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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SkyPoint Observation Deck

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$27 - 37
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.

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Pacific Fair is the Gold Coast's unmissable shopping and dining destination, offering an expansive collection of luxury, iconic global brands and leading Australian retailers. With 400 stores, Pacific Fair offers a captivating blend of the world’s best brands, set amongst tropical landscapes and a unique outdoor ambience.

Australian Outback Spectacular's Heartland

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99.99 - 129.99
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.

Topgolf Gold Coast

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$50 - 90
The Topgolf goal is to help you create unforgettable experiences with friends and family. The venue features fun and competitive golf games for all ages, climate-controlled playing "bays" similar to a bowling lane, an impressive food and drink menu, private spaces for groups of any size, high definition televisions to watch the big game and a music selection that will make every visit feel like a party.

Australia Fair Shopping Centre

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Enjoy shopping alongside the beautiful Broadwater in the comfort of the fully air-conditioned Australia Fair Shopping Centre, with over 200 specialty stores and supermarkets. Shop the latest trends and enjoy great dining within the Food Court and the mix of restaurants.

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.

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.

TreeTop Challenge

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$55 - 55
The TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain is Australia’s largest TreeTop Adventure Park with more than 120 TreeTop activities including 10 ziplines! Their courses range from easy to extreme and traverse through nine acres of amazing bushland and rainforest.

Slideways Go Karting World

Pimpama, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 150
Slideways - Go Karting World is conveniently located just off the M1, just two minutes north from Dreamworld, providing easy access from all Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan Regions. Take exit 54 off the M1 and follow the signs.

HOTA - Home of the Arts

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Surrounded by parklands and a lake with Surfers Paradise as the backdrop, HOTA, Home of the Arts is your place for live performances, lake-side strolls, star-gazing, cinema-watching, art and new-ideas.
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