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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Points North Apartments

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$139 - 1500
Points North Apartments is located at the southern end of the Gold Coast just five kilometres from the Coolangatta airport, with easy access to the beach and open parkland and a wide range of dining, shopping and entertainment options in the nearby Showcase on the Beach Shopping Centre.

Jadran Motel and El Jays Holiday Lodge

Labrador, Gold Coast Area
From AU$140.00 - 190.00
Jadran Motel and El-Jays Holiday Lodge have a great range of options for those visiting Gold Coast on a budget. From Studio Suites, one bedroom apartments with kitchenettes to fully self-contained two bedroom apartments.

The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$318 - 858
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast is your premier entertainment destination set in the heart of Australia's stunning Gold Coast. Combining the luxury and sophistication of a world-class hotel with the excitement of award-winning restaurants, lively bars, spectacular stage shows and concerts, plus the non-stop action of a 24-hour casino.

2nd Avenue Beachside Apartments

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$140 - 700
Escape for a beach break to remember at our ideally located ocean front accommodation Gold Coast. Located just moments from the sand, their spacious, modern apartments come with free WiFi access, full kitchens, and private, wrap-around balconies with stunning ocean views.

Kirra Beach Apartments

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$130 - 545
Beautiful Kirra Beach Apartments are spacious, fully self-contained units with 51 north facing balconies, most with beautiful ocean views. They are set amongst landscaped grounds and opposite the patrolled Kirra Beach for surfing and swimming, famous for its surf breaks and clear water.

Bunk Backpackers Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$35 - 270
Bringing backpacking to a whole new level! Welcome to Surfers Paradise’s newest hostel. Bunk ticks all the boxes and only a heartbeat away from the beach. Your experience is their priority; let them entertain you with daily activities and nightly events while accommodating you in comfort and class at Queensland’s most iconic beach location.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Tallebudgera Valley, Gold Coast Area
From AU$1045 - 6975
Experience the ultimate in wellness travel at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia’s multi award winning wellness destination. Set on over 200 hectares of Queensland hinterland this exclusive retreat environment will help you restore balance with innovative programs from two to seven days including the popular seven day Detox package.

Holiday Holiday - H Residences Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$165 - 500
For all your Gold Coast accommodation needs, stay with Holiday Holiday in the H Residences building located above the Hilton building in Surfers Paradise, just two minutes walk from the beach and 30 minutes drive from Gold Coast Airport.

Palazzo Versace Gold Coast

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$395 - 2745
Palazzo – the definition of luxury, glamour and sophistication. In Milan, Italy, the Palazzo Versace is the home of Versace, one of the most legendary brands in the world. When it came to opening the first ever fashion hotel, there was only one possible name:

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$275 - 400
Pethers Rainforest Retreat is a luxury boutique retreat with just 10 secluded tree houses, situated amongst 15 acres of magnificent sub-tropical rainforest. Each tree house offers a private spa for two, fireplace, king size bedroom, entertainment system, air-conditioning lounge and dining areas with five metre high glass windows leading to an outdoor balcony and overlooks spectacular surrounds.
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