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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Q1 Resort and Spa

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$129 - 2400
Holiday in Australia's tallest residential tower Q1 Resort and Spa. The inspirational Q1 Resort and Spa features an array of luxury one, two, three, four bedroom and penthouse apartments capturing breathtaking ocean and hinterland views, world-class recreational facilities, dining and entertainment venues, retail precinct and at its peak Australia's only beachside observation deck situated on Level 77.

La Costa Motel

Bilinga, Gold Coast Area
From AU$120 - 280
La Costa Motel offers comfortable accommodation with a 'beach shack' atmosphere between the Gold Coast Airport and the beautiful Bilinga Beach. Not only does it offer overnight accommodation, it is a top destination for leisure and business travellers alike with free 24 hour airport transfers, complimentary breakfast and complimentary high speed wi-fi.

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$395 - 2745
Palazzo – the definition of luxury, glamour and sophistication. In Milan, Italy, the Palazzo Versace is the home of Versace, one of the most legendary brands in the world. When it came to opening the first ever fashion hotel, there was only one possible name:

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$160 - 366
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is centrally located between Surfers Paradise and the adjoining trendy suburb of Broadbeach. Award winning dining, the beach, major shopping centres, The Star and Gold Coast Convention Centre are within walking distance from the hotel.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$300 - 1000
Set amongst six hectares of sparkling lagoons and tropical gardens, Sheraton Grand Mirage is the only resort on the Gold Coast to offer an absolute beachfront location. A modern and sophisticated world class venue, Sheraton Grand Mirage caters to a variety of tastes through its award winning restaurant and bars, fully serviced gym, day spa, tennis courts, heated resort pool and extensive business, meeting and conference facilities.

The Mouses House - Rainforest Retreat

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
From AU$225 - 355
The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat in Springbrook is arguably the most unique chalet accommodation resort of its type in Australia located in the World Heritage listed Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

Lamington National Park, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$149 - 699
Explore World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park from multi award winning O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat nestled in the iconic Gold Coast hinterland (Queensland, Australia). Proudly operated by passionate third generation O’Reilly family members whose ancestors pioneered eco tourism in Australia in 1926.

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.

QT Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$179 - 559
If food, wine, music, design, fashion and art are your thing, QT Gold Coast is the place for you. Walk in to this Surfers Paradise accommodation and be welcomed by an inspiring open-spaced setting with beautiful artist-crafted features and bold custom lighting.

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.
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