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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Mantra Sierra Grand

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$229 - 999
Mantra Sierra Grand soars 30 levels above its premium Broadbeach location, with its unrivalled location, distinctive profile and ocean or hinterland view from balconies; it is the ideal Gold Coast accommodation.

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.

The Polish Place

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$210 - 340
The Polish Place (accommodation, restaurant and gallery) is located on the western escarpment of Tamborine Mountain facing beautiful views to The Great Dividing Range. It is only 45 minutes from the Gold Coast and a one hour drive from Brisbane.

Songbirds

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$288 - 500
Songbirds provides guests with boutique rainforest bungalow accommodation in their magnificent 51 acre paradise on Tamborine Mountain. Guests can immerse themselves in their own private sanctuary, arrange a massage or beauty treatment, enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the double spa bath, walk through the pristine 20 hectare rainforest property, or simply relax by the gas-ember fire.

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.

Surfers Beachside Holiday Apartments

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$135 - 310
Set over 15 levels with beautiful views of the ocean and Gold Coast Hinterland, the Surfers Beachside Holiday Apartments are conveniently located close to everything!. The glorious patrolled beach is only 30 metres away - perfect for swimming, surfing and boogie boarding.

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.

Mantra at Sharks

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$109 - 540
Mantra at Sharks has been purposefully designed to cater to your every need. Rooms feature crisp white linen, tasteful artwork adorning the walls and are furnished in warm tones throughout. Depending on your needs, make your selection from the Studio Queen, Studio King, or King Suite.

Bujerum Apartments on Burleigh

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$260 - 1500
Located directly opposite the famous rolling surf of Burleigh Beach, Bujerum Holiday Apartments are one of Burleigh Heads most unique, self-contained two and three bedroom apartments. A small walk-up complex, Bujerum's accommodation offers four two bedroom, one bath apartments and a three bedroom, two bathroom luxury apartment.

Jacobs Well Tourist Park

Jacobs Well, Gold Coast Area
From AU$32 - 207
Jacobs Well Tourist Park is situated close to the waterfront looking out over the southern end of Moreton Bay. Fishing and boating enthusiasts regularly take advantage of this prime location to indulge in these activities amongst the myriad of islands close by, where abundant fish varieties exist all year round.
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