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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Peppers Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$298 - 1698
Soaring high above Broadbeach and the Pacific Ocean, the architectural design of Peppers Broadbeach takes inspiration from its natural environment and Zen philosophy. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, accommodation options include One, Two and Three Bedroom Suites and Three Bedroom Sky Homes, elegantly appointed with European appliances, imported stone and exceptional interior design.

Cedar Creek Lodges at Thunderbird Park ®

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$229 - 509
Cedar Creek Lodges shares a magnificent rainforest property with Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain - under an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Stay in a stylish two bedroom Creek Lodge or a family holiday home or choose a contemporary room with or without a spa.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Tallebudgera Valley, Gold Coast Area
From AU$1045 - 6975
Experience the ultimate in wellness travel at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia’s multi award winning wellness destination. Set on over 200 hectares of Queensland hinterland this exclusive retreat environment will help you restore balance with innovative programs from two to seven days including the popular seven day Detox package.

Jadran Motel and El Jays Holiday Lodge

Labrador, Gold Coast Area
From AU$140.00 - 190.00
Jadran Motel and El-Jays Holiday Lodge have a great range of options for those visiting Gold Coast on a budget. From Studio Suites, one bedroom apartments with kitchenettes to fully self-contained two bedroom apartments.

Kirra Beach Tourist Park

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$37 - 275
Kirra Beach Tourist Park is situated 300 metres from famous Kirra Beach at the southern end of the Gold Coast. A spacious, open park this is the ideal place to bring the kids or all your friends for a group get away.

BreakFree Acapulco

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$159 - 314
Relax with views over the beautiful beaches of Surfers Paradise at Gold Coast resort, BreakFree Acapulco. Centrally located, it is just a short stroll from your accommodation to the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Mantra Crown Towers

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$199 - 775
Mantra Crown Towers offers the ideal family getaway, located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just 100m from Surfers Paradise beach and 500m to the cafe and restaurant precinct of Cavill Avenue. Offering a range of spacious accommodation options including One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartments, all apartments are fully self-contained with kitchen and laundry facilities, and feature their own private balcony with many offering spectacular ocean views.

The Wave Resort

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$220 - 490
This spectacular resort is perfectly located in the heart of Broadbeach’s Cafe and Dining Precinct and just a short stroll from the patrolled beaches of Broadbeach. Offering sophisticated one, two and three bedroom apartments with views of Broadbeach or water views, plus stunning three bedroom sub penthouse apartments with easterly views.

Gemini Court Holiday Apartments

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$175 - 530
Experience the best of the legendary Burleigh beachfront lifestyle. Gemini Court Holiday Apartments, uniquely positioned looking north over miles of white sand beaches up to Surfers Paradise. The Burleigh point break is on your doorstep offering spectacular surf and swim opportunities.

Royal Palm on the Beach

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$120 - 420
With a prime “absolute beachfront” location with “no roads to cross” in peaceful Palm Beach, Royal Palm Resort sets the scene for a family holiday to remember on the southern Gold Coast. The resort offers a selection of Two Bedroom self-contained apartments, each with private balconies and sweeping ocean and hinterland views.
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