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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Dragon Cove Chinese Cuisine

Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast Area
Treat yourself to authentic Chinese dishes and dumplings, or try the chef’s specialty, Peking Duck, cooked fresh and carved at your table. Savour your dining indulgence whilst enjoying the water views of Sanctuary Cove Marina.

Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The reinvention of Chevron Renaissance is now complete. Their iconic Surfers Paradise location has been re-imagined to be the only shopping, bar and restaurant precinct that's truly in tune with the current Gold Coast zeitgeist.

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours

North Tamborine, 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.

El Patio De Cuba

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
El Patio De Cuba bar and restaurant is inspired by the original party island of Cuba and will reveal Cuba's glamorous side to all those that enter. Although famous for cigars, cars and Castro, Cuba also offers mouth watering cuisine with flavours inspired by Spain and the Caribbean.

The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
The Avenue is the heart of Surfers Paradise entertainment. With 15 beers on tap, a creative list of quirky cocktails, a menu to please the greatest of food connoisseurs and a state-of-the-art music venue that offers live entertainment seven days a week, The new Avenue is everything you would want from a day or night out .

Miami Marketta

Miami, Gold Coast Area
It could be the back streets of Thailand, Barcelona or New York City but it is right there in Miami on the Gold Coast. It's where the locals go and it's only eight minutes from Broadbeach. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Miami comes alive with street food from all round the world.

Metricon Stadium

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
Metricon Stadium is a 25,000 seat stadium which has become an exciting part of the sporting and entertainment landscape on the Gold Coast. The Stadium is home of the Gold Coast SUNS and has hosted T20 International and BBL cricket matches.

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.

Slideways Go Karting World

Pimpama, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 150
Slideways - Go Karting World is conveniently located just off the M1, just two minutes north from Dreamworld, providing easy access from all Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan Regions. Take exit 54 off the M1 and follow the signs.

GC Wake Park

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$35 - 70
The GC Wake Park is a one stop water sports complex offering cable skiing, wakeboarding and knee boarding. The park offers state of the art facilities including a beginners cable – the 2.0 system, full size main cable with obstacles for the advanced riders to enjoy, a café overlooking the park, pro shop and equipment hire.
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