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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Jetpack Events and Entertainment

Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast Area
Water Jetski, Jetpack and Flyboard shows performed by professional stunt performers. Fully themed public shows for special events such as Christmas and Halloween or amazing night time shows with LED suits, fireworks, laser lighting in show where the performers launch the fireworks off themselves.

Sailing In Paradise

Multiple Locations
Sailing In Paradise offer Sunset Cruises, Island Cruises and Private Charters on two beautiful sailing catamarans. Set sail on the calm, clear waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater and discover hidden treasures just a short cruise from the city.

TreeTop Challenge

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$55 - 55
The TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain is Australia’s largest TreeTop Adventure Park with more than 120 TreeTop activities including 10 ziplines! Their courses range from easy to extreme and traverse through nine acres of amazing bushland and rainforest.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets presented by Experience Oz, has been providing a unique shopping and cultural experience since 1995. Located on the Esplanade at the end of Cavill Mall, the Beachfront Markets operates all year-round each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening.

Go Vertical SUP Hire

Multiple Locations
Go Vertical SUP is the leading Stand up Paddle School on the Gold Coast. They are located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Their aim is to provide top quality Paddle Board Hire, SUP tours and SUP lessons to all participants allowing them a rewarding experience on the water.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$72 - 99
Have you ever dreamt of flying? Whether you're three or 103, iFLY Indoor Skydiving makes the dream of flight a reality. . iFLY is not just a thrill ride, but is the latest thing in action sports. Simply lean forward inside their glass tunnel into a column of air and float effortlessly into flight guided by their fully qualified instructors.

The Escape Hunt Experience Gold Coast

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$42 - 42
The Escape Hunt Experience Gold Coast is the first live escape game in Gold Coast. It is exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and above all, fun! Voyage back 100 years in time and play the part of a famous detective solving mysteries set in Gold Coast.

Wicked Club Crawl/Party Tours

Multiple Locations
Experience the top Surfers Paradise nightlife on Wicked Club Crawl's wild nights out, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night! Come and join the wild party crew and 100s of other party goers from around Australia and the world.

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.

The Strand at Coolangatta

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The Strand at Coolangatta is the heart of beachside dining, shopping and entertainment in a world famous waterfront location on the Southern Gold Coast. Shopping Shopping in Coolangatta has never been easier.
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