Gold Coast | Things to do

Queensland’s most famous beach resort has been drawing visitors since the 1950s. The Gold Coast is a world of contrasts, bringing together nostalgia and innovation, a vibrant nightlife with family-friendly experiences, and the best of both beaches and the hinterland.

Beaches

The Gold Coast is renowned for its relaxed beach lifestyle. Savour the sun on your skin and salt in your hair with kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, jet skis, jet packs and flyboards, or just enjoy a laid-back beach picnic. The Goldie (as the locals call it) is a surf haven, with breaks for everyone from Quiksilver Pro champs to absolute beginners (plus plenty of surf schools), as well as both family-friendly and pet-friendly beaches.

Food and drink

The Gold Coast’s dining scene is all about barefoot sophistication. Eat at an outdoor restaurant with views over the water, grab breakfast at a breezy café, then later hunt out the city’s best fine-dining al fresco options. Set off on your own craft beer odyssey through breweries, pubs and rooftop bars. 


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Explore the Gold Coast Hinterland

When you need a break from the beaches, discover the lush Gold Coast Hinterland. Head for the Springbrook National Park to admire lush greenery and sights like the stunning Purling Brook Falls, or explore Lamington National Park and its many photogenic aspects, such as Morans Falls. Hike through sub-tropical rainforest and walk beside meandering creeks, then set up your tent and camp under the stars.

Gold Coast attractions

Get your thrills on a roller coaster or meet your favourite cartoon characters at a theme park, discover the magic of glow worms after dark at the Natural Bridge in the Springbrook National Park, and gather the gang together around a big table for street food at the Miami Marketta market. The Gold Coast also maintains a vibrant calendar of events, which range from family-friendly food stalls to the adrenaline of world-class sport competitions.

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Sea World Cruises

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Book a Gold Coast cruise with one of the city's best and longest-running boat cruise companies for a day or evening out on the beautiful waters of the Gold Coast. At Sea World Cruises, they offer a wide range of cruise options aboard their spacious, comfortable vessel including regular morning cruises, lunch cruises and afternoon cruises and their new Buffet Dinner Cruise operating Thursday, Friday and Saturday Night as well as the ability to cater to special events or private celebrations.

Hop On Brewery Tours

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Hop On Brewery Tours is Queensland's original and best brewery tour! Their focus is beer education and appreciation - with plenty of tastings along the way! They offer a unique day out and provide transportation, history and commentary throughout the day.

Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast

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Don't miss out and book well in advance as this is Australia's most popular balloon ride. Choose to pay on the day, flexible tickets, 100 per cent refundable and valid any day of the year. Family owned and operated, they have the biggest range of balloon rides, fly over the Gold Coast or the Gold Coast hinterland.

King Tutts Putt Putt

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$15 - 15
King Tutt's Putt Putt is the ultimate mini-golf challenge located in the heart of Surfers Paradise. There is one outdoor and two fully themed indoor courses, perfect for any weather condition on the day or night.

Game Over Indoor Go Karting, Adventure Climbing Walls and Lazer Tag Centre

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 49
Game Over is the premium indoor entertainment centre on the Gold Coast. The centre’s primary attraction is Australia’s first electric powered indoor go-karting track. Unmatched acceleration and max torque provides their customers with the fastest indoor karting experience anywhere else in Australia.

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$9 - 14
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular purpose-built Glow Worm cave! The tours begin with a short walk on the boardwalk through the rehabilitated rainforest to the Glow Worm cave.

The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
With over 80 of the Gold Coast finest retail, dining and service experiences on offer and the serenity of region’s most picturesque marina as the backdrop, feel yourself unwind at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove.

Links Hope Island

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 150
Links Hope Island Golf Club is home to an 18-hole championship course designed by five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson and the great team at Thomson, Wolveridge and partners. The grand Mediterranean-style clubhouse is a great place to relax after your game of golf.

Hurricane's Grill & Bar Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Hurricane's Grill & Bar Surfers Paradise is famous for their flame grilled steaks and ribs. With an emphasis on fresh premium quality produce, their menu features Australian grain and grass fed beef, pork, lamb, chicken and seafood.

Paradise Jet Boating

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Experience Paradise Jet Boating's premium "Adventure Ride"... famous for its unique blend of thrills and adventure mixed with beautiful scenery and sightseeing. Paradise Jet Boating's premium adventure ride travels over 35 kilometres through Moreton Bay Marine Park.
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