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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Burleigh Brewing Company

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Burleigh Brewing Company is built on Balance, Character and Soul. After all, when they began in 2006 the Queensland beer and brewing landscape was pretty much devoid of all three. They don't do stunt beers.

SkyPoint Climb

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$75 - 95
SkyPoint Climb takes place on the top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise and at 270 metres in the air, it is one of Australia's highest external building walks. Starting on level 77 of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Climbers will enter the open air dressed in a full body suit and harness.

Warner Bros. Movie World

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$89.00 - 89.00
Step under the famous archway of Australia’s number one Theme Park, Warner Bros. Movie World. Take on world class rides, attractions and shows and meet some of your favourite stars! Home to the tallest, longest and fastest HyperCoaster in the Southern Hemisphere, Movie World boasts a full day of adventure filled with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, your favourite Looney Tunes Characters plus the Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Universe.

Australia Fair Shopping Centre

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Enjoy shopping alongside the beautiful Broadwater in the comfort of the fully air-conditioned Australia Fair Shopping Centre, with over 200 specialty stores and supermarkets. Shop the latest trends and enjoy great dining within the Food Court and the mix of restaurants.

Dreamworld

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
From AU$85 - 139
As Australia’s largest theme park, Dreamworld has it all. Adrenaline junkies can take on the world’s tallest free-falling ride, be propelled from zero to 161 kilometres p/h, and even challenge gravity 15 storeys above the ground on the Big 9 Thrill Rides.

Skyline Restaurant

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Aquis Park - Home of the Gold Coast Turf Club and Event Centre is home to Australia's richest raceday, Magic Millions and fine dining restaurant Skyline, with panoramic views of the Gold Coast. Hosting over 60 race meetings every year, the Gold Coast Turf Club has become one of the most sought after function venues on the Gold Coast for both raceday and non-raceday events.

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$23.00 - 58.75
David Fleay Wildlife Park (a Best of Queensland Experiences), on Tallebudgera Creek near Burleigh Heads, on Queensland's Gold Coast, is a wildlife park with a difference! You can stroll through natural habitats and visit a nocturnal house to see some of Australia's most iconic wildlife.

Quack'rDuck

Multiple Locations
Come aboard Quack'rDuck for your Surfers Paradise adventure! An amazing land and water experience like never before. Reward yourself with an experience of a lifetime and ride the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly amphibious vehicle, the Quack’rDuck on the Gold Coast.

Putt Putt Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast Area
Putt Putt Mermaid Beach is the ultimate mini golf experience centrally located on the Gold Coast. Discover a hole world of fun with three themed 18 Hole Courses, games arcade, 19th hole refreshments, barbecue zone and free onsite parking.

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) offers the ultimate event experience. Conveniently located just 500 metres from the white sands of Broadbeach and walking distance from more than 3,000 accommodation options, GCCEC is Australia's largest regional convention centre, catering for anywhere between 10 and 6,000 people.
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