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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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.

Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$79.00 - 79.00
**COVID-19 Update: Wet’n’Wild - For the safety and wellbeing of guests and team members, Wet’n’Wild is temporarily closed and they will provide a further update at the end of March. Please visit their website for more information.

Jetboat Extreme - Gold Coast Jet Boating

Multiple Locations
Jetboat Extreme is the Gold Coast's number one Jet boating experience and will give you that adrenaline rush you'll never forget. It's the most fun,exciting adventure thrill jet boat ride on the Gold Coast.

The Escape Hunt Experience Gold Coast

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$42 - 42
The Escape Hunt Experience Gold Coast is the first live escape game in Gold Coast. It is exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and above all, fun! Voyage back 100 years in time and play the part of a famous detective solving mysteries set in Gold Coast.

Paradise Centre

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
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.

Aquis Park - Home of the Gold Coast Turf Club and Event Centre

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$10.00 - 50.00
Aquis Park - Home of the Gold Coast Turf Club and Event Centre is home to one of Australia's richest racedays, Magic Millions with all 20 function spaces and restaurants boasting natural light and panoramic views of the spectacular Gold Coast!

Gold Coast Skydive

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$355 - 375
Gold Coast Skydive are the only Tandem Skydive operation on the gorgeous Gold Coast! Boasting an excellent safety record, state of the art equipment and a pristine beach-side location. They have a great team full of fun and professional tandem masters who will take passengers through all the necessary training and go out of their way to make sure it's a truly amazing experience that you will never forget!

JUCY Rentals Gold Coast

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 350
JUCY stands for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling. They aim to give all of their customers the green light to have the time of their lives! Pick up your JUCY wheels in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Brisbane or Cairns and get amazing service before you get out on the road.

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.

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$24.70 - 63.10
** Note: The park is closed in response to COVID-19. Check park alerts for advice on park closures. ** David Fleay Wildlife Park (a Best of Queensland Experience), nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads on Queensland's Gold Coast, is a wildlife park with a difference!
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