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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ULTIQA Freshwater Point Resort

Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast Area
From AU$130 - 435
Located on the banks of Broadbeach's pristine waterways, ULTIQA Freshwater Point Resort is the perfect destination for families or corporates who want to stay close to the beach, but in a quieter location.

Mantra Sierra Grand

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$229 - 999
Mantra Sierra Grand soars 30 levels above its premium Broadbeach location, with its unrivalled location, distinctive profile and ocean or hinterland view from balconies; it is the ideal Gold Coast accommodation.

Xanadu Resort

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$195 - 625
COVID-19 crisis - Xanadu Main Beach Resort supports and understands the measures taken by state and federal governments to prioritise the health and safety of our nation. Their thoughts and prayers are with all those seriously affected.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$275 - 400
Pethers Rainforest Retreat is a luxury boutique retreat with just 10 secluded tree houses, situated amongst 15 acres of magnificent sub-tropical rainforest. Each tree house offers a private spa for two, fireplace, king size bedroom, entertainment system, air-conditioning lounge and dining areas with five metre high glass windows leading to an outdoor balcony and overlooks spectacular surrounds.

Mariner Shores Resort

Miami, Gold Coast Area
From AU$210 - 350
Mariner Shores Resort and Beach Club is a holiday oasis located opposite North Burleigh beach and offers a unique family holiday. Whether you are looking for an action packed, fun filled holiday or you just wish to relax and wind down – they have whatever you want from your Gold Coast holiday, they welcome you to the elegance and excellence that is Mariner Shores Resort.

Burleigh Mediterranean Resort

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$148 - 545
As soon as you step into the tropical grounds, soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere and hear the waves breaking on the beach, you can't help but relax . Conveniently located just 15 minutes north of Gold Coast Airport and 15 minutes south of Surfers Paradise, this tranquil accommodation is perfect for a serene holiday in beautiful Burleigh Heads.

Tranquility Cove Broadbeach - Vogue Holiday Homes

Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast Area
From AU$240 - 870
Tranquility Cove at Broadbeach has a beautiful relaxed feel and is the perfect home for you to relax and unwind with your family and friends. The Tropics at Broadbeach has its' very own white sandy beach and floating pontoon/jetty where you can moor your boat or fish from.

South Stradbroke Island Camping

South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast Area
From AU$26 - 205
Escape the fast pace of everyday life and totally relax amongst natural, unspoilt beauty. Day trippers and campers are both welcome with suitable facilities to entertain. A superb natural reserve, South Stradbroke Island offers calm inner waterways on one side, virtually untouched native bushland in the centre, and on the other side, 22 kilometres of pristine surf beach with hardly a soul in sight.

Surfers Beachside Holiday Apartments

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$135 - 310
Set over 15 levels with beautiful views of the ocean and Gold Coast Hinterland, the Surfers Beachside Holiday Apartments are conveniently located close to everything!. The glorious patrolled beach is only 30 metres away - perfect for swimming, surfing and boogie boarding.

Points North Apartments

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$139 - 1500
Points North Apartments is located at the southern end of the Gold Coast just five kilometres from the Coolangatta airport, with easy access to the beach and open parkland and a wide range of dining, shopping and entertainment options in the nearby Showcase on the Beach Shopping Centre.
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