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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Hop On Brewery Tours

Multiple Locations
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.

Coomera Houseboat Holidays

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
From AU$730.00 - 3395.00
Imagine cruising the idyllic waterways of the Gold Coast and lower Moreton Bay on your own fully equipped holiday houseboat. Be your own skipper with no licence needed. Take the family, friends or a romantic getaway, cruise and laze at your leisure, swim, fish, Island hop and just relax.

Sandbar

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Sandbar wants you to wine, dine and take your time. Relax and let their good time dealers pour you a delicious cocktail, sublime wine or crisp ale from the Gold Coast’s largest range of beers. Their innovative menus are crafted by a world-renowned Executive Chef and designed for affordable culinary enjoyment.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The iconic Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets have been adorning the foreshore of the popular tourist precinct since 1995, catering year-round to holiday-makers and locals alike. Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening, discerning shoppers and experience-hunters make their way to the Surfers Paradise foreshore to wander along the coastal stretch of around 100 market stalls, with live entertainers setting a casual mood.

Paradise Jet Boating

Multiple Locations
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.

Walkin' On Water Surf School

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$50 - 50
Walkin' On Water Surf School is the Gold Coast’s Premier Surf School, located at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta and using the beautiful beaches of Greenmount and Coolangatta - the perfect ideal beaches for all levels of surf lesson.

Burleigh Brewing

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Long before craft brewing was a scene on the Gold Coast, there was Burleigh Brewing. Quietly, expertly toiling away on the best damn craft beers this side of the border. Sure, they’re established and experienced but they’re never complacent — they’re eternally curious.

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.

Gold Coast Fishermens Co-operative Limited

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Established in 1970, the Gold Coast Fishermen's Co-Operative was one of the first developments on the Spit at Main Beach. The fishing fleet consists of Prawn Trawlers, Tuna Long Liners and a Spanner Crab vessel, which all operate in the pristine waters off the Gold Coast.

JUCY Rentals Gold Coast

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 350
JUCY stands for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling. They aim to give all of their customers the green light to have the time of their lives! Pick up your JUCY wheels in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Brisbane or Cairns and get amazing service before you get out on the road.
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