From hipster street art, to high ropes adventure courses and dolphin calfs that are looking for your attention, the Gold Coast has a slew of new attractions that are just waiting for you.

Street Art Hits Surfers Paradise

The street art urban vibe has hit Surfers Paradise.

50 cans of spray paint and 15 hours later, renowned street artist John Kaye has just completed two large panels of street art along the Surfers Paradise Boulevard side of Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre which form part of the newly created Melbourne styled laneway precinct, ‘Chevron Lane’. And the street art doesn’t stop there; during the first few days of December, John will be back at Chevron Renaissance with another 100 cans of paint to complete 8 more panels of street art within Chevron Lane.

The creation of Chevron Lane is just one component of the Centre’s multi-million dollar transformation that is due to be complete within the next couple of weeks. The restaurant precinct has also received a complete makeover with a new shade sail making the area completely weather protectant, the alteration of the water fountain that will now be leased as a food and beverage kiosk, new garden beds to be installed and large rustic beams being mounted around the façades of the restaurants with corten shop signs on top.

Baby dolphins at Tangalooma

Tangalooma’s  wild dolphin, Silhouette, has given birth to a healthy calf just one year after tragically losing her first baby. The 10-year-old new mum appeared last Friday night in rough water with her new offspring in tow. Tangalooma ranger Susan Hassard said she was over the moon about the birth and already noticing how protective Silhouette was over her little one.

“Silhouette is very emotionally connected and displaying strong protective instincts, keeping her baby well back from the other dolphins and out of harm’s way,” Mrs Hassard said. “We are also delighted because the calf is the first fourth generation dolphin to be introduced into the Tangalooma wild dolphin family.”

Silhouette was born is 2004 to Shadow, who was the offspring of Beauty – the original Tangalooma dolphin that started the resort’s successful wild dolphin provisional feeding program in 1992.

“This calf comes from wonderful ancestry and is showing all the signs of being a little fighter,” Mrs Hassard said. “The north-westerlies were blowing hard at the end of last week and the water was very choppy. The baby needed all its strength to swim through those rough seas and keep up with its mother –it certainly would have been a hard start to life.”

As its newest member, the baby now joins the family of 10 other wild dolphins that comes to shore each night to be fed by guests of Tangalooma Island Resort.

New Tree Top Challenges at Thunderbird Park, Tamborine Mountain

tree-topsIf you’re a bit of a daredevil then Thunderbird Park at Tamborine Mountain should be on your holiday bucket list. Here you can go horse riding, find treasure filled thundereggs formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth, play laser skirmish in a jungle village or take adventure to the top on the Tree Top Challenge ropes course.

The ropes course challenge is now bigger, higher and even more exciting. You can choose your challenge as courses are tailored to suit different fitness levels and age groups. You can also ride a flying fox way above the ground, climb rope ladders and tumble through tunnels.

The Tree Top Challenge will soon unveil a new blue course. This new adventure activity is more challenging than the red courses but not quite as strenuous as the black course. Brave adventurers will also be flocking to SkyFall, this 12 metre freefall from high above Cedar Creek makes bungy jumping look tame. It is the first outdoor ride in Australia to use high tech magnetic braking technology. It’s a tummy flipping thrill.

Will you be checking out any of these new attractions on the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!