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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The Gruffalo Trail at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39.95 - 172.00
26 April – 24 December 2019
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.

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.

Kathrin Longhurst 'Fighters and Dreamers'

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 4 – 31 October 2019
Gallery One opens Kathrin Longhurst’s solo exhibition on Friday 4 October. This new collection of work from the award-winning figurative artist brings together the artist’s ouerve of glamorous women in military attire and brave young people, and runs until October 31.

QT and Perrier-Jouët present the Art of Tasting

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$55 - 55
Monthly from 10 October – 17 November 2019
QT and Perrier-Jouët present the art of tasting, a five course visual feast in celebration of the craft of flavour. Culinary talent from five of their most adventurous venues share their local method in an effervescent exploration with Perrier-Jouët champagne.

Gold Coast World Masters 2019

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$499 - 1049
13 – 19 October 2019
The 23rd celebration of the annual Gold Coast World Masters hosted on Queensland's most famous stretch of coastline – the Gold Coast has earned a reputation as Australia’s best tournament for club golfers.

Dragalicious at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 50
Weekly from 17 October 2019
Drag Queens take over The Avenue for an electric night of glam and glitter! Step into the glamorous world of Drag right here in Surfers Paradise with Dragalicious. Starring the "Three Legged Beauty", Natasha St James, "Scarlett Fever" and "Selma Soul"who will be serving up a blend of cheeky risque comedy numbers, captivating costumes and high energy performances that will illuminate and delight their audiences.

Based Comedy at the Dog and Parrot Tavern

Robina, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 17 October 2019
Free entry! Every Thursday night in the public bar from 7.30pm. Stand up comedians from around Australia take the stage to entertain you. Join Based Comedy for a night with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in the Australia.

Stories in the Key of GC

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$15 - 15
18 October 2019
Welcome to Gold Coast’s own storytelling night. Local wordsmiths will weave their tales in amongst a soundscape of live sound designed by Cold Ghost, the moniker for Gold Coast musician Fletch Babb. A jazz-trained flautist and an Honours graduate from the Griffith University Popular Music program, Fletch released three independent alt-folk albums in WA before relocating and releasing Bachelor Tapes as Cold Ghost on the Gold Coast – a mix of alt-folk, rock and psychedelia, peppered with sonic surprises.

Katchafire (NZ) and Jemere Morgan - Southport

Southport, Gold Coast Area
18 October 2019
New Zealand’s Katchafire are bringing their pacific roots reggae deliciousness back to Australia soon with their FYAH UP 2019 TOUR kicking off on October 9. Heir to the Morgan Heritage family throne Jemere Morgan will be along for the ride at all shows on his first ever Aussie tour, plus local acts.

Battle of the Buskers

Currumbin Waters, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 20
18 October 2019
This prestigious singer/songwriter competition officially kicks off the 'Buskers by the Creek" program of events and the festival's top emerging talent face it off in the ultimate showdown of busking brilliance.
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