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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The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
With over 80 of the Gold Coast finest retail, dining and service experiences on offer and the serenity of region’s most picturesque marina as the backdrop, feel yourself unwind at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove.

The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
The Avenue is the heart of Surfers Paradise entertainment. With 15 beers on tap, a creative list of quirky cocktails, a menu to please the greatest of food connoisseurs and a state-of-the-art music venue that offers live entertainment seven days a week, The new Avenue is everything you would want from a day or night out .

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$9 - 14
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular purpose-built Glow Worm cave! The tours begin with a short walk on the boardwalk through the rehabilitated rainforest to the Glow Worm cave.

Coomera Houseboat Holidays

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
From AU$825.00 - 1765
Coomera Houseboat Holidays is located on the idyllic South Queensland waterways of the Gold Coast and lower Moreton Bay, with over 50 kilometres of cruising ground, secluded beaches and islands including Stradbroke Island.

Southern Cross 4WD Tours Gold Coast

Multiple Locations
Southern Cross 4WD Tours offers a range of Gold Coast Tours to experience the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland and surrounds. Travelling in their Luxury Mercedes four wheel drive vehicles and visiting exclusive country venues.

Game Over Indoor Go Karting, Adventure Climbing Walls and Lazer Tag Centre

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 49
Game Over is the premium indoor entertainment centre on the Gold Coast. The centre’s primary attraction is Australia’s first electric powered indoor go-karting track. Unmatched acceleration and max torque provides their customers with the fastest indoor karting experience anywhere else in Australia.

Hideaway Kitchen and Bar

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Hideaway Kitchen and Bar is one of the Gold Coast’s culinary sensations - an exciting venue for evening drinks and mouth-watering Asian food, right in the heart of Broadbeach. Dine inside surrounded by the impressive graffiti artwork or outside under the hanging umbrella installation.

Coasting Around Round Boat Hire

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99 - 440
Welcome to Coasting Around Barbecue Boat Hire Gold Coast the most fun boating experience on-board your own luxury private round boat. Their high-quality boats are fibreglass, yes that’s right, they’re not inflatables!

Sea World Cruises

Multiple Locations
Book a Gold Coast cruise with one of the city's best and longest-running boat cruise companies for a day or evening out on the beautiful waters of the Gold Coast. At Sea World Cruises, they offer a wide range of cruise options aboard their spacious, comfortable vessel including regular morning cruises, lunch cruises and afternoon cruises and their new Buffet Dinner Cruise operating Thursday, Friday and Saturday Night as well as the ability to cater to special events or private celebrations.

Jetpack Events and Entertainment

Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast Area
Water Jetski, Jetpack and Flyboard shows performed by professional stunt performers. Fully themed public shows for special events such as Christmas and Halloween or amazing night time shows with LED suits, fireworks, laser lighting in show where the performers launch the fireworks off themselves.
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