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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Escape Room Murder Mystery Dinner Gold Coast

Wongawallan, Gold Coast Area
From AU$85 - 85
Weekly from 10 August 2019 – 31 July 2020
At the Fox and Hounds they have a murder mystery that also includes an escape room. You will be sent you your unique character and that becomes you for the evening. Can you solve the crime? This applies to private and group murders only.

World Bowls Championships 2020

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
23 May – 7 June 2020
Queensland’s Gold Coast continues to entrench itself as the home of Bowls in Australia, with the 2020 World Championships to be held at three Gold Coast clubs. Broadbeach Bowls Club, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club and Club Helensvale will host the two-week long tournament, with over 240 bowlers expected to take part in one of the pinnacle international events in the sport.

Based Comedy at Last Night on Earth

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 20
Weekly from 30 May 2020
They're heading into the future and also heading to Last Night on Earth, Southport's coolest little dive, for a weekly rooftop comedy show that'll echo out all the way to Officeworks. Every Saturday they're bringing you the coolest comics from around Australia and around the world for drinks, laughs and loves.

Rock Climbing - Gold Coast

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$12.15 - 12.15
Weekly from 30 May 2020
Want to experience the thrill of climbing an artificial vertical rock face over nine and a half metres high? The Rock Face is open to the public at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre, with walls offering over 10 different climbs of varying degrees of difficulty.

Latin Dancing Under the Sails

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 30 May 2020
Social Latin dancing with the best Latin music DJs on the Gold Coast playing a variety of Latin music to get everyone dancing. Open air, outdoors, beautiful venue outside the Oasis shopping centre and surrounded by many restaurants.

The Australian Bee Gees Show - 25th Anniversary Tour - Southport

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
30 May 2020
Celebrating 9 years and over 2800 shows headlining on the Las Vegas strip, The Australian Bee Gees Show will be heading Down Under for the Australian leg of their 25th anniversary tour! The Australian Bee Gees Show is currently performing at The Excalibur Hotel and Casino and has been in residence for the past 9 years and have just signed a new 5-year contract that will keep the ABGShow headlining in Las Vegas until 2024.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 31 May 2020
The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets is now online! Browse all your favourite stallholders from the comfort of your home from scrumptious homemade desserts, hand-made fashion and accessories, personalised treasures and so much more!

Salsa in the Park

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 31 May 2020
Salsa in the Park is an event open to everyone and it is free. It is held at The Porch in Broadwater Parklands, Southport. This event will be held once a month, on Sundays, between 3pm to 6pm. DJs will play a variety of latin music to keep everyone dancing.

Based Comedy at The Palm Beach Hotel

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 31 May 2020
Free entry! Join us every Sunday night in The Palm Beach Hotel restaurant as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country and around the world take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.

SkyPoint Sunday Sundowns

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 31 May 2020
On Sunday after dark, SkyPoint Bistro + Bar transforms itself into the Gold Coast’s highest altitude lounge bar with an electric atmosphere, exquisite cocktails, extensive wine menu and craft beer and ciders, along with live entertainment from locally sourced musicians and entertainers.
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