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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Infinity Attraction

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$18.90 - 27.90
Challenge Your Senses and Ignite Your Imagination. A fun, unique and mind blowing journey into spectacular, futuristic maze-like worlds of wonder. It's a dreamlike, interactive fun house of the future!

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.

Australian Day Tours - JPT Group

Multiple Locations
The largest day tour and charter operator in southeast Queensland, Australian Day Tours run daily tours showcasing the highlights of this world famous tourist region from the pristine beaches and glorious hinterland to city sights, amazing events, the international tourism magnets of Byron Bay in nearby northern NSW and Australia Zoo north on the Sunshine Coast.

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Multiple Locations
Auswalk is the pioneer of walking holidays in Australia. On their tours you will walk through national parks, progressing from one accommodation to the next. Your luggage is moved ahead while you walk.

HOTA - Home of the Arts

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Surrounded by parklands and a lake with Surfers Paradise as the backdrop, HOTA, Home of the Arts is your place for live performances, lake-side strolls, star-gazing, cinema-watching, art and new-ideas.

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.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Following the recent announcement by the Australian Government advising the ban on outdoor events exceeding 500 people and the further direction issued by the Queensland Government under section 362B, it is with sadness that the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets have been temporarily postponed.

Vamos Australia - Private Tennis Lessons at your Hotel, Apartment or Residence

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$70 - 99
Vamos Australia is the leading mobile tennis coaching service in Australia. Vamos is located on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Sunshine Coast. If you are residing or on holiday and have a tennis court at your house, hotel or apartment, Vamos can come to you!

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.

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.
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