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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Warner Bros. Movie World

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$89.00 - 89.00
Step under the famous archway of Australia’s number one Theme Park, Warner Bros. Movie World. Take on world class rides, attractions and shows and meet some of your favourite stars! Home to the tallest, longest and fastest HyperCoaster in the Southern Hemisphere, Movie World boasts a full day of adventure filled with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, your favourite Looney Tunes Characters plus the Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Universe.

Australian Kayaking Adventures

Multiple Locations
Australian Kayaking Adventures has been operating kayaking and snorkelling adventures on the beautiful Gold Coast for over 15 years. They are also the only kayaking company located on the Nerang River in Surfers Paradise.

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.

Seascape Restaurant + Bar

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Seascape Restaurant + Bar is perched on level 1 and 2 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.

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) offers the ultimate event experience. Conveniently located just 500 metres from the white sands of Broadbeach and walking distance from more than 3,000 accommodation options, GCCEC is Australia's largest regional convention centre, catering for anywhere between 10 and 6,000 people.

GC Wake Park

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$35 - 70
The GC Wake Park is a one stop water sports complex offering cable skiing, wakeboarding and knee boarding. The park offers state of the art facilities including a beginners cable – the 2.0 system, full size main cable with obstacles for the advanced riders to enjoy, a café overlooking the park, pro shop and equipment hire.

WhiteWater World

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
WhiteWater World. Relax, make a splash and soak it all in. Dive into a world of water-filled fun. WhiteWater World is now included in all Dreamworld tickets! Escape to the sanctuary of WhiteWater World, a dreamy oasis that offers something extraordinary for every age group.

Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching

Multiple Locations
Have you personally experienced the majestic creatures of the sea? This is your opportunity to marvel at the majestic Humpback Whales in their natural environment with the stunning Gold Coast skyline glistening in the background.

Taboon Modern Middle Eastern Cafe

Robina, Gold Coast Area
Taboon is inspired by the suburban bakeries, grill and hummus houses popular throughout the Middle East. They take a fresh and exciting look at traditional foods and their cuisine draws its influence from Marrakesh to Istanbul, Cairo to Beirut with a big stop in Tel Aviv.

Gold Coast Dive Centre and Marine Training College

Multiple Locations
Gold Coast Dive Centre and Marine Training College provides outdoor activities for the local, interstate and overseas market. Activities include scuba diving, snorkeling with the fish and obtaining your boat or jet ski license.
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