Retreat from the winter chill to the balmy Gold Coast – here are the top things to do on your stay.

10 reasons to visit the Gold Coast this winter

What better way to beat the chill than to escape it? With balmy weather all year round and more than 70km of stunning coastline, the Gold Coast is a scenic wonderland boasting tons of sunshine and adventure.

Here are Brisbane Airtrain’s top picks of things to do…

1. Get up close to the gentle giants of the sea

June marks the beginning of humpback whale watching season on the Gold Coast. Experience 360 degree unobstructed views of the humpback’s spectacular acrobatic displays until October, and cheeky dolphins and turtles along the way.

2. Have a swingin’ good time at Broadbeach Jazz Festival

Broadbeach Jazz Festival from 19 to 21 June is one of Australia’s most loved local music events featuring the best Australian jazz artists on outdoor stages. It is also completely free so you can unwind surrounded by good music without breaking the bank.

3. Fire up for a blockbuster game

Head to Metricon Stadium and watch the Gold Coast SUNS give it their all in the 2015 Toyota AFL premiership season.

4. Take a romantic hot air balloon ride

Float over the majestic Gold Coast hinterland in a hot air balloon with a glass of wine and your significant other.

5. Revel in a sky-high thrill at Q1

Take on a journey to the summit of Q1, the world’s tallest residential tower. In an ear-popping 43 seconds, climbers are whisked to the 77th floor then strapped into harnesses to scale nearly 300 stairs, ascending to a height of 270 metres. It’s not for the faint hearted, but the 360 degree views over the city are worth it.

6. Ignite your imagination at Infinity

Experience a mind-blowing journey at Infinity, made up of 20 futuristic, maze-like worlds filled with special effects, atmospheric sound fields and illusions that go all the way to infinity. This dreamlike fun-house is the first of its kind in the world that will have all the family entertained.

7. Run one of the most stunning courses on earth

Race against the backdrop of amazing blue skies and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches at the 37th Gold Coast Airport Marathon from 4 to 5 July.

8. Marvel at the beauty of pristine rainforests

The Tooloona Creek circuit at Canungra offers the very best that Lamington National Park has to offer from scenic waterfalls to boulder-strewn creeks, gnarled Antarctic beech trees and World-Heritage listed rainforests. Enjoy cameo views through the trees over the coast and border ranges all the way to Byron Bay before returning along the Border Track to Green Mountains.

9. Go gourmet in the Gold Coast hinterland

The Gold Coast hinterland is evolving into one of Queensland’s most interesting food and wine destinations, home to a growing number of creative culinary types producing everything from beer to Brie. Head to Witches Falls, a family-run winery doing fabulous things with chardonnay and verdelho grapes, or create a culinary masterpiece at Tamborine Cooking School.

10. Channel your inner daredevil at Dreamworld

Experience over 40 spine-tingling rides and attractions at Dreamworld Theme Park famous for having the highest, fastest and most impressive rides in the country. Families can brave the BIG9 thrill rides and enjoy time with their little ones in Wiggles World and the DreamWorks Experience including Madagascar Madness.

If you fly into Brisbane, you can get your trip off to a flying start with Airtrain’s Gold Coast Train & Transfer (Airtrain Connect), which offers the train from the airport and a chauffeured service from the Gold Coast station right to your accommodation.

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Top tips thanks to Brisbane Airtrain – the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective way to reach the Gold Coast and Brisbane suburbs from Brisbane Domestic and International Airports. Airtrain services all Gold Coast stations and offers great discounts for travellers