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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Escape Room Murder Mystery Dinner Gold Coast

Wongawallan, Gold Coast Area
From AU$85 - 85
Weekly from 10 August 2019 – 31 July 2020
At the Fox and Hounds they have a murder mystery that also includes an escape room. You will be sent you your unique character and that becomes you for the evening. Can you solve the crime? This applies to private and group murders only.

Gold Coast Marathon Experience 2020

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3425 - 3425
2 – 8 July 2020
Combine your joy of running and adventure on Australia's spectacular Gold Coast. The perfect final preparation for Australia's pinnacle running event, the Gold Coast Marathon.

RQAS Broadbeach Art Gallery Re-opening Exhibition

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 3 – 4 July 2020
Royal Queensland Art Society Broadbeach Gallery has re-opened with a new Art exhibition entitled "Rebirth-New Beginnings" . Come out and see their uplifting display of vibrant work by local Queensland artists in a welcoming warm environment.

Premier Invitational Soccer Tournament

Gold Coast,
Free Entry
4 – 11 July 2020
The Premier Invitational is Australia’s fastest growing youth football tournament. The tournament based on the Gold Coast will host over a 1,500 players with teams from Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Based Comedy at Last Night on Earth

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 20
Weekly from 4 July 2020
They're heading into the future and also heading to Last Night on Earth, Southport's coolest little dive, for a weekly rooftop comedy show that'll echo out all the way to Officeworks. Every Saturday they're bringing you the coolest comics from around Australia and around the world for drinks, laughs and loves.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 5 July 2020
Explore your backyard while taking in the ocean breeze, as you stroll along the iconic Surfers Paradise foreshore to discover some of the Gold Coasts' most unique market stalls. All your favourite stallholders will be back in action for you to get hold of all those beloved fashion and accessory pieces and handmade treasures happening on the following dates and times.

SkyPoint Sunday Sundowns

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 5 July 2020
On Sunday after dark, SkyPoint Bistro + Bar transforms itself into the Gold Coast’s highest altitude lounge bar with an electric atmosphere, exquisite cocktails, extensive wine menu and craft beer and ciders, along with live entertainment from locally sourced musicians and entertainers.

The Village Markets

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
5 July 2020
The Village Markets (established in 2008) trades every month, on the first and third Sunday at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30am to 1pm. This creative hub for emerging entrepreneurs (the likes of Peony Swimwear, F+H Jewellery, Grace Bijoux, Children of the Tribe and Kivari have all traded there) plays host to 100 plus incredible boutique market stalls in fashion, vintage, art and lifestyle, as well as street food, live tunes and a monthly pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sale.

Benny D Williams Live at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
5 July 2020
The Avenue is proud to host the most entertaining performer you will ever see on your travels. Floating gently to you from the Coast of Gold, Benny D Williams brings his "junkyard soul" sounds to your ears.

Based Comedy at The Palm Beach Hotel

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 5 July 2020
Free entry! Join us every Sunday night in The Palm Beach Hotel restaurant as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country and around the world take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.
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