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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Warner Bros. Movie World

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$89.00 - 89.00
Step under the famous archway of Australia’s number one Theme Park, Warner Bros. Movie World. Take on world class rides, attractions and shows and meet some of your favourite stars! Home to the tallest, longest and fastest HyperCoaster in the Southern Hemisphere, Movie World boasts a full day of adventure filled with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, your favourite Looney Tunes Characters plus the Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Universe.

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$23.00 - 58.75
David Fleay Wildlife Park, on Tallebudgera Creek near Burleigh Heads, on Queensland's Gold Coast, is a wildlife park with a difference! You can stroll through natural habitats and visit a nocturnal house to see some of Australia's most iconic wildlife.

Miami Marketta

Miami, Gold Coast Area
It could be the back streets of Thailand, Barcelona or New York City but it is right there in Miami on the Gold Coast. It's where the locals go and it's only eight minutes from Broadbeach. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Miami comes alive with street food from all round the world.

Slideways Go Karting Gold Coast

Nerang, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 150
Introducing their incredible new 475 metre long indoor go kart facility, which features an amazing three storey high race track! Their European style indoor hire kart track features a huge ramps, cambered turns, tunnels, esses, hairpins and sweepers.

King Tutts Putt Putt

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$15 - 15
King Tutt's Putt Putt is the ultimate mini-golf challenge located in the heart of Surfers Paradise. There is one outdoor and two fully themed indoor courses, perfect for any weather condition on the day or night.

GC Wake Park

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$35 - 70
The GC Wake Park is a one stop water sports complex offering cable skiing, wakeboarding and knee boarding. The park offers state of the art facilities including a beginners cable – the 2.0 system, full size main cable with obstacles for the advanced riders to enjoy, a café overlooking the park, pro shop and equipment hire.

Three Little Pigs - Bar and Bistro

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
A hidden culinary gem in the Gold Coast Hinterland, popular with locals. Three Little Pigs on Main Street in Mount Tamborine is turning heads with its rustic dining style. A large stone fireplace dominates a light, airy dining room of polished wood and large windows, or guests can choose to dine alfresco at a wine barrel table and enjoy the lush, green surrounds and chirping birds.

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.

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Nestled in the picturesque Gold Coast Hinterland, O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards is a multi award-winning, family owned and operated vineyard dedicated to boutique wine, experiencial dining and unforgettable events.

Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
The Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club golf experience is renowned across the globe - with two premier championship courses located in a unique and natural setting along with world class event facilities.
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