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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Escape Room Murder Mystery Dinner Gold Coast

Wongawallan, Gold Coast Area
From AU$85 - 85
Weekly from 10 August 2019 – 31 July 2020
At the Fox and Hounds they have a murder mystery that also includes an escape room. You will be sent you your unique character and that becomes you for the evening. Can you solve the crime? This applies to private and group murders only.

Sunday Sessions at Kurrawa Surf Club

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 November 2019 – 29 March 2020
Join them on their private balcony at Kurrawa Surf Club 2 every Sunday until 29 March 2020 for local musicians, Summer fresh cocktails, delicious bites, lawn games and an uninterrupted view of the picturesque Pacific Ocean.

The Gruffalo Trail at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39.95 - 172.00
26 December 2019 – 5 April 2020
A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo? Find out at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary when The Gruffalo Trail launches this April. Take a journey through the deep dark wood and meet your favourite characters along the way with the new augmented reality app.

Sand Safari Arts Festival 2020

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
14 February – 1 March 2020
Once upon a time in the city of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise was transformed into Sand Safari Arts Festival, an award-winning wonderful place of discovery with captivating and gigantic sand sculptures and larger than life art pieces.

Based Comedy at the Dog and Parrot Tavern

Robina, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 February 2020
Free entry! Every Thursday night in the public bar from 7.30pm. Stand up comedians from around Australia take the stage to entertain you. Join Based Comedy for a night with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in the Australia.

Dragalicious at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 50
Weekly from 20 February 2020
Drag Queens take over The Avenue for an electric night of glam and glitter! Step into the glamorous world of Drag right here in Surfers Paradise with Dragalicious. Starring the "Three Legged Beauty", Natasha St James, "Scarlett Fever" and "Selma Soul"who will be serving up a blend of cheeky risque comedy numbers, captivating costumes and high energy performances that will illuminate and delight their audiences.

Friday Live at Fat Freddy's

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 February 2020
Kick off your weekend at Fat Freddy's! Live music on Fridays from 5pm with epic eats. Tyson Faulkner playing live 70s, 80s and 90s covers and requests!

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 February 2020
Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets presented by Experience OZ, has been providing a unique shopping and cultural experience since 1995. Located at the end of Cavill Mall on the Esplanade, The Beachfront Markets operates all year-round - each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening.

Bobby Alu Flow Australia Tour (All Ages)

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
21 February 2020
Cool, calm and collected, chill-master Bobby Alu wades deeper into the current today with the announce of an all ages 2020 headline tour in support of his third studio album 'Flow'. Armed with nothing but beats, rhythms and good vibes, the 'hammock music aficionado' and his band cover 14 dates across Australia at venues and festivals fit for young and old.

Cuban Carnival Party

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 February 2020
Get swept away to a world of tropicana showgirls and amazing Latin American fare every Friday night at The Cuban Bar and Lounge. The glamorous showgirls will be dazzling guests with eye catching costumes and hypnotising moves at "The Cuban Carnival Party".
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