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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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.

Sunday Sessions at Kurrawa Surf Club

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 November 2019 – 29 March 2020
Join them on their private balcony at Kurrawa Surf Club 2 every Sunday until 29 March 2020 for local musicians, Summer fresh cocktails, delicious bites, lawn games and an uninterrupted view of the picturesque Pacific Ocean.

The Gruffalo Trail at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39.95 - 172.00
26 December 2019 – 5 April 2020
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.

Summer Holiday Program at David Fleay Wildlife Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$16.20 - 104.00
Quarterly from 11 – 27 January 2020
Everyone can have an adventure of the natural kind these summer holidays! Join the Park Rangers at David Fleay Wildlife Park for a trip to the wild side. Become an Eco Ranger and learn how to protect and care for our local wildlife, get to know all about the legacy of Dr David Fleay as you become a Fleay’s Hero, or, get crafty and try your hand at some indigenous artwork with renowned Indigenous artist Arthur Conlon.

Coast Club - Gold Coast

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$29.05 - 68.75
Quarterly from 20 – 24 January 2020
Experience a summer of adventure at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre during the school holidays! Our summer program runs during Mon - Fri from 16 - 20 December 2019 and 6 -24 January 2020. Each day at Coast Club offers a range of exciting and adventurous activities led by professional and friendly staff.

Rock Climbing - Gold Coast

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$12.15 - 12.50
Weekly from 20 – 25 January 2020
Want to experience the thrill of climbing an artificial vertical rock face over nine and a half metres high? The Rock Face is open to the public at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre, with walls offering over 10 different climbs of varying degrees of difficulty.

Dragalicious at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 50
Weekly from 23 January 2020
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.

Carnivale at Sea World

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$27.00 - 42.00
23 – 25 January 2020
Ignite your senses at Sea World Carnivale across 8 summer nights this January. Immerse yourself amongst the Aquacolour Spectacular, with the all new Queen of Carnivale lightshow. An aquatic spectacle of colour, lights, dance and fire!

Based Comedy at the Dog and Parrot Tavern

Robina, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 January 2020
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.

Quiz on My Face | Trivia at The Arc

Miami, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 23 January 2020
Quiz on My Face Every Thursday Night | Trivia at The Arc at Nobbys A classic quiz this week. You and your mates think you’re smart? Pit your team against the others this Thursday night and take home the cash pot prize!
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