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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Australian Outback Spectacular's Heartland

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99.99 - 119.99
Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all new show featuring a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. Delve into the real-life struggles Aussie farmers face and rejoice with them as the community's courage, bravery and generosity help them overcome a stunning, yet unforgiving life on the land.

Thunderbird Park ® - Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast Region

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$0 - 0
Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. This magnificent property is less than an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast. Come for the day or stay and play. This rainforest playground has it all.

Seaway Kayaking Tours

Multiple Locations
Seaway Kayaking Tours is a family business that emerged from the passion for the Gold Coast’s beautiful landscapes. They offer kayaking and snorkelling tours where they will delight their customers with different experiences where you will not only have a mesmerising kayaking experience but also valuable memories.

Coomera Houseboat Holidays

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
From AU$730.00 - 3395.00
Imagine cruising the idyllic waterways of the Gold Coast and lower Moreton Bay on your own fully equipped holiday houseboat. Be your own skipper with no licence needed. Take the family, friends or a romantic getaway, cruise and laze at your leisure, swim, fish, Island hop and just relax.

Burleigh Brewing

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Long before craft brewing was a scene on the Gold Coast, there was Burleigh Brewing. Quietly, expertly toiling away on the best damn craft beers this side of the border. Sure, they’re established and experienced but they’re never complacent — they’re eternally curious.

Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Enjoy convenience shopping with a blend of boutique shopping, exciting restaurants, relaxation and entertainment, in the heart of Surfers Paradise. For customer's convenience, Yifan Asian Emporium and Coles Supermarket are both located within the Chevron Renaissance, with Coles Supermarket trading from Monday to Friday 6am to 10pm, Saturday 7am to 10pm, and on Sunday from 7am to 9pm.

Dreamworld

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99 - 99
There is BIG fun waiting at Australia’s BIGGEST theme park. With rides, slides, wildlife and entertainment all in one place, Dreamworld is the perfect place for the whole family. Enjoy BIG hugs from your favourite DreamWorks Heroes including Madagascar, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, while children’s best loved television shows come to life at The Wiggles World and ABC KIDS WORLD.

Cruise Gold Coast on 'Life's Good'

Gold Coast, Gold Coast Area
Cruise Gold Coast offers personalised Private cruises on the beautiful Gold Coast waterways and Whale Watching. The luxurious 40 foot catamaran is called 'Life's Good'. There is room to move around and entertain on the large protected back deck, extended duckboard, the enclosed flybridge or the bow to sun-bake!

Gold Coast Party Pontoons

Hollywell, Gold Coast Area
From AU$400.00 - 995.00
Gold Coast Party Pontoons offer purpose built, high quality, one of a kind barbecue party boats on the gold Coast. Inclusions include an insulated roof, drop down clears (cafe style), full flush toilet, stereo with bluetooth connection, stainless steel barbecue and it's built four metres wide for stability where only the best will do.

SkyPoint Climb

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$77 - 107
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.
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