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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O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Nestled in the picturesque Gold Coast Hinterland, O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards is a multi award-winning, family owned and operated vineyard dedicated to boutique wine, experiencial dining and unforgettable events.

Too Easy Tours

Multiple Locations
G'day and welcome to Too Easy Tour, if it's fun you're looking for you've come to the right place. Too Easy Tours cater for all groups, from backpackers looking to see the beautiful coast lines and islands of Australia, couples looking for a romantic day trip, management looking for team day incentives, bucks/hen parties looking for a day time activity before the big night out or people looking for a new adventure to tick off the bucket list;

SkyPoint Observation Deck

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 35
SkyPoint Observation Deck is a must-see for all Gold Coast visitors. With unrivalled 360 degree views from the coast to the hinterland, mini-theatrette and informative feature zones and displays that provide all the information you need to plan your holiday hit list.

Putt Putt Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast Area
Putt Putt Mermaid Beach is the ultimate mini golf experience centrally located on the Gold Coast. Discover a hole world of fun with three themed 18 Hole Courses, games arcade, 19th hole refreshments, barbecue zone and free onsite parking.

Southport Yacht Club Incorporated

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Established in 1946, Southport Yacht Club has a beautiful setting with panoramic views of their multimillion dollar 300 berth Private Marina and of the Southport Broadwater. Dining can be enjoyed from the Waterfront Restaurant, whatever your desire, they have the dining facilities and setting in which to kick back, unwind and enjoy the scenery.

Slideways Go Karting Gold Coast

Nerang, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 150
Introducing their incredible new 475 metre long indoor go kart facility, which features an amazing three storey high race track! Their European style indoor hire kart track features a huge ramps, cambered turns, tunnels, esses, hairpins and sweepers.

Paradise Centre

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Paradise Centre, the largest Shopping Centre in Surfers Paradise, is located on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Cavill Mall and boasts a 100 metre frontage opposite the world famous Surfers Paradise Beach.

Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The reinvention of Chevron Renaissance is now complete. Their iconic Surfers Paradise location has been re-imagined to be the only shopping, bar and restaurant precinct that's truly in tune with the current Gold Coast zeitgeist.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The iconic Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets have been adorning the foreshore of the popular tourist precinct since 1995, catering year-round to holiday-makers and locals alike. Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening, discerning shoppers and experience-hunters make their way to the Surfers Paradise foreshore to wander along the coastal stretch of around 100 market stalls, with live entertainers setting a casual mood.

Down Under Party Tour

Multiple Locations
Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night Down Under conquer the world famous Surfers Paradise glitter strip with an epic party tour. Working with the Gold Coast's wildest and most prestigious bars and nightclubs they show you and your friends what it means to party Down Under true Aussie style!
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