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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Hop On Brewery Tours

Multiple Locations
Hop On Brewery Tours is Queensland's original and best brewery tour! Their focus is beer education and appreciation - with plenty of tastings along the way! They offer a unique day out and provide transportation, history and commentary throughout the day.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

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

Whales in Paradise - SW CruisesCo Pty Ltd

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Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Whales in Paradise are the original Gold Coast Whale Watching company and the only whale watch operation whose cruises depart from the heart of the Gold Coast in central Surfers Paradise.

Padlock'd Escape Rooms

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 40
A 60-minute real life escape game like you've never before seen located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. You enter the game zone, the clock starts counting down, it's now up to you and your brain to work out how to unlock locks, solve mysteries and find the answers before it's too late.

Jetboat Extreme - Gold Coast Jet Boating

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Jetboat Extreme is the Gold Coast's number one Jet boating experience and will give you that adrenaline rush you'll never forget. It's the most fun,exciting adventure thrill jet boat ride on the Gold Coast.

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.

Down Under Party Tour

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Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night Down Under conquer the world famous Surfers Paradise glitter strip with an epic party tour. Working with the Gold Coast's wildest and most prestigious bars and nightclubs they show you and your friends what it means to party Down Under true Aussie style!

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.

The Oasis

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
An everyday escape. Located in a beachfront position, The Oasis is your everyday escape for fashion, dining and convenience in the heart of Broadbeach. The Oasis offers a unique dining experience and an assortment of specialty stores, with the added convenience of Woolworths and Cotton On Mega.

Burleigh Brewing

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
Long before craft brewing was a scene on the Gold Coast, there was Burleigh Brewing. Quietly, expertly toiling away on the best damn craft beers this side of the border. Sure, they’re established and experienced but they’re never complacent — they’re eternally curious.
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