a campaign to get what locals then called Elston renamed to Surfers Paradise.
Nearly a century later, and Cavill’s renaming campaign proving successful, the world is coming to the Gold Coast and the city is booming.
We roll out the red carpet as you take to the air in a helicopter for a bird’s eye view of the amazing development across the region, get the latest updates on the city’s ground-breaking projects – including the cutting-edge Gold Coast Health and Knowledge precinct and the exciting plans for the development of the Evandale cultural precinct.
You’ll also get velvet-rope instant access to dining treats favoured by the rich and famous.
With a glass of bubbles nearby, cruise the Broadwater on a luxury yacht as you sail past new developments constructed specifically for the Games, sites for exciting new infrastructure projects and some of the country’s most spectacular water-side mansions.
And to make sure you get that in-the-know quote for your special feature, a very special guest might just drop in on our day of indulgence.
The Gold Coast is not just an athletes’ paradise it can also be your own field of dreams. Pull the seatbelt tight and turn on your sense of adventure as we go four-wheel driving under the rainforest canopy.
Fun in the backyard is a great Aussie tradition and there’s no better space for lovers of the outdoors than the Gold Coast Hinterland and the Scenic Rim of Southern Queensland.
Morning tea on this highlight-packed sweep through the bush has to be a strong cuppa and, of course, the great Aussie lamington . . . and then it’s all uphill from there as we trek across the ranges and rainforest that are just a 40-minute drive from the coast.
Hit the target as you try your hand at trap shooting, one of the medal events at GC2018 – but don’t worry we’ll be using lasers not bullets and there might just be a star sharpshooter on hand to provide some expert tips.
If all that trigger action has built up your appetite and thirst, you are in the right region for a Ploughman’s lunch . . . or more.
Along the end of that dusty lane could be a classic Aussie bush pub or one of the friendly local vineyards who are always happy to throw open their cellar doors. It that a red, white or beer with your falling-off-the-bone pork ribs?
While it might be hard to pull up stumps, there’s plenty more to see as we head along the ridge top to
For once, bias is good as we visit one of the biggest lawn bowls clubs on the Gold Coast before biting into one of the best steaks you will ever taste.
Sometimes you need to take it a little bit slower to savour the experience.
And this Gold Coast experience is tailored to those who prefer bacon and eggs over quinoa and chia, a hearty red over a healthy smoothie.
The Commonwealth Games is when lawn bowls shines and the Gold Coast has some of the biggest and best lawn bowls clubs in the world.
With the waves a short stroll away and the Surfers Paradise skyline as your backdrop, launch your own “Jack Attack” as you slip off your shoes to roll a few ends at barefoot bowls . . . with the advice of a local champion making you feel like the Skip.
Aussie bowls tradition makes a few shorts each end compulsory which only whets the appetite for that prime Aussie steak that’s sizzling on the barbie – and the Gold Coast has some of the best steak and ribs restaurants the world.
The bowls kitty might be white, but this lunch is all about the red and our expert sommelier will be on hand to ensure a gold medal pairing of world famous Australian wine with your choice of premium Aussie beef.
Welcome to Gwinganna, a health and wellness resort high in the lush green Gold Coast Hinterland and renowned for taking in the world’s tired and frazzled and turning them into pillars of happiness and Zen.
The Gold Coast Hinterland is the awesome green behind the amazing gold with misty waterfalls, rainforest walks, organic farms, volcanic remnants and spectacular views of the coastline and the inland mountain ranges.
That makes the Hinterland ideal for getting away from the pressures of work and relaxing with some Me-Time.
Gwinganna means "lookout" in the local Kombumberri dialect.
You know this is a good choice when we tell you it’s Hugh Jackman’s favourite wellness centre and normally only available for paying guests with a long wait-list.
But this is the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games World Press Briefing and just for you we’ve got exclusive celebrity-style star access for those media stars who also have an interest in health and lifestyle.
Tick off your World Press Briefing MUST-DO list: Accreditation process (TICK); Opening Ceremony details (TICK); Games results service (TICK).
Now here’s your Gwinganna MUST-DO list: Yoga class (TICK); healthy organic lunch (TICK); Relaxing, stress-relieving massage (DOUBLE TICK).
Could there be any better preparation for GC2018? Perhaps you might like to check with that super-healthy local champion who comes along to share a few friendly fitness tips.
This could well be the little secret you take home to tell those thinking of visiting the Gold Coast in 2018.
Want to know what families will be doing in between attending Games events? Take our swing across a selection of must-see attractions that are sure to be on everyone’s GC2018 bucket-list experiences.
The Gold Coast is a rite of passage for travellers from around the world and if you haven’t cuddled a koala, soared across the rainforest or had your tonsils tickled on a rollercoaster, then take your position on the starting blocks for a whirlwind dash across some of the host city’s most-favoured holiday highlights.
Get your Go-Pro cameras ready as you zip over the treetops and through the rainforest canopy in a high-energy start to the day.
As you catch your breath, we move on to learn about some of the Coast’s behind-the-scenes animal conservation and breeding programs that are among the world’s best.
Then it’s time to get your heart racing again as we knock it up a notch.
Put on your adventure A-game as you push the G-force barriers. Marvel as you take the Green Lantern Coaster ride to spin out at 3.5Gs or push the resistance surge to a stomach-turning 4.2Gs on the Superman Escape experience.
After all that fun, it’s time to find one of the Coast’s most exciting new family-friendly dining experiences with multiple choices for even the fussiest of eaters.
And look who’s sitting at the next table? It just might be a sporting great who knows exactly how to make the most out of holiday and Games time with the kids.
You are fast off the blocks, turning first in Lane Four and powering to the wall. It doesn’t get any better than this as you clock a personal-best day out!