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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nightfall camp

Lamington, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$795 - 795
Perched beside the crystal-clear tumbling headwaters of Christmas Creek and Queensland's ancient Lamington National Park rainforests, nightfall's luxury tents epitomise the simple luxuries of life. The nightfall 'glamping' (luxury camping) experience steps away from the excess' and complications of the modern world.

Mantra Twin Towns

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$179 - 429
Mantra Twin Towns is just a stroll away from Coolangatta’s best attractions. The perfect place for a beachside escape - relax all day at nearby Rainbow Bay, dine at a wide array of restaurants or enjoy a walk along Marine Parade.

Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
From AU$119 - 279
Located in the heart of it all - just minutes from beautiful Gold Coast beaches and renowned golf courses, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, world class shopping and sporting stadiums - Mercure Gold Coast Resort is perfectly positioned for your business trip or next holiday.

Bunk Backpackers Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$35 - 270
Bringing backpacking to a whole new level! Welcome to Surfers Paradise’s newest hostel. Bunk ticks all the boxes and only a heartbeat away from the beach. Your experience is their priority; let them entertain you with daily activities and nightly events while accommodating you in comfort and class at Queensland’s most iconic beach location.

RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast

Benowa, Gold Coast Area
From AU$184 - 700
RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast is the perfect destination for experiencing the best of the Gold Coast. Surrounded by manicured gardens and a championship golf course, this 100-hectare resort is perfectly positioned just a short distance from the white sandy beaches of Surfers Paradise and the lush beauty of the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Main Beach Tourist Park

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$48 - 449
Main Beach Tourist Park is situated opposite the beach at the northern end of Surfers Paradise. Within the trendy Main Beach precinct, restaurants, shopping and cafes are in walking distance. This park is a little gem in the heart of it, with its own resort-style pool and barbeque area.

The Island Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$129 - 350
Set in the heart of Surfers Paradise and on the doorstep of the famous Surfers Paradise Beach, The Island Gold Coast is the perfect gathering place for guests of all ages to stay, play and relax. Meticulously designed and restored from head-to-toe, the Island’s renewed breath of life pays homage to the natural splendour of a Queensland seaside village with abundant hardwood timbers, native plant life and open facades – bringing the outside, in!

Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$120 - 495
Welcome to the newly renovated Vibe Hotel Gold Coast. With a prime position in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is moments from sandy beaches and the famous Esplanade. Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is an ideal place to return to after a day in the sun and sea of the Queensland’s Gold Coast.

BreakFree Beachpoint Apartments

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$145 - 308
If you’re after Surfers Paradise accommodation that is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach, BreakFree Beachpoint is the ideal choice for you. Located on the northern side of Cavill Avenue, your self-contained apartment is the closest it could be to the beach, and is just an easy stroll into the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Sandcastles on Broadwater

Labrador, Gold Coast Area
From AU$125 - 335.00
Sandcastles on the Broadwater have magnificently appointed apartments and the contemporary design includes spacious kitchens and open-plan living areas for the whole family to enjoy. Sandcastles on the Broadwater are three storey walk up apartments with large balconies in every apartment and have been designed to give spectacular views while adding real living and entertaining space to your apartment.
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