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.

Sunday Sessions at Kurrawa Surf Club

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 November 2019 – 29 March 2020
Join them on their private balcony at Kurrawa Surf Club 2 every Sunday until 29 March 2020 for local musicians, Summer fresh cocktails, delicious bites, lawn games and an uninterrupted view of the picturesque Pacific Ocean.

The Gruffalo Trail at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39.95 - 172.00
26 December 2019 – 5 April 2020
A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo? Find out at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary when The Gruffalo Trail launches this April. Take a journey through the deep dark wood and meet your favourite characters along the way with the new augmented reality app.

Karaoke at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 10 February 2020
The Avenue hosts the Gold Coast most popular Karaoke show every Monday night from 8.30pm. Featuring the amazing Karin from Red Hot Entertainment. Come and join the fun, where everyone becomes a star.

Tuesday Night Comedy at the Roosevelt Lounge

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 11 February 2020
Bringing you the best acts from all over the country and from all over the world. Join us on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm for an intimate and hilarious night of comedy. $20 entry charge (incl. a drink).

Avenue Comedy Night Every Wednesday Night

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 40
Weekly from 12 February 2020
Every Wednesday night, The Avenue welcomes local and international comedians to the stage for a hilarious night of entertainment. With an electric atmosphere, talented guests and a delicious menu, makes Wednesday night at The Avenue your new weekly ritual.

Wednesday Night Comedy at The Arc at Nobbys

Miami, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 12 February 2020
Join them Wednesday nights from 7.30pm, with resident MC Dusty Rich (SA) for a night of laughter featuring the best comedians from around Queensland, Australia and the world! Based Comedy is bringing the most hilarious acts to The Arc every single week and, the best bit?

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 12 February 2020
Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets presented by Experience OZ, has been providing a unique shopping and cultural experience since 1995. Located at the end of Cavill Mall on the Esplanade, The Beachfront Markets operates all year-round - each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening.

Flaming Cheese Wheel and Wine Experience

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39 - 39
12 February 2020
Experience the Salt Meats Cheese infamous flaming cheese wheel experience. Every Wednesday night they offer their risotto cheese wheel demonstration made with three amazing flavours of your choice including smoked cheese, truffle pecorino or gorgonzola.

Stand Up Comedy at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 12 February 2020
Every Wednesday night they're taking over The Avenue's Back Room to bring you the biggest laughs in Surfers Paradise from 7:30pm. The Avenue will be hosting some of the best comedians in the country and from around the world every week - they might not all be names you've heard of, but they guarantee they'll leave you in stitches.
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