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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The Gruffalo Trail at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39.95 - 172.00
26 April – 24 December 2019
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.

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.

Christmas Commission 2019: Samuel Leighton-Dore

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
25 November – 27 December 2019
Each year, their Christmas Commission sets a local artist the task of creating a new work to help them celebrate the Holiday Season there at HOTA. This year, Samuel Leighton-Dore will deliver a Christmas extravaganza complete with Santa and all his reindeer.

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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
1 – 15 December 2019
Make HOTA your home this summer as we host 20 events over 15 sun kissed days and long warm nights with something for everyone. Slip into Summer with the Gold Coast’s first Roots Music Festival or witness the ladies of Hot Brown Honey bring the heat before kicking up your heels at Dance Beneath the Stars.

White Christmas at Warner Bros. Movie World

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$27.00 - 42.00
6 – 8 December 2019
Celebrate the wonder and excitement of White Christmas at Warner Bros. Movie World on selected dates this December. Enjoy a Christmas experience like no other with a spectacular nightly parade at 8pm, Christmas festivities and enchanting precincts that will transport you to a whimsical winter wonderland.

Home Artisan Market

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
6 – 15 December 2019
Tis’ the season to shop at our Artisan Market. If you’re looking for something a little different to gift this year then you’ll enjoy wandering round our curated market stalls and browsing beautiful gifts that are a bit arty.

Christmas ArtLab

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
6 – 15 December 2019
by Samuel Leighton-Dore Create something you can wear and something you can give at this Christmas crafts pop-up ArtLab session with Gold Coast artist and writer Samuel Leighton-Dore. It’s fun and free – on the Entrance Terrace.

Osadia

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 0
Weekly from 6 – 15 December 2019
The sculptural quality of hairdressing becomes theatre in the barbers chairs of OSADIA. This street theatre company formed in Barcelona in 1996 designed multifaceted hairdresser Alex Rendon. He envisaged a moment where an audience member becomes the central performer and is transformed on stage as styling becomes a showpiece, much to the enthralled rapture of the remaining audience.

Australian Volleyball School Cup

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
7 – 8 December 2019
The AVSC is the largest school-based sporting event in Australia and is the marquee junior participation event within Volleyball Australia's national events portfolio. The annual event, held in December, brings together more than 5,000 students representing over 500 secondary schools teams.
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