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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Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The reinvention of Chevron Renaissance is now complete. Their iconic Surfers Paradise location has been re-imagined to be the only shopping, bar and restaurant precinct that's truly in tune with the current Gold Coast zeitgeist.

Seascape Restaurant + Bar

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Seascape Restaurant + Bar is a multi level establishment perched on level one and two of the Soul Boardwalk directly opposite the iconic Surfers Paradise beach. With incredible ocean views and exceptional seafood cuisine, it boasts some of the best vantage points the Gold Coast has to offer.

Sandbar

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Sandbar wants you to wine, dine and take your time. Relax and let their good time dealers pour you a delicious cocktail, sublime wine or crisp ale from the Gold Coast’s largest range of beers. Their innovative menus are crafted by a world-renowned Executive Chef and designed for affordable culinary enjoyment.

Skyline Restaurant

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Aquis Park - Home of the Gold Coast Turf Club and Event Centre is home to Australia's richest raceday, Magic Millions and fine dining restaurant Skyline, with panoramic views of the Gold Coast. Hosting over 60 race meetings every year, the Gold Coast Turf Club has become one of the most sought after function venues on the Gold Coast for both raceday and non-raceday events.

Go Ride A Wave - Gold Coast

Multiple Locations
Go Ride A Wave is Australia's largest and most professional learn to surf organisation. Enjoy a 2 hour surf lesson for beginners every day at several locations along the Gold Coast including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Kirra near Coolangatta.

The Strand at Coolangatta

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The Strand at Coolangatta is the heart of beachside dining, shopping and entertainment in a world famous waterfront location on the Southern Gold Coast. Shopping Shopping in Coolangatta has never been easier.

Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
Nestled on Elephant Rock, The Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club offers visitors a view of the Gold Coast like no other. Located only five minutes from the Gold Coast International Airport, enjoy a delicious meal while you watch the waves roll in.

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$23.50 - 60.05
David Fleay Wildlife Park (a Best of Queensland Experience), 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.

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 A La Carte Dinner Cruise operating Friday and Saturday Night as well as the ability to cater to special events or private celebrations.

The Fish House

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
The Fish House is famous for its breathtaking views of Burleigh Beach, elegant ambiance, quality service by being committed to quality and by being consistent in delivering a high standard of food, open lunch and dinner services to guide guests through the two-glass award winning wine list.
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