When you think of a Gold Coast holiday, pristine beaches, sunshine and theme parks all spring to mind.

But if you’re looking for something a little different to spice up your next visit to Grande Florida Resort, we’ve got some great ideas for you.

Tropical Fruit World, Duranbah

Tropical fruit world

Queensland is famous for its luscious tropical fruit, and you can see over 500 varieties growing at Tropical Fruit World. Drop into the Plantation Pavilion for free to browse for fresh fruit and gifts, or grab a park tour ticket for the full experience. It covers entry to the plantation safari, a half-hour fruit tasting session, and a seat on both the wildlife boat cruise and miniature train. It also covers entry to The Island – a recreational area in the centre of the park that includes mini-golf and a flying fox. They might be just over the border in New South Wales, but don’t worry, they operate on Queensland time all year round.

Lantern Ghost Tours, Surfers Paradise

Lantern Ghost Tours

If you’ve always wanted to do a bit of ghost hunting, then book a spooky evening with Lantern Ghost Tours. Using professional paranormal investigation equipment like KII meters, they’ll take you on a night-time walk through the streets of Surfers Paradise or the graves of Southport Cemetery. Learn the Gold Coast’s ghost stories, and perhaps come away with one of your own.

Horse Riding, Numinbah Valley

Horse Riding, Numinbah Valley

What better way to enjoy the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland than on horseback? Just a 45-minute drive from Burleigh, Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails offers two and three-hour trail rides through spectacular countryside. Both trails include refreshments in the form of authentic billy tea and damper.

Rare Groove Records, Nobby Beach

Rare Groove Records

Vinyl is back with a vengeance, and you can find it all at Rare Groove Records. This eclectic store has been operated for more than 20 years by dedicated and knowledgeable owners Ray and Jenny. If you’re a music lover or collector, you’ll spend hours browsing the range of classics, rare imports and music memorabilia. There’s nothing quite like flipping through the stacks of albums to discover a rare gem or nostalgic favourite.

The Australian Shooting Academy, Surfers Paradise

The Australian Shooting Academy

For something really different, head over to the Australian Shooting Academy to live out your Miami Vice fantasies in a safe and fun environment. They’ve got six ranges and a large range of weapons for you to try out on static and moving targets. A must for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies!

Tambourine Mountain Botanic Gardens

Tambourine Mountain Botanic Gardens

A much more serene experience awaits you at Mt Tambourine. It’s a scenic hour-long drive through the beautiful hinterland to reach the Botanic Gardens. Once you’re there, you can choose from a range of picturesque themed walks. There are plenty of easy-to-navigate pathways which are stroller and wheelchair accessible. Relax by the lake, explore the orchid house, and check out the new Sooty Owl Walk. At certain times of the year, you can also buy plants directly from the potting she

The Craft Parlour, Palm Beach

The Craft Parlour, Palm Beach

Try your hand at something crafty in Palm Beach. The Craft Parlour holds regular workshops where you can learn anything from crochet to cake decorating to beading. All materials are supplied and covered by the entry fee, which varies depending on the activity.

Gold Coast Duck Tour, Surfers Paradise

Quack’R’Duck

Join a tour with a difference when you board the Quack’R’Duck, an amphibious bus (yes, you read that correctly). This unique trip takes you through the streets of Surfers Paradise before driving straight into the water and becoming a cruise. You’ll be entertained along with way with interesting and informative commentary about the landmarks and wildlife around you.

As you can see, the Gold Coast isn’t just theme parks and beaches. There are plenty of unusual and memorable experiences to make your stay at Grande Florida Resort truly unforgettable.